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{adj: Audenesque} in the manner of W. H. Auden



{adj: W-shaped} shaped in the form of the letter W

{adj: accidental, adventitious} associated by chance and not an integral part
"poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form"- Frederick W. Robertson
"they had to decide whether his misconduct was adventitious or the result of a flaw in his character"

{adj: adamant, adamantine, inexorable, intransigent} impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
"he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind"
"Cynthia was inexorable; she would have none of him"- W.Churchill
"an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency"

{adj: ambidextrous, deceitful, double-dealing, duplicitous, Janus-faced, two-faced, double-faced, double-tongued} marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
"she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill
"a double-dealing double agent"
"a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray

{adj: annihilating, devastating, withering} making light of
"afire with annihilating invective"
"a devastating portrait of human folly"
"to compliments inflated I've a withering reply"- W.S.Gilbert

{adj: apart, isolated, obscure} remote and separate physically or socially
"existed over the centuries as a world apart"
"preserved because they inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson
"tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization"
"an obscure village"

{adj: ashen, blanched, bloodless, livid, white} anemic looking from illness or emotion
"a face turned ashen"
"the invalid's blanched cheeks"
"tried to speak with bloodless lips"
"a face livid with shock"
"lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley
"lips white with terror"
"a face white with rage"

{adj: bloodthirsty, bloody-minded, sanguinary} marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed
"bloody-minded tyrants"
"bloodthirsty yells"
"went after the collaborators with a sanguinary fury that drenched the land with blood"-G.W.Johnson

{adj: chilly} not characterized by emotion
"a female form in marble--a chilly but ideal medium for depicting abstract virtues"-C.W.Cunningham

{adj: civil, polite} not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others
"even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham
<-> uncivil

{adj: communicative, communicatory} able or tending to communicate
"was a communicative person and quickly told all she knew"- W.M.Thackeray
<-> uncommunicative

{adj: contentious} involving or likely to cause controversy
"a central and contentious element of the book"- Tim W.Ferfuson

{adj: datable, dateable} that can be given a date
"a concrete and datable happening"- C.W.Shumaker
<-> undatable

{adj: designing, scheming} concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest
"a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark schemes of European intrigue"- W.Churchill
"a scheming wife"
"a scheming gold digger"

{adj: disdainful, haughty, lordly, prideful, sniffy, supercilious, swaggering} having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
"some economists are disdainful of their colleagues in other social disciplines"
"haughty aristocrats"
"his lordly manners were offensive"
"walked with a prideful swagger"
"very sniffy about breaches of etiquette"
"his mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air"
"a more swaggering mood than usual"- W.L.Shirer

{adj: doomed, ill-fated, ill-omened, ill-starred, unlucky} marked by or promising bad fortune
"their business venture was doomed from the start"
"an ill-fated business venture"
"an ill-starred romance"
"the unlucky prisoner was again put in irons"- W.H.Prescott

{adj: double, dual, twofold, two-fold, treble, threefold, three-fold} having more than one decidedly dissimilar aspects or qualities
"a double (or dual) role for an actor"
"the office of a clergyman is twofold; public preaching and private influence"- R.W.Emerson
"every episode has its double and treble meaning"-Frederick Harrison

{adj: frenzied, manic} affected with or marked by frenzy or mania uncontrolled by reason
"a frenzied attack"
"a frenzied mob"
"the prosecutor's frenzied denunciation of the accused"- H.W.Carter
"outbursts of drunken violence and manic activity and creativity"

{adj: gingerly} with extreme care or delicacy
"they proceeded with gingerly footwork over the jagged stones"
"the issue was handled only in a gingerly way"- W.S.White

{adj: huge, immense, vast, Brobdingnagian} unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope
"huge government spending"
"huge country estates"
"huge popular demand for higher education"
"a huge wave"
"the Los Angeles aqueduct winds like an immense snake along the base of the mountains"
"immense numbers of birds"
"at vast (or immense) expense"
"the vast reaches of outer space"
"the vast accumulation of knowledge...which we call civilization"- W.R.Inge

{adj: intimate, knowledgeable, versed} thoroughly acquainted through study or experience
"this girl, so intimate with nature"-W.H.Hudson
"knowledgeable about the technique of painting"- Herbert Read

{adj: mimetic} exhibiting mimicry
"mimetic coloring of a butterfly"
"the mimetic tendency of infancy"- R.W.Hamilton

