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{adj: Essene} said of or relating to the Essenes

{adj: accepted, received} widely accepted as true or worthy
"the accepted wisdom about old age"
"a received moral idea"
"Received political wisdom says not; surveys show otherwise"- Economist

{adj: ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten} said or done without having been planned or written in advance
"he made a few ad-lib remarks"

{adj: aforesaid, aforementioned, said} being the one previously mentioned or spoken of
"works of all the aforementioned authors"
"said party has denied the charges"

{adj: alluring, beguiling, enticing, tempting} highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
"an alluring prospect"
"her alluring smile"
"the voice was low and beguiling"
"difficult to say no to an enticing advertisement"
"a tempting invitation"

{adj: anal, anal retentive} a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
<-> oral

{adj: antiseptic} thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms
"doctors in antiseptic green coats"
"the antiseptic effect of alcohol"
"it is said that marjoram has antiseptic qualities"
<-> septic

{adj: askew, awry, cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff} turned or twisted toward one side
"a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton
"his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff"

{adj: at a loss, nonplused, nonplussed, puzzled} filled with bewilderment
"at a loss to understand those remarks"
"puzzled that she left without saying goodbye"

{adj: brash, cheeky, nervy} offensively bold
"a brash newcomer disputed the age-old rules for admission to the club"
"a nervy thing to say"

{adj: copacetic, copasetic, copesetic, copesettic} completely satisfactory
"his smile said that everything was copacetic"
"You had to be a good judge of what a man was like, and the English was copacetic"- John O'Hara

{adj: correct, right} socially right or correct
"it isn't right to leave the party without saying goodbye"
"correct behavior"

{adj: dark, obscure} marked by difficulty of style or expression
"much that was dark is now quite clear to me"
"those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"

{adj: dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow} slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity
"so dense he never understands anything I say to him"
"never met anyone quite so dim"
"although dull at classical learning, at mathematics he was uncommonly quick"- Thackeray
"dumb officials make some really dumb decisions"
"he was either normally stupid or being deliberately obtuse"
"worked with the slow students"

{adj: disinclined} unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval
"disinclined to say anything to anybody"
<-> inclined

{adj: disquieted, distressed, disturbed, upset, worried} afflicted with or marked by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief
"too upset to say anything"
"spent many disquieted moments"
"distressed about her son's leaving home"
"lapsed into disturbed sleep"
"worried parents"
"a worried frown"
"one last worried check of the sleeping children"

{adj: embarrassed, humiliated, mortified} made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride
"too embarrassed to say hello to his drunken father on the street"
"humiliated that his wife had to go out to work"
"felt mortified by the comparison with her sister"

{adj: final, last} not to be altered or undone
"the judge's decision is final"
"the arbiter will have the last say"

{adj: grandiloquent, magniloquent, tall} lofty in style
"he engages in so much tall talk, one never really realizes what he is saying"

{adj: hierarchical, hierarchal, hierarchic} classified according to various criteria into successive levels or layers
"it has been said that only a hierarchical society with a leisure class at the top can produce works of art"
"in her hierarchical set of values honesty comes first"
<-> nonhierarchical

{adj: iconoclastic} destructive of images used in religious worship; said of religions, such as Islam, in which the representation of living things is prohibited

{adj: identical, selfsame, very} being the exact same one; not any other:
"this is the identical room we stayed in before"
"the themes of his stories are one and the same"
"saw the selfsame quotation in two newspapers"
"on this very spot"
"the very thing he said yesterday"
"the very man I want to see"

{adj: inarticulate, unarticulate} without or deprived of the use of speech or words
"inarticulate beasts"
"remained stupidly inarticulate and saying something noncommittal"
"inarticulate with rage"
"an inarticulate cry"
<-> articulate

{adj: indomitable, never-say-die, unsubduable} impossible to subdue

{adj: iniquitous, sinful, ungodly} characterized by iniquity; wicked because it is believed to be a sin
"iniquitous deeds"
"he said it was sinful to wear lipstick"
"ungodly acts"

{adj: metonymic, metonymical} using the name of one thing for that of another with which it is closely associated
"to say `he spent the evening reading Shakespeare' is metonymic because it substitutes the author himself for the author's works"

{adj: nasty, awful} offensive or even (of persons) malicious
"in a nasty mood"
"a nasty accident"
"a nasty shock"
"a nasty smell"
"a nasty trick to pull"
"Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound
<-> nice

{adj: opposite} altogether different in nature or quality or significance
"the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended"
"it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- Charles Reade

{adj: oral} a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression
<-> anal

{adj: ponderable} capable of being weighed or considered
"something ponderable from the outer world--something of which we can say that its weight is so and so"- James Jeans
<-> imponderable

{adj: repeatable, quotable} able or fit to be repeated or quoted
"what he said was not repeatable in polite company"
"he comes up with so many quotable phrases"
<-> unquotable, unrepeatable

