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Faustian bargain xenophilia froward sardonic gabelle fête zwieback benison circumlocution force majeur casuistry aesthete fiat lux sorrel nascent basilisk xenogamy anabasis scullion kreng incunabulum chthonic tallage torpid abdominous saeva indignatio clapperclaw dollarable bedizen abjure gonoph
a bargain made with the devil; a bargain made which yields short term gain but at the cost of significantly negative long term consequences; a deal with the devil made by mythic German who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for secret knowledge2000The Light of Other DaysWe've made a Faustian bargain, Bobby.2000Manifold TimeMy God, what a Faustian bargain.2002Pattern RecognitionThere's no reason, he says, to regard it as a Faustian bargain with Bigend.
love of foreign persons1970Ringworld'So it is,' said Louis. In point of fact, he was hooked. Xenophilia and restlessness and curiosity combined: wherever the puppeteer was going, Louis Wu was going too.1978The Avatar...it is a kind of xenophilia, and when a conifict of which they approve (and they approve of most) does erupt, they take the lead in cheering on the warheads and calling for more soldiers to feed the furnace.1979SundiverDuring breakfast she had sat between Bubbacub and LaRoque, trying to mediate the Earthman's embarrassing Xenophilia with the Library Representative's aloof suspicion.
willful; headstrong; inclined towards disobedience1600Jerusalem Delivered'Where none attends, what boots it to complain? | Men's froward hearts are moved with women's tears | As marble stones are pierced with drops of rain, | No plaints find passage through unwilling ears…1949The Big FishermanAs a Prince, you have been vain and froward of heart.1989The Heretic's ApprenticeGerbert would deplore a froward woman…1998The Path of DaggersAt her asking, we did not speak to you of them before, but now I will tell you they are froward, undisciplined, contentious and full of themselves beyond reason.
sarcastic humor; cynical; scornful; mocking1934Burmese DaysHe deliberately exaggerated his Cockney accent, because of the sardonic tone it gave to his words.1984The SicilianHector Adonis prepared, with sardonic pleasure, to play the familiar comedy to come.1992All the Pretty HorsesHe managed a sardonic smile…
a tax on salt1892The Eve of the French RevolutionThe first and most dreaded of the indirect taxes was the Salt Tax (gabelle). As salt is necessary for all, it has from early days been considered by some governments a good article for a tax, no one being able to escape payment by going entirely without it. To make the revenue more secure, every householder in certain parts of France was obliged to buy seven pounds of salt a year at the warehouses of the Farm, for every member of his family more than seven years old.1895The Crowd: Study of Popular MindThe 'taille' or tallage has become the land tax; the 'gabelle,' the tax on salt; the 'aids,' the indirect contributions and the consolidated duties; the tax on trade companies and guilds, the license, &c.1897The Golden Dog'Come, Varin! your turn now!' cried Bigot, turning to the Commissary; 'a toast for Ville Marie! Merry Montreal! where they eat like rats of Poitou, and drink till they ring the fire-bells, as the Bordelais did to welcome the collectors of the gabelle.
to honor someone or something, often with celebration and awards; festival1900A Little Journey to Puerto RicoThe people seem to be little interested in religion or in their churches, and Sunday with them is only a fête day or a holiday.1999A Boy and His TankMy colonels and I were fêted at a dozen banquets…2000Hokas PokasThe Hoka France had never had a Revolution, merely an annual Bastille Day fête.
a German sweet bread which is baked twice1915The Turmoil Beginning at the beginning and learning from the ground up was a long course for Bibbs at the sanitarium, with milk and 'zwieback' as the basis of instruction; and the months were many and tiresome before he was considered near enough graduation to go for a walk leaning on a nurse and a cane. 1917Long Live the King Ferdinand William Otto was hungry. He ate eagerly - chicken, fruit compote, potato salad—again shades of the Court physicians, who fed him at night a balanced ration of milk, egg, and zwieback! 2001One Door Away from Heaven...Bobby said, 'The congressman is zwieback.' | He's what?' | 'Toast done twice.'
