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perspicacity

Definition: (noun) The capacity to assess situations or circumstances shrewdly and to draw sound conclusions.
Synonyms:judgment
Usage:It was a marvelous effort of perspicacity to discover that I did not love her. Discuss. Play

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Stative Verbs that Take Gerunds

Stative verbs, also known as verbs of feeling, are very likely to take gerunds as their objects. "Love" is a common stative verb that takes gerunds. What is the gerund in the following sentence? "I love going to the movies." More... Discuss

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Tupac Amaru II

Born José Gabriel Condorcanqui, Tupac Amaru II was a leader of the indigenous people of Peru who adopted name of the last Inca leader, a man executed by the Spaniards for leading a rebellion in 1572. After failing to persuade officials to improve living and working conditions for indigenous Peruvians, Amaru II led a rebellion against Spain in 1780. He was soon captured and brutally executed. His entire family was also killed, with the exception of his 12-year-old son. What became of him? More... Discuss

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King Abdullah I of Jordan Is Assassinated (1951)

Abdullah I was the king of Jordan from 1946 until his death. With Britain's support, he led Arab revolts against Turkish rule in WWI and, after the Ottoman Empire's collapse, became emir of the British mandate of Transjordan in 1921. When the mandate ended, he became king of the renamed Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1948, he attacked the newly established state of Israel, annexing the portions of Palestine now known as the West Bank. In 1951, he was assassinated in Jerusalem by whom? More... Discuss

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Petrarch (1304)

The "Father of Humanism," Petrarch was the greatest scholar of his age. He traveled widely, visiting fellow scholars and searching out manuscripts, and wrote numerous lyrics, sonnets, and canzoni. His awareness of the classical past as a source of literary and philosophical meaning for the present left a lasting influence on European literature and paved the way for the Renaissance. Many of Petrarch's poems are devoted to what woman, who awoke a lasting passion in him on Good Friday in 1327? More... Discuss

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States, as great engines, move slowly.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

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venerate
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amalgamate
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Which of the following sentences uses an intensive pronoun?




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n. A program or class for four-year-old to six-year-old children that serves as an introduction to school
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privation
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Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Centuries of artistic legacy come to life each year in Croatia at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, an international festival of music, dance, and theater. Approximately 80 performances, including opera, ballet, drama, art exhibitions, and poetry readings, are offered during the course of the festival, bringing to life the beautiful Renaissance and Baroque architecture of Dubrovnik. In the early years of the festival, the material was almost exclusively Croatian, but as the years passed, the festival expanded to include classics from the wider European tradition. More... Discuss

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a feast for the eyes

An especially attractive, pleasing, and/or remarkable sight or visual experience. More... Discuss