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demagogue

Definition: (noun) A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
Synonyms:rabble-rouser
Usage:The seditious harangues of demagogues in Faneuil Hall have made rebels of a loyal people and deprived me of my country. Discuss. Play

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Gender in Nouns

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Sleeping Beauty Syndrome

Kleine-Levin Syndrome (KLS), also known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome or Rip Van Winkle disease, is a neurological disorder characterized by periods of ravenous appetite alternating with prolonged sleep of up to 18 hours and behavioral disturbances, confusion, and hallucinations upon waking. The pattern can last several weeks, and there is no specific treatment. It occurs most often in young males aged 10 to 25. The exact cause of the disease is unknown. What theories have researchers proposed? More... Discuss

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Emperor Trajan Inaugurates the Aqua Traiana (109 CE)

The Aqua Traiana was an aqueduct built under Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century CE. The structure channeled water to Rome from sources around Lake Bracciano, about 25 mi (40 km) northwest of the city. In 1605, Pope Paul V initiated the Aqua Traiana's repair to augment the city's water supply. Renamed the Acqua Paola in the pope's honor, it was completed in 1612 and boasted a lavish fountain with columns of granite and marble. What is meant by the Roman saying "as good as the Acqua Paola"? More... Discuss

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Henry Ward Beecher (1813)

Beecher became one of the most famous and influential American ministers of his time for his advocacy of an emotional "gospel of love" Christianity. Every important issue of the day was discussed from his pulpit and in his lectures. He was a leader in the antislavery movement, a proponent of women's suffrage, and an advocate of the theory of evolution. In 1874, however, he became the subject of a sensational adultery trial for an alleged affair with Elizabeth Tilton. What was the verdict? More... Discuss

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When Pack meets with Pack in the Jungle, and neither will go from the trail,
Lie down till the leaders have spoken—it may be fair words shall prevail.

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n. An edible mushroom (Cantharellus cibarius) that is yellow to orange in color, trumpet-shaped, and sometimes fragrant
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Human Towers of Valls

On St. John's Day in the city of Valls in the Catalan region of Spain, a touring acrobatic company, or comparsa, presents the human tower of Valls. The acrobats form human towers or pyramids with four to six men at the base and one or more children at the top. The towers can extend to eight times a man's height, and they are formed to the musical accompaniment of the gralla, or native oboe. There is a point during the performance at which the children on top salute, the music ceases, and the entire structure stands immobile for several seconds before collapsing gracefully to the ground. More... Discuss

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a living soul

A person (who is alive). (Often used in the negative to mean "nobody.") More... Discuss