{adj: sesquipedalian} given to the overuse of long words
"sesquipedalian orators"
"this sesquipedalian way of saying one has no money"

{adj: sexist} discriminatory on the basis of sex (usually said of men's attitude toward women)

{adj: thoughtless, uncaring, unthinking} without care or thought for others
"the thoughtless saying of a great princess on being informed that the people had no bread; `Let them eat cake'"

{adj: unavailable} not available or accessible or at hand
"fresh milk was unavailable during the emergency"
"his secretary said he was unavailable for comment"
<-> available

{adj: unrepeatable, unquotable} not able or fit to be repeated or quoted
"what he said was funny but unquotable"
<-> quotable, repeatable

{adj: unsuitable, improper, wrong} not appropriate for a purpose or occasion
"unsuitable attire for the office"
"said all the wrong things"

{adv: affably, amiably, genially} in an affable manner
"`Come and visit me,' he said amiably"

{adv: all together, all at once} all at the same time
"Let's say `Yes!' all at once"

{adv: and how, you bet, you said it} an expression of emphatic agreement

{adv: as we say, so to speak} in a manner of speaking
"the feeling is, as we say, quite dead"

{adv: assertively} in an assertive manner
"`I will take care of my own life,' she said assertively"
<-> unassertively

{adv: back, in reply} in answer
"he wrote back three days later"
"had little to say in reply to the questions"

{adv: beseechingly, importunately, imploringly, pleadingly, entreatingly} in a beseeching manner
"`You must help me,' she said imploringly"

{adv: briskly} in a brisk manner
"she walked briskly in the cold air"
"`after lunch,' she said briskly"

{adv: chattily, volubly} in a chatty manner
"`when I was a girl,' she said chattily, `I used to ride a bicycle'"

{adv: coaxingly, cajolingly} in a cajoling manner
"`Come here,' she said coaxingly"

{adv: congenially} in a congenial manner
"`Let's all have a drink together,' he said congenially"

{adv: contentedly} with equanimity
"`I bought it,' she said contentedly"

{adv: convivially} in a convivial manner
"`Let's go and have a drink,' she said convivially"

{adv: cryptically, enigmatically, mysteriously} in a cryptic manner
"we will meet again," he said cryptically

{adv: curtly, short, shortly} in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
"he told me curtly to get on with it"
"he talked short with everyone"
"he said shortly that he didn't like it"

{adv: decisively, resolutely} with firmness
"`I will come along,' she said decisively"
<-> indecisively

{adv: defensively} in an apologetic and defensive manner
"`I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively"

{adv: disagreeably} in a disagreeable manner
"`I took no harm from the journey, thank you,' she said disagreeably"
<-> agreeably

{adv: disgustedly} in a disgusted manner
"`Get out of my office,' the professor said disgustedly to the lazy student"

{adv: disjointedly} in a disjointed manner
"`We're not married, not really married,' she said, and slowly, reluctantly, disjointedly it came out"

{adv: distractedly} in a distracted manner
"`Come in,' he said distractedly"

{adv: distressfully} with distress
"`Doctor Rother says it's his only chance,' she added distressfully"

{adv: dreamily, moonily, dreamfully} in a dreamy manner
"`She would look beautiful in the new dress,' Tommy said dreamily"

{adv: drowsily, somnolently} in a drowsy manner
"`Time to get up,' she said drowsily"

{adv: earlier, before} earlier in time; previously
"I had known her before"
"as I said before"
"he called me the day before but your call had come even earlier"
"her parents had died four years earlier"
"I mentioned that problem earlier"

{adv: encouragingly} in an encouraging manner
"`Go on,' he said encouragingly to his student"
<-> discouragingly

{adv: enterprisingly} in an enterprising manner
"`Let's go up that mountain,' she said enterprisingly"

{adv: flexibly} with flexibility
"`Come whenever you are free,' he said flexibly"
<-> inflexibly

{adv: forgivingly} with forgiveness; in a forgiving manner
"`Never mind,' she said forgivingly"
<-> unforgivingly

{adv: frostily, frigidly} without warmth or enthusiasm
"`Come in if you have to,' he said frostily"

{adv: heatedly, hotly} in a heated manner
"`To say I am behind the strike is so much nonsense,' declared Mr Harvey heatedly"
"the children were arguing hotly"

{adv: hoarsely, huskily} in a hoarse or husky voice
"`Excuse me,' he said hoarsely"

{adv: hopelessly} without hope; desperate because there seems no possibility of comfort or success
"he hung his head hopelessly"
"`I must die,' he said hopelessly"
<-> hopefully

{adv: huffily} in a huffy manner
"`Don't bother to call me back,' he said huffily"

{adv: i.e., ie, id est} that is to say; in other words

{adv: inconsequentially, inconsequently} lacking consequence
"`You're so beautifully dressed,' she said and added quite inconsequentially, `Can you stay the night?'"
<-> consequentially

{adv: indecisively} lacking firmness or resoluteness
"`I don't know,' he said indecisively"
<-> decisively

{adv: indeed, so} in truth (often tends to intensify)
"they said the car would break down and indeed it did"
"it is very cold indeed"
"was indeed grateful"
"indeed, the rain may still come"
"he did so do it!"

