Philadelphian


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Phil·a·del·phi·a

 (fĭl′ə-dĕl′fē-ə)
1. An ancient city northeast of the Dead Sea in modern-day Jordan. The chief city of the Ammonites, it was enlarged and embellished by Ptolemy II Philadelphus (285-246 bc) and named in honor of him. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is now on the site.
2. An ancient Greek city of Asia Minor in present-day western Turkey. Founded in the second century bc, Philadelphia was a center of early Christianity.
3. The largest city of Pennsylvania, in the southeast part of the state on the Delaware River. It was founded as a Quaker colony by William Penn in 1681 on the site of an earlier Swedish settlement. The First and Second Continental Congresses (1774 and 1775-1776) and the Constitutional Convention (1787) met in the city, which served as the capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800.

Phil′a·del′phi·an adj. & n.
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Built one place at San Diego, the old man has; another at Los Angeles; owns half a dozen railroads, half the lumber on the Pacific slope, and lets his wife spend the money," the Philadelphian went on lazily.
Oh, you're a high-grade machine, with the writing in plain sight," the Philadelphian yawned.
I read this now dead-and-gone immortal with an ecstasy unspeakable; I raved of him by day, and dreamed of him by night; I got great lengths of his "Life-Drama" by heart; and I can still repeat several gorgeous passages from it; I would almost have been willing to take the life of the sole critic who had the sense to laugh at him, and who made his wicked fun in Graham's Magazine, an extinct periodical of the old extinct Philadelphian species.
The doctors want my husband to feel that he is in his own home; otherwise he would be so wretched that the climate would not do him any good," she explained, winter after winter, to the sympathising Philadelphians and Baltimoreans; and Mr.
Froch took Philadelphian Mack out in three rounds with two stinging body shots in Nottingham as he successfully defended his IBF super-middleweight title for the first time.
Garcia - who was immediately challenged by Eric "Terrible" Morales for a rematch after losing his WBC light-welterweight title to the up-and-coming Philadelphian last year - obviously doesn't need to consider Khan in his future, but you have to wonder where Britain's former world champion goes from here.
Instead, Khan will fight another Philadelphian, unbeaten 24-year-old Danny Garcia, for Garcia's WBC light-welterweight title at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on June 14.
And by 1960: as both South Philadelphian and Torontonian Italian women looked beyond their parishes for eligible marriage partners, the rate at which the Philadelphians married Italians declined, whereas the rate increased among Torontonian brides.
Although this Philadelphian influence has been suggested by other researchers, the case has never been made so strongly.
The lucky 23-year-old Philadelphian scored an opportunity to meet Chi-Town showman Common at a recent photo shoot ("Universal Soldier," page 80), and let's just say she got more than she bargained for.
Thus, I argued that the vitality of nation-states helps to mobilize symbolic and cultural identities in the Westphalian direction; technological innovations push the globe in the Philadelphian direction; while demographic and environmental degradations pull the earth in the Anti-Utopian direction.
A downtrodden Alabama wife swaps lives with a gay Philadelphian.