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heebie-jeebies arbiter elegantiae whigmaleerie canard Zabernism khedive caparison turbid sagacious carpe diem unction patulous ad utrumque paratus illaqueate imponent stricture Dionysus benignant praxis abstemious clinquant nadir caterwaul habiliment accipitral obnubilate respondeat superior renitent zingaro post bellum quot homines, tot sententiae
a feeling of uncomfortableness; a state of nervousness; a spooky feeling1951The Caine MutinyHe said genially, as Willie puffed, 'Gives a guy the heebie-jeebies, don’t it, sir?'1991Strange Highways...Asherville might give him the heebie-jeebies, it was a town where a spare key could be kept in an obvious place or a house could even be left unlocked with virtually no risk of burglary.2000American GodsHe had the jitters and the heebie-jeebies, a feeling deep in his stomach that something was entirely wrong.
an accepted authority on social behavior and matters of taste1896Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of NeroThe women of Rome admired not only his pliant mind and his taste, which gained for him the title Arbiter Elegantiae, but also his body.1934TriplanetaryHe was therefore some little distance behind the other gladiators when Petronius rushed up to him and seized him by the arm. White and trembling, the noble was not now the exquisite Arbiter Elegantiae; nor the imperturbable Augustian.
a whim; a strange or rare object1918Mr. StandfastI don't say that there's not plenty of riff-raff—the pint-and-a-dram gentry and the soft-heads that are aye reading bits of newspapers, and muddlin' their wits with foreign whigmaleeries.1920All-Wool Morrison'Do ye let whigmaleeries flimmer in yer noddle at a time like this?'1994Diamond MaskWould you like to stop at one of the shops and look over the whigmaleeries?
an untrue story; a false declaration; a cock-and-bull story1912The South PoleIt may be mentioned as a curiosity that the newspapers of Funchal did not hesitate to connect our expedition with the South Pole. The native journalists had no idea of the value of the startling piece of news they were circulating. It was a canard invented on the supposition that when a Polar ship steers to the south, she must, of course, be making for the South Pole. In this case the canard happened to be true. Fortunately for us, it did not fly beyond the shores of Madeira.1953Bad BoyIt was Pell who spread the rumor that Hebert wore no pants behind the high marble counter, a canard which—according to the sex and temperament of the guest—resulted in looks of disgust, scowls, and howls of laughter for the baffled and blushing room clerk.2003TreasonAmerica disproved the canard from the French Revolution holding that religion and freedom were incompatible.
abuse of military power1918In The Fourth YearBoth countries have been slaves to Kruppism and Zabernism—because they were sovereign and free! So it will always be.1920Heartbreak HouseHe led his people to destroy the militarism of Zabern; and the army they rescued is busy in Cologne imprisoning every German who does not salute a British officer; whilst the government at home, asked whether it approves, replies that it does not propose even to discontinue this Zabernism when the Peace is concluded, but in effect looks forward to making Germans salute British officers until the end of the world.
an Egyptian ruler from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century1902The Four FeathersAnd, while he ate, Nejoumi questioned him, in the silkiest voice, about the fortifications of Cairo and the strength of the garrison at Assouan, and the rumours of dissension between the Khedive and the Sirdar.1916Donovan Pasha and Some People of EgyptIn spite of being an Englishman with an Irish name and a little Irish blood, Dicky Donovan had risen high in the favour of the Khedive, remaining still the same Dicky Donovan he had always been—astute but incorruptible.1925The Soul of a RegimentTwo games had been played since the cup had been first presented by the Khedive, and honors lay even—one match for the Army and one for the Civil Service.
to dress with an ornamental horse harness or saddle covering; to dress flashily or richly1846Typee: A Romance of the South SeaThe animal, a remarkably fine one, had been taken ashore, and stabled in a hut of cocoanut boughs within the fortified enclosure. Occasionally it was brought out, and, being gaily caparisoned, was ridden by one of the officers at full speed over the hard sand beach.1903The Travels of Marco PoloOn that day, I can assure you, among the customary presents there shall be offered to the Kaan from various quarters more than 100,000 white horses, beautiful animals, and richly caparisoned.1959Hawaii...no men on earth love panoply and richly caparisoned horses and bright uniforms and medals more than men who have long been dressed in New England homespun.
