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1. to wipe out; do away with; expunge: to ~ one's unhappy memories.
2. to rub out, erase, or obliterate (outlines, traces, inscriptions, etc.).
3. to make (oneself) inconspicuous; withdraw (oneself) modestly or shyly.
1. logically unsound: ~ arguments.
2. deceptive; misleading: ~ testimony.
3. disappointing; delusive: a ~ peace.
–verb (used with object) 1. to produce, cause, or give rise to: Hatred ~s violence.
2. to beget; procreate.
–verb (used without object) 3. to be produced or caused; come into existence: Conditions for a war were ~ing in Europe.
–verb (used with object) 1. to lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate.
2. to make less severe: to ~ a punishment.
3. to make (a person, one's state of mind, disposition, etc.) milder or more gentle; mollify; appease.
–verb (used without object) 4. to become milder; lessen in severity.
1. commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a ~ mind.
2. of or having the character or form of prose rather than poetry.
–adjective 1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ~ joys of childhood.
2. lasting but one day: an ~ flower.
–noun 3. anything short-lived, as certain insects
–adjective 1. intended for instruction; instructive: ~ poetry.
2. inclined to teach or lecture others too much: a boring, ~ speaker.
3. teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
4. ~s, (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.
noun 1. the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing: She left of her own ~.
2. a choice or decision made by the will.
3. the power of willing; will.
Characterized by an authoritative, arrogant assertion of unproved or unprovable principles
–noun 1. a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of contemplative ideals and practices extreme self-denial or self-mortification for religious reasons.
2. a person who leads an austerely simple life, esp. one who abstains from the normal pleasures of life or denies himself or herself material satisfaction.
3. (in the early Christian church) a monk; hermit.
–adjective Also, ~al. 4. pertaining to ~ism.
5. rigorously abstinent; austere: an ~ existence.
6. exceedingly strict or severe in religious exercises or self-mortification.
1. to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute: His tendency to ~ makes him a poor leader.
2. to sway unsteadily; waver; totter; stagger.
3. to oscillate or fluctuate.
1. opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, esp. of a church or religious system.
2. the maintaining of such an opinion or doctrine.
3. Roman Catholic Church. the willful and persistent rejection of any article of faith by a baptized member of the church.
4. any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs, customs, etc.
1. to speed up the progress of; hasten: to ~ shipments.
2. to accomplish promptly, as a piece of business; dispatch: to ~ one's duties.
3. to issue or dispatch, as an official document or letter.
agreeableness of sound; pleasing effect to the ear, esp. a pleasant sounding or harmonious combination or succession of words: the majestic ~ of Milton's poetry.
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a ~ and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
Moral corruption or degradation.
1. deserving praise; praiseworthy; commendable: Reorganizing the files was a ~ idea.
–adjective 1. wastefully or recklessly extravagant: ~ expenditure.
2. giving or yielding profusely; lavish (usually fol. by of or with): ~ of smiles; ~ with money.
3. lavishly abundant; profuse: nature's ~ resources.
–noun 4. a person who spends, or has spent, his or her money or substance with wasteful extravagance; spendthrift.
1. to reject as having no authority or binding force: to ~ a claim.
2. to cast off or disown: to ~ a son.
3. to reject with disapproval or condemnation: to ~ a new doctrine.
4. to reject with denial: to ~ a charge as untrue.
5. to refuse to acknowledge and pay (a debt), as a state, municipality, etc.
1. a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation: His disappearance is an ~ that has given rise to much speculation.
2. a person of puzzling or contradictory character: To me he has always been an ~, one minute completely insensitive, the next moved to tears.
3. a saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle.
4. (initial capital letter) a German-built enciphering machine developed for commercial use in the early 1920s and later adapted and appropriated by German and other Axis powers for military use through World War II.