sudden or unexpected:
an abrupt departure.
curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.:
an abrupt reply.
terminating or changing suddenly:
an abrupt turn in a road.
having many sudden changes from one subject to another; lacking in continuity or smoothness:
an abrupt writing style.
an abrupt descent.
Botany, truncate (def 4).
1, 3. quick, sharp. See sudden. 2. short, hurried, hasty, blunt. 4. discontinuous, broken, uneven.
of or relating to Byzantium.
of or relating to the Byzantine Empire.
noting or pertaining to the architecture of the Byzantine Empire and to architecture influenced by or imitating it: characterized by masonry construction, round arches, impost blocks, low domes on pendentives, the presence of fine, spiky foliage patterns in low relief on stone capitals and moldings, and the use of frescoes, mosaics, and revetments of fine stone to cover whole interiors.
Fine Arts. pertaining to or designating the style of the fine or decorative arts developed and elaborated in the Byzantine Empire and its provinces: characterized chiefly by an ecclesiastically prescribed iconography, highly formal structure, severe confinement of pictorial space to a shallow depth, and the use of rich, often sumptuous color.
(sometimes lowercase) complex or intricate:
a deal requiring Byzantine financing.
(sometimes lowercase) characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue, especially for the gaining of political power or favor:
Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship.
of or relating to the Byzantine Church.
a native or inhabitant of Byzantium.
having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.
having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; credulous:
She's so naive she believes everything she reads. He has a very naive attitude toward politics.
having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique:
valuable naive 19th-century American portrait paintings.
not having previously been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal.
1. simple, unaffected, unsuspecting, artless, guileless, candid, open, plain.
verb (used with object), reconciled, reconciling.
to cause (a person) to accept or be resigned to something not desired:
He was reconciled to his fate.
to win over to friendliness; cause to become amicable:
to reconcile hostile persons.
to compose or settle (a quarrel, dispute, etc.).
to bring into agreement or harmony; make compatible or consistent:
to reconcile differing statements; to reconcile accounts.
to reconsecrate (a desecrated church, cemetery, etc.).
to restore (an excommunicate or penitent) to communion in a church.
verb (used without object), reconciled, reconciling.
to become reconciled.
2. pacify, propitiate, placate. 4. harmonize.
capable of living.
physically fitted to live.
(of a fetus) having reached such a stage of development as to be capable of living, under normal conditions, outside the uterus.
Botany. able to live and grow.
vivid; real; stimulating, as to the intellect, imagination, or senses:
a period of history that few teachers can make viable for students.
a viable alternative.
having the ability to grow, expand, develop, etc.:
a new and viable country.
5. practical, feasible, usable, adaptable.
verb (used with object), remitted, remitting.
to transmit or send (money, a check, etc.) to a person or place, usually in payment.
to refrain from inflicting or enforcing, as a punishment, sentence, etc.
to refrain from exacting, as a payment or service.
to pardon or forgive (a sin, offense, etc.).
to slacken; abate; relax:
to remit watchfulness.
to give back:
to remit an overpayment.
Law. to send back (a case) to an inferior court for further action.
verb (used without object), remitted, remitting.
to transmit money, a check, etc., as in payment.
to abate for a time or at intervals, as a fever.
to slacken; abate.
Law. a transfer of the record of an action from one tribunal to another, particularly from an appellate court to the court of original jurisdiction.
something remitted, as for further deliberation or action.
the act of remitting.
Chiefly British. the area of authority of a person or group.