{adj: mounted} decorated with applied ornamentation; often used in combination
"the trim brass-mounted carbine of the ranger"- F.V.W.Mason

{adj: predaceous, predacious, predatory} living by or given to victimizing others for personal gain
"predatory capitalists"
"a predatory, insensate society in which innocence and decency can prove fatal"- Peter S. Prescott
"a predacious kind of animal--the early geological gangster"- W.E.Swinton

{adj: rampageous} displaying raging violence; often destructive
"the hot rampageous horses of my will"- W.H.Auden

{adj: rascally, roguish, scoundrelly, blackguardly} lacking principles or scruples
"the rascally rabble"
"the tyranny of a scoundrelly aristocracy" - W.M. Thackaray
"the captain was set adrift by his roguish crew"

{adj: recusant} refusing to submit to authority
"the recusant electors...cooperated in electing a new Senate"- Mary W.Williams

{adj: rhetorical} of or relating to rhetoric
"accepted two or three verbal and rhetorical changes I suggested"- W.A.White
"the rhetorical sin of the meaningless variation"- Lewis Mumford

{adj: sentient} consciously perceiving
"sentient of the intolerable load"
"a boy so sentient of his surroundings"- W.A.White

{adj: shadowy, wraithlike} lacking in substance
"strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler
"dim shadowy forms"
"a wraithlike column of smoke"

{adj: shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken, withered, wizen, wizened} lean and wrinkled by shrinkage as from age or illness
"the old woman's shriveled skin"
"he looked shriveled and ill"
"a shrunken old man"
"a lanky scarecrow of a man with withered face and lantern jaws"-W.F.Starkie
"he did well despite his withered arm"
"a wizened little man with frizzy grey hair"

{adj: tenderhearted} easily moved by another's distress
"a noble tenderhearted creature who sympathizes with all the human race"- W.M.Thackeray

{adj: transcendent} beyond and outside the ordinary range of human experience or understanding
"philosophers...often explicitly reject the notion of any transcendent reality beyond thought...and claim to be concerned only with thought itself..."- W.P.Alston
"the unknowable mysteries of life"

{adj: unanticipated, unforeseen, unlooked-for, out of the blue} not anticipated
"unanticipated and disconcerting lines of development"- H.W.Glidden
"unforeseen circumstances"
"a virtue unlooked-for in people so full of energy"
"like a bolt out of the blue"

{adj: unliterary, nonliterary} marked by lack of affectation or pedantry
"her talk was very unliterary"- W.D.Howells

{adj: vigorous} strong and active physically or mentally
"a vigorous old man who spent half of his day on horseback"- W.H.Hudson

{adj: well-intentioned, well-meaning, well-meant} marked by good intentions though often producing unfortunate results
"a well-intentioned but clumsy waiter"
"a well-meaning but tactless fellow"
"the son's well-meaning efforts threw a singular chill upon the father's admirers"- S.W.Maughm
"blunt but well-meant criticism"

{adj: yellow} cowardly or treacherous
"the little yellow stain of treason"-M.W.Straight
"too yellow to stand and fight"

{adv: barely, hardly, just, scarcely, scarce} by a small margin
"they could barely hear the speaker"
"we hardly knew them"
"just missed being hit"
"had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"
"would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats

{adv: pro tem, pro tempore} for the time being; temporarily
"accepting pro tem that hypothesis consistent with the facts"- J.W.Krutch

{adv: thence, therefrom, thereof} from that circumstance or source
"atomic formulas and all compounds thence constructible"- W.V.Quine
"a natural conclusion follows thence"
"public interest and a policy deriving therefrom"
"typhus fever results therefrom"

{n: Auden, W. H. Auden, Wystan Hugh Auden} United States poet (born in England) (1907-1973)

{n: Bush administration} the executive under President George H. W. Bush

{n: Bush administration} the executive under President George W. Bush

{n: Bush, George Bush, George H.W. Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, President Bush} vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924)

{n: Bush, George Bush, George W. Bush, George Walker Bush, President Bush, President George W. Bush, Dubyuh, Dubya} 43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert Walker Bush (born in 1946)

{n: Cassiopeia} a W-shaped constellation in the northern hemisphere near Polaris

{n: Du Bois, W. E. B. Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois} United States civil rights leader and political activist who campaigned for equality for Black Americans (1868-1963)

