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orphic

Definition: (adjective) Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding.
Synonyms:occult, mysterious, mystical, secret
Usage:The orphic symbols on the tome could only be deciphered by the blind wizard. Discuss. Play

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Defining the Period

The period (also known as a full stop, especially in British English) is a punctuation mark ( . ) primarily used to indicate the end of a sentence. It appears as a single dot on the bottom line of the text, and it comes immediately after what in a sentence? More... Discuss

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Mammon

In the New Testament, Mammon is the personification of riches and greed in the form of a false god. The term is also used generally in the Bible to describe wealth as a source of corruption. "You cannot serve God and mammon"—meaning that you cannot be both a good person and absorbed with gaining wealth—is one of the most noted Biblical proverbs. The common literary usage of Mammon as a god of covetousness or avarice likely stems from what text, in which Mammon oversees a cave of worldly wealth? More... Discuss

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The Great Storm of 1703: First Eddystone Lighthouse Is Destroyed (1703)

For five years, the Eddystone Lighthouse guided mariners safely past the treacherous Eddystone Rocks off the southwestern coast of the UK. Then, a catastrophic hurricane struck. The Great Storm claimed hundreds of ships, thousands of lives, and the Eddystone Lighthouse—along with its builder, Henry Winstanley, who was inside at the time. Fire destroyed the second lighthouse on the site, and erosion led to the dismantling of the third. How did operators mark the 100th anniversary of the fourth? More... Discuss

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Bruce Lee (1940)

A cultural icon, Lee was one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century. Lee, whose father was a leading actor, appeared in Hong Kong films as a child and went on to star in action movies that sparked the first major surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West. He constantly trained to improve his physique but was also a philosopher. He collapsed while working on his final film, the cult hit Enter the Dragon, and died a short time later. What caused his death? More... Discuss

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Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

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Where does an adverbial complement of an intransitive verb appear in a sentence?




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adj. Having the same number of sets of chromosomes as a germ cell or half as many as a somatic cell
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Lopburi Monkey Banquet

Yongyuth Kijwattananuson first offered this banquet to the long-tailed macaque monkeys who live in the city of Lop Buri, Thailand, in 1988, to thank them for making his hotel so attractive to visitors. It has since become an institution, especially for the hundreds of monkeys who normally spend their time begging and stealing food from townspeople and tourists. Dozens of chefs prepare numerous dishes featuring fruit and vegetables on tables covered with red tablecloths. The monkeys eventually approach the tables to feast on the offerings, playing and throwing food in the process. More... Discuss

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caught on the hop

Caught unawares or in a state of unpreparedness. More... Discuss