keen insight; shrewdness
a group or mass of distinct or varied things, persons, etc.
out of the right or proper course, order, or condition; improperly; wrongly; astray
a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based
particular parts of a late or overdue payment; often used in contracts
1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs
2. soothsayer; prophet
1. to show to be false; contradict
2. to misrepresent
a picture, description, etc., ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things
1. to criticize or reprimand severely
2. to punish in order to correct
to go around or bypass
1. the quality of being clement; disposition to show forbearance, compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing; leniency; mercy
2. an act or deed showing mercy or leniency
1. an act or instance of connoting
2. the associated or secondary meaning of a word or expression in addition to explicit or primary meaning
3. an implication
1. respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc. of another
2. respectful or courteous regard
to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame
1. the explicit or direct meaning or set of meanings of a word or expression, as distinguished from the idea or meanings associated with it or suggested by it; the association or set of associations that a word usually elicits for most speakers of a language, as distinguished from those elicited for any individual speaker because of personal experience.
2. a word that names signifies something specific.
3. a specific association for THAT THING.
the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel
1. to strip of clothing, ornament, etc. (i.e. " the wind ____ the trees of their leaves")
2. to strip or deprive (someone or something), especially of property or rights; dispossess
3. to rid of or free from (i.e. "___ of responsibility")
irony that i inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play
one that does not undergo important change in the course of the story, remaining essentially the same at the end as (s)he was at the beginning.
one that undergoes an important change in the course of the story. More specifically, the changes that we are referring to as being "undergone" here are not changes in circumstances, but changes in some sense within the character in question-- changes in insight or understanding (of circumstances, for instance), or changes in commitment, in values. The change (or lack of change) at stake in this distinction is a change "in" the nature of the character.
a level of command, authority, or rank; place;hierarchy; authority; office; position; class; standing.
1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory
2. lasting but one day
to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant
ineffective; incompetent; futile
a separation of parts
to prevent the success of; frustrate; balk
1. readily fluent. often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely ("a ___ talker")
2. easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners
to give shelter to; offer refuge to
urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging
1. obvious and intentional exaggeration
2. an extravagant statement or figure of speech not intended to be taken literally, as "to wait an eternity"
having little or no money; penniless; poor
not to be appeased, mollifiedm or pacified; inexorable
to challenge as false (another's statements, motives, etc); cast doubt upon
1. not animate; lifeless
2. spiritless; sluggish; dull
of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group
lightness of mind, character, or behavior; lack of appropriate seriousness or earnestness
a person who has attained eminence in his or her field or is an inspiration to others
a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease
1. telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful
2. false or untrue
a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army
beginning to exist or develop
to remove or destroy all traces of; do away with; destroy completely.
a particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events, etc.
to make a choise; choose
outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended
a conference or discussion
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
a humorous or satirical imitation or a serious piece of literature or writing
a person's perceived or evident personality, as that of a well-known official, actor, or celebrity; personal image; public role
arising, occurring, or continuing after one's death
well-advanced pr competent in any art, science, or subject; skilled
a natural inclination or tendency
an uneasy feeling or pang or conscience as to conduct; compunction
an answer to a reply; response
a fragment or scrap
any musical service or hymn in commemoration of the dead (to offer peace and remembrance)
to return like for like, especially a wrong for a wrong
of a sickly, yellowish color
1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident
2. reddish; ruddy
a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared, as in "she is like a rose"
giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep resonant sound, as a thing or place
of or pertaining to a specter or ghost; ghostly; phantom
1. entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly
2. luxuriously fine or large; lavish; splendid
disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or facial expression
an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to him/herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present
1. the study of the rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language
2. the study of the patterns of formation of sentences and phrases from words
1. causing sorrow or pity; pitiable; deplorable
2. feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow or pity; mournful; doleful
of or pertaining to the sense of touch
to make or hold motionless with amazement, awe, terror, etc.
1. characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness
2. timid; fearful
1. the state or quality of being true; accordance with fact or reality
2. something that is true, as a principle, belief, idea, or statement
1. craving or consuming large quantities of food
2. exceedingly eager or avid
1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt
2. the expression so substituted
capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor