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Any artificial covered channel for the passage of water through a bank or under a road, canal. For many Americans, like Webster, taking ownership of the language and developing what would become known as American Standard English was seen as a matter of honour honor for the newly independent nation. To cause to be less harsh, violent, or severe, as excitement, appetite, pain, or disease. They already have learned that talk is cheap and nagging is hot air. Endo Abruptly stopping a motorcycle so that inertia lifts the back end off the surface. The pathway of wires lets electrons flow through it Electricity is what makes electrons move. You have been working with the student for a couple of minutes, and you're nearly finished when, out of the corner of your eye, you catch two students whispering on the far side of the classroom.
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Now where's the need of speech and screed To better our behaving? A simpler plan for saving man But, first, is he worth saving? Is, dears, when he declines to flee From bad thoughts that beset him, Ignores the Law as 't were a straw, And wants to sin -- don't let him. The faculty that distinguishes a weak animal or person from a strong one.
It brings its possessor much mental satisfaction and great material adversity. An Italian proverb says: The so-called god of love. This bastard creation of a barbarous fancy was no doubt inflicted upon mythology for the sins of its deities.
Of all unbeautiful and inappropriate conceptions this is the most reasonless and offensive. The notion of symbolizing sexual love by a semisexless babe, and comparing the pains of passion to the wounds of an arrow -- of introducing this pudgy homunculus into art grossly to materialize the subtle spirit and suggestion of the work -- this is eminently worthy of the age that, giving it birth, laid it on the doorstep of prosperity.
An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul. Energetically to belabor with a verbal slap-stick. This is an operation which in literature, particularly in the drama, is commonly fatal to the victim. Nevertheless, the liability to a cursing is a risk that cuts but a small figure in fixing the rates of life insurance.
A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision. A word formerly much used by the Paphlagonians, the meaning of which is lost. By the learned Dr. Dolabelly Gak it is believed to have been a term of satisfaction, implying the highest possible degree of mental tranquillity. Professor Groke, on the contrary, thinks it expressed an emotion of tumultuous delight, because it so frequently occurs in combination with the word jod or god , meaning "joy.
To leap about to the sound of tittering music, preferably with arms about your neighbor's wife or daughter. There are many kinds of dances, but all those requiring the participation of the two sexes have two characteristics in common: A savage beast which, when it sleeps, Man girds at and despises, But takes himself away by leaps And bounds when it arises.
One of the most conspicuous qualities of a man in security. A high ecclesiastic official of the Roman Catholic Church, whose important function is to brand the Pope's bulls with the words Datum Romae. He enjoys a princely revenue and the friendship of God. The time when men of reason go to bed.
Certain old men prefer to rise at about that time, taking a cold bath and a long walk with an empty stomach, and otherwise mortifying the flesh. They then point with pride to these practices as the cause of their sturdy health and ripe years; the truth being that they are hearty and old, not because of their habits, but in spite of them. The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it.
A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. This period is divided into two parts, the day proper and the night, or day improper -- the former devoted to sins of business, the latter consecrated to the other sort. These two kinds of social activity overlap. Done with the work of breathing; done With all the world; the mad race run Though to the end; the golden goal Attained and found to be a hole!
One who has so earnestly pursued pleasure that he has had the misfortune to overtake it. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave- driver.
As, pent in an aquarium, the troutlet Swims round and round his tank to find an outlet, Pressing his nose against the glass that holds him, Nor ever sees the prison that enfolds him; So the poor debtor, seeing naught around him, Yet feels the narrow limits that impound him, Grieves at his debt and studies to evade it, And finds at last he might as well have paid it.
A series of commandments, ten in number -- just enough to permit an intelligent selection for observance, but not enough to embarrass the choice. Following is the revised edition of the Decalogue, calculated for this meridian.
Thou shalt no God but me adore: No images nor idols make For Robert Ingersoll to break. Take not God's name in vain; select A time when it will have effect.
Work not on Sabbath days at all, But go to see the teams play ball. That creates For life insurance lower rates. Kill not, abet not those who kill; Thou shalt not pay thy butcher's bill. Kiss not thy neighbor's wife, unless Thine own thy neighbor doth caress. Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete Successfully in business. Bear not false witness -- that is low -- But "hear 'tis rumored so and so. Cover thou naught that thou hast not By hook or crook, or somehow, got.
To succumb to the preponderance of one set of influences over another set. A leaf was riven from a tree, "I mean to fall to earth," said he. The west wind, rising, made him veer. The east wind rose with greater force. With equal power they contend. Down died the winds; the leaf, elate, Cried: Howe'er your choice may chance to fall, You'll have no hand in it at all. To lie about another. To tell the truth about another. Less conspicuously admirable than one's ancestors.
The contemporaries of Homer were striking examples of degeneracy; it required ten of them to raise a rock or a riot that one of the heroes of the Trojan war could have raised with ease. Homer never tires of sneering at "men who live in these degenerate days," which is perhaps why they suffered him to beg his bread -- a marked instance of returning good for evil, by the way, for if they had forbidden him he would certainly have starved. One of the stages of moral and social progress from private station to political preferment.
An extinct pachyderm that flourished when the Pterodactyl was in fashion. The latter was a native of Ireland, its name being pronounced Terry Dactyl or Peter O'Dactyl, as the man pronouncing it may chance to have heard it spoken or seen it printed.
The breakfast of an American who has been in Paris. In American politics, an article of merchandise that comes in sets. The act of examining one's bread to determine which side it is buttered on. A notable first experiment in baptism which washed away the sins and sinners of the world. The father of a most respectable family, comprising Enthusiasm, Affection, Self-denial, Faith, Hope, Charity and many other goodly sons and daughters. Were it not for thee The world turned topsy-turvy we should see; For Vice, respectable with cleanly fancies, Would fly abandoned Virtue's gross advances.
A prestidigitator who, putting metal into your mouth, pulls coins out of your pocket. Reliant upon another's generosity for the support which you are not in a position to exact from his fears. A male relative of an office-holder, or of his bondsman. The deputy is commonly a beautiful young man, with a red necktie and an intricate system of cobwebs extending from his nose to his desk. When accidentally struck by the janitor's broom, he gives off a cloud of dust. Please have the proper entries made, The proper balances displayed, Conforming to the whole amount Of cash on hand -- which they will count.
I've long admired your punctual way -- Here at the break and close of day, Confronting in your chair the crowd Of business men, whose voices loud And gestures violent you quell By some mysterious, calm spell -- Some magic lurking in your look That brings the noisiest to book And spreads a holy and profound Tranquillity o'er all around.
So orderly all's done that they Who came to draw remain to pay. But now the time demands, at last, That you employ your genius vast In energies more active. Rise And shake the lightnings from your eyes; Inspire your underlings, and fling Your spirit into everything! The man had been a twelvemonth dead. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.
A physician's forecast of the disease by the patient's pulse and purse. A muscular partition separating disorders of the chest from disorders of the bowels. A daily record of that part of one's life, which he can relate to himself without blushing. Hearst kept a diary wherein were writ All that he had of wisdom and of wit.
So the Recording Angel, when Hearst died, Erased all entries of his own and cried: The Angel slowly turned the pages o'er, Each stupid line of which he knew before, Glooming and gleaming as by turns he hit On Shallow sentiment and stolen wit; Then gravely closed the book and gave it back. You'd never be content this side the tomb -- For big ideas Heaven has little room, And Hell's no latitude for making mirth," He said, and kicked the fellow back to earth.
The chief of a nation that prefers the pestilence of despotism to the plague of anarchy. A malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic. This dictionary, however, is a most useful work. The singular of "dice. The word is found in an immortal couplet by that eminent poet and domestic economist, Senator Depew: A cube of cheese no larger than a die May bait the trap to catch a nibbling mie. The conversion of victuals into virtues.
When the process is imperfect, vices are evolved instead -- a circumstance from which that wicked writer, Dr. Jeremiah Blenn, infers that the ladies are the greater sufferers from dyspepsia. The patriotic art of lying for one's country. The present your neighbor with another and better error than the one which he has deemed it advantageous to embrace. To note the particulars in which one person or thing is, if possible, more objectionable than another.
A method of confirming others in their errors. The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. To celebrate with an appropriate ceremony the maturity of a command.
His right to govern me is clear as day, My duty manifest to disobey; And if that fit observance e'er I shut May I and duty be alike undone. To put a clean shirt upon the character. The only thing that the rich are willing for the poor to call theirs, and keep. A disease incurred by exposure to the prosperity of a friend. The art of nosing out the occult. Divination is of as many kinds as there are fruit-bearing varieties of the flowering dunce and the early fool.
A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world's worship. This Divine Being in some of his smaller and silkier incarnations takes, in the affection of Woman, the place to which there is no human male aspirant. The Dog is a survival -- an anachronism. He toils not, neither does he spin, yet Solomon in all his glory never lay upon a door-mat all day long, sun-soaked and fly-fed and fat, while his master worked for the means wherewith to purchase the idle wag of the Solomonic tail, seasoned with a look of tolerant recognition.
A soldier who combines dash and steadiness in so equal measure that he makes his advances on foot and his retreats on horseback. One who adapts plays from the French.
Priests and ministers of an ancient Celtic religion which did not disdain to employ the humble allurement of human sacrifice. Very little is now known about the Druids and their faith. Pliny says their religion, originating in Britain, spread eastward as far as Persia. Caesar says those who desired to study its mysteries went to Britain.
Caesar himself went to Britain, but does not appear to have obtained any high preferment in the Druidical Church, although his talent for human sacrifice was considerable. Druids performed their religious rites in groves, and knew nothing of church mortgages and the season-ticket system of pew rents.
They were, in short, heathens and -- as they were once complacently catalogued by a distinguished prelate of the Church of England -- Dissenters.
Your account at your restaurant during the canvas-back season. A formal ceremony preliminary to the reconciliation of two enemies. Great skill is necessary to its satisfactory observance; if awkwardly performed the most unexpected and deplorable consequences sometimes ensue.
A long time ago a man lost his life in a duel. That dueling's a gentlemanly vice I hold; and wish that it had been my lot To live my life out in some favored spot -- Some country where it is considered nice To split a rival like a fish, or slice A husband like a spud, or with a shot Bring down a debtor doubled in a knot And ready to be put upon the ice. Some miscreants there are, whom I do long To shoot, to stab, or some such way reclaim The scurvy rogues to better lives and manners, I seem to see them now -- a mighty throng.
It looks as if to challenge me they came, Jauntily marching with brass bands and banners! A member of the reigning dynasty in letters and life. The Dullards came in with Adam, and being both numerous and sturdy have overrun the habitable world.
The secret of their power is their insensibility to blows; tickle them with a bludgeon and they laugh with a platitude. The Dullards came originally from Boeotia, whence they were driven by stress of starvation, their dullness having blighted the crops. For some centuries they infested Philistia, and many of them are called Philistines to this day. In the turbulent times of the Crusades they withdrew thence and gradually overspread all Europe, occupying most of the high places in politics, art, literature, science and theology.
Since a detachment of Dullards came over with the Pilgrims in the Mayflower and made a favorable report of the country, their increase by birth, immigration, and conversion has been rapid and steady. According to the most trustworthy statistics the number of adult Dullards in the United States is but little short of thirty millions, including the statisticians.
The intellectual centre of the race is somewhere about Peoria, Illinois, but the New England Dullard is the most shockingly moral. That which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire. His anger provoked him to take the king's head, But duty prevailed, and he took the king's bread, Instead. To perform successively and successfully the functions of mastication, humectation, and deglutition.
I had dined an hour before. Secretly to overhear a catalogue of the crimes and vices of another or yourself. A lady with one of her ears applied To an open keyhole heard, inside, Two female gossips in converse free -- The subject engaging them was she. A method of distinction so cheap that fools employ it to accentuate their incapacity. Purchasing the barrel of whiskey that you do not need for the price of the cow that you cannot afford.
Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. A person who combines the judicial functions of Minos, Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, but is placable with an obolus; a severely virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that he tolerates the virtues of others and the vices of himself; who flings about him the splintering lightning and sturdy thunders of admonition till he resembles a bunch of firecrackers petulantly uttering his mind at the tail of a dog; then straightway murmurs a mild, melodious lay, soft as the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star.
Master of mysteries and lord of law, high-pinnacled upon the throne of thought, his face suffused with the dim splendors of the Transfiguration, his legs intertwisted and his tongue a-cheek, the editor spills his will along the paper and cuts it off in lengths to suit.
And at intervals from behind the veil of the temple is heard the voice of the foreman demanding three inches of wit and six lines of religious meditation, or bidding him turn off the wisdom and whack up some pathos. Of shreds and patches his robes are wrought, His crown is brass, Himself an ass, And his power is fiddle-dee-dee.
Prankily, crankily prating of naught, Silly old quilly old Monarch of Thought. Public opinion's camp-follower he, Thundering, blundering, plundering free. Affected, Ungracious, Suspected, Mendacious, Respected contemporaree! That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
The second of two phenomena which always occur together in the same order. The first, called a Cause, is said to generate the other -- which is no more sensible than it would be for one who has never seen a dog except in the pursuit of a rabbit to declare the rabbit the cause of a dog. A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.
Megaceph, chosen to serve the State In the halls of legislative debate, One day with all his credentials came To the capitol's door and announced his name. The doorkeeper looked, with a comical twist Of the face, at the eminent egotist, And said: An approved remedy for the disease of garrulity.
It is also much used in cases of extreme poverty. One who enjoys the sacred privilege of voting for the man of another man's choice. The power that causes all natural phenomena not known to be caused by something else.
It is the same thing as lightning, and its famous attempt to strike Dr. Franklin is one of the most picturesque incidents in that great and good man's career.
The memory of Dr. Franklin is justly held in great reverence, particularly in France, where a waxen effigy of him was recently on exhibition, bearing the following touching account of his life and services to science: This illustrious savant, after having made several voyages around the world, died on the Sandwich Islands and was devoured by savages, of whom not a single fragment was ever recovered.
Electricity seems destined to play a most important part in the arts and industries. The question of its economical application to some purposes is still unsettled, but experiment has already proved that it will propel a street car better than a gas jet and give more light than a horse. A composition in verse, in which, without employing any of the methods of humor, the writer aims to produce in the reader's mind the dampest kind of dejection.
The most famous English example begins somewhat like this: The cur foretells the knell of parting day; The loafing herd winds slowly o'er the lea; The wise man homeward plods; I only stay To fiddle-faddle in a minor key. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white. An imaginary delightful country which the ancients foolishly believed to be inhabited by the spirits of the good.
This ridiculous and mischievous fable was swept off the face of the earth by the early Christians -- may their souls be happy in Heaven! A bondman's change from the tyranny of another to the despotism of himself. He was a slave: Then Liberty erased his owner's name, Tightened the rivets and inscribed his own.
To cheat vegetation by locking up the gases upon which it feeds. By embalming their dead and thereby deranging the natural balance between animal and vegetable life, the Egyptians made their once fertile and populous country barren and incapable of supporting more than a meagre crew. The modern metallic burial casket is a step in the same direction, and many a dead man who ought now to be ornamenting his neighbor's lawn as a tree, or enriching his table as a bunch of radishes, is doomed to a long inutility.
We shall get him after awhile if we are spared, but in the meantime the violet and rose are languishing for a nibble at his glutoeus maximus. A prostrating disease caused by a determination of the heart to the head.
It is sometimes accompanied by a copious discharge of hydrated chloride of sodium from the eyes. A special but not particular kind of liar. The position farthest removed on either hand from the Interlocutor. The man was perishing apace Who played the tambourine; The seal of death was on his face -- 'Twas pallid, for 'twas clean.
A moment later he was dead, And Tambourine was Bones. All there is in the world if you like it. Enough is as good as a feast -- for that matter Enougher's as good as a feast for the platter.
Any kind of amusement whose inroads stop short of death by injection. A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.
Byron, who recovered long enough to call it "entuzy-muzy," had a relapse, which carried him off -- to Missolonghi. The coffin of a document; the scabbard of a bill; the husk of a remittance; the bed-gown of a love-letter. Emulation adapted to the meanest capacity. An ornamented badge, serving to distinguish a military officer from the enemy -- that is to say, from the officer of lower rank to whom his death would give promotion.
An opponent of Epicurus, an abstemious philosopher who, holding that pleasure should be the chief aim of man, wasted no time in gratification from the senses. A short, sharp saying in prose or verse, frequently characterize by acidity or acerbity and sometimes by wisdom.
Following are some of the more notable epigrams of the learned and ingenious Dr. We know better the needs of ourselves than of others.
To serve oneself is economy of administration. In each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale. Diversity of character is due to their unequal activity. There are three sexes; males, females and girls. Beauty in women and distinction in men are alike in this: Women in love are less ashamed than men. They have less to be ashamed of. While your friend holds you affectionately by both your hands you are safe, for you can watch both his.
An inscription on a tomb, showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect. Following is a touching example: Here lie the bones of Parson Platt, Wise, pious, humble and all that, Who showed us life as all should live it; Let that be said -- and God forgive it! Dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull. So wide his erudition's mighty span, He knew Creation's origin and plan And only came by accident to grief -- He thought, poor man, 'twas right to be a thief.
Very particularly abstruse and consummately occult. The ancient philosophies were of two kinds, -- exoteric , those that the philosophers themselves could partly understand, and esoteric , those that nobody could understand. It is the latter that have most profoundly affected modern thought and found greatest acceptance in our time. The science that treats of the various tribes of Man, as robbers, thieves, swindlers, dunces, lunatics, idiots and ethnologists.
A sacred feast of the religious sect of Theophagi. A dispute once unhappily arose among the members of this sect as to what it was that they ate. In this controversy some five hundred thousand have already been slain, and the question is still unsettled. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.
A bearer of good tidings, particularly in a religious sense such as assure us of our own salvation and the damnation of our neighbors. It is with no small diffidence that I venture to offer this brief and elementary definition, for I am not unaware of the existence of a bulky volume by a sometime Bishop of Worcester, entitled, A Partial Definition of the Word "Everlasting," as Used in the Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures. His book was once esteemed of great authority in the Anglican Church, and is still, I understand, studied with pleasure to the mind and profit of the soul.
A thing which takes the liberty to differ from other things of its class, as an honest man, a truthful woman, etc. In the Latin, " Exceptio probat regulam " means that the exception tests the rule, puts it to the proof, not confirms it. The malefactor who drew the meaning from this excellent dictum and substituted a contrary one of his own exerted an evil power which appears to be immortal. In morals, an indulgence that enforces by appropriate penalties the law of moderation.
Hail, high Excess -- especially in wine, To thee in worship do I bend the knee Who preach abstemiousness unto me -- My skull thy pulpit, as my paunch thy shrine. Precept on precept, aye, and line on line, Could ne'er persuade so sweetly to agree With reason as thy touch, exact and free, Upon my forehead and along my spine. At thy command eschewing pleasure's cup, With the hot grape I warm no more my wit; When on thy stool of penitence I sit I'm quite converted, for I can't get up. Ungrateful he who afterward would falter To make new sacrifices at thine altar!
This "excommunication" is a word In speech ecclesiastical oft heard, And means the damning, with bell, book and candle, Some sinner whose opinions are a scandal -- A rite permitting Satan to enslave him Forever, and forbidding Christ to save him.
An officer of the Government, whose duty it is to enforce the wishes of the legislative power until such time as the judicial department shall be pleased to pronounce them invalid and of no effect.
Then when your Congress has passed a law it goes directly to the Supreme Court in order that it may at once be known whether it is constitutional? O no; it does not require the approval of the Supreme Court until having perhaps been enforced for many years somebody objects to its operation against himself -- I mean his client. The President, if he approves it, begins to execute it at once.
Ah, the executive power is a part of the legislative. Do your policemen also have to approve the local ordinances that they enforce? Not yet -- at least not in their character of constables. Generally speaking, though, all laws require the approval of those whom they are intended to restrain. The death warrant is not valid until signed by the murderer. My friend, you put it too strongly; we are not so consistent. But this system of maintaining an expensive judicial machinery to pass upon the validity of laws only after they have long been executed, and then only when brought before the court by some private person -- does it not cause great confusion?
Why then should not your laws, previously to being executed, be validated, not by the signature of your President, but by that of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court? There is no precedent for any such course.
It has been defined by five hundred lawyers in three volumes each. So how can any one know? In religious affairs, to put the conscience of another upon the spit and roast it to a nut-brown discomfort. One who serves his country by residing abroad, yet is not an ambassador. An English sea-captain being asked if he had read "The Exile of Erin," replied: Made a joke on the ex-Isle of Erin.
War with the whole world! A transient, horrible, fantastic dream, Wherein is nothing yet all things do seem: From which we're wakened by a friendly nudge Of our bedfellow Death, and cry: The wisdom that enables us to recognize as an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
To one who, journeying through night and fog, Is mired neck-deep in an unwholesome bog, Experience, like the rising of the dawn, Reveals the path that he should not have gone. One of the many methods by which fools prefer to lose their friends. The raw material out of which theology created the future state. A creature, variously fashioned and endowed, that formerly inhabited the meadows and forests.
It was nocturnal in its habits, and somewhat addicted to dancing and the theft of children. The fairies are now believed by naturalist to be extinct, though a clergyman of the Church of England saw three near Colchester as lately as , while passing through a park after dining with the lord of the manor.
The sight greatly staggered him, and he was so affected that his account of it was incoherent. In the year a troop of fairies visited a wood near Aix and carried off the daughter of a peasant, who had been seen to enter it with a bundle of clothing.
The son of a wealthy bourgeois disappeared about the same time, but afterward returned. He had seen the abduction been in pursuit of the fairies. Justinian Gaux, a writer of the fourteenth century, avers that so great is the fairies' power of transformation that he saw one change itself into two opposing armies and fight a battle with great slaughter, and that the next day, after it had resumed its original shape and gone away, there were seven hundred bodies of the slain which the villagers had to bury.
He does not say if any of the wounded recovered. In the time of Henry III, of England, a law was made which prescribed the death penalty for "Kyllynge, wowndynge, or mamynge" a fairy, and it was universally respected.
Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. Done to a turn on the iron, behold Him who to be famous aspired. Well, his grill has a plating of gold, And his twistings are greatly admired. A despot whom the wise ridicule and obey. A king there was who lost an eye In some excess of passion; And straight his courtiers all did try To follow the new fashion.
