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bringing light or insight; illuminating
a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor (2. duck used for food)
to wander aimlessly, stroll, roam (chiefly Scotland)
1. An initial attempt into a new activity or area. 2. A sudden raid, especially for taking plunder.
1. A word made by putting together parts of other words 2. A bag to carry clothing in while traveling
an incorrigible rascal, scoundrel, habitually unscrupulous person
To fool around, waste time, or spend time lazily. (l...)
Uncontrollably boisterous, exuberant
Forming a very small remnant of something that was once greater or more noticeable; undeveloped
Relating to or characteristic of a monastery or resembling the secluded, austere life of monks
1. a difficult or disagreeable obligation or task, 2. burden of proof, 3. responsibility for an error/fault
1. beginner, novice, 2. recent convert to a belief, religion etc.
1. a place/locality, 2. a center or focus of great activity or intense concentration
to release from slavery
1. Person who shows independence of thought and action, esp. by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group; an unbranded animal
to strike, usually with the fist
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
Mental acceptance of something as true or real; belief.
a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
soon, gladly (adverb)
1. any of various large flies that annoy livestock
the time between two reigns, governments, etc.
of the same period (noun: person of nearly the same age as another)
having or showing a lack of respect for someone or something that is usually treated with respect
Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice.
infinitely or immeasurably small
an item of movable personal property, such as furniture, domestic animals, etc (law)
stealthily treacherous or deceitful; working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; intended to entrap
the use or overuse of period-specific or archaic expressions, as in a historical novel
tending to conciliate or promote peace or conciliation
1. referential book, e.g. handbook or manual, 2. a useful object constantly carried on one's person
Adj. Tending to cause death or serious injury, deadly; causing great harm, destructive.
Swampy; slimy; slippery.
having the same borders or covering the same area
A person who obstinately adheres to old ways in spite of clear evidence that they are wrong; an ignorant and bigoted opponent of reform
A loyal follower, especially one who executes orders unquestioningly.
standing dead tree, esp. the bleached skeleton or splintered trunk of a tree killed by fire, lightning, or wind.
adherence to a strictly correct term/practice as a rejection of an erroneous but more common form; a person who is obstinate or zealous about such strict correctness
the use of a series of parallel clauses, each of which has a subject and predicate, as in “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
feelings, as happiness or grief, shared with another or others.
abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims; given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
the important or essential part; substance, weight; The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most flowering plants; the tissue lining citrus fruits
brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; terse; forcible:
Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing; powerfully persuasive
Of or relating to a hare or rabbit.
a slight, superficial, or introductory knowledge of something
1. wild, crazy 2. bizarre, unconventional 3. using an exaggerated, highly subjective style (in journalism)
gradual return to health after illness, injury, or an operation, esp through rest; the period during which such recovery occurs
exactly opposite, contrary; related to a diameter
the worship of words
Term that denotes an inhabitant or native of a place, e.g. "Swede" or "New Yorker"
fuss, commotion (chiefly British, informal)
1. Something that purifies, refines or transforms, 2. An apparatus formerly used in distilling.
noting or pertaining to workers, jobs, or businesses that are involved in protecting the environment or solving environmental problems.
The feigned refusal of something one keenly desires (rhetoric)
a deliberate use of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging word in place of an otherwise inoffensive term (e.g. "pig" for policeman)
understatement, esp. that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary, as in “not bad at all.”
Devoted to or relating to luxury and pleasure.