- Having a harmful effect; injurious: “I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous” (Hippocratic Oath)
- Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid: “He was too diffident to do justice to himself; but when his natural shyness was overcome, his behavior gave every indication of an open affectionate heart”” ( Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility).
- To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of: “What is the nature of the luxury which enervates and destroys nations?” ( Henry David Thoreau, Walden).
- 1.To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote: Many people who were enfranchised were nonetheless unable to vote because of onerous poll taxes.
- 2.To free, as from slavery or bondage.
- 1.Epiphany a. A Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. B. January 6, on which date this feast is traditionally observed. 2. A revelatory manifestation of a divine being. 3. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something; a revelation: “I experienced an epiphany, a spiritual flash that would change the way I viewed myself” ( Frank Maier, Newsweek).
- 2.A sudden insight