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adj embarrassed or ashamed about sth you have done
When I asked to take a photo of them, both looked slightly abashed, yet overwhelmingly proud of their achievement.
When this was said, the monk sat silent, abashed, his shoulders drooping, his head down, brooding, at a loss for words.
Abashed and not knowing what to do, I acknowledged their applause by waving.
Abashed by the compliment, he almost immediately forgot the lines to his next song.
He is in good spirits, but a little abashed at the reaction to a talk he gave at a conference the day before.
Compare abashed and bashful.
adj lacking intelligence, interest, or imagination
I don't think I've ever seen a more vapid blog than the Marc & Angel site.
Shame on Leno for having him on his vapid show.
American television is the most vapid, advertisement filled garbage in the world.
This book is not a sweet romance with a few vapid sex scenes, it's so much more.
The modern cult of celebrity has culminated in vapid glitterati like Paris Hilton who is only famous for being famous and nothing else.
adj lazy or inactive
Don't be fooled by their indolent exterior.
We must become Tiger Mothers and brutalise our indolent children into violin practice.
She was beautiful, indolent, passive, and, by nature, languid.
She wandered from one dusky room into the other, too indolent to put the light on.
v[T] compose or draft ¶ edit or revise
An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang.
In his early reluctance to sift through and redact the cables he had acquired on Afghanistan, Julian Assange was wilfully blind to the fate of Afghanis who had assisted the NATO forces.
His arrogant dismissal of concerns about his failure to redact the leaked cables and his comments about people who might be harmed as a result - he labelled them 'collateral damage' - left me thinking that he was a monstrous hypocrite and had no basis to describe himself as an 'editor'.
There were also serious disagreements over the decision not to redact the names of Afghan civilians.
adj skilful and clever
The Ottomans are also known as a "gunpowder empire," credited with making adroit use of the new weapons emerging in Europe.
The combination of adroit promotion, skilled play, and full television coverage helped the Scott Tournament of Hearts to become a vital component of the Canadian curling scene.
Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard.
Macdonald was nevertheless an adroit politician and a popular campaigner. He successfully combined political shrewdness with a talent for conviviality and for good-humouredly persuading his colleagues to follow his lead.
I never thought I'd say anything good about Windows Vista, but Vista's handwriting recognition is much more adroit.
They lie without remorse, steal credit for accomplishments and are adroit at transferring blame for their mistakes.
n[C] fortune-teller, prophet
It is said that the ruler of the country, Ne Win, consulted a soothsayer or interpreted a dream to mean that all traffic should keep to the right.
Ne Win was a Burmese politician and military commander.
Keynes may be seen as a wonderful soothsayer and master of economics, but we all know where his views led in the UK.
She had modelled and acted before - appearing as a soothsayer in a 2008 episode of Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii.
Karen Gillan was a soothsayer in The Fires of Pompeii before playing Amy Pond.
Compare soothe and soothsayer.
adj rude and not showing respect for sb, esp sb older or more senior
It's impossible to believe that Reagan would have knuckled under to impertinent edicts of a bunch of anti-American countries in Geneva called the World Trade Organization.
When the publishing firm of Ruetten & Loening was negotiating with J. R. R. Tolkien over a German translation of The Hobbit in 1938, they demanded that Tolkien provide written assurance that he was an Aryan. Tolkien chastised the publishers for "impertinent and irrelevant inquiries".
The attacks are very gross, very impertinent, and very contemptible.
"If it were not impertinent, I would like to ask more." "It is not impertinent. You may ask."
Compare impertinent and impudent.
adj with many different aspects that keep changing
He describes the book as "a novel with 90 different narrators." London is fragmented, kaleidoscopic, so why should a book about the city be any different?
Elliott Carter, whose kaleidoscopic, rigorously organized works established him as one of the most important and enduring voices in contemporary music, died on Monday.
Approaching this complex field like a "lone eagle," he used his kaleidoscopic mind and his legendary memory, dexterity, and patience to perform whatever experiments were necessary to come up with his own related theories.
If you were one of those waiting for Lidell to get weird again, well, wait no longer: "What a Shame", the first single from his forthcoming self-titled LP, is a bright burst of kaleidoscopic color.
The LP (Long Play), or 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a format for phonograph (gramophone) records, an analog sound storage medium.
prefix false or not real
Great article on page 11 of the paper today. It attacks the pseudo science of various TV and lifestyle gurus.
I have to admit I am a bit intimidated by all the pseudo intellectuals in here, but I feel compelled to take a stab at the true cause at global warming.
Perhaps this pseudo code sample will clear things up.
Pseudocode is an informal high-level description of the operating principle of a computer program or other algorithm.
