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a sermon designed to edify a congregation on some practical matter, tedious moralizing lecture
vociferous chauvinistic support of a warlike foreign policy, practiced by politicians today who would be called hawks
the Spanish and Portuguese word for a group, usually of military officers, ruling a country after a coup
capable of being shaped or extended by beating or rolling, reducible to a laminated form by beating, capable of being shaped by outside influences
debatable... or not. in law, it means the matter has already been settled and its superfluous, carrying no weight
to swing back and forth in a steady rhythm, to waver between two or more courses of action
literally smart-stupid, a rhetorical figure combing incongruous or contradictory terms for an efect, pointedly witty for its seeming absurdity, "an idiot savant"
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