Each dropped one eyelid when before The throne he ventured, thinking 'Twould please the king. That monarch swore He'd slay them all for winking. What should they do? They were not hot To hazard such disaster; They dared not close an eye -- dared not See better than their master. Seeing them lacrymose and glum, A leech consoled the weepers: He spread small rags with liquid gum And covered half their peepers.
The court all wore the stuff, the flame Of royal anger dying. That's how court-plaster got its name Unless I'm greatly lying. A religious celebration usually signalized by gluttony and drunkenness, frequently in honor of some holy person distinguished for abstemiousness. In the Roman Catholic Church feasts are "movable" and "immovable," but the celebrants are uniformly immovable until they are full. In their earliest development these entertainments took the form of feasts for the dead; such were held by the Greeks, under the name Nemeseia , by the Aztecs and Peruvians, as in modern times they are popular with the Chinese; though it is believed that the ancient dead, like the modern, were light eaters.
Among the many feasts of the Romans was the Novemdiale , which was held, according to Livy, whenever stones fell from heaven. A person of greater enterprise than discretion, who in embracing an opportunity has formed an unfortunate attachment. One of the opposing, or unfair, sex.
The Maker, at Creation's birth, With living things had stocked the earth. From elephants to bats and snails, They all were good, for all were males. But when the Devil came and saw He said: The Master pondered this advice, Then shook and threw the fateful dice Wherewith all matters here below Are ordered, and observed the throw; Then bent His head in awful state, Confirming the decree of Fate. From every part of earth anew The conscious dust consenting flew, While rivers from their courses rolled To make it plastic for the mould.
Enough collected but no more, For niggard Nature hoards her store He kneaded it to flexible clay, While Nick unseen threw some away. And then the various forms He cast, Gross organs first and finer last; No one at once evolved, but all By even touches grew and small Degrees advanced, till, shade by shade, To match all living things He'd made Females, complete in all their parts Except His clay gave out the hearts.
That night earth range with sounds of strife -- Ten million males each had a wife; That night sweet Peace her pinions spread O'er Hell -- ten million devils dead!
A lie that has not cut its teeth. An habitual liar's nearest approach to truth: Perhaps he thought to weaken disbelief By proof that even himself was not a slave To Truth; though I suspect the aged knave Had been of all her servitors the chief Had he but known a fig's reluctant leaf Is more than e'er she wore on land or wave.
No, David served not Naked Truth when he Struck that sledge-hammer blow at all his race; Nor did he hit the nail upon the head: For reason shows that it could never be, And the facts contradict him to his face. Men are not liars all, for some are dead. The iterated satiety of an enterprising affection. An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse's tail on the entrails of a cat. To Rome said Nero: A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
The art or science of managing revenues and resources for the best advantage of the manager. The pronunciation of this word with the i long and the accent on the first syllable is one of America's most precious discoveries and possessions. A colored rag borne above troops and hoisted on forts and ships. It appears to serve the same purpose as certain signs that one sees and vacant lots in London -- "Rubbish may be shot here.
The Second Person of the secular Trinity. Suddenly to change one's opinions and go over to another party. The most notable flop on record was that of Saul of Tarsus, who has been severely criticised as a turn-coat by some of our partisan journals. The prototype of punctuation. It is observed by Garvinus that the systems of punctuation in use by the various literary nations depended originally upon the social habits and general diet of the flies infesting the several countries. These creatures, which have always been distinguished for a neighborly and companionable familiarity with authors, liberally or niggardly embellish the manuscripts in process of growth under the pen, according to their bodily habit, bringing out the sense of the work by a species of interpretation superior to, and independent of, the writer's powers.
The "old masters" of literature -- that is to say, the early writers whose work is so esteemed by later scribes and critics in the same language -- never punctuated at all, but worked right along free-handed, without that abruption of the thought which comes from the use of points.
We observe the same thing in children to-day, whose usage in this particular is a striking and beautiful instance of the law that the infancy of individuals reproduces the methods and stages of development characterizing the infancy of races. In the work of these primitive scribes all the punctuation is found, by the modern investigator with his optical instruments and chemical tests, to have been inserted by the writers' ingenious and serviceable collaborator, the common house-fly -- Musca maledicta.
In transcribing these ancient MSS, for the purpose of either making the work their own or preserving what they naturally regard as divine revelations, later writers reverently and accurately copy whatever marks they find upon the papyrus or parchment, to the unspeakable enhancement of the lucidity of the thought and value of the work.
Writers contemporary with the copyists naturally avail themselves of the obvious advantages of these marks in their own work, and with such assistance as the flies of their own household may be willing to grant, frequently rival and sometimes surpass the older compositions, in respect at least of punctuation, which is no small glory.
Fully to understand the important services that flies perform to literature it is only necessary to lay a page of some popular novelist alongside a saucer of cream-and-molasses in a sunny room and observe "how the wit brightens and the style refines" in accurate proportion to the duration of exposure. That "gift and faculty divine" whose creative and controlling energy inspires Man's mind, guides his actions and adorns his life.
Howe'er each hide the flying weapons blunts. And if too weak, I'll hire, to help me bawl, Dick Watson Gilder, gravest of us all. A person who pervades the domain of intellectual speculation and diffuses himself through the channels of moral activity. He is omnific, omniform, omnipercipient, omniscience, omnipotent. He it was who invented letters, printing, the railroad, the steamboat, the telegraph, the platitude and the circle of the sciences.
He created patriotism and taught the nations war -- founded theology, philosophy, law, medicine and Chicago. He established monarchical and republican government. He is from everlasting to everlasting -- such as creation's dawn beheld he fooleth now.
In the morning of time he sang upon primitive hills, and in the noonday of existence headed the procession of being. His grandmotherly hand was warmly tucked-in the set sun of civilization, and in the twilight he prepares Man's evening meal of milk-and-morality and turns down the covers of the universal grave. And after the rest of us shall have retired for the night of eternal oblivion he will sit up to write a history of human civilization. The finger commonly used in pointing out two malefactors.
This looks like an easy word to define, but when I consider that pious and learned theologians have spent long lives in explaining it, and written libraries to explain their explanations; when I remember the nations have been divided and bloody battles caused by the difference between foreordination and predestination, and that millions of treasure have been expended in the effort to prove and disprove its compatibility with freedom of the will and the efficacy of prayer, praise, and a religious life, -- recalling these awful facts in the history of the word, I stand appalled before the mighty problem of its signification, abase my spiritual eyes, fearing to contemplate its portentous magnitude, reverently uncover and humbly refer it to His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons and His Grace Bishop Potter.
A gift of God bestowed upon doctors in compensation for their destitution of conscience. An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth. Formerly the knife was employed for this purpose, and by many worthy persons is still thought to have many advantages over the other tool, which, however, they do not altogether reject, but use to assist in charging the knife. The immunity of these persons from swift and awful death is one of the most striking proofs of God's mercy to those that hate Him.
When Adam long ago in Cupid's awful court For Cupid ruled ere Adam was invented Sued for Eve's favor, says an ancient law report, He stood and pleaded unhabilimented. He went away -- as he had come -- nonsuited. The tenure by which a religious corporation holds lands on condition of praying for the soul of the donor.
In mediaeval times many of the wealthiest fraternities obtained their estates in this simple and cheap manner, and once when Henry VIII of England sent an officer to confiscate certain vast possessions which a fraternity of monks held by frankalmoigne, "What!
A conqueror in a small way of business, whose annexations lack of the sanctifying merit of magnitude. Exemption from the stress of authority in a beggarly half dozen of restraint's infinite multitude of methods. A political condition that every nation supposes itself to enjoy in virtual monopoly. The distinction between freedom and liberty is not accurately known; naturalists have never been able to find a living specimen of either. Freedom, as every schoolboy knows, Once shrieked as Kosciusko fell; On every wind, indeed, that blows I hear her yell.