It uses the structural conventions of a programming language, but is intended for human reading rather than machine reading.
Pseudocode typically omits details that are essential for machine understanding of the algorithm, such as variable declarations, system-specific code and some subroutines.
A fictitious force, also called a pseudo force, d'Alembert force or inertial force, is an apparent force that acts on all masses whose motion is described using a non-inertial frame of reference, such as a rotating reference frame.
Bluetooth dongles can not monitor all traffic due to a pseudo-random frequency hopping system.
n[U] tiredness, weariness
Fatigue (also called exhaustion, tiredness, languidness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness) is a subjective feeling of tiredness which is distinct from weakness, and has a gradual onset.
Unlike weakness, fatigue can be alleviated by periods of rest. Fatigue can have physical or mental causes.
Symptoms of anaemia include general fatigue and lassitude.
After some three hours he developed cramping abdominal pain and nausea, which progressed to painful diarrhoea followed by a fever of 38.9C, severe headache, lassitude, myalgia and arthralgia.
The federal government spends over $166 billion on student aid and over $14 billion on tax benefits for college students, but only $1 billion on vocational education. Yet, government lassitude aside, the demand for skilled workers is continuing to rise, bringing higher salaries in its wake.
Napoleon went from ignominious exile at Elba to triumph in Paris to utter defeat at Waterloo.
The 2016 GOP nominee will only do marginally better with Latino voters than Romney did this year, and will again go down to an ignominious defeat.
While his exit may have been ignominious, Parker, by this time, was getting better at rolling with the punches.
The mode of execution was painful and ignominious: the head of the degenerate Roman was shrouded in a veil, his hands were tied behind his back, and after he had been scourged by the lictor, he was suspended in the midst of the forum on a cross, or inauspicious tree.
v[T] assign, allocate
The Field Museum is definitely an all day trip. Learn from my mistakes and allot at least 4 hours to get through all the exhibits!
We were allotted an hour to address the committee.
Despite the limited amount of time alloted for the activity (90 minutes), Uniterra's Regional Project Officer for gender equality gave a brief presentation on the Terms of Reference for Women's Economic Power and a debate was held after the presentaiton.
Mine was $1895. I alloted quite a bit for food because I'd like them to be able to eat real food and that usually costs more than white bread and canned stuff.
v[IT] spend less money, economize ¶ cut down, reduce
If rates go too high, consumers might retrench abruptly, which would cause a sharp economic slowdown.
The company had to retrench because of falling orders.
It had chosen to retrench and concentrate on quality over the last year, giving it a solid base for future expansion.
This judgment should not be interpreted as carte blanche to retrench employees who refuse to accept changes to terms and conditions of employment.
Critics are complaining that thousands of experienced teachers were retrenched and teacher training colleges were closed down.
Such families were also vulnerable if either partner was retrenched.
adj unwilling to spend any money ¶ describing an extremely small amount
Be generous and charitable, don't be selfish and miserly.
Allah loves more an ignorant man who is generous than a worshipper who is miserly.
The most miserly of people is the one who is miserly with the greeting.
Both of them were very shrewd and miserly.
The food tasted okay, but the portion sizes were miserly.
Being a student today with miserly grants and limited career prospects is difficult.
n[C] the short line -
The hyphen (‐) is a punctuation mark used to join words and to separate syllables of a single word.
The use of hyphens is called hyphenation.
The hyphen should not be confused with dashes, which are longer and have different uses, or with the minus sign, which is also longer.
Although, as mentioned above, hyphens are not to be confused with dashes and minus signs, there are some overlaps in usage.
In English, hyphens are mostly used to break single words into parts, or to join ordinarily separate words into single words.
Spaces should not be placed between a hyphen and either of the words it connects except when using a suspended or "hanging" hyphen (e.g. nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers).
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n[U] the fact or appearance of belonging to a high social class
This image was the product of a combination of Victorian melodrama and the code of Southern gentility which informed his genteel upbringing in Kentucky.
Smith's dress and manners suggested a man of some gentility.
It is a statement of refinement, grace and gentility that for many defines the qualities and the Edwardian period in which Rolls-Royce established the unsurpassed reputation it still enjoys today.
Historian Jonathan Clark exudes an air of patrician gentility.
To me, Downton Abbey is a little island of gentility, respect and order in a world of turmoil.
adj produced or existing in large amounts
Finally at around 10:30 pm, Masum was released with profuse apologies from the RAB authorities.
The sting site itself is only moderately painful, with little tissue damage, but approximately 30 minutes later, a victim develops symptoms, including severe back and abdominal pain, limb or joint pain, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating and agitation.
