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acting without dialogue; V.express or represent (something) by extravagant and exaggerated mime : the clown candidates ~ed different emotions.
wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victims weltered in their blood.
untidy; careless in work habits; slipshod; N. sloven: one who is habitually untidy or careless
postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
change of form; Ex. metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; V. metamorphose: change by metamorphosis
suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Army Quells Rebellion'' in newspaper; CF. kill
small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing an inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall
lying on back; passive; inactive; Ex. The defeated pugilist lay supine; Ex. supine acceptance of the decision
represent (an inanimate object) as a person; be the embodiment or perfect example of; Ex. She is evil/patience personified; N. -ication
treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs
impressionable; easily influenced; sensitive; having little resistance as to a disease; likely to suffer; receptive to; capable of accepting; Ex. susceptible to persuasion/colds; Ex. The agreement is not susceptible of alteration; N. susceptibility
of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company
representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''.
uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat); Ex. The glass was full to the brim; V: be full to the brim
artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics
light-hearted; not serious; frivolous; dizzy; causing dizziness; Ex. giddy youth; Ex. giddy climb/height
infringe; encroach; influence; touch; collide with; Ex. The effects are impinging on every aspect of our lives.
prescribed course of diet or exercise; prescribed diet and habits; Ex. daily regimen of a dancer
put into a lower or worse place; banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign; Ex. relegate the old furniture to the children's room; Ex. relegated to the second division
(of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass
harness fitted about a horse's head (used to restrain); curb; check; V: put a bridle on; control or restrain; show anger
expressing a meaning; important; Ex. significant smile; N. significance: importance; meaning; V. signify: denote; mean; signal; make known; matter; be significant
supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words
attacking; insulting; distasteful; V. offend: violate; hurt the feelings of; N. offense: offending; violating of a moral or social code; crime; attack; Ex. first offense
walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking
voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birds
(esp. of a woman's behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from one lover to another; impulsive
underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiar to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethos
person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology
gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
baffle or confuse by a difficult problem; ponder over a problem in an effort to solve; clarify or solve by reasoning; Ex. puzzle out the answer; N.
study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents
rather fat; strong in body; sturdy; resolute; determined; strong in determination; Ex. stout stick/supporter
indirect or roundabout expression (by using an uncecessarily large number of words esp. when trying to avoid answering a difficult question directly)
large group of insects moving in a mass; crowd of people or animals; V: move in a crowd or mass
vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of being general; greater part; most; Ex. generality of peopleen
practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth or impact of something; Ex. pragmatic test of the skill
medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction; sleep-producing drug containing opium
combativeness; disposition to fight; ADJ. pugnacious: (of people) belligerent; combative in nature
survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)
solemn promise; blasphemous use of sacred words to express strong feelings; swear-word; Ex. ``For Christ's sake''
noble; aristocratic; N: person of high rank; aristocrat; CF. member of the governing classes in ancient Rome; CF. plebian
long period of time; an age; longest division of geologic time containing two or more eras
smear (as with paint); cover with something sticky; Ex. daub one's clothes with mud/paint; N: small bit of sticky substance; Ex. a daub of paint
adage; someone or something well known for notoriety; ADJ. proverbial: of a proverb; widely known; ADV. proverbially
honor; excellence; difference; contrast; discrimination; Ex. graduated with distinction; Ex. a writer of real distinction
state of being self-contradictory; lack of uniformity or steadiness; ADJ. inconsistent: displaying a lack of consistency; erratic; contradictory; incompatible
quality of being provident; divine care; god's care; Providence: god; Ex. It seemed like providence that the doctor happened to be there; ADJ. providential: of divine providence; fortunate
1 [ trans. ] disparage (someone or something) : it is typical of Pirandello to ~ the powers of reason.; 2 [ intrans. ] ( ~ from) detract from : this does not ~ from his duty to act honestly and faithfully.; 3 [ intrans. ] ( ~ from) deviate from (a set of rules or agreed form of behavior) : one country has ~ed from the Rome Convention. [from Latin derogat- 'abrogated,' from the verb derogare, from de- 'aside, away' + rogare 'ask.']
perceive intuitively (by or as if by magic); foresee the future; foretell; dowse; ADJ. N. divination
(particular form of) political organization; form of government of nation or state; Ex. student polity
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