She screams whenever monarchs meet, And parliaments as well, To bind the chains about her feet And toll her knell. And when the sovereign people cast The votes they cannot spell, Upon the pestilential blast Her clamors swell. For all to whom the power's given To sway or to compel, Among themselves apportion Heaven And give her Hell. An order with secret rites, grotesque ceremonies and fantastic costumes, which, originating in the reign of Charles II, among working artisans of London, has been joined successively by the dead of past centuries in unbroken retrogression until now it embraces all the generations of man on the hither side of Adam and is drumming up distinguished recruits among the pre-Creational inhabitants of Chaos and Formless Void.
Its emblems and symbols have been found in the Catacombs of Paris and Rome, on the stones of the Parthenon and the Chinese Great Wall, among the temples of Karnak and Palmyra and in the Egyptian Pyramids -- always by a Freemason. Having no favors to bestow. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense. A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul. The sea was calm and the sky was blue; Merrily, merrily sailed we two.
High barometer maketh glad. On the tipsy ship, with a dreadful shout, The tempest descended and we fell out. O the walking is nasty bad! A reptile with edible legs. The first mention of frogs in profane literature is in Homer's narrative of the war between them and the mice. Skeptical persons have doubted Homer's authorship of the work, but the learned, ingenious and industrious Dr.
Schliemann has set the question forever at rest by uncovering the bones of the slain frogs. One of the forms of moral suasion by which Pharaoh was besought to favor the Israelities was a plague of frogs, but Pharaoh, who liked them fricasees , remarked, with truly oriental stoicism, that he could stand it as long as the frogs and the Jews could; so the programme was changed.
The frog is a diligent songster, having a good voice but no ear. The libretto of his favorite opera, as written by Aristophanes, is brief, simple and effective -- "brekekex-koax"; the music is apparently by that eminent composer, Richard Wagner. Horses have a frog in each hoof -- a thoughtful provision of nature, enabling them to shine in a hurdle race.
One part of the penal apparatus employed in that punitive institution, a woman's kitchen. The frying-pan was invented by Calvin, and by him used in cooking span-long infants that had died without baptism; and observing one day the horrible torment of a tramp who had incautiously pulled a fried babe from the waste-dump and devoured it, it occurred to the great divine to rob death of its terrors by introducing the frying-pan into every household in Geneva.
Thence it spread to all corners of the world, and has been of invaluable assistance in the propagation of his sombre faith. The following lines said to be from the pen of his Grace Bishop Potter seem to imply that the usefulness of this utensil is not limited to this world; but as the consequences of its employment in this life reach over into the life to come, so also itself may be found on the other side, rewarding its devotees: Old Nick was summoned to the skies.
A pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker, and strengthen our grief by an expenditure that deepens our groans and doubles our tears. The savage dies -- they sacrifice a horse To bear to happy hunting-grounds the corse. Our friends expire -- we make the money fly In hope their souls will chase it to the sky. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
A stage for the performance of miracle plays, in which the leading actor is translated to heaven. In this country the gallows is chiefly remarkable for the number of persons who escape it.
Whether on the gallows high Or where blood flows the reddest, The noblest place for man to die -- Is where he died the deadest. A rain-spout projecting from the eaves of mediaeval buildings, commonly fashioned into a grotesque caricature of some personal enemy of the architect or owner of the building.
This was especially the case in churches and ecclesiastical structures generally, in which the gargoyles presented a perfect rogues' gallery of local heretics and controversialists. Sometimes when a new dean and chapter were installed the old gargoyles were removed and others substituted having a closer relation to the private animosities of the new incumbents.
An elastic band intended to keep a woman from coming out of her stockings and desolating the country. Originally this word meant noble by birth and was rightly applied to a great multitude of persons. It now means noble by nature and is taking a bit of a rest.
An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own. Refined, after the fashion of a gent. Observe with care, my son, the distinction I reveal: A gentleman is gentle and a gent genteel. Heed not the definitions your "Unabridged" presents, For dictionary makers are generally gents. A chap who can tell you offhand the difference between the outside of the world and the inside. Habeam, geographer of wide reknown, Native of Abu-Keber's ancient town, In passing thence along the river Zam To the adjacent village of Xelam, Bewildered by the multitude of roads, Got lost, lived long on migratory toads, Then from exposure miserably died, And grateful travelers bewailed their guide.
The science of the earth's crust -- to which, doubtless, will be added that of its interior whenever a man shall come up garrulous out of a well. The geological formations of the globe already noted are catalogued thus: The Primary, or lower one, consists of rocks, bones or mired mules, gas-pipes, miners' tools, antique statues minus the nose, Spanish doubloons and ancestors.
The Secondary is largely made up of red worms and moles. The Tertiary comprises railway tracks, patent pavements, grass, snakes, mouldy boots, beer bottles, tomato cans, intoxicated citizens, garbage, anarchists, snap-dogs and fools. The outward and visible sign of an inward fear. He saw a ghost. It occupied -- that dismal thing! Before he'd time to stop and fly, An earthquake trifled with the eye That saw a ghost. He fell as fall the early good; Unmoved that awful vision stood.
The stars that danced before his ken He wildly brushed away, and then He saw a post. Accounting for the uncommon behavior of ghosts, Heine mentions somebody's ingenious theory to the effect that they are as much afraid of us as we of them.
Not quite, if I may judge from such tables of comparative speed as I am able to compile from memories of my own experience. There is one insuperable obstacle to a belief in ghosts. A ghost never comes naked: Supposing the products of the loom to have this ability, what object would they have in exercising it? And why does not the apparition of a suit of clothes sometimes walk abroad without a ghost in it? These be riddles of significance.
They reach away down and get a convulsive grip on the very tap-root of this flourishing faith. A demon addicted to the reprehensible habit of devouring the dead. The existence of ghouls has been disputed by that class of controversialists who are more concerned to deprive the world of comforting beliefs than to give it anything good in their place.
In Father Secchi saw one in a cemetery near Florence and frightened it away with the sign of the cross. He describes it as gifted with many heads an an uncommon allowance of limbs, and he saw it in more than one place at a time.
The good man was coming away from dinner at the time and explains that if he had not been "heavy with eating" he would have seized the demon at all hazards. Atholston relates that a ghoul was caught by some sturdy peasants in a churchyard at Sudbury and ducked in a horsepond.
He appears to think that so distinguished a criminal should have been ducked in a tank of rosewater. The water turned at once to blood "and so contynues unto ys daye. As late as the beginning of the fourteenth century a ghoul was cornered in the crypt of the cathedral at Amiens and the whole population surrounded the place.
Twenty armed men with a priest at their head, bearing a crucifix, entered and captured the ghoul, which, thinking to escape by the stratagem, had transformed itself to the semblance of a well known citizen, but was nevertheless hanged, drawn and quartered in the midst of hideous popular orgies.
The citizen whose shape the demon had assumed was so affected by the sinister occurrence that he never again showed himself in Amiens and his fate remains a mystery. A person who escapes the evils of moderation by committing dyspepsia. In North-European mythology, a dwarfish imp inhabiting the interior parts of the earth and having special custody of mineral treasures.
Bjorsen, who died in , says gnomes were common enough in the southern parts of Sweden in his boyhood, and he frequently saw them scampering on the hills in the evening twilight. Ludwig Binkerhoof saw three as recently as , in the Black Forest, and Sneddeker avers that in they drove a party of miners out of a Silesian mine. Basing our computations upon data supplied by these statements, we find that the gnomes were probably extinct as early as A sect of philosophers who tried to engineer a fusion between the early Christians and the Platonists.