Incisions have straight edges with little soiling or contamination and are often longer than their depth. If deep they may result in profuse bleeding.
While doing Qigong, the practitioner spends little energy, but at the end of a session there is profuse perspiration, little elevation in blood pressure, but increased levels of energy.
By 9.45, I have three 11 year old boys in wet car smelling like mushrooms (the boys and the car, I think) and I am zooming across town.
An hour later, the repercussions of being a bad mother come to haunt.
I have no choice but to walk through a hall and yard full of high-schoolers, my wet hair now dried, plastered to my scalp on the crown and frizzy ends, thongs on housewife feet, house clothes and all.
Only the profuse thanks and looks of gratitude and appreciation on the face of my three charges stop me from slinking red faced back out the way I came.
adj highly or excessively sensitive
I'm hypersensitive to this, and I wanted to transcend symptoms to causes and solutions.
His brain injury means he's hypersensitive to his environment, especially noise.
Some adults are hypersensitive to even small quantities of fluoride, including that contained in fluoridated water.
Those who have significant hypersensitive reactions need to get in touch with 911 when they experience the symptoms coming on.
adj ≠nocturnal ¶ happening every day
"Are any bats diurnal?" "Most aren't and are instead nocturnal, coming out at night, but most fruit bats do come out in the day."
Climate models predict that as a consequence of anthropogenic global warming, the planet should warm more at night than during the day. This is also known as a decreasing diurnal temperature range (DTR).
An increase in DTR (diurnal temperature range) during drought is predicted by empirical climate science, but a reduction in DTR is a key prediction of the CAGW enhanced greenhouse effect.
CAGW, for "catastrophic anthropogenic global warming," is a snarl word (or snarl acronym) that global warming denialists use for the established science of climate change. A Google Scholar search indicates that the term is never used in the scientific literature on climate.
Globally, the effect would be to decrease nocturnal humidity if in fact nocturnal evaporation were decreased over that without CO2 present in the atmosphere, thereby widening the diurnal temperature difference and mostly independently of matutinal high temperature, the water's surface temperatures being more dependent upon seasonal than daily variation.
In rural areas, businesses are mostly diurnal because there is not a large enough population base to sustain extended hours operation.
adj trying to be funny in a way that is not appropriate
Now I am completely confused! Are you being facetious or sincere?
Of course I'm being facetious. This idea could never work in the real world.
I made this somewhat facetious argument to illustrate a point.
He kept interrupting our discussion with facetious remarks.
adj very stupid
If you're going to start drawing fatuous and moronic comparisons between Scottish football and Burma or Iraq, I suspect you're doing it in the wrong blog.
The reasons she gave for her opposition to further strengthening the Bill were so fatuous as to be laughable.
It's a fairly fatuous argument to say that social technology doesn't work for B2B.
The idea that these killers only hate us because of Iraq is fatuous. The Cole was before Iraq, as were the embassy bombings in Tanzania.
n[U] damage to or loss of reputation
He was suspended for 12 months by the AFL for bringing the game into disrepute, before ending his playing career with the Richmond Tigers in 2010.
The GMC used their favourite phrase and concluded he "had brought the profession into disrepute".
Litigation like this brings the judicial system into disrepute.
Tony Abbott and his redneck liberal opposition have brought the office of Prime Minister into disrepute.
n[C] counting frame
The abacus (plural abaci or abacuses), also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool that was in use centuries before the adoption of the written modern numeral system and is still widely used by merchants, traders and clerks in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere.
Today, abaci are often constructed as a bamboo frame with beads sliding on wires, but originally they were beans or stones moved in grooves in sand or on tablets of wood, stone, or metal.
The user of an abacus is called an abacist.
The use of the word abacus dates before 1387 AD, when a Middle English work borrowed the word from Latin to describe a sandboard abacus.
The period 2700–2300 BC saw the first appearance of the Sumerian abacus, a table of successive columns which delimited the successive orders of magnitude of their sexagesimal number system.
The use of the abacus in Ancient Egypt is mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus.
During the Achaemenid Persian Empire, around 600 BC the Persians first began to use the abacus.
The earliest archaeological evidence for the use of the Greek abacus dates to the 5th century BC.
The earliest known written documentation of the Chinese abacus dates to the 2nd century BC.
During the 1870s he knew engineers of international repute: John Carruthers, engineer-in-chief in the colony in 1871-79, and Sir John Coode.
Many spas at country hotels are doubled as a house of ill repute (a building where prostitutes are available).
The Director-General is to consider whether the applicant is of good repute, having regard to character, honesty and integrity.
His performances in 2012 had elevated an international career, already of some repute, into a category altogether more impressive.
Home property management companies of high repute can be found in most places.