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risible

Definition: (adjective) Arousing or provoking laughter.
Synonyms:amusing, comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful
Usage:The dramatic performance's unintentionally trite and risible dialogue drew hearty laughs from the audience. Discuss.

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Defining Superlative Adverbs

Superlative adverbs, like superlative adjectives, are used to describe differences among three or more people or things. Superlative adjectives describe the highest (or lowest) degree of an attribute among multiple nouns. What do superlative adverbs describe? More... Discuss

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Endurance Riding

Endurance riding is an equestrian sport in which horseback riders race long distances, usually 50 or 100 miles (80 or 160 km). To ensure the safety of the horses during the rides, veterinarians periodically inspect the animals and eliminate from competition any horse deemed unfit. Although any breed can compete, Arabian horses often dominate the top levels of the sport due to their natural speed and stamina. How long do winners usually take to cross the finish line in 100-mile (160-km) races? More... Discuss

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Swiss Guard Arrives at the Vatican (1506)

Though various units of Swiss Guards have existed throughout history, the most famous unit—and the only one remaining—is responsible for the safety of the Pope. Known for their colorful uniforms, the guards must be single, Swiss, and Catholic and must have completed Swiss military training. The first 150 Swiss mercenaries were invited to the Vatican during the reign of Pope Julius II. In 1527, 147 of the Swiss Guards were killed while helping the Pope escape from whom? More... Discuss

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Pierre Gassendi (1592)

As a priest and a professor, Gassendi lectured on theology in his native southeastern France. However, as a philosopher, scientist, and astronomer, he was compelled to try to reconcile his scientific beliefs with the teachings of the church. Dissatisfied with the teachings of Aristotle, he came to espouse empiricism and atomism, the belief that tiny, indestructible particles form the basic building blocks of the entire universe. In 1631, he became the first person to observe what? More... Discuss

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I have heard men talk of the blessings of freedom, ... but I wish any wise man would teach me what use to make of it now that I have it.

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) Discuss

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With which of the following types of abbreviations is it standard to include a period?







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n. A cylindrical wicker basket filled with earth and stones, formerly used in building fortifications
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Vasant Panchami

Vasant Panchami is a festival of spring, celebrated throughout India among Hindus and Sikhs at the end of January or in early February. People wear bright yellow clothes, the color of the mustard flower that heralds the onset of spring, and mark the day with music, dancing, and kite-flying. In Shantiniketan, West Bengal, the festival is celebrated with special lavishness in honor of Sarasvati, the Hindu goddess of learning and the arts. Her images are taken in procession to rivers to be bathed, and books and pens are placed at her shrine. More... Discuss

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look out for number one

To put one's own needs, concerns, or responsibilities before those of anyone else. More... Discuss