water darkened by sediment; muddy; foul1901The Man Who Was AfraidBlood was trickling from his bruised face on to the white bark of the birch wood; he wiped the blood off his face with the sleeve of his shirt, looked at his sleeve and, heaving a sigh, maintained silence, and when he went past Foma with the hand-harrows, two big, turbid tears were trembling on his face, near the bridge of his nose, and Foma noticed them.1922Tales of China Town: The Dance of the Veils...his wits were bright if his morals were turbid.1931Buddhist PsalmsWhoso believeth in the power of the Divine Promise shall verily be at one with the holy Essence, even as the turbid stream is clear and pure within the ocean depth when they have flowed together.
very discerning; keen perception; keen judgment1895Great AstronomersOn his return to England, he spoke highly of the skill which Hevelius exhibited in the use of his antiquated methods, but Halley was nevertheless too sagacious an observer to be shaken in his preference for the telescopic method of observation.1929Cup of GoldYou are brave, you are sagacious, and you are my friend.1978Crimson SailsIf Caesar considered that it was better to be the first in a village than the second in Rome, Arthur Gray did not have to envy Caesar as far as his sagacious wish was concerned.20001632Wilhelm, unlike his younger brother, is sagacious enough to realize that being the duke of a petty principality is not, all things said and done, the highest goal to which a man might aspire in this new world.
seize the day; enjoy the present without worry of the future; make the most of the day or moment in time1914Problems of ConductThe wisdom of the worldly teacher—at least, the carpe diem—was practised here before the injunction was ever thought of. 1925Charlie Chan: The House Without A Key'Carpe diem,' she said. 'Which my nephew once translated as 'grab the day.'1989Dead Poet's SocietyKEATING: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. The Latin term for that sentiment is 'Carpe Diem.' Anyone know what that means?
insincere complements; smarminess1850Christmas EveTo frame those portents which impart | Such unction to true Christian Art.1919Bertram Cope's Year'Isn't he the dear, comical chap!' exclaimed Mrs. Phillips, with unction, glancing upward and backward at the girls.
gaping; expanding; spreading; open or exposed1858The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table...sweet visions, sweetest in those Sunday walks which carried them by the peaceful common, through the solemn village lying in cataleptic stillness under the shadow of the rod of Moses, to the terminus of their harmless stroll—the patulous fage, in the Professor's classic dialect—the spreading beech, in more familiar phrase…1876Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the CongoForteune is black, short, and...bunches of muscle stand out from his frame like the statues of Crotonian Milo; his legs are bandy; his hands and feet are large and patulous, and he wants only a hunch to make an admirable Quasimodo.
ad utrumque paratus
ad oo-TRUHM-kway pa-ra-toos
prepared for either outcome; prepared no matter the outcome1679De Mortibus PersecutorumPlus virium Maxentio erat, quod et patris sui exercitum receperat a Severo et suum proprium de Mauris atque Gaetulis nuper extraxerat. 3 Dimicatum, et Maxentiani milites praevalebant, donec postea confirmato animo Constantinus et ad utrumque paratus copias omnes ad urbem propius admovit et a regione pontis Mulvii consedit.1771The Expedition of Humphry ClinkerYour fable of the monkey and the pig, is what the Italians call ben trovata: but I shall not repeat it to my apothecary, who is a proud Scotchman, very thin skinned, and, for aught I know, may have his degree in his pocket—A right Scotchman has always two strings to his bow, and is in utrumque paratus.1875The Way We Live NowIn utrumque paratus, the article was mysterious, suggestive, amusing, well-informed that in the 'Evening Pulpit' was a matter of course and, above all things, ironical.
to ensnare; to catch; to trap1838The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor ColeridgeIn Tillotson the face of Arminianism looked out fuller, and Christianity is represented as a mere arbitrary contrivance of God, yet one without reason. Let not the surpassing eloquence of Taylor dazzle you, nor his scholastic retiary versatility of logic illaqueate your good sense.
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something which imposes an obligation1913The Catholic EncyclopediaHe is the original imponent of moral obligation; and disobedience to conscience is disobedience to Him.1914The Life of St. Declan of Ardmore and the Life of St. Mochuda of LismoreAs he concluded, there was verified the saying of Christ to His disciples when leaving them and going to heaven:—'Super aegros imponent manus et bene habebunt' [Mark 16:18]
a restriction; a restraint; a limit; harsh criticism1913The Theory of Social RevolutionsMarshall, probably, felt exasperated by Jefferson's virulence against these final appointments made by John Adams, while Marshall was Secretary of State, and for which he may have felt himself, in part, responsible. Possibly, even, he may have taken some of Jefferson's strictures as aimed at himself.1977Paper MoneyThere was no prestige in being chairman of an ailing company, no matter how big; and his power was rendered worthless by the strictures of the accountants.