The former would not go into the caucus and the combination failed, greatly to the chagrin of the fusion managers. An animal of South Africa, which in its domesticated state resembles a horse, a buffalo and a stag.
In its wild condition it is something like a thunderbolt, an earthquake and a cyclone. A hunter from Kew caught a distant view Of a peacefully meditative gnu, And he said: Sensible, madam, to the worth of this present writer. Alive, sir, to the advantages of letting him alone. A bird that supplies quills for writing.
These, by some occult process of nature, are penetrated and suffused with various degrees of the bird's intellectual energies and emotional character, so that when inked and drawn mechanically across paper by a person called an "author," there results a very fair and accurate transcript of the fowl's thought and feeling.
The difference in geese, as discovered by this ingenious method, is considerable: The Gorgon was a maiden bold Who turned to stone the Greeks of old That looked upon her awful brow. We dig them out of ruins now, And swear that workmanship so bad Proves all the ancient sculptors mad.
A physician's name for the rheumatism of a rich patient. Three beautiful goddesses, Aglaia, Thalia and Euphrosyne, who attended upon Venus, serving without salary. They were at no expense for board and clothing, for they ate nothing to speak of and dressed according to the weather, wearing whatever breeze happened to be blowing.
A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet for the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction. The lyre in my hand has never swept, The song I cannot offer: My humbler service pray accept -- I'll help to kill the scoffer. The water-drinkers and the cranks Who load their skins with liquor -- I'll gladly bear their belly-tanks And tap them with my sticker.
Fill up, fill up, for wisdom cools When e'er we let the wine rest. Here's death to Prohibition's fools, And every kind of vine-pest! An argument which the future is preparing in answer to the demands of American Socialism.
A place in which the dead are laid to await the coming of the medical student. Beside a lonely grave I stood -- With brambles 'twas encumbered; The winds were moaning in the wood, Unheard by him who slumbered,. A rustic standing near, I said: I knelt and prayed: The tendency of all bodies to approach one another with a strength proportion to the quantity of matter they contain -- the quantity of matter they contain being ascertained by the strength of their tendency to approach one another.
This is a lovely and edifying illustration of how science, having made A the proof of B, makes B the proof of A. An Oyster fried was understood To say: Each reckons greatness to consist In that in which he heads the list,. And Vierick thinks he tops his class Because he is the greatest ass. A machine which makes a Frenchman shrug his shoulders with good reason.
In his great work on Divergent Lines of Racial Evolution , the learned Professor Brayfugle argues from the prevalence of this gesture -- the shrug -- among Frenchmen, that they are descended from turtles and it is simply a survival of the habit of retracing the head inside the shell. It is with reluctance that I differ with so eminent an authority, but in my judgment as more elaborately set forth and enforced in my work entitled Hereditary Emotions -- lib.
XI the shrug is a poor foundation upon which to build so important a theory, for previously to the Revolution the gesture was unknown. I have not a doubt that it is directly referable to the terror inspired by the guillotine during the period of that instrument's activity. An agency employed by civilized nations for the settlement of disputes which might become troublesome if left unadjusted.
By most writers the invention of gunpowder is ascribed to the Chinese, but not upon very convincing evidence. Milton says it was invented by the devil to dispel angels with, and this opinion seems to derive some support from the scarcity of angels.
An instrument for indicating the atmospheric pressure per unit of surface. Having a register higher than bass and lower than tenor. To make warm by genial heat. Low in tone or compass. To cover with melted fat, gravy, while cooking. An official staff borne either as a weapon or as an emblem of authority or privilege. A body of infantry composed of two or more companies, forming a part of a regiment.
A narrow strip of wood. A thick liquid mixture of two or more materials beaten together, to be used in cookery. To proclaim by outcry. To make supremely happy. Any state of great happiness. An escort or lover. To give a signal to, by nod or gesture. To smear over, as with something oily or sticky. To cover with ornament.
To be a friend to, especially when in need. To produce by sexual generation. To envy one of the possession of. To delay past the proper hour. To make fast, as a rope, by winding round a cleat. To accept as true on the testimony or authority of others. A woman who is a center of attraction because of her beauty, accomplishments, etc. Manifesting a warlike spirit. To lament benediction n. A doer of kindly and charitable acts. A church office endowed with funds or property for the maintenance of divine service.
Characterized by charity and kindness. One who is lawfully entitled to the profits and proceeds of an estate or property. Any act of kindness or well-doing. Loving others and actively desirous of their well-being. Good and kind of heart. Benevolent in feeling, character, or aspect.
Kindness of feeling, disposition, or manner. To give by will. To make desolate with loneliness and grief. A bunk or bed in a vessel, sleeping-car, etc. To attack on all sides. To smear over, as with any oily or sticky substance. To sprinkle or cover with things strewn. To get or sit upon astride, as a horse. To happen to or befall.
In good season or time. To engage to marry. Any inclination of two surfaces other than 90 degrees. To confuse the perceptions or judgment of. The passion for collecting books.
A list of the words of an author, or the literature bearing on a particular subject. One who loves books. A plant that produces leaves and roots the first year and flowers and fruit the second.
A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave. One who has two spouses at the same time. The crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living. A slightly receding bay between headlands, formed by a long curve of a coast-line. A bibliographical sketch or notice. A written account of one's life, actions, and character. The science of life or living organisms. An animal having two feet. A privilege or possession into which one is born.
Acridity, as to the taste. To indulge in profane oaths. Noisily or offensively loud or clamorous. A vivid glowing flame. To make widely or generally known. A mark that mars beauty. The shutting up of a town, a frontier, or a line of coast by hostile forces. A subordinate officer of a vessel, who has general charge of the rigging, anchors, etc. A women's ornamental corset-shaped laced waist.
Unchecked merriment or animal spirits. The trunk or body of a tree. A Spanish dance, illustrative of the passion of love, accompanied by caste nets and singing. A round pod or seed-capsule, as a flax or cotton.
To support, as something wrong. A hollow projectile containing an explosive material. To assail with any missile or with abusive speech. A person who has charge of mortars, bombs, and shells. Inflated or extravagant language, especially on unimportant subjects. To weary by tediousness or dullness. An incorporated village or town. The breast or the upper front of the thorax of a human being, especially of a woman. Connected with the study or cultivation of plants.
The science that treats of plants. To expurgate in editing a literary composition by omitting words or passages. In cricket, the player who delivers the ball. To place the products or merchandise of under a ban. To wave, shake, or flourish triumphantly or defiantly, as a sword or spear.
An aggressive display of boldness. A loud harsh sound, as the cry of an ass or the blast of a horn. To make of or ornament with brass. An open pan or basin for holding live coals. The violation of official duty, lawful right, or a legal obligation. One who trains horses, dogs, etc.
Members of a brotherhood, gild, profession, association, or the like. Objects of curiosity or for decoration. The head-harness of a horse consisting of a head-stall, a bit, and the reins. A body of troops consisting of two or more regiments. General officer who commands a brigade, ranking between a colonel and a major-general. One who lives by robbery and plunder. Water saturated with salt. One of the coarse, stiff hairs of swine: The United Kingdom of Great Britain.
A word, idiom, or phrase characteristic of Great Britain or the British. To mention, for the first time. Disseminated far and wide. A coarse, heavy shoe. Any dialectic pronunciation of English, especially that of the Irish people. The business of making sales and purchases for a commission; a broker. A dark reddish-brown, non-metallic liquid element with a suffocating odor.
Inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Either of the two subdivisions of the trachea conveying air into the lungs. An article of jewelry fastened by a hinged pin and hook on the underside. Spiritual or social fellowship or solidarity. To overwhelm, or attempt to do so, by stern, haughty, or rude address or manner.
