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ideate

Definition: (verb) Form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case.
Synonyms:conceive of, envisage, imagine
Usage:Such characters represent a grotesquely blown-up aspect of an ideal man ... if not realizable, capable of being ideated. Discuss.

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Pronouns as the Subject

Pronouns stand in for a person or thing we are speaking about or referring to; they are used to avoid repetition in speech or writing. When the personal pronouns in the subjective case act as substitutes for the subject of the clause or sentence, what are they known as? More... Discuss

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Jesse James

James was an outlaw who became a legendary figure in American folklore. After the Civil War, he and a number of other former Confederate guerillas banded together to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches across several states. He was later betrayed by fellow bandit Robert Ford, who shot him in 1882 in order to receive a $10,000 reward. Despite the fact that James is thought to have shot 15 people, his exploits led to a number of romanticized legends, including rumors that he survived until when? More... Discuss

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Toy Story, First Feature-Length Computer-Generated Film, Is Released (1995)

Released to universal acclaim, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-generated film, as well as the first such film from Pixar Studios. Steve Jobs had purchased Pixar in 1986, but the company had yet to find its niche. When its 1988 short film Tin Toy won an Oscar, Disney took notice, and the two companies soon formed a partnership that would prove to be extremely successful, beginning with the release of Toy Story. What popular toy was cut from the original plot? More... Discuss

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André Gide (1869)

A prolific and unconventional French writer, Gide was controversial for his confessional works, his frank defense of homosexuality, and his espousal of Communism—and subsequent disavowal of it after a visit to the Soviet Union. A champion of society's victims, he spurred reform of French colonial policy in Africa with books such as Travels in the Congo. In one of his most famous quotes, Gide advised that one should believe those who seek the truth and reserve doubt for whom? More... Discuss

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Congratulation, n.: The civility of envy.

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Question marks are used with what kinds of sentences?




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n. The part of the wide lower course of a river where its current is met by the tides
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St. Cecilia's Day

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More... Discuss

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in no circumstances

Never; in no case or situation; irrespective of events or conditions. More... Discuss