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extortionate

Definition: (adjective) Greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation.
Synonyms:exorbitant, usurious, outrageous, steep, unconscionable
Usage:The extortionate price of designer clothes makes them all the more desirable to those that can afford them. Discuss.

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Defining Gerunds

A gerund is the "-ing" form of a verb when it functions grammatically as a noun in a sentence. Gerunds can either stand alone, or they can take a noun (the object of the gerund) and/or modifier(s) to form what? More... Discuss

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Wayang Kulit

Wayang—a classical form of Indonesian puppet theater—has been an important part of the local culture for centuries, with the puppeteers regarded as repositories of moral and aesthetic values. Hindu narratives featured prominently in early wayang. Later, Islamic restrictions against representations of God or gods led to the development of wayang kulit, a style of wayang in which only the shadows of the puppet figures, projected onto a screen, are seen by the audience. What does kulit mean? More... Discuss

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Edgardo Mortara Kidnapped from Jewish Family after Secret Baptism (1858)

Mortara, the son of a Jewish couple living in the Papal States, was secretly baptized Catholic as an infant by a panicked servant during an infantile illness. The baptism was deemed valid by the Catholic Church and, because canon law forbade non-Christians from raising Christian children, Pope Pius IX ordered the six-year-old Mortara to be taken to Rome as his ward. Several countries objected to the pope's decision and called for the boy to be returned to his parents. What became of Mortara? More... Discuss

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Wilma Glodean Rudolph (1940)

Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in a single Olympic Games. She accomplished this despite having contracted numerous serious illnesses as a child, including polio, which damaged her leg and required her to wear a brace for some time. At the 1960 Games, she won gold in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay. She finished the 100-meter dash in world-record time but was not credited with the record. Why? More... Discuss

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It is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) Discuss

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Which of the following is a distinguishing feature of abstract nouns?




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n. A person licensed to practice medicine; a medical doctor
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Stonehenge Summer Solstice Ceremony

Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle located in Wiltshire, England, is believed to have been built between about 3050 and 1600 BCE. At the Summer Solstice, when viewed from the center of the monument, the sun rises through the entrance and just between two of the large stones. Today, modern Druids and other Neopagans gather at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice ceremonies. Wearing white robes and scarlet hoods, when the first rays of the rising sun shine on the Altar Stone, they walk in procession around the circle, gathering at the Altar Stone to recite prayers and salute the rising sun. More... Discuss

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mission creep

The gradual expansion or widening in scope of a project, action, or task, especially a military operation, beyond its initial goal or objective. More... Discuss