{adv: innately} in an innate manner
"the child is said to be innately disposed to learn language"

{adv: laconically, dryly, drily} in a dry laconic manner
"I know that," he said dryly

{adv: lightly} without good reason
"one cannot say such things lightly"

{adv: like hell} used ironically to indicate the opposite of what is stated
"says he'll help me? Like hell he will!"

{adv: literally} in a literal sense
"literally translated"
"he said so literally"
<-> figuratively

{adv: manfully, manly} in a manful manner; with qualities thought to befit a man
"having said her say Peggy manfully shouldered her burden and prepared to break up yet another home"
<-> unmanfully

{adv: mortally} in such a manner that death ensues (also in reference to hatred, jealousy, fear, etc.)
"a being of whom the forest Indians are said to be mortally afraid, with a hoof shaped like the heel of a bottle"

{adv: musingly} in a reflective manner
"`It's funny about that bar,' he said musingly"

{adv: namely, viz., that is to say, videlicet} as follows

{adv: neurotically} in a neurotic manner
"they are finely, not to say neurotically adjusted"

{adv: offensively, objectionably, obnoxiously} in an obnoxious manner
"he said so in one of his more offensively intellectually arrogant sentences"

{adv: offensively} in an aggressive manner
"`In this crisis, we must act offensively,' the President said"
"the admiral intends to act offensively in the Mediterranean"
<-> defensively

{adv: pleasantly, cheerily, sunnily} in a cheerful manner
"`I'll do the dishes,' he said pleasantly"

{adv: precisely, exactly, just} indicating exactness or preciseness
"he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do"
"it was just as he said--the jewel was gone"
"it has just enough salt"

{adv: precisely, exactly, on the nose, on the dot, on the button} just as it should be
"`Precisely, my lord,' he said"

{adv: provocatively, provokingly} in a provocative manner
"`Try it,' he said provocatively"

{adv: ruefully, contritely, remorsefully} in a rueful manner
"`I made a big mistake,' he said ruefully"

{adv: sadly} with sadness; in a sad manner
"`She died last night,' he said sadly"

{adv: silkily} in a silky manner
"the young wheat shone silkily"
"`Darling,' she said silkily"

{adv: smoothly} in a smooth and diplomatic manner
"`And now,' he said smoothly, `we will continue the conversation'"

{adv: snappishly} in an ill-natured and snappish manner
"`Don't talk to me now,' she said snappishly"

{adv: sneeringly, superciliously, snidely} with a sneer; in an uncomplimentary sneering manner
"`I don't believe in these customs,' he said sneeringly"

{adv: somberly, sombrely} in a somber manner
"`That's sure bad news,' said Dowd, somberly"

{adv: squeamishly} in a squeamish manner
"`I would rather not touch,' he said squeamishly"

{adv: sternly, severely} with sternness; in a severe manner
"`No,' she said sternly"
"peered severely over her glasses"

{adv: stolidly} in a stolid manner
"he said `no' stolidly"

{adv: stuffily, stodgily} in a stuffy manner
"`Come in please,' he said stuffily"

{adv: sulkily} in a sulky manner
"`What else could I do?' said Graham sulkily"

{adv: tartly} in a tart manner
"`Never mind your immortal soul,' she said tartly"

{adv: tauntingly, teasingly} in a playfully teasing manner
"`You hate things to be out of order, don't you?' she said teasingly"

{adv: testily, irritably, petulantly, pettishly} in a petulant manner
"he said testily; `Go away!'"

{adv: to that effect} with that general meaning
"she said something to that effect"

{adv: tonelessly} in a monotone
"`Come in,' she said tonelessly"

{adv: unhesitatingly} without hesitation
"she said yes unhesitatingly"
<-> hesitantly

{adv: uninformatively, uninstructively} in an uninformative manner
"`I can't tell you when the manager will arrive,' he said rather uninformatively"
<-> informatively, instructively

{adv: uppermost} in or into the most prominent position, as in the mind
"say what comes uppermost"

{adv: urbanely} in an urbane manner
"`I had tea occasionally with the Duke,' said Mr. Eggers urbanely"

{adv: well} with prudence or propriety
"You would do well to say nothing more"
"could not well refuse"

{adv: worriedly} in a worried manner
"`I wonder what to do,' she said worriedly"
"he paused worriedly before calling the bank"

{adv: wretchedly} in a wretched manner
"`I can't remember who I am,' I said, wretchedly"