{n: Fields, W. C. Fields, William Claude Dukenfield} United States comedian and film actor (1880-1946)

{n: Fuller, Melville W. Fuller, Melville Weston Fuller} United States jurist and chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1833-1910)

{n: Gish, Lillian Gish} United States film actress who appeared in films by D. W. Griffith (1896-1993)

{n: Griffith, D. W. Griffith, David Lewelyn Wark Griffith} United States film maker who was the first to use flashbacks and fade-outs (1875-1948)

{n: Handy, W. C. Handy, William Christopher Handy} United States blues musician who transcribed and published traditional blues music (1873-1958)

{n: Hudson, W. H. Hudson, William Henry Hudson} English naturalist (born in Argentina) (1841-1922)

{n: Industrial Workers of the World, IWW, I.W.W.} a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I

{n: Isherwood, Christopher Isherwood, Christopher William Bradshaw Isherwood} United States writer (born in England) whose best known novels portray Berlin in the 1930's and who collaborated with W. H. Auden in writing plays in verse (1904-1986)

{n: Jacobs, W. W. Jacobs, William Wymark Jacobs} English writer of macabre short stories (1863-1943)

{n: Kellogg, W. K. Kellogg, Will Keith Kellog} United States food manufacturer who (with his brother) developed a breakfast cereal of crisp flakes of rolled and toasted wheat and corn; he established a company to manufacture the cereal (1860-1951)

{n: Kroto, Harold Kroto, Harold W. Kroto, Sir Harold Walter Kroto} British chemist who with Robert Curl and Richard Smalley discovered fullerenes and opened a new branch of chemistry (born in 1939)

{n: Mason, A. E. W. Mason, Alfred Edward Woodley Mason} English writer (1865-1948)

{n: Maugham, Somerset Maugham, W. Somerset Maugham, William Somerset Maugham} English writer (born in France) of novels and short stories (1874-1965)

{n: Meissner, Fritz W. Meissner} German physicist (1882-1974)

{n: Mellon, Andrew Mellon, Andrew W. Mellon, Andrew William Mellon} United States financier and philanthropist (1855-1937)

{n: Morley, E. W. Morley, Edward Morley, Edward Williams Morley} United States chemist and physicist who collaborated with Michelson in the Michelson-Morley experiment (1838-1923)

{n: Post, C. W. Post, Charles William Post} United States manufacturer of breakfast cereals and Postum (1854-1914)

{n: Postum} trade mark for a coffee substitute invented by C. W. Post and made with chicory and roasted grains

{n: Powell, Colin Powell, Colin luther Powell} United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)

{n: QWERTY keyboard} the standard typewriter keyboard; the keys for Q, W, E, R, T, and Y are the first six from the left on the top row of letter keys

{n: Quine, W. V. Quine, Willard Van Orman Quine} United States philosopher and logician who championed an empirical view of knowledge that depended on language (1908-2001)

{n: W, letter w, double-u} the 23rd letter of the Roman alphabet

{n: Yeats, William Butler Yeats, W. B. Yeats} Irish poet and dramatist (1865-1939)

{n: bilabial} a consonant that is articulated using both lips; /p/ or /b/ or /w/

{n: clerihew} a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person
"`The president is George W. Bush, Who is happy to sit on his tush, While sending his armies to fight, For anything he thinks is right' is a clerihew"

{n: country music, country and western, C and W} a simple style of folk music heard mostly in the southern United States; usually played on stringed instruments

{n: stockholding} ownership of stocks; the state or fact of holding stock
"prohibition of unrestricted intercorporate stockholding"- W.Z.Ripley

{n: superficies} the purely external aspect of a thing; superficial appearance
"the audience was held by the substance of the play rather than by the superficies of the production"-R.W.Speaight

{n: tungsten, wolfram, W, atomic number 74} a heavy grey-white metallic element; the pure form is used mainly in electrical applications; it is found in several ores including wolframite and scheelite

{n: water closet, closet, W.C., loo} a toilet in England

{n: watt, W} a unit of power equal to 1 joule per second; the power dissipated by a current of 1 ampere flowing across a resistance of 1 ohm

{n: weapon of mass destruction, WMD, W.M.D.} a weapon that kills or injures civilian as well as military personnel (nuclear and chemical and biological weapons)

{n: west, due west, westward, W} the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees


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