Somewhat rough or rude in manner or speech. Low drollery, coarse jokes, etc. Of, or pertaining to, or like a bulb. Any one of various tall rush-like plants growing in damp ground or water.
Anything that gives security or defense. A cup or glass filled to the brim, especially one to be drunk as a toast or health. Full of offensive and aggressive self-conceit. Power or tendency to float on or in a liquid or gas. Having the power or tendency to float or keep afloat. A chest of drawers for clothing, etc. Government by departments of men transacting particular branches of public business.
In colonial times, a member of the lower house of the legislature of Maryland or Virginia. An inhabitant, citizen or freeman of a borough burgh, or corporate town. To make brilliant or shining. To strike with or as with the head, or horns. A conspicuous hill, low mountain, or natural turret, generally isolated. Any support or prop. A rule or law adopted by an association, a corporation, or the like. A number of persons secretly united for effecting by intrigue some private purpose.
Superstitious devotion to one's religion. The body of men constituting the official advisors of the executive head of a nation. A disagreeable, harsh, or discordant sound or combination of sounds or tones. Rhythmical or measured flow or movement, as in poetry or the time and pace of marching troops.
An embellishment or flourish, prepared or improvised, for a solo voice or instrument. To impose on or dupe by flattering speech. That may be estimated by reckoning. A concretion formed in various parts of the body resembling a pebble in hardness.
The state of being hard and insensible. Without experience of the world. Amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree centigrade. The place where Christ was crucified. The system of doctrine taught by John Calvin. To teach or imbue with the doctrines of Calvinism. A leaden sash-bar or grooved strip for fastening panes in stained-glass windows. Any small engraved or carved work in relief.
A complete series of connected military operations. A member of one of the three tribes that dwelt in the land of Canaan, or western Palestine. Of a bright but delicate yellow. The quality of frankness or outspokenness. Characteristic of a dog. Any rule or law. To talk in a singsong, preaching tone with affected solemnity.
One of the divisions of an extended poem. The part of the town or district in which the troops are quartered. A minute vessel having walls composed of a single layer of cells.
To surrender or stipulate terms. A heading, as of a chapter, section, document, etc. To fascinate, as by excellence. The dead body of an animal. Pertaining to the heart. Of prime or special importance. Eating or living on flesh. To drink deeply and in boisterous or jovial manner.
Dead and putrefying flesh. An elastic animal tissue of firm consistence. A charge for a firearm, or for blasting. The division of society on artificial grounds. A fatal or serious accident or disaster. Any overwhelming flood of water. Opacity of the lens of the eye resulting in complete or partial blindness. Any great and sudden misfortune or calamity. The negative pole or electrode of a galvanic battery. The system, doctrine, and practice of the Roman Catholic Church.
Universal prevalence or acceptance. An instrument consisting of nine pieces of cord, formerly used for flogging in the army and navy. A private meeting of members of a political party to select candidates. Indicating or expressing a cause. To burn or sear as with a heated iron. To pass title to.
An official examiner of manuscripts empowered to prohibit their publication. Judging severely or harshly. An official numbering of the people of a country or district. Pertaining to a hundred years or a period of a hundred years. A hundredth of a liter. A length of one hundredth of a meter. A captain of a company of one hundred infantry in the ancient Roman army. Pertaining to edible grain or farinaceous seeds.
Characterized by outward form or ceremony. Discontinuance, as of action or motion. Surrender, as of possessions or rights. Keen vexation, annoyance, or mortification, as at one's failures or errors.
A court of equity, as distinguished from a common-law court. Any condition of which the elements or parts are in utter disorder and confusion. To describe by distinctive marks or peculiarities. A yawning hollow, as in the earth's surface.
To purify by affliction. To subject to punitive measures. Sexual or moral purity. A castle or manor-house. Any article of personal property. A very thin gauze used for trimmings, evening dress, etc. The knightly system of feudal times with its code, usages and practices. An acute epidemic disease. Easily provoked to anger. Pertaining to, intended for, or performed by a chorus or choir. A title of Jesus christen v. To name in baptism. That part of the world where Christianity is generally professed.
Belonging, relating to, or abounding in color. The science that treats of computation of time or of investigation and arrangement of events.
A portable timekeeper of the highest attainable precision. The boundary-line of a circle. Indirect or roundabout expression. To sail quite around. To confine within bounds. Showing watchfulness, caution, or careful consideration. To refer to specifically. One who makes a claim or demand, as of right. Intuitive sagacity or perception.
Urgent in complaint or demand. Clanking or a ringing, as of arms, chains, or bells; clamor. A small shrill trumpet or bugle. A certificate from the proper authorities that a vessel has complied with the law and may sail. Having the sails set for sailing as close to the wind as possible. One who makes or sells cloth or clothing. To change into a clot or a jelly, as by heat, by chemical action, or by a ferment.
The act or process of coming together so as to form one body, combination, or product. Combination in a body or mass. To treat as a baby or an invalid. A supplement adding to, revoking, or explaining in the body of a will. Forcible constraint or restraint, moral or physical.
Serving or tending to force. Appealing strongly to the reason or conscience. Having the property of consistency. A circumstance so agreeing with another: Taking place at the same time. To labor or cooperate with another or others, especially in literary or scientific pursuits.
To cause to shrink, fall in, or fail. That may or can collapse. An associate in professional employment. Consisting of a number of persons or objects considered as gathered into a mass, or sum. One who makes a collection, as of objects of art, books, or the like. To meet and strike violently. One who works in a coal-mine.
Pertaining or peculiar to common speech as distinguished from literary. Form of speech used only or chiefly in conversation. A secret agreement for a wrongful purpose. Any strikingly great person or object. Fit to be eaten. To serve as a remembrance of. A series of illustrative or explanatory notes on any important work. The department of an army charged with the provision of its food and water and daily needs.
The act or process of entrusting or consigning for safe-keeping. The act, fact, or result of committing, or the state of being commodity n. Something that is bought and sold. A disturbance or violent agitation. To put something, especially something less severe, in place of. Fit to be compared. Examination of two or more objects with reference to their likeness or unlikeness. Adequate qualification or capacity. Satisfaction with one's acts or surroundings.
Pleased or satisfied with oneself. To make complex, difficult, or hard to deal with. An intermingling or combination of things or parts, especially in a perplexing manner.
Participation or partnership, as in wrong-doing or with a wrong-doer. To address or gratify with expressions of delicate praise. A constituent element or part. To conduct or behave oneself. Large in scope or content. To press together or into smaller space.
Capable of being pressed into smaller compass. Constraint, as by force or authority. To ascertain by mathematical calculation. To form an idea, mental image or thought of. Anything granted or yielded, or admitted in response to a demand, petition, or claim. To obtain the friendship of. Sufficient to convince or decide. Occurring or acting together. A violent shock to some organ by a fall or a sudden blow.
The act or process of making dense or denser. To come down voluntarily to equal terms with inferiors. Expression of sympathy with a person in pain, sorrow, or misfortune.
Contributing to an end. Capable of being conducted or transmitted. A means for conducting something, particularly a tube, pipe, or passageway for a fluid. The candy collectively that a confectioner makes or sells, as candy. A number of states or persons in compact or league with each other, as for mutual aid. One who is united with others in a league, compact, or agreement. A person with whom another confers. One to whom secrets are entrusted.
To reveal in trust or confidence. The state or feeling of trust in or reliance upon another. Restriction within limits or boundaries. To appropriate private property as forfeited to the public use or treasury. A great fire, as of many buildings, a forest, or the like. The place where streams meet. A stream that unites with another. The act or state or conforming. General structure, form, or outline.
