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effete

Definition: (adjective) Weak, ineffectual, or decadent as a result of overrefinement.
Synonyms:weak, feeble, ineffectual
Usage:So beautiful is she that I am always ... mentally limiting her capacities to those of the effete and overcivilized beauties of the outer crust. Discuss. Play

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Graphics Processing Units

A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a programmable logic chip that renders images, animations, and videos for a computer's screen. It is often located on a plug-in card or on the computer's main circuit board—the motherboard. The GPU functions as a coprocessor, taking some of the workload from the main processor so the computer can run faster. The Commodore Amiga, one of the first computer systems to gain a reputation for advanced graphics, contained a "blitter," which does what? More... Discuss

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The United Nations Is Formally Established (1945)

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded to promote peace, security, and economic development. Representatives from the US, the UK, the Soviet Union, and China first met in 1944 to discuss the problems involved in creating such an agency, and the results of their talks became the basis for the UN Charter that was ratified in 1945. Established immediately after WWII, it replaced the essentially powerless League of Nations. Who first coined the term "United Nations"? More... Discuss

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The Kray Twins (1933)

Partners in crime, twins Reginald and Ronald Kray were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in London's East End during the 1950s and 60s. The brothers managed to escape justice for some time, thanks in part to their intimidation of witnesses, political connections, and quasi-celebrity status as nightclub owners. Eventually, however, their luck ran out. In 1969, they were sentenced to life in prison for the murders of George Cornell and Jack McVitie. Why was Reginald eventually freed? More... Discuss

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The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

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Which of the following types of adjectives are formed from two or more words and a hyphen?




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v. make rigid and set into a conventional pattern
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United Nations Day

The international peacekeeping organization known as the United Nations was formally established on October 24, 1945, in the wake of World War II. Each member nation observes October 24, and in some places the entire week is known as United Nations Week. In the US, events taking place on this day include parades, international fairs, and dinners featuring foods from different countries. Schools frequently observe United Nations Day by holding folk festivals that teach students the music, songs, and dances of different countries. More... Discuss

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(someone's) native soil

The country or geographical area in which someone was born and/or raised. More... Discuss