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to put into the earth.
Today, we're beginning to see how inter-dependent our education communities really are.
resolutely fearless; dauntless.
And the sea's silty, cold waters made visibility almost nonexistent for the intrepid few who wanted to explore the medieval ruins.
clear, transparent, or pellucid, as water, crystal, or air.
someone of exceptional merit.
Just who is this paragon whose name is on everyone's lips?
lasting only a short time; brief; short-lived; temporary.
Senate opposition to this treaty or to some similar agreement is probably transitory.
the highest point; summit; peak.
The travelers hit the acme on the cold, steep mountain.
to appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures.
They will opt to placate or to challenge a questioner.
to produce, cause, or give rise to.
But very little in the popular literature is meant to engender empathy.
heated or vehement in spirit, enthusiasm, burning; glowing; intensely hot.
The book revealed a fervid self-taught mind, a literary sensibility and a deep paranoia.
pale; faint or deficient in color; lacking in vitality or interest.
The ending is a bit pallid, and Stanley talks too much, but he's an appealing character nonetheless.
present but not visible, apparent, or actualized; existing as potential.
Once water begins to condense into dew and fog, it releases latent heat, which slows the cooling of the air significantly.
to disregard or overlook, to pardon or forgive.
We will refuse to condone stereotyping, ignorance and violence.
high praise or commendation.
And so I needed to create a eulogy, not only to him but to all the unsung heroes.
motivated or characterized by an extreme, uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
Opera stars have their claques, fanatical followers and sometimes even completely demented stalkers.
to penetrate through the pores.
None could have imagined quite how the series would permeate the national consciousness.
made airtight by fusion or sealing.
Hermetic storage bags are commercially available that when sealed are impervious to gas exchange.
a point of time, especially one made critical or important by a concurrence of circumstances:
The narrow, winding brick path allows one to wander around two ponds and over an arched stone bridge at the point of juncture.
to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.
Instead of just sequins and beading, the designer used pleating, draping and fabric folds to embellish his ensembles.
radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright.
If any of the cells happen to be cancerous, the luminous molecules will stick to them.
not harmful or injurious; harmless.
Some seemingly innocuous foods can be lethal for dogs.
gross injustice or wickedness.
It implies a protest against the iniquity of society and the harshness of fate.
to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
And when fans search the past, they look to venerate artists who were once pariahs.
offense; annoyance; displeasure.
It is a risky thing to stand against such a near-universal outpouring of moral umbrage.
to cast (goods) overboard in order to lighten a vessel or aircraft or to improve its stability in an emergency.
But the team also continued to jettison other veterans, releasing strong.
uttered clearly in distinct syllables.
Learning how to articulate a question is an important life skill.
deviating from the usual or proper course in conduct or opinion; eccentric; queer.
The event is erratic and unpredictable, but it occurs roughly every three to seven years.
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite.
As if this were not bad enough, the script is freighted with a mighty load of banal incidents.
distinct in kind; essentially different; dissimilar.
These disparate interests work against regional planning and promote sprawl.
a device for joining together a pair of draft animals.
It was both a symbolic casting off the colonial yoke and a not-to-subtle reminder that they were here first.
unlucky; luckless; unfortunate.
The hapless lovers in this first novel are kept constantly off-balance before being consigned to oblivion.
pretentious or conspicuous show, as of wealth or importance; display intended to impress others.
It was felt to connote flash and ostentation rather than style and elegance.
to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate.
It also agreed to make its secret source code available to some governments in order to assuage security concerns.
having an offensive odor; stinking.
The bullies orchestrating a witch hunt might applaud this fetid slop, but no one else.
a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response.
Even when you turn it down low you won't miss one nuance.
without distinctive, interesting, or stimulating qualities; vapid.
Unless of course you're playing a game, or watching an insipid comedy or goofing with your smart phone.
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable, impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.
Going to war against an ideology is quixotic.
to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.
But you still use those highways and road projects, so other program budgets are negatively effected to supplant your lost fees.
to grow or develop quickly; flourish.
Private colleges burgeon as public universities languish from lack of resources.
a long, often cylindrical, cushion or pillow for a bed, sofa, etc.
In science, one should always be extremely skeptical of claims which bolster the ideology of the person making the claim.
a minute particle; spark; trace.
She wants us to accept, without a scintilla of real evidence, that autism is an epidemic.
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; scoff or jeer at; mock.
In one breath you deride moral decay, but in the next you highlight the worst in our society.
not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable.
They contained everything that was needed to support life underground and were virtually impervious to enemy infiltration.
not equivocal; unambiguous; clear; having only one possible meaning or interpretation.
Sulzberger made a public statement of unequivocal support.
the point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer.
The blue zenith is the point in which romance and reality meet.
to find fault with or reproach severely; censure.
It is our duty as citizens to upbraid those who perpetrate these offenses.
(of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious.
They are quite traditionally liberal in their views--optimistic and indeed bombastic in their beliefs.
to start (a fire); cause (a flame, blaze, etc.) to begin burning.
Little chips kindle the fire and big logs sustain it.
wastefully or recklessly extravagant.
They left others to gather up the flowers which they scattered with a prodigal hand.
a churlish, rude, or unmannerly person.
In his letters he referred to himself as an insufferable crab or boor.
open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal.
In the hurry of ordinary business, I had been ambiguous as to when and where we'd chat.
incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
Then, she wrote down her experience and the stories of her students demonstrating how a book club can be an act of sedition.
a claw, especially of a bird of prey.
The eagle held a little bird in one talon as it flew toward the far wooded shoreline.
subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion.
We just need something less arbitrary than a coin flip.
the tail of a deer or of a setter dog, the tuft of long feathers on the legs of falcons and most hawks; the lengthened feathers on the crus or tibia.a tab or tag attached to a page, file card, etc., to mark it for attention, the nameplate of a newspaper.
It seems that genetic manipulation of plants and animals is a red flag for some of the commenters to this article.
to make rare or rarer; make less dense.
Rarefy off in the rarefied atmosphere of the retail office their data analysis has a huge impact on our shopping experience.