a blessing1645L'AllegroELD. BRO. Unmuffle, ye faint stars; and thou, fair moon, | That wont'st to love the traveller's benison,1900The House Behind The CedarsWhen Rena came back unexpectedly at the behest of her dream, Frank heard again the music of her voice, felt the joy of her presence and the benison of her smile.1901Ben Hur'The other love is but a memory; of which I will say further that, like a benison of the Lord, it hath a compass to contain a whole family, if only'—his voice lowered and trembled—'if only I knew where they were.'1916We Can't Have EverythingHe caught her bruised hand and began to kiss it and pour tears on it. And she looked down at his beautiful bent head and laid her other hand on it in benison.1994Calde of the Long SunQuetzal raised the baculus to bestow a benison…
unnecessary wordiness to express something; beating around the bush; evasive communication1726Gulliver's TravelsIt put me to the pains of many circumlocutions, to give my master a right idea of what I spoke; for their language does not abound in variety of words, because their wants and passions are fewer than among us.1817Rob RoyI was stupified. The direct bluntness of the demand was much in the style one gentleman uses to another, when requesting explanation of any part of his conduct in a good-humoured yet determined manner, and was totally devoid of the circumlocutions, shadings, softenings, and periphrasis, which usually accompany explanations betwixt persons of different sexes in the higher orders of society.1870At LastHe always disdained circumlocution, prided himself upon the directness and simplicity of his address.
an act of god or of nature; something beyond control1987The Uplift WarI am ready to transmit to the Galactic Institute for Civilized Warfare our declaration that the Gubru interdiction of this system has been lifted by force majeur.
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a rationalization; obscure or misleading logic1926Lud in the MistThey had expected that their hero, whether guilty or not, would in his defence quite bamboozle the Judges by his juggling with the evidence and brilliant casuistry.1958Doctor ZhivagoNext day, the casuistry of politics has turned them inside out.
a person who has, or pretends to have, a great sensitivity to things of beauty such as art, music, etc; a person devoted to art and beauty1907The Longest JourneyHe chatted gaily about it, and about the pleasant thoughts with which it inspired him; he took his friends there; he even took people whom he did not like. 'Procul este, profani!' exclaimed a delighted aesthete on being introduced to it.1956The Book of TeaAgain we stigmatise the untamed aesthete who, regardless of the mundane tragedy, runs riot in the springtide of emancipated emotions, as one 'with too much tea' in him.2000From the Corner of His EyeCaution discarded, Junior went inside, for the same reason that a dedicated opera aesthete might once a decade attend a country-music concert: to confirm the superiority of his taste and to be amused by what passed for music among the great unwashed.
let there be light; let light be1901An Iron WillIt is a part of the divine nature, all of a piece with the power of creation. We speak of God's fiat Fiat Lux, Let light be.' Man has his fiat. The achievements of history have been the choices, the determinations, the creations, of the human will.1959A Canticle For LeibowitzDixitque Deus: FIAT LUX, said the inventor in a tone of command.1984The Big UHe activated the terminal, and the computer asked him for the number of his account, Instead of typing in an account number, though, Virgil typed: FIAT LUX.
shades of color between light brown and orange or between red and yellow1888On HorsebackAt the top he encountered a stranger, on a sorrel horse…1995Dead Man's WalkCall and Gus left the Major to finish cinching his saddle on his big sorrel…
something very new; something having just come into existence1906PrisonersMichael had for a moment seemed to take more interest in life after Fay's visit, and although he had quickly relapsed into apathy, Wentworth told himself that he was anxious to foster this nascent interest by another meeting between him and Fay.2004Microsoft Research DRM Talk: DRM Doesn't WorkIs that strangling the nascent 'alarm tone' market?
a mythic dragon or reptile that can kill with a glance; a killing glance1962The Ipcress FileAlice entered my office with a rose-decorated cracked cup of Nescafe, a basilisk look and a new green-laced file.1969FlashmanGul leered at me, nodding, while the woman's basilisk eyes stared at me.1980Jurassic ParkI am sure this lizard was a Basiliscus amoratus, a striped basilisk lizard, found here in Costa Rica and also in Honduras.2001Gust FrontHe fixed them with a blue, basilisk stare until all of them had nodded in compliance.
cross fertilization1902More Letters of Charles DarwinIn xenogamy the pollen comes from another plant; in geitonogamy from another flower on the same plant; in autogamy from the androecium of the fertilised flower. Allogamy embraces xenogamy and geitonogamy.