Correspondence in form, manner, or use. To encounter, as difficulties or obstacles. Having kindred character or tastes. To collect into a mass. To bring together into a crowd. Pertaining to marriage, marital rights, or married persons. Joined together in pairs. The state or condition of being joined together. The state of being joined together, or the things so joined.
To be in collusion. A critical judge of art, especially one with thorough knowledge and sound judgment of art. Pertaining to marriage or matrimony. To overcome by force. Descended from the same parent or ancestor. The faculty in man by which he distinguishes between right and wrong in character and conduct. Governed by moral standard. Aware that one lives, feels, and thinks. To force into military service. To set apart as sacred.
Following in uninterrupted succession. A collective unanimous opinion of a number of persons. Tendency to adhere to the existing order of things. Adhering to the existing order of things. An institution for instruction and training in music and declamation. A person to whom goods or other property has been entrusted.
A state of permanence. To combine into one body or system. The state or quality of being in accord with. Being in agreement or harmony with. A companion or associate. One who agrees with others to cooperate in accomplishing some unlawful purpose. An officer whose duty is to maintain the peace. An arbitrary assemblage or group of stars. The inhabitants or voters in a district represented in a legislative body. One who has the right to vote at an election.
An officer appointed to reside in a foreign city, chiefly to represent his country. The place in which a consul transacts official business. To bring to completion. Gradual destruction, as by burning, eating, etc. Designed for gradual destruction. The communication of disease from person to person. Living, occurring, or existing at the same time. Living or existing at the same time. Worthy of scorn or disdain. One who exerts oneself in opposition or rivalry.
Touching or joining at the edge or boundary. Self-restraint with respect to desires, appetites, and passion. Uninterrupted connection in space, time, operation, or development.
Connected, extended, or prolonged without separation or interruption of sequence. To twist into a misshapen form. Trade forbidden by law or treaty. The assertion of the opposite of that which has been said. To prevent or obstruct the operation of. The act of giving for a common purpose. One who gives or furnishes, in common with others, for a common purpose. Broken in spirit because of a sense of sin. The act planning, devising, inventing, or adapting something to or for a special purpose.
To manage or carry through by some device or scheme. To exercise a directing, restraining, or governing influence over. One who or that which regulates or directs.
Contemptuous disregard of the requirements of rightful authority. To bruise by a blow, either with or without the breaking of the skin. To recover after a sickness. The state of progressive restoration to health and strength after the cessation of disease.
Recovering health after sickness. To summon or cause to assemble. Fitness, as of time or place. To cause to incline and approach nearer together. Tending to one point. Change from one state or position to another, or from one form to another. Curving like the segment of the globe or of the surface of a circle. That by which anything is transported. Devoted to feasting, or to good-fellowship in eating or drinking. To move with a circling or winding motion. A protecting force accompanying property in course of transportation.
To cause spasms in. A violent and abnormal muscular contraction of the body. An ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling. The horn of plenty, symbolizing peace and prosperity. A proposition following so obviously from another that it requires little demonstration. The act or ceremony of crowning a monarch. Inferior crown denoting, according to its form, various degrees of noble rank less than sovereign. Belonging or relating to the body as opposed to the mind.
Belonging to a corporation. Of a material nature; physical. A number or body of persons in some way associated or acting together. A minute particle of matter. To put in some relation of connection or correspondence. Mutually involving or implying one another. To strengthen, as proof or conviction. To ruin or destroy little by little. Gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration. That which causes gradual decay by crumbling or surface disintegration. Loss of purity or integrity.
Pertaining to the art of beautifying, especially the complexion. Pertaining to the universe. A doctrine of creation or of the origin of the universe. The science that describes the universe, including astronomy, geography, and geology. The general science of the universe. Common to all the world. The world or universe considered as a system, perfect in order and arrangement. A cross-demand alleged by a defendant in his favor against the plaintiff.
To act in opposition to. To oppose with an equal force. To accuse in return. Made to resemble something else.
Something taken with another for the completion of either. A house or office used for transacting business, bookkeeping, correspondence, etc. Line of motion or direction. A fleet and spirited horse. Politeness originating in kindness and exercised habitually. An agreement entered into by two or more persons or parties. Concealed, especially for an evil purpose. A flock of quails or partridges.
To crouch down tremblingly, as through fear or shame. One who steers a rowboat, or one who has charge of a ship's boat and its crew under an officer. A rugged, rocky projection on a cliff or ledge. The skull of an animal, especially that part enclosing the brain. Coarse or thick in nature or structure, as opposed to thin or fine. A sharp, harsh, squeaking sound. Resembling or containing cream.
A formal summary of fundamental points of religious belief. A place for cremating dead bodies. A deep crack or fissure in the ice of a glacier. A small fissure, as between two contiguous surfaces. A standard by which to determine the correctness of a judgment or conclusion.
A criticism or critical review. Earthenware made from baked clay. A trying and purifying test or agency. Any concerted movement, vigorously prosecuted, in behalf of an idea or principle. Pertaining to a division of arthropods, containing lobsters, crabs, crawfish, etc. Having a crust-like shell. Anything written in characters that are secret or so arranged as to have hidden meaning. To bring together or give fixed shape to.
A short thick stick used as a club. Of or pertaining to cooking or the kitchen. To pick or sort out from the rest. Any artificial covered channel for the passage of water through a bank or under a road, canal. Capable of being remedied or corrected. A person having charge as of a library or museum.
A piece of bric-a-brac. Writing in which the letters are joined together. Concise, compressed, and abrupt in act or expression. To cut off or cut short. A downward movement of the body by bending the knees. Contempt for the opinions of others and of what others value.
That to which general interest or attention is directed. The doctrine that natural selection has been the prime cause of evolution of higher forms. A premise, starting-point, or given fact. A race in which two or more competitors come out even, and there is no winner. Scarcity, as of something customary, essential ,or desirable. A human skull as a symbol of death. To lower in character or virtue. Subject to contention or dispute.
Having gentle or courteous bearing or manner. A first appearance in society or on the stage. A figure with ten sides and ten angles. A weight of 10 grams. A liquid and dry measure of 10 liters. A volume consisting of ten parts or books. A length of ten meters. To leave suddenly or unexpectedly. A line of ten syllables. To mislead by or as by falsehood. Characterized by propriety of conduct, speech, manners, or dress. Falling off at maturity as petals after flowering, fruit when ripe, etc.
Founded on the number To destroy a measurable or large proportion of. To find out the true words or meaning of, as something hardly legible. A speech recited or intended for recitation from memory in public. A full and formal style of utterance. Containing a formal, positive, or explicit statement or affirmation. The change of endings in nouns and adj. Suitable for the occasion or circumstances.
Anything that allures, or is intended to allures into danger or temptation. Enfeebled, as by old age or some chronic infirmity. The voluntary consecration or relinquishment of something to an end or cause. To derive or draw as a conclusion by reasoning from given premises or principles.
To mar or disfigure the face or external surface of. To cut off or take away, as a part of something. Malicious and groundless injury done to the reputation or good name of another. The neglect or omission of a legal requirement.
A person against whom a suit is brought. Capable of being maintained or justified. Carried on in resistance to aggression. To delay or put off to some other time. Respectful submission or yielding, as to another's opinion, wishes, or judgment. Characterized by bold or insolent opposition. Not having an adequate or proper supply or amount. Having an exact signification or positive meaning. To cause to turn aside or downward. To clear of forests. To deprive of something dishonestly.
To make payment for. To become worse or inferior. Diminution, as of strength or magnitude. To take away honors or position from. To deprive of water.