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the act of listening to sounds arising within organs (as the lungs) as an aid to diagnosis and treatment
argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading; moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas.
a small structural space between tissues or parts of an organ; small opening between things
calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful, offensively or unfairly discriminating
alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; based on pretense, deception, or insincerity
a lofty, often slender, tower or turret attached to a mosque, surrounded by or furnished with one or more balconies, from which the muezzin calls the people to prayer.
a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, esp. in politics; a person who is neutral on a controversial issue
censure, blame, or abusive language aimed at a person or thing, esp. by numerous persons or by the general public
a volcanic glass similar in composition to granite, usually dark but transparent in thin pieces, and having a good conchoidal fracture
a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy; formal or elaborate praise
a low gable, typically triangular with a horizontal cornice and raking cornices, surmounting a colonnade, an end wall, or a major division of a façade
the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, esp. the moon, or of an artificial satellite at which it is nearest to the earth
an incidental payment, benefit, privilege, or advantage over and above regular income, salary, or wages, gratuity or tip
practicing or advocating strict observance of external forms and ceremonies of religion or conduct without regard to the spirit; self-righteous; hypocritical
the study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning; linguistics, esp. historical and comparative linguistics
a direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question; the vote by which the people of a political unit determine autonomy or affiliation with another country
the state or fact of being the firstborn of children of the same parents, the system of inheritance or succession by the firstborn, specifically the eldest son.
to present, esp. deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely, purpose; intention; object
extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted, relating to an exclusive group; select; esoteric
resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory, hard to deal with, manage, or operate
breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence
any platform, stage, or the like, for public speaking, a beaklike projection from the prow of a ship, esp. one on an ancient warship for ramming an enemy ship
an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence, something deviating from the proper or normal, a breach of etiquette
characterized by harsh, insistent, and discordant sound, commanding attention by a loud or obtrusive quality
to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical, To render useless or ineffectual; cripple
relating to personal expenditures and especially to prevent extravagance and luxury, designed to regulate extravagant expenditures or habits especially on moral or religious grounds
a short poem of fixed form, having a rhyme scheme of ab, aa, abab, and having the first line repeated as the fourth and seventh lines, and the second line repeated as the eighth
one of the carts used during the French Revolution to convey victims to the guillotine, a farmer's cart, esp. one for hauling manure, that can be tilted to discharge its load
not clear or transparent because of stirred-up sediment or the like; clouded; opaque; obscured
characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, esp. in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug
a wandering or strolling, hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose.
a closing or farewell statement or address, especially one delivered at graduation exercises
the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field, the foremost position in an army or fleet advancing into battle
a person granted the use of land, in return for rendering homage, fealty, and usually military service or its equivalent to a lord or other superior; feudal tenant
to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension, to allow or permit, to deign
to roll, toss, or heave, as waves or the sea, to lie bathed in or be drenched in something, to become deeply or extensively involved
a petty officer in a navy, having chiefly clerical duties in the U.S. Navy, (British) a farmer who cultivates his own land.
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