{n: Ahuehuete, Tule tree} Mexico's most famous tree; a giant specimen of Montezuma cypress more than 2,000 years old with a girth of 165 feet at Santa Maria del Tule
"some say the Tule tree is the world's largest single biomass"

{n: Angelus} a prayer said 3 times a day by Roman Catholics in memory of the Annunciation

{n: Ansar al Islam, Ansar al-Islam, Supporters of Islam} a radical Islamic group of terrorists in the Iraqi part of Kurdistan who oppose an independent secular nation as advocated by the United States; some members fought with the Taliban and al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan; said to receive financial support from Saddam Hussein

{n: Arthur, King Arthur} a legendary king of the Britons (possibly based on a historical figure in the 6th century but the story has been retold too many times to be sure); said to have led the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot

{n: Atlantis} according to legend, an island in the Atlantic Ocean that Plato said was swallowed by an earthquake

{n: Bayard, Seigneur de Bayard, Chevalier de Bayard, Pierre Terrail, Pierre de Terrail} French soldier said to be fearless and chivalrous (1473-1524)

{n: Beatitude} one of the eight sayings of Jesus at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount; in Latin each saying begins with `beatus' (blessed)
"her favorite Beatitude is `Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth'"

{n: Bigfoot, Sasquatch} large hairy humanoid creature said to live in wilderness areas of the United States and Canada

{n: Blarney Stone} a stone in a castle in Ireland that is said to impart skill in flattery to anyone who kisses it

{n: Bonney, William H. Bonney, Billie the Kid} United States outlaw who was said to have killed 21 men (1859-1881)

{n: Burt, Cyril Burt, Cyril Lodowic Burt} English psychologist whose studies of twins were later said to have used fabricated data (1883-1971)

{n: Cocytus, River Cocytus} (Greek mythology) a river in Hades that was said to be a tributary of the Acheron

{n: Damocles} the Greek courtier to Dionysius the Elder who (according to legend) was condemned to sit under a naked sword that was suspended by a hair in order to demonstrate to him that being a king was not the happy state Damocles had said it was (4th century BC)

{n: Debussy, Claude Debussey, Claude Achille Debussy} French composer who is said to have created Impressionism in music (1862-1918)

{n: Flying Dutchman} a phantom ship that is said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope

{n: French leave} an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying farewell)

{n: Gordius} legendary king of ancient Phrygia who was said to be responsible for the Gordian knot

{n: Heraclitus} a presocratic Greek philosopher who said that fire is the origin of all things and that permanence is an illusion as all things are in perpetual flux (circa 500 BC)

{n: Hipparchus} Greek astronomer and mathematician who discovered the precession of the equinoxes and made the first known star chart and is said to have invented trigonometry (second century BC)

{n: Horace} Roman lyric poet said to have influenced English poetry (65-8 BC)

{n: Hot Springs National Park} a national park in Arkansas featuring ancient hot springs; bathing is said to have therapeutic effects

{n: Ibizan hound, Ibizan Podenco} breed of slender agile medium-sized hound found chiefly in the Balearic Islands; said to have been bred originally by the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt

{n: Japanese Red Army, JRA, Anti-Imperialist International Brigade} a terrorist group organized in 1970 to overthrow the Japanese government and monarchy and to foment world revolution; is said to have close ties with Palestinian terrorists
"in 1972 the Japanese Red Army was responsible for a massacre at an airport in Israel"

{n: John, Saint John, St. John, Saint John the Apostle, St. John the Apostle, John the Evangelist, John the Divine} (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation

{n: Mass card} (Roman Catholic Church) a card sent to a bereaved family that says the sender has arranged for a Mass to be said in memory of the deceased

{n: Mass} a sequence of prayers constituting the Christian Eucharistic rite
"the priest said Mass"

{n: Mays, Willie Mays, Willie Howard Mays Jr., Say Hey Kid} United States baseball player (born in 1931)

{n: McCarthyism} unscrupulously accusing people of disloyalty (as by saying they were Communists)

{n: Methuselah} (Old Testament) a patriarch (grandfather of Noah) who is said to have lived 969 years

{n: Miranda rule} the rule that police (when interrogating you after an arrest) are obliged to warn you that anything you say may be used as evidence and to read you your constitutional rights (the right to a lawyer and the right to remain silent until advised by a lawyer)

{n: Nero, Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus} Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)

{n: Noah's flood, Noachian deluge, Noah and the Flood, the Flood} (Biblical) the great deluge that is said in the Book of Genesis to have occurred in the time of Noah; it was brought by God upon the earth because of the wickedness of human beings

{n: Oedipus complex, Oedipal complex} a complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father; said to be a source of personality disorders if unresolved

{n: Parmenides} a presocratic Greek philosopher born in Italy; held the metaphysical view that being is the basic substance and ultimate reality of which all things are composed; said that motion and change are sensory illusions (5th century BC)

{n: Pocahontas, Matoaka, Rebecca Rolfe} a Powhatan woman (the daughter of Powhatan) who befriended the English at Jamestown and is said to have saved Captain John Smith's life (1595-1617)

{n: Psalm} one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers that comprise the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament; said to have been written by David

{n: Ptolemy II} son of Ptolemy I and king of Egypt who was said to be responsible for the Septuagint (circa 309-247 BC)

{n: Rittenhouse, David Rittenhouse} United States astronomer said to have built the first telescope made in America; also the first director of the United States Mint (1732-1796)

{n: Robin Hood} legendary English outlaw of the 12th century; said to have robbed the rich to help the poor

{n: Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, President Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt} 26th President of the United States; hero of the Spanish-American War; Panama Canal was built during his administration
"Theodore Roosevelt said `Speak softly but carry a big stick'" (1858-1919)

{n: Ross, Betsy Ross, Betsy Griscom Ross} American seamstress said to have made the first American flag at the request of George Washington (1752-1836)

{n: Septuagint} the oldest Greek version of the Old Testament; said to have been translated from the Hebrew by Jewish scholars at the request of Ptolemy II

{n: Sherwood Forest} an ancient forest in central England; formerly a royal hunting ground; said to be the home of Robin Hood and his merry band

{n: Smith, John Smith, Captain John Smith} English explorer who helped found the colony at Jamestown, Virginia; was said to have been saved by Pocahontas (1580-1631)

{n: Soviets} the government of the Soviet Union
"the Soviets said they wanted to increase trade with Europe"

{n: Stations, Stations of the Cross} (Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary

{n: Temple of Artemis} a large temple at Ephesus that was said to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world

{n: Thales, Thales of Miletus} a presocratic Greek philosopher and astronomer (who predicted an eclipse in 585 BC) who was said by Aristotle to be the founder of physical science; he held that all things originated in water (624-546 BC)

{n: Thespis} Greek poet who is said to have originated Greek tragedy (sixth century BC)

{n: Wagner} the music of Wagner
"they say that Hitler listened only to Wagner"

{n: Wahhabi, Wahabi} a member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect from Saudi Arabia; strives to purify Islamic beliefs and rejects any innovation occurring after the 3rd century of Islam
"Osama bin Laden is said to be a Wahhabi Muslim"

{n: Western culture, Western civilization} the modern culture of western Europe and North America
"when Ghandi was asked what he thought of Western civilization he said he thought it would be a good idea"

{n: Winckelmann, Johann Winckelmann, Johann Joachim Winckelmann} German archaeologist and art historian said to be the father of archaeology (1717-1768)

{n: Wise Men, Magi} (New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born; the Gospel According to Matthew says they were guided by a star and brought gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; because there were three gifts it is usually assumed that there were three of them

{n: abominable snowman, yeti} a large hairy humanoid creature said to live in the Himalayas

{n: action} something done (usually as opposed to something said)
"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

{n: activation energy, energy of activation} the energy that an atomic system must acquire before a process (such as an emission or reaction) can occur
"catalysts are said to reduce the energy of activation during the transition phase of a reaction"

{n: adieu, adios, arrivederci, auf wiedersehen, au revoir, bye, bye-bye, cheerio, good-by, goodby, good-bye, goodbye, good day, sayonara, so long} a farewell remark
"they said their good-byes"

{n: aloha, ciao} an acknowledgment that can be used to say hello or goodbye (aloha is Hawaiian and ciao is Italian)

{n: anal personality, anal retentive personality} (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized by meticulous neatness and suspicion and reserve; said to be formed in early childhood by fixation during the anal stage of development (usually as a consequence of toilet training)

{n: aphorism, apothegm, apophthegm} a short pithy instructive saying

{n: apophasis} mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned

{n: art, artistic creation, artistic production} the creation of beautiful or significant things
"art does not need to be innovative to be good"
"I was never any good at art"
"he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"

{n: authority, authorization, authorisation, potency, dominance, say-so} the power or right to give orders or make decisions
"he has the authority to issue warrants"
"deputies are given authorization to make arrests"
"a place of potency in the state"

{n: bathe} the act of swimming
"the Englishman said he had a good bathe"

{n: bill of health} a certificate saying that a departing ship's company is healthy (to be presented at the next port of arrival)

{n: billyo, billyoh, billy-ho, all get out} an unimaginably large amount
"British say `it rained like billyo' where Americans say `it rained like all get out'"

{n: bilocation} the ability (said of certain Roman Catholic saints) to exist simultaneously in two locations

{n: bond rating} an evaluation by a rating company of the probability that a particular bond issue will default
"bonds of the highest quality are said to have bond ratings of AAA"

{n: bullshit, bull, Irish bull, horseshit, shit, crap, dogshit} obscene words for unacceptable behavior
"I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"
"what he said was mostly bull"

{n: calling into question, demand for explanation} a challenge to defend what someone has said

{n: chicken hawk, hen hawk} nontechnical term for any hawks said to prey on poultry

{n: cloud-cuckoo-land} an imaginary place where you say people are when they seem optimistically out of touch with reality

{n: compulsion, irresistible impulse} an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid

{n: conclusion, end, close, closing, ending} the last section of a communication
"in conclusion I want to say..."

{n: craft, trade} people who perform a particular kind of skilled work
"he represented the craft of brewers"
"as they say in the trade"

{n: crud} an ill-defined bodily ailment
"he said he had the crud and needed a doctor"

{n: cunt, bitch} a woman who is thoroughly disliked
"she said her son thought Hillary was a bitch"

{n: decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript} a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
"a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

{n: detraction} the act of discrediting or detracting from someone's reputation (especially by slander)
"let it be no detraction from his merits to say he is plainspoken"

{n: devil, deuce, dickens} a word used in exclamations of confusion
"what the devil"
"the deuce with it"
"the dickens you say"

{n: diabetes mellitus, DM} diabetes caused by a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin and characterized by polyuria
"when doctors say `diabetes' they usually mean `diabetes mellitus'"

{n: dialect, idiom, accent} the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people
"the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"
"he has a strong German accent"
"it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"

{n: direct discourse, direct quotation} a report of the exact words used in a discourse (e.g., "he said `I am a fool'")
<-> indirect discourse

{n: divining rod, dowser, dowsing rod, waterfinder, water finder} forked stick that is said to dip down to indicate underground water or oil

{n: double-crosser, double-dealer, two-timer, betrayer, traitor} a person who says one thing and does another

{n: dust} free microscopic particles of solid material
"astronomers say that the empty space between planets actually contains measurable amounts of dust"

{n: ear} attention to what is said
"he tried to get her ear"

{n: echo} a reply that repeats what has just been said

{n: epigram, quip} a witty saying

{n: extravasation} the process of exuding or passing out of a vessel into surrounding tissues; said of blood or lymph or urine

{n: fellow, dude, buster} an informal form of address for a man
"Say, fellow, what are you doing?"
"Hey buster, what's up?"

{n: fun, play, sport} verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
"he became a figure of fun"
"he said it in sport"

{n: gnome} a short pithy saying expressing a general truth

{n: gnosis} intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths; said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics

{n: gravida} the number of the pregnancy that a woman is in
"in her third pregnancy a woman is said to be gravida three"

{n: halcyon} a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves

{n: hedge, hedging} an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
"when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"

{n: hegemony} the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others
"the hegemony of a single member state is not incompatible with a genuine confederation"
"to say they have priority is not to say they have complete hegemony"
"the consolidation of the United States' hegemony over a new international economic system"

{n: hydrogen ion} a positively charged atom of hydrogen; that is to say, a normal hydrogen atomic nucleus

{n: ichor} (Greek mythology) the rarified fluid said to flow in the veins of the Gods

{n: imaginary place, mythical place, fictitious place} a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings

{n: inappropriateness, unworthiness} the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting
"he retracted nothing that he had said about the inappropriateness of either a corporeal God or a God who is a person"
"his praise released from her loud protestations of her unworthiness"
<-> appropriateness

{n: indirect discourse} a report of a discourse in which deictic terms are modified appropriately (e.g., "he said `I am a fool' would be modified to `he said he is a fool'")
<-> direct discourse

{n: inhabitancy, inhabitation, habitation} the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place (said of both animals and men)
"he studied the creation and inhabitation and demise of the colony"

{n: interest, interestingness} the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
"they said nothing of great interest"
"primary colors can add interest to a room"
<-> uninterestingness

{n: investment letter} a letter of intent saying that a letter security is being bought for investment and not for resale; avoids need for SEC registration

{n: iteration} doing or saying again; a repeated performance

{n: koinonia} Christian fellowship or communion with God or with fellow Christians; said in particular of the early Christian community

{n: last laugh} ultimate success achieved after a near failure (inspired by the saying `he laughs best who laughs last')
"we had the last laugh after the votes were counted"

{n: lightening} descent of the uterus into the pelvic cavity that occurs late in pregnancy; the fetus is said to have dropped

{n: line of fate, line of destiny, line of Saturn} a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates how successful you will be

{n: line of heart, heart line, love line, mensal line} a crease on the palm; palmists say it indicates your emotional nature

{n: line of life, life line, lifeline} a crease on the palm; its length is said by palmists to indicate how long you will live

{n: lipreading} perceiving what a person is saying by observing the movements of the lips

{n: litotes, meiosis} understatement for rhetorical effect (especially when expressing an affirmative by negating its contrary)
"saying `I was not a little upset' when you mean `I was very upset' is an example of litotes"

{n: logion} a saying of Jesus that is regarded as authentic although it is not recorded in the Gospels

{n: luck, fortune} an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that leads to a favorable outcome
"it was my good luck to be there"
"they say luck is a lady"
"it was as if fortune guided his hand"

