1. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
2. Capricious; impulsive: "At worst his scruples must have been quixotic, not malicious" (Louis Auchincloss).
1. Future generations: "Everything he writes is consigned to posterity" (Joyce Carol Oates).
2. All of a person's descendants
1. An unbranded range animal, especially a calf that has become separated from its mother, traditionally considered the property of the first person who brands it.
2. One that refuses to abide by the dictates of or resists adherence to a group; a dissenter.
1. Damage, harm, or loss: took a long leave of absence without detriment to her career. See Synonyms atdisadvantage.
2. Something that causes damage, harm, or loss: Smoking is now considered a detriment to good health.
adj. home·li·er, home·li·est
1. Not attractive or good-looking: a homely child.
2. Lacking elegance or refinement: homely furniture.
3. Of a simple or unpretentious nature; plain: homely truths.
4. Characteristic of the home or of home life: homely skills.
1. Untidy, as in dress or appearance.
2. Marked by negligence; slipshod. See Synonyms at sloppy.
1. A descendant or heir.
2. also ci·on (sn) A detached shoot or twig containing buds from a woody plant, used in grafting.
n.A person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude.
1. To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
2. To determine the depth of; sound.
<the pilot had to continually fathom the river, which drought conditions had lowered to unprecedented levels>
Exceedingly harsh; very severe: a draconian legal code; draconian budget cuts.
The editorial criticizes the draconian measures being taken to control the spread of the disease.
adj. de·mur·er, de·mur·est
1. Modest and reserved in manner or behavior.
2. Affectedly shy, modest, or reserved. See Synonyms at shy
She was wearing a demure gray suit.
the demure charm of the cottage
So even if you think you've moved past your reputation as The Rebel, two minutes after getting together with your more demure sister, you're likely to fall back into that hell-raiser role. —Jessica Mehalic, Cosmopolitan, August 2001
n. pl. per·pe·tu·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being perpetual: "The perpetuity of the Church was an article of faith" (Morris L. West).
2. Time without end; eternity
in perpetuityFor an indefinite period of time; forever
n.1. Accumulated facts, traditions, or beliefs about a particular subject. See Synonyms at knowledge.
2. Knowledge acquired through education or experience
1. Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy.
2.a. Appealingly provocative: a piquant wit.
2.b. Charming, interesting, or attractive: a piquant face.
piquant vegetables seasoned with pepper
He served the fish with a piquant sauce.
a piquant bit of gossip
adj. mischievous; playful
Characteristic of or resembling a wag; jocular or witty.
<a waggish disposition that often got him into trouble as a child>
adj. heavenly or delightful
1. Greek Mythology Of or relating to Elysium.
2. Blissful; delightful : <the dream of retiring to a tropical isle and enjoying a life of elysian ease>
1.a. A homeless person, especially a forsaken or orphaned child.
1.b. An abandoned young animal.
2. Something found and unclaimed, as an object cast up by the sea.
n. An instrument for measuring or testing.
1. To measure precisely.
2. To determine the capacity, volume, or contents of