related to the ancient Greek god (or the god's cult of worshipers) of wine, revelry, fertility, and the theatre; known in Roman times as Bacchus1906Dio's Rome...in Pergamum a kind of noise of drums and cymbals rose from the temple of Dionysus and spread throughout the city…1915Of Human BondageHe showed him the theatre of Dionysus and explained in what order the people sat, and how beyond they could see the blue Aegean.1970Future ShockCults form around the search for Dionysian experience…
benign; favorable; kind1868Little Women As she lifted the curtain to look out into the dreary night, the moon broke suddenly from behind the clouds and shone upon her like a bright, benignant face, which seemed to whisper in the silence,' Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.' 1921Mystic Isles of the South Seas He had run away for a change from the desert-like interior of his vast island, where he treated the ills of a large territory of sheep-herders, and to be on this mountain under such a benignant canopy, and to hear the folk-lore of the most fascinating race on earth, was to him worth foregoing sleep all night. 1929Hudson River BracketedMr. Spear had become tolerant and even benignant.
putting theory into practice; putting an idea into motion; the practice of something1884Life: Its True GenesisOur intuitions, as the final arbiters of judgment, demand this or some equivalent order as the only one embraced in a logical praxis.1984The Big UThey all retreated to the other end of the lot for a discussion of theory and praxis as the truck eased up to the loading dock. 1998Essential TaoThis passage is also read, Eternal nonbeing is needed to observe the subtle; eternal being is needed to observe the manifest These lines are one of the keys to Taoist praxis.
consumed sparingly; used conservatively; temperate1862The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus AureliusWhen he was eleven years old he assumed the dress of philosophers, something plain and coarse, became a hard student, and lived a most laborious, abstemious life, even so far as to injure his health.1886Long OddsHe had eaten his dinner and drunk two or three glasses of old port, just to help Good and myself to the end of the second bottle. It was an unusual thing for him to do, for he was a most abstemious man, having conceived, as he used to say, a great horror of drink from observing its effects upon the class of colonists—hunters, transport riders and others—amongst whom he had passed so many years of his life.1961ThunderballI recommend that No. 007 should take it easy for two to three weeks on a more abstemious regime, when I believe he would make a complete return to his previous exceptionally high state of physical fitness.
glittering gold or silver1828The Disowned For the after century it was reserved to restore what we may be permitted to call the spirit of our national literature; to forsake the clinquant of the French mimickers of classic gold; to exchange a thrice-adulterated Hippocrene for the pure well of Shakspeare and of Nature; to clothe philosophy in the gorgeous and solemn majesty of appropriate music; and to invest passion with a language as burning as its thought and rapid as its impulse.1982The One TreeThe light of midday gleamed, clinquant and refulgent, on every tree bough and swath of grass.
the lowest point; the low-water mark; the time of greatest struggle or opposition or adversity or depression; the opposite of zenith1860Castle RichmondHe did not, indeed, perceive the aesthetic value of sin—he did not perceive the esthetic value of anything—and his analysis of human nature was not profound enough to reach the conception of sin, crime being to him the nadir of downward possibility—but he had a professional, a sort of half Scotland Yard, half master of hounds interest in a criminal.1921Red MasqueradeThe formulation of this question marked the turning point in Sofia's descent toward the nadir of shame and anguish; from the moment its significance was clearly apprehended (but it took her long to reach this stage) the complexion of her thoughts took on another colour, and the smart of chagrin was soothed even as the irritation excited by critical examination of Victor's conduct grew more acute.1938The Maze of Maal Dweb...avoid the pale porphyry stairs that wound heavenward through dizzy, nadir-cleaving chasms…1971Bear IslandIt is a fact that when a person reaches that nadir of nausea which is the inevitable prelude to violent sickness the complexion does assume a hue which can only be described as greenish…
screeching; a horrible sound; a boisterous argument1927Elmer Gantry...I certainly did refuse to listen to the caterwauling of a lot of hired agitators from the so-called unions…1989The Langoliers...that blind little brat had begun to caterwaul.1997Fear NothingAn inhuman cry issued from him, primitive and psychotic, a caterwaul of the sort that sometimes wakes You in the night and leaves You wondering about the species of origin.
