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adj: having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
Acerbic comments directed at those who deserve them.
verb: to increase in intensity, power, influence, or prestige
aggrandize your farm by purchasing the property next to it.
- noun: a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
- (an alchemist is one who practices alchemy)
It's the same transition that let us move from alchemy to atomic physics.
adj: agreeable; responsive to suggestion
Managements of both companies must be amenable to the idea.
noun: something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
adj: having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
The physical properties of the powder also give it a mildastringent action.
adj: sharing a border; touching; adjacent
So far gene recombination can move only single genes or small contiguous gene units.
noun: a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
Convention holds that politics stops at the water's edge
- adj: tending to believe too readily; gullible
- noun form: credulity
The law will afford relief even to the simple and credulous who have been duped by art and falsehood.
- noun: an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
- adj form: cynical
Such people need to rethink their cynicism because it distorts their thinking.
- noun: polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
- adj form: decorus
How you handle it is an index of the quality, wisdom and decorum of the things inside you.
- noun: scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
- adj form: derisive
- verb form: deride
The comment met with immediate derision across the internet.
verb: to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
noun: one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
Most of my readers don't know I'm a dilettante techno musician.
verb: to slight or belittle
Don't disparage anecdotal evidence or pretend that there is no emotion in medical research.
- n.inactivity; stillness; dormancy (adj: quiescent)
- When a cell is in a term of no growth and no division.
- was struck by the elk's quiescence as it just stood there in the clearing
- v.to make or become thin; to purify or refine (n: rarefaction, adj: rarefied)
- An example of rarefy is add fresh air to a previously suffy room; to rarefy the air.
- An example of rarefy is to develop a sense of taste; to rarefy sense of taste.
- n.the act of censuring, scolding, or rebuking. (v. reprove).
- When you scold someone for bad behavior, your scolding words are an example of a reproof.
- The fear of reproof prevented them from complaining.