n. 1. An attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others: the public cynicism aroused by governmental scandals.
n. 1. Philosophy The branch of philosophy that examines the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value.
adj. 1. Of no importance or relevance; inconsequential or irrelevant.2. Having no material body or form.
n. 1. Greek Mythology Any of the three sisters Stheno, Euryale, and the mortal Medusa who had snakes for hair and eyes that if looked into turned the beholder into stone. 2. gorgon A woman regarded as ugly or terrifying.
n. 1. Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke. 2. A fit of extreme anger; rage
n. 1. A division of a city or town, especially an electoral district, for administrative and representative purposes. 2. A person under the protection or care of another.
v.tr. To infer (something) without sufficiently conclusive evidence. v.intr. To make a guess or conjecture. n. An idea or opinion based on insufficiently conclusive evidence; a conjecture.
n. 1. A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view.
intr.v. 1. To sway from one side to the other; oscillate. 2. To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.
adj. 1. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality. 2. Capricious; impulsive.
adj. 1. Of, relating to, or required by canon law. 2. Conforming to orthodox or well-established rules or patterns, as of procedure.
adj. 1. Characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate. 2. Having or marked by violent force: impetuous, heaving waves
adj. 1. Demanding great effort or labor; difficult. 2. Testing severely the powers of endurance; strenuous.
n. 1. The act of plotting. 2. A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end.
adj. 1. Brought low in condition or status. 2. Being of the most contemptible kind: abject cowardice. 3. Being of the most miserable kind; wretched: abject poverty.
adj. 1. Zoology Giving birth to living offspring that develop within the mother's body. Most mammals and some other animals are viviparous. 2. .
adj. 1. Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.2. Acting with or marked by stealth.
adj. 1. Characterized by stealth; surreptitious. 2. Expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty.
n. 1. The growth process of embryonic tissue placed in an artificial environment, as a test tube.
n. 1. An overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock, such as a crag or the face of a cliff. 2. The brink of a dangerous or disastrous situation: on the precipice of defeat.
adj. 1. Skeptical; disbelieving: incredulous of stories about flying saucers. 2. Expressive of disbelief: an incredulous stare.
adj. 1. Of or relating to heresy or heretics.2. Characterized by, revealing, or approaching departure from established beliefs or standards.
adv. & adj. Without the intrusion of a third person; in intimate privacy. A private conversation between two persons.
adj. 1. Courageously noble in mind and heart. Generous in forgiving; eschewing resentment or revenge; unselfish.
n. 1. A durable, loosely woven cotton or linen fabric used for curtains or upholstery lining or in industry.
n. 1. A state of alarm or dread; apprehension. 2. An involuntary trembling or quivering.
To carry on a sexual affair, especially an extramarital affair, with a woman one cannot or does not intend to marry. Used of a man.
n. 1. Malicious ill will prompting an urge to hurt or humiliate.2. An instance of malicious feeling.