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trepidation

Definition: (noun) A state of alarm or dread.
Synonyms:apprehension
Usage:With trepidation, the children approached the haunted house. Discuss. Play

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Common Errors with Compound Sentences

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses expressing closely related ideas of equal or similar importance that are joined using a comma and a conjunction or just a semicolon. What are the two most common errors that occur with compound sentences? More... Discuss

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Silent Film

Before the technology that incorporates sound into film was developed, films had no synchronized sound for dialogue. Instead, graphic titles were used to clarify the on-screen situation to the audience, and live music was often featured. This music, frequently improvised by a piano player, was viewed as an essential part of the moviegoing experience, as it provided the audience with vital emotional cues for the action taking place on screen. What famous animated film is considered a silent film? More... Discuss

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Pope Benedict XV Canonizes Joan of Arc (1920)

Joan of Arc was a French military leader. As a girl, she began hearing voices—those of saints, she believed—exhorting her to aid the dauphin, who was being kept from the throne by the English in the Hundred Years War. Joan organized the French resistance that defeated the English siege of Orléans and had the dauphin crowned Charles VII. Captured and sold to the English by the Burgundians thereafter, she was tried for heresy and witchcraft. How old was she when she was burned at the stake? More... Discuss

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Pope Innocent XI (1611)

In 1676, Benedetto Odescalchi was elected pope despite the strong opposition of Louis XIV of France, with whom he had a long, bitter quarrel over Gallicanism—a French Roman Catholic tradition of resistance to papal authority. He took the name Innocent XI. As Pope, Innocent lived very parsimoniously and sought to curb nepotism among the cardinals. He closed all of the theaters in Rome—deemed centers of vice and immorality—and brought a temporary halt to the flourishing tradition of what? More... Discuss

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Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

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







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Florence Musical May (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino)

The Florence May Festival was first held in 1933, and it wasn't long before it had established itself as one of the most important international festivals in Italy. It offers chamber and symphonic music, ballet, and dance, and is recognized as a pioneer in its efforts to revive rare foreign and Italian operas. Most of the larger events are held in the Teatro della Pergola or the more modern Teatro Comunale, home of the festival's resident opera company. The festival regularly commissions new opera and dance productions. More... Discuss

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take a seat

To be seated; to select a place to sit. (Often an invitation or request.) More... Discuss