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vendetta

Definition: (noun) A feud between two families or clans that arises out of a slaying and is perpetuated by retaliatory acts of revenge.
Synonyms:blood feud
Usage:No one remembers how the vendetta between the families began, but it will only end when the desire for revenge is not heeded. Discuss. Play

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Forming the Future Continuous Tense

To form the future continuous, we use "will be" or "is/are going to be" + the present participle of the main verb. Much of the time, either construction may be used with no appreciable difference in the meaning of the sentence. However, we sometimes use the "will be" construction for actions or events that are more certain to happen, whereas the "going to be" construction can be used to imply what? More... Discuss

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The St. Augustine Monster

When a large carcass washed ashore on the coast near St. Augustine, Florida, tales of the "St. Augustine Monster" were born. Two boys on bicycles first spotted the carcass on the evening of November 30, 1896, and reported their discovery to local physician DeWitt Webb. Webb determined that the carcass was at least 18 feet (5 m) long and estimated its weight at nearly 5 tons, if not more. Webb believed it was the remains of a giant octopus, but what has more recent analysis concluded? More... Discuss

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Shaanxi Earthquake: Deadliest in Recorded History (1556)

The 1556 Shaanxi Earthquake in China is the deadliest earthquake on record, having killed approximately 830,000 people and destroyed an area 520 miles (837 km) wide. According to Chinese annals, mountains moved and rivers changed course due to the massive quake, which affected places more than 200 miles (322 km) from the epicenter. Aftershocks continued for months. In addition to the quake's force—its magnitude is estimated at 8.0—the high death toll is attributed to what other factors? More... Discuss

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Gertrude Belle Elion (1918)

After teaching chemistry because jobs for female researchers were then scarce, Elion got work as an assistant at a drug company and went on to become a pioneering US pharmacologist. With George Hitchings, she developed treatments for leukemia, autoimmune disorders, urinary tract infections, gout, malaria, and viral herpes. Although Nobel Prizes are rarely awarded to drug company employees, the duo shared in the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology. To what did Elion attribute her interest in science? More... Discuss

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If a man means to be hard, let him keep in his saddle and speak from that height, above the level of pleading eyes, and with the command of a distant horizon.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

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Which of the following prepositions can be used to form a prepositional phrase of purpose?




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n. A downward slope, as of a hill
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

In 1908, Reverend Paul Watson proposed a week-long observance dedicated to Christian unity to be scheduled between the feasts of St. Peter's Chair (January 18) and St. Paul (January 25), the two great leaders of the first Christians. The World Council of Churches maintains these dates. Each year, an inter-denominational committee selects a scriptural theme and prepares the outlines of a worship service for each day of the Week of Prayer. Individual congregations are free to use the material as is, or vary it to suit local practices and traditions. More... Discuss

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one-up (someone)

To make a point of outdoing, outperforming, outclassing, etc., someone. More... Discuss