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n. a very large number or amount
v. to drool; to fawn
to overcome with emotion;
eg. ravished by a sunny afternoon, she had agreed without even thinking.
v. to reprove mildly; to warn; advise
eg. she admonished me for appearing at breakfast unshaven
“You mustn't say that, Shiona,” Ruth admonished her.
compelling; convincing; valid
eg. The defense attorney's cogent argument was persuasive.
eg. we made stilted conversation.
to deviate from the truth; equivocate
eg. he seemed to prevaricate when journalists asked pointed questions.
to give with ill-will or reluctance
eg. nobody begrudges a single penny spent on health.
calm or settle (oneself or one's features or thoughts) : she tried to compose herself.
bad-tempered; spiteful : a splenetic outburst.
origin: as a noun denoting a person with a diseased
rigor; severity; harshness
eg. he pointed this out with some asperity.
to involve in conflict or difficulties
eg. she became embroiled in a dispute between two women she hardly knew | the movie's about a journalist who becomes embroiled with a nightclub owner.
disconnected; not methodical; random
eg. a few people were left, dancing in a desultory fashion.
eg. desultory passengers were appearing.
young innocent girl
morally instructive; boringly pedantic or moralistic
eg. a didactic novel that set out to expose social injustice.
a person who tries to evade paying debts.
dull and fatiguing work
the omission of a sound or syllable when speaking
to go unsteadily; to walk lamely; limp
eg. he was hobbling around on crutches.
the listed details in a newspaper or magazine referring to ownership, advertising rates, etc.
cause to feel completely exhausted; wear out : a frazzled parent.
a group or gathering of witches who meet regularly.
a false and malicious statement
make a carom; strike and rebound.
(of a bullet, shell, or other projectile) rebound one or more times off a surface : a bullet ricocheted off a nearby wall.
form judgments by a process of logic; reason.
a convicted criminal who reoffends, esp. repeatedly.
a metal tool with movable jaws that are used to hold an object firmly in place while work is done on it, typically attached to a workbench.
a workshop or studio, esp. one used by an artist or designer.
the art of knotting cord or string in patterns to make decorative articles.
the quality of state of being nonchalant
1 a coward.
2 a person who is unfaithful to a belief; an apostate.
the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution.
beyond what's obvious
e.g. could there be an ulterior motive behind his request?
Beyond the understanding or knowledge of most people.
e.g. esoteric philosophical debates.