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abjure

Definition: (verb) To renounce under oath; forswear.
Synonyms:recant, retract, resile
Usage:For nearly 21 years after his resignation as Prime Minister in 1963, he abjured all titles, preferring to remain just plain "Mr." Discuss. Play

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Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

Transitive verbs take one or more objects in a sentence, while intransitive verbs take no objects in a sentence. What is a direct object? More... Discuss

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Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp

Hedwig is perhaps best remembered for her diary, which chronicled her life in the Swedish royal court. In 1774, when she was 15 years old, she married her cousin, the future King Charles XIII. The marriage was arranged by Charles's older brother, King Gustav III, who hoped the union would ensure the continuation of his family's power. It did not work. Habitually unfaithful, Charles died childless. Hedwig also engaged in affairs—including with the alleged lover of what other queen? More... Discuss

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The Great Tangshan Earthquake (1976)

In July 1976, Wang Chengmin of China's State Seismological Bureau concluded that the Tangshan region would be struck by a significant quake between July 22 and August 5. Based on the prediction, Qinglong County undertook serious emergency preparations, a move that likely limited the number of casualties there when a powerful temblor struck on July 28, destroying hundreds of thousands of buildings and killing as many as 700,000 across Tangshan. What were the political consequences of the quake? More... Discuss

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Jacques Piccard (1922)

Piccard was a Swiss oceanographer and engineer who developed underwater vehicles for studying ocean currents. He came from a family of adventurers, and his father was known for exploratory balloon flights. Together, they developed the bathyscaphe for deep-sea travel. In 1960, Piccard and Don Walsh of the US Navy set a new submarine depth record when they reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, a depth of about 35,800 feet (10,912 m). What cut the mission short? More... Discuss

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Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself,—it only requires opportunity.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

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What does a predicative adjective that follows a linking verb modify?




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n. Fermented, roasted, shelled, and ground cacao seeds, often combined with a sweetener or flavoring agent
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Peru Independence Day

Peru had been a colony of Spain for nearly 300 years when Simon Bolívar (1783-1830), along with José San Martín (1778-1850), led the Battle of Ayacucho in 1824 that resulted in the end of Spanish rule of Bolivia and Peru. San Martín had declared independence on July 28, 1821, but Peru's sovereignty was not secured until Bolívar's forces defeated the Spanish at Ayacucho. Celebrated all over Peru, Independence Day is a public holiday. More... Discuss

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lose no time (in) doing (something)

To do something immediately or as expediently as possible. More... Discuss