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Capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
She wrote a caustic report about the decisions that led to the crisis.
- The chemical was so caustic that it ate through the pipes.
- (Of remarks) bitter or sarcastic
A part of a room set back from the main part
We can put the dining-table in that recess.
The time during which parliment or the law-courts do not work.
Parliment is in recess.
Concerned with the individual rather than society
Limited in outlook or concern to one's own activities or needs
The cult attracts egocentric people who are pre occupied with reaching their potential as individual.
An accurate clock (esp used in navigation)
To proceed completely around ("circumnavigating the earth")
To sail around (especially the earth)
Being or taking roundabout, lengthy course
Took a circuitous route to avoid the accident site.
Not being direct in language or action. (a circuitous explanation)
To announce or state publicly
He was proclaimed the winner.
To applaud or welcome enthusiastically
To declare (someone) ruler, winer etc by enthusiastic approval. (The footballer was acclaimed by the fans.)
- A noisy demonstration of applause, aggreement, approval.
- (They acclaimed him king.)
- A loud continuous noise
- A clamor outside woke them in the night.
Insistent public expression (as of support or protest)
- A public clamor for an arrest in the case
- The representatives clamored their disapproval.
To lean or incline backwards
She was reclining on the sofa, watching TV.
The theater has reclining seats.
He reclined his seat so that he could nap more comfortably.
A natural propensity or inclination; predisposition
Showed artistic proclivity at an early age.
Tendency to cohere or stick together
Their tribe is a small but cohesive group.
Religion can be used as a cohesive social force.
A system of government by officials working for government.
A government characterized by specialization of function, adherence to fixed rules and a hierarchy of authority.
Both candidates pledges to simplify the state's bloated bureaucracy.
Government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class
A government in which power is vested in a minority consisting of those believed to be best qualified
At one time in China only the aristocracy could own land.
A gradual and continuous increase in loudness (esp in music)
The noise rose to a crescendo.
Their divorce was merely the formal crescendo of a long period of marital stress and estrangement.
Testimonials or certified documents showing that a person is entitled to credit or has a right to exercise official pwer
My experiance as a manager is my strongest credential.
Having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning
The science or study of secret writing, especially codes and ciphers.
Companies often use cryptography to protect private information.
To submit to an overpowering force or yield to an overwhelming desire.
She succumbed to temptation and ate the chocolate.
They will pressure you ad you must try not to succumb.
lying down; in a position of comfort or rest.
One guilty of a crime or a fault
The police eventually located the culprits.
As soon as he saw the broken window he began to look for the culprit.
Deserving blame; guilty
They held her culpable for the accident.
He's more culpable than the others because he's old enough to know better.
The characteristics of human populations and population segments, especially when used to identify consumer markets
The demographics of the southwest indicates a growing population of older consumers.
To speak or write at great lenght on a subject; expatiate
To become wider or larger; expand
The sudden darkness made the puppils of his eyes dilate.
The drug causes the blood vessels to dilate.
To turn aside expecially from the main subject of attention or course of argument.
He digressed so often that it was hard to follow what he was saying.
If I can digress for a moment, I'd like to briefly mention her earlier films.
- To say or read for someone else to write down
- He always dictates his letter to his secretary.
- To state officially or with authority
- He dictates the terms of our offer.
- To give orders to; to command
- I certainly won't be dictated by you.
To confer dignity or honor; give distinction to
She felt that formal clothing would help dignify the occasion.
He said he wouldn't dignify his opponent's accusations by responding to them.
Angry, usually because of some wrong that has been done to oneslef or others.
I feel most indignant at the rude way I've been treated.
He was very indignant about the changes.
She wrote an indignant letter to the editor.
- To break up and scatter or vanish
- The clouds soon dissipated.
- The team's early momentum has dissipated.
- To spend or use up wastefully or foolishly
- Dissipated the family fortune in reckless business ventures.
A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true.
It is a paradox that computers need maintenance so often, since they are meant to save people time.
As an actor, he's a paradox-- he loves being in the public eye but also deeply values and protects his privacy.