{n: maxim, axiom} a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits

{n: mefloquine, mefloquine hydrochloride, Larium, Mephaquine} an antimalarial drug (trade name Larium and Mephaquine) that is effective in cases that do not respond to chloroquine; said to produce harmful neuropsychiatric effects on some people

{n: monad, monas} a singular metaphysical entity from which material properties are said to derive

{n: motto, slogan, catchword, shibboleth} a favorite saying of a sect or political group

{n: move, relocation} the act of changing your residence or place of business
"they say that three moves equal one fire"

{n: naysaying} the act of saying no to a request

{n: negative identification} evidence proving that you are not who you say you are not; evidence establishing that you are not among a group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to rejection
"a system for negative identification can prevent the use of multiple identities by a single person"

{n: nihil obstat} the phrase used by the official censor of the Roman Catholic Church to say that a publication has been examined and contains nothing offensive to the church

{n: noise} incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks
"all the noise in his speech concealed the fact that he didn't have anything to say"

{n: objection} (law) a procedure whereby a party to a suit says that a particular line of questioning or a particular witness or a piece of evidence or other matter is improper and should not be continued and asks the court to rule on its impropriety or illegality

{n: oral sex, head} oral stimulation of the genitals
"they say he gives good head"

{n: original sin} a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam
"Adam and Eve committed the original sin when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden"
<-> actual sin

{n: paleface} a derogatory term for a white person (said to have been used by North American Indians)

{n: peekaboo, bopeep} a game played with young children; you hide your face and suddenly reveal it as you say boo!

{n: penis envy} (psychoanalysis) a female's presumed envy of the male's penis; said to explain femininity

{n: phoenix} a legendary Arabian bird said to periodically burn itself to death and emerge from the ashes as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years

{n: play} a state in which action is feasible
"the ball was still in play"
"insiders said the company's stock was in play"

{n: positive identification} evidence proving that you are who you say you are; evidence establishing that you are among the group of people already known to the system; recognition by the system leads to acceptance
"a system for positive identification can prevent the use of a single identity by several people"

{n: presence of mind} self-control in a crisis; ability to say or do the right thing in an emergency

{n: price} cost of bribing someone
"they say that every politician has a price"

{n: probate, probate will} a judicial certificate saying that a will is genuine and conferring on the executors the power to administer the estate

{n: pronouncement, dictum, say-so} an authoritative declaration

{n: proof, cogent evidence} any factual evidence that helps to establish the truth of something
"if you have any proof for what you say, now is the time to produce it"

{n: prophecy, prognostication, vaticination} knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)

{n: proverb, adage, saw, byword} a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

{n: puzzle, puzzler, mystifier, teaser} a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution
"he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"
"that's a real puzzler"

{n: record, record book, book} a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
"Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'"
"his name is in all the record books"

{n: refutation, defense, defence} the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
"his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"
"in defense he said the other man started it"

{n: road map, guideline} a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action
"the president said he had a road map for normalizing relations with Vietnam"

{n: rock cake} a small cake with a hard surface said to resemble a rock

{n: say-so} one chap's arbitrary assertion

{n: saying, expression, locution} a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations
"pardon the expression"

{n: say} the chance to speak
"let him have his say"

{n: smart money} people who are highly experienced or who have inside information
"the smart money said Truman would lose the election"

{n: space, blank} a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing
"he said the space is the most important character in the alphabet"

{n: steadiness} freedom from wavering or indecision; constancy of resolve or conduct
"He trusted her clear steadiness that she would do what she said"

{n: sucralfate, Carafate} medicine consisting of a tablet (trade name Carafate) used to treat peptic ulcers; said to bind to the ulcer site and coat it

{n: synonym, equivalent word} two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context
<-> antonym

{n: tautology} useless repetition
"to say that something is `adequate enough' is a tautology"

{n: teaching certificate, teacher's certificate} a certificate saying that the holder is qualified to teach in the public schools

{n: thing} a statement regarded as an object
"to say the same thing in other terms"
"how can you say such a thing?"

{n: tooth fairy} a fairy that is said to leave money at night under a child's pillow to compensate for a baby tooth falling out

{n: understatement} a statement that is restrained in ironic contrast to what might have been said
<-> overstatement

{n: unit, social unit} an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
"the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"
"after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"

{n: utilitarianism} doctrine that the useful is the good; especially as elaborated by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill; the aim was said to be the greatest happiness for the greatest number

{n: valediction} the act of saying farewell

{n: versicle} a short verse said or sung by a priest or minister in public worship and followed by a response from the congregation

{n: voice} something suggestive of speech in being a medium of expression
"the wee small voice of conscience"
"the voice of experience"
"he said his voices told him to do it"

{n: waste of money} money spent for inadequate return
"the senator said that the project was a waste of money"

