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dilatory

Definition: (adjective) Tending or inclined to delay or waste time.
Synonyms:laggard, poky
Usage:Frank, dilatory in all his proceedings, was the last of the dramatic company who left the precincts of the stage. Discuss. Play

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Mitigators vs. Intensifiers

Mitigators are the opposite of intensifiers, which are used to increase the intensity of the words they modify. "Very" is an example of an intensifier. What are some others? More... Discuss

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Central Asia

Although the exact borders of the region known as Central Asia are debated, the nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are known as the Central Asian Republics—former republics of the Soviet Union. Sometimes said to include Afghanistan, Mongolia, and portions of China and Pakistan, the region has historically acted as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between Europe and Eastern Asia, especially due to the Silk Road, which was what? More... Discuss

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Gertrude of Merania Killed by Discontented Hungarian Nobles (1213)

The first wife of Andrew II of Hungary, Gertrude played an active role in the political machinations of his early reign. She used her influence to advance her German relatives at court and gifted Hungarian lands to them, angering the Hungarian nobility and inciting them to action. While her husband was off on a military campaign, Gertrude was murdered by a group of discontented nobles. The unsavory affair served as the inspiration for what Hungarian composer's famous opera, Bánk bán? More... Discuss

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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825)

Born free in Baltimore, Maryland—where slavery was still in place—Harper was raised by an abolitionist uncle and published her first volume of poetry when she 20 years old. In 1854, she gave her first anti-slavery lecture. Her second volume, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects, made her the best known African-American poet of the era. Her short story, "The Two Offers," was probably the first such published work by any African American. How old was she when she published her first novel? More... Discuss

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Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

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Which of the following often have properties similar to adjectives?




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tr.v. To take in the meaning, nature, or importance of; grasp
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Tzom Gedaliahu (Fast of Gedaliah)

Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, destroyed Jerusalem and the First Temple and carried away most of the Jews into slavery in 586 BCE. He left behind a few farmers and families under the supervision of a Jewish governor named Gedaliah ben Ahikam to administer affairs in the devastated land. A few traitors, who accused Gedaliah of collaborating with the enemy, murdered him and the small garrison of soldiers Nebuchadnezzar had stationed there. Many of the farmers fled to Egypt; the rest were either killed or taken to Babylon, bringing about Judah's final collapse. More... Discuss

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rolling in dough

Exceptionally wealthy; having large amounts of money to spend. More... Discuss