1. The word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; name; title; designation.
2. The act of naming.
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A person with refined and sociable tastes, especially one who enjoys fine food and drink.
1. An arbitrary or authoritative command or order.
2. Formal or official authorization or sanction.
A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
1. Having or exuding fragrance; scented; aromatic.
2. Full of fragrance; odorous; smelling (usually used with 'of' or 'with').
3. Serving to bring to mind; evocative; suggestive; reminiscent (usually used with 'of' or 'with').
Incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome; insurmountable; as, "insuperable difficulties."
Great pleasure; delight, enjoyment.
1. Done by stealth; surreptitious; secret; as, a furtive look.
2. Expressive of stealth; sly; shifty; sneaky.
3. Stolen; obtained by stealth.
4. Given to stealing; thievish; pilfering.
Agreeable to truth or to fact; actual; real; true; genuine.
Pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
1. Disgracefully or shamefully criminal; grossly wicked; scandalous; -- said of acts, crimes, etc.
2. Guilty of enormous crimes; corrupt; profligate; -- said of persons.
3. Characterized by enormous crimes or scandalous vices; as, "flagitious times."
Inclination; decided taste; a strong liking.
1. To make faulty or imperfect; to render defective; to impair; as, "exaggeration vitiates a style of writing."
2. To corrupt morally; to debase.
3. To render ineffective; as, "fraud vitiates a contract."
1. Of or relating to conflict within a nation, an organization, or a group.
2. Mutually destructive; involving or accompanied by mutual slaughter.
3. Deadly; destructive; marked by slaughter.
Marked by fearless resolution; valiant; brave.
1. Having no equal; peerless.
1. Something of unequaled excellence; a peerless thing or person.
2. A flat disk of chocolate covered with beads of colored sugar.
Bitter, harsh, or biting sharpness, as of language, disposition, or manners.
1. The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work.
2. The outcome of a complex sequence of events.
Rapidity of motion or action; quickness; swiftness.
Refusing to compromise; uncompromising.
1. A work of art that imitates the style of some previous work.
2. A musical, literary, or artistic composition consisting of selections from various works.
3. A hodgepodge; an incongruous combination of different styles and ingredients.
1. Having taste or flavor, especially having a strong pleasant flavor.
2. Agreeable to the mind; to one's liking.
1. To work with painful effort; to labor; to toil; to drudge.
2. To churn or swirl about continuously.
1. Toil; hard work; drudgery.
2. Confusion; turmoil.
1. To have a consequence or effect.
2. To return; to rebound; to reflect.
3. To become added or transferred; to accrue.
1. A temple dedicated to all the gods; especially (capitalized), the building so called at Rome.
2. The collective gods of a people; as, a goddess of the Greek pantheon.
3. A public building commemorating and dedicated to the famous dead of a nation.
4. A group of highly esteemed persons.
1. A scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman; a shrew.
1. Overbearing; shrewish; scolding.
1. Ready or inclined to believe on slight or uncertain evidence.
2. Based on or proceeding from a disposition to believe too readily.
1. To take the place of (another), especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics; as, a rival supplants another.
2. To take the place of and serve as a substitute for.
A state of extreme poverty or destitution.
1. In imperial Russia, a published proclamation or order having the force of law.
2. Any order or decree issued by an authority; an edict.
1. Soft, wet, miry land that shakes or yields under the feet.
2. A difficult or precarious position or situation; a predicament.
1. A specialized and often secret vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group.
2. A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps, and vagabonds.
1. The quality or condition of having superior power, influence, or force; predominance.
2. (Biology) The capacity, on the part of one of the parents, as compared with the other, to transmit more than his or her own share of characteristics to their offspring.
Marked by attention to all circumstances and probable consequences; cautious; prudent.
1. Tending to form a group with others of the same kind.
2. Seeking and enjoying the company of others.
1. Extending to a great length; unnecessarily long; wordy.
2. Tending to speak or write at excessive length.
Total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.
To attack by words or arguments; to call in question; to make insinuations against; to oppose or challenge as false; to gainsay.
A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice."
1. To smudge over; to besmear or soil with anything thick and dirty.
2. To overdecorate; to ornament showily or excessively.
Possessing the quality of being effective; producing, or capable of producing, the effect intended; as, an efficacious law.
1. To bound or prance about.
2. To have lively or boisterous fun; to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner.
1. Stubbornly disobedient; unmanageable.
2. Resisting ordinary treatment or cure.
3. Difficult to melt or work; capable of enduring high temperature.
1. To agree or assent; to give in to a request or demand.
2. To become a party to an agreement, treaty, convention, etc.
3. To attain an office or rank; to enter upon the duties of an office.
The transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
Enthusiastic vigor; vivacity; liveliness; spirit.
(Sometimes capitalized) A secretly planned and suddenly executed attempt to overthrow a government.
A small stream or brook; a streamlet.
1. One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a beginner.
2. One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
1. Pertaining to the letters of the alphabet.
2. Arranged alphabetically.
3. Rudimentary; elementary.
To prevent by interception; to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary.