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{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: 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: 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: 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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

{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"

{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: 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: 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"


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