{n: way} any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
"he said he was looking for the way out"

{n: word} a brief statement
"he didn't say a word about it"

{n: word} a unit of language that native speakers can identify
"words are the blocks from which sentences are made"
"he hardly said ten words all morning"

{n: yellow peril} the threat to Western civilization said to arise from the power of Asiatic peoples

{v: absolve} grant remission of a sin to
"The priest absolved him and told him to say ten Hail Mary's"

{v: add, append, supply} state or say further
"`It doesn't matter,' he supplied"

{v: affirm} say yes to

{v: agree, hold, concur, concord} be in accord ; be in agreement
"We agreed on the terms of the settlement"
"I can't agree with you!"
"I hold with those who say life is sacred"
"Both philosophers concord on this point"
<-> disagree

{v: allege, aver, say} report or maintain
"He alleged that he was the victim of a crime"
"He said it was too late to intervene in the war"
"The registrar says that I owe the school money"

{v: attend, hang, advert, pay heed, give ear} give heed (to)
"The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"
"She hung on his every word"
"They attended to everything he said"

{v: backbite, bitch} say mean things

{v: begin} begin to speak or say
"Now listen, friends," he began

{v: blow} lay eggs
"certain insects are said to blow"

{v: cohabit, shack up} room or live together ; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple

{v: compliment, congratulate} say something to someone that expresses praise
"He complimented her on her last physics paper"

{v: dash off, knock off, toss off, fling off} write quickly
"She dashed off a note to her husdband saying she would not be home for supper"

{v: dictate} say out loud for the purpose of recording
"He dictated a report to his secretary"

{v: dissolve, resolve, break up} cause to go into a solution
"The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"

{v: fantasize, fantasise} indulge in fantasies
"he is fantasizing when he says he plans to start his own company"

{v: fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend} fight against or resist strongly
"The senator said he would oppose the bill"
"Don't fight it!"

{v: flock} move as a crowd or in a group
"Tourists flocked to the shrine where the statue was said to have shed tears"

{v: guess, venture, pretend, hazard} put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
"I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"
"I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"

{v: harvest} remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the purposes of transplantation
"The Chinese are said to harvest organs from executed criminals"

{v: lip off, shoot one's mouth off} speak spontaneously and without restraint
"She always shoots her mouth off and says things she later regrets"

{v: make out} comprehend
"I cannot make out what this politician is saying"

{v: make} appear to begin an activity
"He made to speak but said nothing i the end"
"She made a if to say hello to us"

{v: miss, lose} fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
"I missed that remark"
"She missed his point"
"We lost part of what he said"

{v: note, take down} make a written note of
"she noted everything the teacher said that morning"

{v: order, tell, enjoin, say} give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
"I said to him to go home"
"She ordered him to do the shopping"
"The mother told the child to get dressed"

{v: pray} address God ; say a prayer

{v: press, push} make strenuous pushing movements during birth to expel the baby
"`Now push hard,' said the doctor to the woman"

{v: pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, say} speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
"She pronounces French words in a funny way"
"I cannot say `zip wire'"
"Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

{v: quote, cite} refer to for illustration or proof
"He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"

{v: react, oppose} act against or in opposition to
"She reacts negatively to everything I say"

{v: read, say} have or contain a certain wording or form
"The passage reads as follows"
"What does the law say?"

{v: read} look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
"The King will read the proclamation at noon"

{v: regret} be sorry
"I regret to say that you did not gain admission to Harvard"

{v: remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, think} recall knowledge from memory ; have a recollection
"I can't remember saying any such thing"
"I can't think what her last name was"
"can you remember her phone number?"
"Do you remember that he once loved you?"
"call up memories"
<-> forget

{v: repeat, echo} to say again or imitate
"followers echoing the cries of their leaders"

{v: repeat, reiterate, ingeminate, iterate, restate, retell} to say, state, or perform again
"She kept reiterating her request"

{v: rhapsodize, rhapsodise} say (something) with great enthusiasm

{v: run, go} have a particular form
"the story or argument runs as follows"
"as the saying goes..."

{v: say farewell} say good-bye or bid farewell
<-> welcome

{v: say} communicate or express nonverbally
"What does this painting say?"
"Did his face say anything about how he felt?"

{v: say} indicate
"The clock says noon"

{v: say} recite or repeat a fixed text
"Say grace"
"She said her `Hail Mary'"

{v: say} state as one's opinion or judgement ; declare
"I say let's forget this whole business"

{v: say} utter aloud
"She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"

{v: state, say, tell} express in words
"He said that he wanted to marry her"
"tell me what is bothering you"
"state your opinion"
"state your name"

{v: suppose, say} express a supposition
"Let us say that he did not tell the truth"
"Let's say you had a lot of money--what would you do?"

{v: swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw} take back what one has said
"He swallowed his words"

{v: welcome, receive} bid welcome to ; greet upon arrival
<-> say farewell

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