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a military advance; literally: to go up1853Narrative and Miscellaneous PapersThat of a great military expedition offering the same romantic features of vast distances to be traversed, vast reverses to be sustained, untried routes, enemies obscurely ascertained, and hardships too vaguely prefigured, which mark the Egyptian expedition of Cambyses—the anabasis of the younger Cyrus, and the subsequent retreat of the ten thousand to the Black Sea—the Parthian expeditions of the Romans, especially those of Crassus and Julian—or (as more disastrous than any of them, and in point of space as well as in amount of forces, more extensive,) the Russian anabasis and katabasis of Napoleon.1885Five Years of Theosophy...the 'Anabasis of Alexander,' is 'the chief authority on the subject of the Indian invasion—a book unfortunately with a gap in its twelfth chapter'… 1982The Ayes of TexasBy midafternoon, their anabasis had carried the ten thousand from Chula Vista to Encinitas, from Coronado to El Cajon.2002The October HorseThe dioiketes of Arsinoë, one Socrates, was a great help, a treasure house of good advice. Scholarly and fair-minded, his imagination had soared the moment Cato told him what he intended to do. 'Oh, Marcus Cato, a new anabasis!' he squawked.
a lowly kitchen worker; a dish washer1926The Hungry Tiger of OzOut of my sight, scullion!1967Jewel in the Skull...and whose perverse appetites were the horror of every whispering scullion from North Cape to Tunis.
the corpse of a whale after the blubber has been removed1993The Wine-Dark Sea'Kreng, ha, ha ha!' cried a dozen voices on the gangway; and the helmsman, in a low, kindly murmur said to Reade, 'That's what we call a corpus, sir: a carcass with his head emptied of spermaceti and the blubber all stripped off.'
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a book published before 1500; an artifact from an early age1935The Treader of the Dust...he found this copy on the shelves of a dealer in old manuscripts and incunabula.1968Love Ain't Nothing But Sex MisspelledI wandered back to the 'obscure stuff and incunabula' section, pretending to look for a book…1995Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the WestYou can protect me when I go out of here with my Grimmerie, my book of magicks, my Malleus Maleficarum, my mesmerizing incunabulum, my codex of scarabee, fylfot and gammadion, my text thaumaturgical.'
to dwell beneath the earth; to dwell in the underworld1983The Colour of MagicWhat was in fact happening, as the wizard knew, was that as the abused spirit of Bel-Shamharoth sank through the deeper chthonic planes his brooding spirit was being sucked out of the very stones into the region which, according to the discworld's most reliable priests, was both under the ground and Somewhere Else.1992Food of the Gods...that chthonic realm reserved for forgotten religions.2001Bolo StrikeI feel sure that entering the Caernan underworld and confronting the Enemy in his yet untouched chthonic strongholds will be necessary…
a ad-hoc tax imposed upon cities, especially by early English kings; to impose a tax1891The White Company...common folk are so crushed down with gabelle, and poll-tax, and every manner of cursed tallage, that the spirit has passed right out of them. It is a fool's plan to teach a man to be a cur in peace, and think that he will be a lion in war.1910The Church and the EmpireThe Crown did not hesitate to use the episcopal patronage and to fill up vacant canonries and benefices with its own followers, and it often took the opportunity to levy upon the inhabitants of the diocese a special tax—tallagium, tallage, or taille—which a landlord had a right of exacting from his unfree tenants.
sluggish and inactive; lethargic1844The Premature BurialSlowly—with a tortoise gradation—approached the faint gray dawn of the psychal day. A torpid uneasiness. An apathetic endurance of dull pain. No care—no hope—no effort.1926The Treasure of the LakeAfter that I really cannot recall what followed, for between weariness, bewilderment, and exhaustion I grew confused, so that my mind became torpid. 1929Look Homeward, AngelIn Spring like torpid snakes my enemies awaken.1993Just Like Old TimesThe rex was torpid, flopped on its belly, gorged on ceratopsian meat.
potbellied; having a big belly; having a paunch1958The Theft of the Thirty-Nine GirdlesGoing to a cobwebbed corner, he took down from a high shelf an abdominous jar of uncolored glass filled with a fine grey powder and brought it to the light.
