Of keen penetration and judgment; discerning and judicious; knowing; shrewd; wise.
1. To make an earnest petition or request; to plead.
1. To ask earnestly; to beseech; to petition for.
1. A large and destructive fire; a general burning.
2. Something like a conflagration; conflict; war.
1. Openly and shamelessly immoral; dissipated; dissolute.
2. Recklessly wasteful.
1. A profligate person.
1. Done, made, or gotten by stealth.
2. Acting with or marked by stealth.
1. Circuit or compass.
2. The boundaries or limits of a district or place.
3. An area in which something acts, operates, or has power or control; extent; sphere; scope.
A person who seeks favor by flattering people of wealth or influence; a parasite; a toady.
1. To direct or impose with authority; to order.
2. To prohibit; to forbid.
1. Yielding a bare or meager living with great labor or difficulty.
2. Marked by poverty.
1. Of or pertaining to the art of cutting stones or engraving on them.
2. Engraved in stone.
3. Of or pertaining to the refined or terse style associated with inscriptions on monumental stone.
1. One who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones.
2. A dealer in precious stones.
|2 Dec||hoi polloi|
The common people generally; the masses.
1. The point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite that is at the greatest distance from the center of the earth.
2. The farthest or highest point; culmination.
1. Muddy; thick with or as if with roiled sediment; not clear; -- used of liquids of any kind.
2. Thick; dense; dark; -- used of clouds, air, fog, smoke, etc.
3. Disturbed; confused; disordered.
1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals.
2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice.
3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; as, the vowels are sonorous.
4. Impressive in sound; high-sounding.
1. The senior member of a body or group.
2. One who is knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in some field of endeavor.
3. A woman who is a doyen.
1. Not capable of being stormed or taken by assault; unconquerable; as, an impregnable fortress.
2. Difficult or impossible to overcome or refute successfully; beyond question or criticism; as, an impregnable argument.
1. Characterized by or suggestive of flashy vulgarity, crudeness, or rowdiness; tawdry.
2. Marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; rakish.
|25 Nov||beau ideal|
A perfect or an idealized type or model.
1. To slobber; to drool.
1. Saliva drooling from the mouth.
1. To endue with life; to make alive; to animate.
2. To make more lively or intense.
The state of being full or gratified to or beyond the point of satisfaction.
1. The basic, central, or critical point or feature.
2. Anything that is very puzzling or difficult to explain or solve.
1. Relating to or typical of the countryside or its people; rustic.
2. Of or pertaining to the life and occupation of a shepherd; pastoral.
1. A pastoral poem, depicting rural affairs, and the life, manners, and occupation of shepherds.
2. A country person.
|19 Nov||Pyrrhic victory|
A victory achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous victory.
|18 Nov||idee fixe|
An idea that dominates the mind; a fixed idea; an obsession.
1. [Obsolete] Pertaining to generation or marriage.
2. Friendly, warm; kindly; sympathetically cheerful and cheering.
3. Mild, pleasant; comfortable; favorable to life or growth.
A written message; a letter.
1. A general sketch or survey of a subject.
2. A synopsis; an outline.
1. Overly optimistic; bright or cheerful.
2. Resembling a rose especially in color.
1. In a dying state; dying; at the point of death.
2. Becoming obsolete or inactive.
1. Transparent; clear; not opaque.
2. Easily understandable.
1. A sermon; a discourse on a religious theme.
2. A moralizing lecture or discourse.
3. An inspirational saying; also, a platitude.
1. A group or band of people.
2. A companion; an associate.
3. A group of people sharing a common statistical factor (as age or membership in a class) in a demographic study.
4. (Roman Antiquity) A body of about 300 to 600 soldiers; the tenth part of a legion.
5. Any group or body of warriors.
Someone who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.
1. To talk incoherently; to speak in a rambling manner.
2. To wander aimlessly or confusedly.
1. To bring together; to fuse together; to join or meld.
2. To combine (as two readings of a text) into one whole.
1. Overbearing; arrogant; presumptuous.
2. Excessive; immoderate; exaggerated.
1. To conceal under a false appearance.
1. To hide one's feelings or intentions; to put on a false appearance; to feign; to pretend.
Difficult to fathom or understand; difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; obscure; incomprehensible; impenetrable.
1. Lying on the back, or with the face upward.
2. Indolent; listless; inactive; mentally or morally lethargic.
1. The act of blaming or finding fault with and condemning as wrong; reprehension; blame.
2. An official reprimand or expression of disapproval.
1. To find fault with and condemn as wrong; to blame; to criticize severely.
2. To express official disapproval of.
1. Composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment, or without previous study; unpremeditated; impromptu.
2. Prepared beforehand but delivered without notes or text.
3. Skilled at or given to extemporaneous speech.
4. Provided, made, or put to use as an expedient; makeshift.
1. A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster.
2. A person who quibbles over trivia.
1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling yeast.
2. Not yet settled or formed; immature or incomplete.
3. Marked by agitation or change.
4. Frothy or trivial; frivolous.
5. Full of vitality; exuberant.
1. A short heavy stick used as a weapon; a club.
1. To beat with or as if with a cudgel.
1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
2. A fuss over a matter of little importance.
1. The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone.
2. A curse.
1. A current of air or water running in a direction contrary to the main current, or moving in a circular direction; a whirlpool.
2. A tendency or current (as of opinion or history) contrary to or separate from a main current.
1. To move in an eddy or as if in an eddy; to move in a circle.
1. To cause to move in an eddy or as if in an eddy.
1. A compound of bromine and another element or a positive organic radical.
2. A dose of potassium bromide taken as a sedative.
3. A dull person with conventional thoughts.
4. A commonplace or conventional saying.