act of animating or giving life or spirit; state of being animate or alive
the joint which connects the foot with the leg; tarsus
append or attach; take possession of; incorporate into an existing political unit
herald; give out; proclaim; make known publicly
formal public statement; an act of making known publicly
pen name; fictitious name used when someone performs a particular social role
consisting in a point; limited to a point; unexpended; precise
stinging; sharp in taste or smell; caustic
remove or get rid of something unwanted; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify
an attribute or requirement that must be met
/'kɒntɛkst/ n. Syn. circumstance; setting
Last week the Italian Prime Minister apologized to parliament in Rome for his alleged remarks about the superiority of western culture over that of Islam, claiming his words had been taken out of context.
/'kɒntrækt/ v. Syn. shrink; constrict
constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
The heat will contract the woollen garment.
/kɒntrə'dɪkt/ v. Syn. confront; oppose
Now act as you please: write and contradict my assertion--expose my falsehood as soon as you like.
/'kɒntrərɪ/;/'kɒntrɛrɪ/ a. Syn. opposite
relation of direct opposition; very opposed in nature or character or purpose
Our boat took a course contrary to theirs.
act of distinguishing by comparing differences
In contrast, the Prime Minister's aides are preparing his defense, saying that at the time, the entire cabinet backed the move to war, and that he's willing to implement all the committee's recommendations.
grieve; express sorrow; regret deeply
in a large manner; for the most part; mainly
newly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects before metamorphosis
continuing or remaining for a long time; enduring; durable
freedom to behave, act, or think in the way you want to; angular distance north or south of the earth's equator
robber on seas; one who by open violence takes the property of another on seas
appease or pacify; bring peace to
peaceful; tranquil; calm or quiet
expressing sorrow, mournful or melancholy; sad
likely but not certain to be or become true or real
complete failure; sudden and violent collapse
The real problem with our job fiasco is that I essentially had two nights with almost no sleep.
/fɪk'tɪʃəs/ a. Syn. imaginary
existing only in imagination; feigned; not true or real
Although this book purports to be a biography of George Washington, many of the incidents are fictitious.
acting in strength, firmness, or resilience
His sedentary life had left him with flaccid muscles.
obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
The governor's appointment of his brother-in-law to the State Supreme Court was a flagrant violation of the state laws against nepotism.
/flæm'bɔɪənt/ a. Syn. showy; ostentatious
elaborately or excessively ornamented
Modern architecture has discarded the flamboyant trimming on buildings and emphasizes simplicity of line.
/reɪz/ v. Syn. demolish; ruin
destroy completely; scrape or shave off
/ri:kə'pɪtjʊleɪt/ v. Syn. summarize
summarize; repeat in concise form
/rɪ'kʌmbənt/ a. Syn. reclining
reclining; lying down completely or in part
v. Syn. rescue
save from loss or destruction; rescue of a ship; save for further use
v. Syn. approve; ratify
give authorization or approval to something; penalize a state, especially for violating international law
condition or quality of being sane; soundness of health of body or mind, especially of the mind
n. Syn. wit; satire
cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound; stinging rebuke; form of humor by mocking with irony
v. Syn. soak
soak, fill, or load to capacity; cause to unite with the greatest possible amount of another substance
complex construction or entity; complex composition of knowledge
occupying lower rank; inferior; submissive
following in time or order; succeeding; later
subordinate; secondary; serving to assist or supplement
unlawfully enter boundaries of some else's property; commit an offense or a sin
the seat of a judge; bench on which a judge and his associates sit for administering justice; court or forum
a thing of very little value or importance
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; worn out by using
insignificant or inessential matters; trifles
impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent
E.g.The indelible ink left a permanent mark on my shirt.
concave cut into a surface or edge; small hollow or depression
E.g.You can tell one tree from another by examining their leaves and noting the differences in any indentation along the edges of the leaves.
contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term
E.g.Many immigrants could come to America only after they had to indenture themselves for several years.
uncertain; not clearly fixed; indefinite
E.g.That interest rates shall rise appears certain; when they will do so, however, remains indeterminate.
suggestive; implying; serving to indicate
E.g.There are numerous examples, but the most indicative is probably in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
a. Syn. tactful; politic
relating to diplomacy; marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others
deprive of capability or effectiveness; unable; impair; diminish
n. Syn. catastrophe; misfortune; calamity
a. Syn. terrible; dreadful
extremely bad; terrible; dreadful
flat round plate; circular structure either in plants or animals
v. Syn. waste; scatter
spend or expend wastefully; vanish by dispersion; drive away; disperse
drop; fall in drops; flow in a small stream
n. Syn. disorder; turmoil
disorder; turmoil; mental or emotional unbalance or disorder
perceive intuitively; foresee future; have nature of or being a deity
a. Syn. radical; severe
radical; taking effect violently or rapidly
make strong or stronger; prepare oneself for a military confrontation
a. Syn. lucky
lucky; bringing something good and unforeseen
place to discuss public concerns; meeting or medium for open discussion
n. Syn. remnant
remnant; remains of a plant or animal that existed in a past geological age
set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs
trivial; of little substance; involving a surface only
E.g. We give higher ratings to job applicants who are like us in superficial and irrelevant ways: as went to same school or share same religion.
seemingly; believed or reputed to be the case
E.g. That sort of private payment, and the two-tiered medicine it implies, is becoming common in supposedly universal systems.
remainder; more than is needed; quantity much larger than is needed; remaining
E.g. Bush said the surplus is the people's money not the government.
uncertain cognitive state; uncertainty
E.g. He covered his head with the bedclothes and waited in a horror of suspense for his doom.
take back what one has said ; enclose or envelop completely
E.g. The government is expected to persuade the French to swallow their doubts on the EU Constitution and vote yes.