The piece opened with ebullient
bursts of energy and color that scampered over harmonica drones played by one or more members.
—New York Times (May 10, 2010)
selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
A former student of fine art, Mr Scruff's eclectic
selections are accompanied by animations of the trademark "potato people" who humorously narrate his musical journey.
—The Guardian (Aug 13, 2011)
suitable for use as food
Nevertheless, hunger increased so much that many ventured out into woods along the river seeking edible
roots, and with some success.
—Spears, John R.
Then Miss Fairbairn held one of her little discourses, with which now and then she endeavoured to edify
remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing
marked by high spirits or excitement
When he ran for president, Barack Obama's effervescent
campaign was about hope, optimism, national unity, and, above all, the future.
—Newsweek (May 17, 2010)
radiating or as if radiating light
Ere another year be passed, we hope to see its effulgent
rays light up all the dark corners of our land.
—Cutter, Orlando P.
favoring social equality
characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importance
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
“His comments were so egregious
, naturally advertisers will have doubts about being associated with Limbaugh’s brand of hate,” Mr. Boehlert said in an e-mail message.
—New York Times (Mar 5, 2012)
full of high-spirited delight
Young Barry returned from his parting walk with his brother in high spirits, elated
with hope, and better both in mind and body.
expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
But, so far as the best selection of words, the clearest style, the most coherent and convincing argument can constitute eloquence, Mill's speeches are eloquent
make clear and (more) comprehensible
Improving the understanding of why tissues in bar-headed geese are so adept at taking up oxygen might elucidate
human respiration as well.
—Scientific American (Nov 5, 2011)
escape, either physically or mentally
Gregory Standifer was arrested at the scene after allegedly attempting to elude
police by jumping out of a window, police said.
—Chicago Tribune (Sep 4, 2011)
skillful at eluding capture
They are an elusive
lot and Don Ramon would soon wear out his troops hunting them in the bush.
free from slavery or servitude
The Civil War came to an end, leaving the slave not only emancipated
but endowed with the full dignity of citizenship.
—Elliott, Maud Howe
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
At Saks, reedy shapes and flared minis, and more vanguard looks like Marc Jacobs’s sports-inspired skirts embellished
with a racing stripe, are projected best sellers.
—New York Times (Mar 21, 2012)
represent in bodily form
He was a can-do optimist who, despite many years in the environs of Hollywood, identified with and embodied
—New York Times (Jan 29, 2012)
of an organism prior to birth or hatching
standing above others in quality or position
forceful and definite in expression or action
Miss Penny repeated my question in her loud, emphatic
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory
"So far, no one has reported empirical
evidence from real city-traffic data that the transition Kerner predicted actually occurs," Davis pointed out.
—US News (Oct 18, 2011)
strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
attract; cause to be enamored
Not long ago I fell in love, But unreturned is my affection— The girl that I'm enamored
of Pays little heed in my direction.
lovable especially in a childlike or naive way
attempt by employing effort
A few men endeavored
to win popularity by pursuing a few others, and thus far they have been conspicuous failures.
—Ingersoll, Robert Green
of or relating to a disease (or anything resembling a disease) constantly present to greater or lesser extent in a particular locality
disease, due to local causes and spreading by intercommunication.
something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
Tails are often an enigma
; many creatures have them, but scientists know little about their function, particularly for extinct species.
—Science Magazine (Jan 4, 2012)
a state of deep-seated ill-will
He looked at the young man with enmity
, while his face every day grew harder, more angry, and stern, like iron.
—Lathrop, George Parsons
the feeling of being bored by something tedious
“You are in the Land of Pleasure, and in yonder castle lives a horrid Giant called Ennui
, who bores everybody he catches to death.”
—Taylor, Bert Leston
But despite the bottomless spate of new "Housewives" series that Bravo keeps trotting out, the "Real Housewives" franchise still fascinates and enthralls
—Salon (Oct 4, 2010)
provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion
the branch of zoology that studies insects
From the department of entomology
you expect to learn something about the troublesome insects, which are so universal an annoyance.
—Latham, A. W.
ask for or request earnestly
"Let me go now, please," she entreated
, her eyes unable to meet his any longer.
someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it
Mr. Boehner said it would be “good news for entrepreneurs
and aspiring small businesspeople struggling to overcome government barriers to job creation.”
—New York Times (Apr 6, 2012)
determine the number or amount of
The houses in this street are not enumerated
beyond forty-five, all told.
express or state clearly
On the second floor, kindergarten children stand together in a circle, clapping while learning how to enunciate
—New York Times (Dec 31, 2011)
anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form
Such larger political structures as the tyrants of Syracuse built up by the subjugation of other cities were purely ephemeral
, barely outliving their founders.
—Boak, Arthur Edward Romilly
a divine manifestation
But at least he's acting as the father of his child, and that, rather than any epiphany
or miraculous transformation, is the point.
—Salon (Dec 21, 2010)
a standard or typical example
Ms. Netrebko, in particular, riveted all eyes and ears, the epitome
of star-crossed glamour in her black bob and sick-rose-red cocktail dress.