clothing; attire1600Jerusalem DeliveredClad in rare weeds and strange habiliment, | A nymph, for age able to go to man, | An hundred plants beside, even in his sight, | Childed an hundred nymphs, so great, so dight.1893The Prince of IndiaThere must be in every heart a store of prevision of which we are not aware—occasions bring it out with such sudden and bewildering effect. Everything—hymn, tolling bell, lights, boys, friars, procession—was accessory to that veiled, slow-marching figure. And in habiliment, movement, air, with what telling force it impersonated sorrow! On the other hand, how deep and consuming the sorrow itself must be!
like a hawk or bird of prey1865The History of Friedrich II of PrussiaAnd truly he did then strike his claws into him in a thunderously fervid manner, he and all hands, in spite of the roaring weather:—a man of falcon, or accipitral, nature as well as name.1894My First Visit to New EnglandOthers who knew him better and saw him oftener were familiar with other aspects, and I remember that one night at Longfellow's table, when one of the guests happened to speak of the photograph of Hawthorne which hung in a corner of the room, Lowell said, after a glance at it, 'Yes, it's good; but it hasn't his fine accipitral look.'
to cloud; to obfuscate; to make less clear1652The Anatomy of MelancholyAnd from these crudities, windy vapours ascend up to the brain which trouble the imagination, and cause fear, sorrow, dullness, heaviness, many terrible conceits and chimeras, as Lemnius well observes, 'as black and thick cloud covers the sun, and intercepts his beams and light, so doth this melancholy vapour obnubilate the mind, enforce it to many absurd thoughts and imaginations,' and compel good, wise, honest, discreet men (arising to the brain from the lower parts, 'as smoke out of a chimney') to dote, speak, and do that which becomes them not, their persons, callings, wisdoms.1820The Monastery'Now, by my knighthood,' answered Sir Piercie, 'your lovely faculties either of mind or body are, O my most fair Discretion, obnubilated by some strange hallucination.'1977The Mauritius Command'It is the pity of the world, Dr McAdam, to see a man of your parts obnubilate his mind with the juice of the grape.'
let the superior respond; for activity related to employment an employer is responsible for the actions of the employee1958Champagne for OneAnd he is your agent, employed by you. No doubt you know the legal axiom, respondeat superior.
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stubborn resistance to pressure; resistant to persuasion; lacking pliancy1987The Urth of the New Sun...I could see the renitent surface under my feet…1992Jack The BodilessOne intuits that the potential for metapsychic calamity still lurks within the Mind of this highly renitent people.'
a gypsy1857The Romany RyeWell, if you will not consent to be an abbess, perhaps you will consent to follow this young Zingaro, and to co-operate with him and us.1859The Atlantic Monthly (Volume 4, No. 24, Oct. 1859)Zonéla was surely not of gypsy blood. That rich auburn hair, that looked almost black in the lamp-light, that pale, transparent skin, tinged with an under-glow of warm rich blood, the hazel eyes, large and soft as those of a fawn, were never begotten of a Zingaro.1934Gypsy Vengeance (The Shadow Magazine, August 15, 1934)'Where did you come from in the first place?' asked the detective. 'Somewhere in Europe? Are you Zingaro?'
after the Civil War, the American post bellum period lasted from 1866 to 19131899The Theory of the Leisure ClassBut while it may be true that the cap and gown, and the more strenuous observance of scholastic proprieties which came with them, were floated in on this post-bellum tidal wave of reversion to barbarism…1913An AutobiographyThere was one powerful leader—a burly, forceful man, of admirable traits—who had, however, been trained in the post-bellum school of business and politics, so that his attitude towards life, quite unconsciously, reminded me a little of Artemus Ward's view of the Tower of London—'If I like it, I'll buy it.'
quot homines, tot sententiae
kwoawt HOW-mi-nays, tawt-sen-TEN-tee
everyone has an opinion; so many people so many opinions1863A Successful Exploration Through the Interior of AustraliaA meeting took place on the evening of the 18th. The opinions were as numerous as the members in attendance. Quot homines tot sententiae. One talked of financial affairs, another of science, a third of geography, a fourth of astronomy, and so on.1909The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental ScienceAs subjective mind it must reproduce exactly the conception of itself which the objective mind of the individual, acting through his own subjective mind, impresses upon it; and at the same time as creative mind, it builds up external facts in correspondence with this conception. 'Quot homines tot sententiae': each one externalizes in his outward circumstances precisely his idea of the Universal Mind; and the man who realizes that by the natural law of mind he can bring the Universal Mind into perfectly reciprocal action with its own, will on the one hand make it a source of infinite instruction, and on the other a source of infinite power.