Terms in this set (40)
Having the quality of provoking, inciting, or giving rise to a specified state, condition, etc. (sometimes with of, formerly also †to); spec. causing anger or another strong reaction, esp. deliberately; stimulating, irritating, challenging.
Of arguments, proofs, assertions, etc.: Well founded and fully applicable to the particular matter or circumstances; sound and to the point; against which no objection can fairly be brought.
Consisting of parts or elements not simply coordinated, but some of them involved in various degrees of subordination; complicated, involved, intricate; not easily analysed or disentangled.
In transitive senses: Causing to reel or totter; confounding, perplexing; hence in trivial use: amazing, astounding; enormous.
To draw to a focus; to cause to converge to or as to a focus.
The action of continuing or proceeding with something already begun; the action of pursuing or following up a matter, issue, etc.; an instance of this. Formerly also: †a continuation; a sequel.
One who inherits, or is heir to, an estate, title, etc. on the decease of the former possessor; an heir.
Having an abundance of something desirable or valuable; rich in a particular quality; spec. characterized by facility with words.
A picture or figure designed to appear distorted or confused except when viewed from a certain position, or presenting totally different aspects from different positions.
Difference of opinion or sentiment; disagreement; dissension, quarrel.
An argument or dispute on a matter of opinion; a (typically heated) discussion involving contrary opinions; esp. one conducted publicly (as in the press) and at length.
A question, esp. one expressing some doubt or objection
Of or pertaining to one's own country or nation; not foreign, internal, inland, 'home'.
Of knowledge, a notion, etc.: Developed in detail; hence, clear, definite. explicit faith, belief (Theol.): the acceptance of a doctrine with distinct apprehension of all that is logically involved in it; opposed to implicit faith.
The assignment of anything to a special purpose; the thing so assigned, esp. a sum of money set apart for any purpose. Appropriation Bill n. a Bill in Parliament, allotting the revenue to the various purposes to which it is to be applied.
To pay out, expend, spend, disburse (money).
A sum of money to be divided among a number of persons; esp. the total sum payable as interest on a loan, or as the profit of a joint-stock company, divided periodically among the holders (usually reckoned at a certain rate per cent.); also, the sum divided among the creditors of an insolvent estate. to declare a dividend
One who adheres to the theory of collectivism.
Worn away, effaced, or eroded; worn out, dilapidated; atrophied. Now, chiefly (Med. and Biol.): persisting but no longer functional or active.
The quality or state of being viable; capacity for living; the ability to live under certain conditions. Also transf.: now esp. feasibility; ability to continue or be continued; the state of being financially sustainable.
A thought that is expressed in words, esp. one written down; a considered remark made after devoting careful thought to a subject; a philosophical observation.
The condition or quality of being diverse, different, or varied; difference, unlikeness.
Dangerous, hazardous, fraught with peril; causing or resulting in danger; risky. In early use also: spiritually dangerous.
To follow the footprints or track of; to track, trace.
Showing a disposition to defy; manifesting a spirit of defiance.
The act of saying 'no' to a request or to a person who makes a request; refusal of anything asked for or desired.
The action of looking at anything; beholding, contemplation; gaze, view.
With complement (now usually preceded by as or to be): to recognize or confess (someone or something) to be the thing specified.
Going to the utmost point; extreme, absolute, complete, entire, total.
Doubtful, questionable; indistinct, obscure, not clearly defined.
Natural; of or relating to the natural character or spirit of a person or thing, or to a person's natural ability or aptitude. Freq. in genial spirit. Now rare.
To penetrate; to spread or diffuse
A distinctive impression of character or aspect.
Of gentle disposition, mild, meek; gracious, kindly; courteous, affable. Obs. (b) Pleasant and affable in outward manner or address; often in mod. quots. connoting gaiety of heart.
A ruling body of the best citizens.
A council or body of syndics; spec. a university committee appointed for some specific duty (see syndic n. 2); also, a meeting of such a body.
To apprehend with the mind; to become aware or conscious of; to realize; to discern, observe.
Applied to a sacred place or shrine in other temples and churches.
A private meeting of the leaders or representatives of a political party, previous to an election or to a general meeting of the party, to select candidates for office, or to concert other measures for the furthering of party interests; opprobriously, a meeting of 'wire-pullers'.
Of actions: Showing skill or dexterity in execution.