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savage indignation; fierce indignation1859The Lifted VeilThe heart will by and by be still—'ubi saeva indignatio ulterius cor lacerare nequit'; the eye will cease to entreat; the ear will be deaf; the brain will have ceased from all wants as well as from all work.1905HereticsThere is a second type of mind which produces satire with the quality of greatness. That is embodied in the satirist whose passions are released and let go by some intolerable sense of wrong. He is maddened by the sense of men being maddened; his tongue becomes an unruly member, and testifies against all mankind. Such a man was Swift, in whom the saeva indignatio was a bitterness to others, because it was a bitterness to himself.1913Essays in RebellionThey would gladly be rid of it, for, indeed, it stifles their existence, depriving them alike of pleasure, friends, and the objects of ambition—isolating them in the end as Swift was isolated. If only the causes of their indignation might cease, how gladly they would welcome the interludes of quiet! But hardly is one surmounted than another overtops them like a wave, nor have the stern victims of indignation the smallest hope of deliverance from their suffering, until they lie, as Swift has now lain for so many years, where cruel rage can tear the heart no more—'Ubi saeva indignatio ulterius cor lacerare nequit.'1924DefinitionsLike most of the great satirists of the world, Butler's saeva indignatio was aroused by the daily conflicts between reason and stupidity, between candor and disingenuousness, with all their mutations of hypocrisy, guile, deceit, and sham.
to swipe at or claw with nails1778Evelina'Ay, do,' said the Captain; 'and I'll be second to my friend, Monseer Clapperclaw here. Come to it at once!-tooth and nail!'1848The Book of SnobsI have the following story from my noble friend Lady Clapperclaw herself.1939Finnegans WakeTugbag is Baggut's, when a crispin sokolist besoops juts kamps or clapperclaws an irvingite offthedocks.
something that can be exploited for profit; capable of being converted into money1910 "The Hetch-Hetchy Valley: A National Question", American Forestry, 16, no. 5. pp 236-69. Nothing dollarable is safe, however guarded. Thus the Yosemite Park, the beauty, glory of California and the nation. Nature's own mountain wonderland has been attacked by spoilers ever since it was established, and this strife, I suppose, must go on a part of the eternal battle between right and wrong.1908The Hetch Hetchy Valley. Sierra Club Bulletin, Vol. VI, No. 4 ...in our magnificent National parks--the Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia, etc.--Nature's own wonderlands, the admiration and joy of the world . . .like everything else worth while, however sacred and precious and well-guarded, they have always been subject to attack, mostly by despoiling gainseekers,--mischief-makers of every degree from Satan to supervisors, lumbermen, cattlemen, farmers, etc., eagerly trying to make everything dollarable, often thinly disguised in smiling philanthropy, calling pocket-filling plunder 'Utilization of beneficent natural resources, that man and beast may be fed and the dear Nation grow great.' Thus long ago a lot of enterprising merchants made part of the Jerusalem temple into a place of business instead of a place of prayer, changing money, buying and selling cattle and sheep and doves. And earlier still, the Lord's garden in Eden, and the first forest reservation, including only one tree, was spoiled. And so to some extent have all our reservations and parks. Ever since the establishment of the Yosemite National Park by act of Congress, October 8, 1890, constant strife has been going on around its borders and I suppose this will go on as part of the universal battle between right and wrong, however its boundaries may be shorn or its wild beauty destroyed.
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to dress-up or decorate in a garish or gaudy manner1850The Scarlet Letter Prithee, young one, who art thou, and what has ailed thy mother to bedizen thee in this strange fashion?1864The Roman and the Teuton But still the Trolls can tempt and bribe the greedier or the more vain; and still the wonders inside haunt their minds; till it becomes a fixed idea among them all, to conquer the garden for themselves and bedizen themselves in the fine clothes, and drink their fill of the wine. 1895The British Barbarians Sometimes people cover their heads with filth or ashes; and sometimes they bedizen them with crape and white streamers. 1997The Demon PrincesBedizened and fashionable, Gersen now failed to recognize himself in the mirror.
to avoid; to abstain from; to renounce; to reject1846Pictures From ItalyWhen I hint a dislike of nunneries for young girls who abjure the world before they have ever proved or known it; or doubt the ex officio sanctity of all Priests and Friars; I do no more than many conscientious Catholics both abroad and at home.1918Iranian Influence on Moslem LiteratureNot only all Central Asia but the territories marching with the Indian and Persian frontiers, where persecution of the elder faith could not have been relatively mild, the population professing Islam have been unable to abjure in their entirety rites and practices akin to those of Zoroastrianism.1977The Doomfarers of CoramonderEven Springbuck's last-ditch offer to abjure his royal heritage without trial was rebuffed with a cold reminder that it was his duty to put the affair squarely in the laps of the gods.
a thief; a petty criminal; a pickpocket1901The Midnight PassengerOh! Any gonoph can see that the man was murdered for the stuff!1950The Man Who Sold the MoonOkeh, brother gonoph, I’ll rig your trap.