—New York Times (Dec 26, 2010)
a period marked by distinctive character or reckoned from a fixed point or event
The best authorities put the climax of the last glacial epoch
between twenty-five and thirty thousand years ago.
of or relating to or featuring horseback riding
While some racehorses peak in their younger years and move on to breeding, equestrian
horses tend to be older and require complex training.
—Seattle Times (Jan 20, 2012)
fair to all parties as dictated by reason and conscience
I suggested, as a more equitable
adjustment, an equal division of profits; and to that Mr. Gye at last agreed.
—Mapleson, James H.
be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
Beaten in the open field, the church began to equivocate
, to evade, and to give new meanings to inspired words.
—Ingersoll, Robert Green
kill in large numbers
Some people are misusing poisonous chemicals in a desperate bid to eradicate
the pests, federal officials said Thursday.
—New York Times (Sep 23, 2011)
become ground down or deteriorate
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lost his absolute majority in the Italian parliament in a vote today on last year’s budget, further eroding
—BusinessWeek (Nov 8, 2011)
liable to sudden unpredictable change
The U.S. officials stressed that North Korea’s past behavior has been notoriously erratic
, making predictions about its intentions difficult.
—Washington Post (Dec 19, 2011)
having or showing profound knowledge
In countless deft, darting, erudite
essays, it has enabled him to explain the unexpected continuities and awkward breaks of literary history.
—The Guardian (Jul 4, 2010)
avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
all animal products, including dairy and eggs, so their iodine sources may be few.
—Reuters (Jan 17, 2012)
confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
a history of a word
Its “suggested” etymology
or word origin is Latin serpens meaning “a snake” and French sortir meaning “come out of, to leave.”
—New York Times (May 17, 2010)
an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh
a feeling of great (usually exaggerated) elation
and joy at their leaders' departure has given way to frustration, grievance and fear.
—Reuters (Dec 22, 2011)
tending to vanish like vapor
deliberately vague or ambiguous
I anticipated finding them deceitful and evasive
: furtive people, wandering in devious ways and disappearing into mysterious houses, at dead of night.
give expression to
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
undergo development or evolution
Politicians have argued that further austerity will only exacerbate
the country's economic death spiral by deepening its worse than expected recession.
—The Guardian (Feb 12, 2012)
fill with sublime emotion
But this woman's beauty was glorified by eyes that spoke of exalted
thoughts, passionate longings, lofty emotions.
recover through digging
With many of Caligula's monuments destroyed after he was killed by his Praetorian guard at 28, archaeologists are eager to excavate
for his remains.
—The Guardian (Jan 17, 2011)
express strong disapproval of
The landlord had another excoriating
remark, which he might have flung at the young man and finished him up, but he magnanimously forbore.
—Bouton, John Bell
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
Stepan did not try to exculpate
himself, and bore patiently his sentence which was three days in the punishment-cell, and after that solitary confinement.
—Tolstoy, Leo, graf
curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment
Even the crimes of monsters, whom we execrate
, are to be traced to madness and intoxication, more than to natural fierceness and wickedness.
clarify by giving an example of
He brought up reality television — specifically, the garish sort of reality exemplified
by Bravo’s “Real Housewives” steamroller.
—New York Times (Aug 27, 2011)
force or impel in an indicated direction
A proclamation was put up on shore, exhorting
the people to keep quiet, attend to their avocations, and bring in presents as obedient subjects.
—Lindley, Augustus F.
relating to or dealing with existence (especially with human existence)
Jindal, by contrast, has treated the spill as an existential
threat, saying repeatedly that what's at stake "is a way of life for us."
—Washington Post (May 18, 2010)
a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment
It said the flight of Christians to other parts of Iraq and abroad has become "a slow but steady exodus
—BBC (Dec 17, 2010)
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation
add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
She and Jack Hemingway, also known as Bumby, were toddlers at the time, living with their expatriate
American parents in Paris.
—New York Times (Mar 31, 2012)
anticipating with confidence of fulfillment
discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
No, they don't care to go, expectorating
the tobacco juice from their mouths into the fire at the same time.
a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
In his youth he had apparently settled the problem once for all; but the solution then found was scarcely more than a temporary expedient
process fast and efficiently
First-class customers generally have access to priority check-in and boarding, expedited
baggage service and faster security lines at some airports.
—BusinessWeek (Aug 4, 2011)
money paid out; an amount spent
Unless income also rises — which isn’t happening for many people now — higher fuel costs will eventually displace other expenditures
—New York Times (Mar 3, 2012)
make amends for
Yes, I was so far guilty, and I make the confession in hopes that some portion of my errors may be expiated
precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication
Just as medical researchers once uncovered the link between cigarettes and lung cancer, researchers are now making the explicit
connection between air pollution and asthma.
—Time (Mar 29, 2012)
an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
But this profit rested on intensive exploitation
and domination: whole families worked in the mills, including children.
—Salon (Feb 17, 2011)
serving to expound or set forth
"Several characters are required to make long expository
speeches in which the play's themes are clumsily disclosed."
—The Guardian (Feb 24, 2011)
the act of forcing out someone or something
remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line
Constance lifted up her exquisite
voice untiringly, weaving her magic spell about her eager listeners.
still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost
with little or no preparation or forethought
His friends sometimes held an extemporaneous
concert in his room, without preparation, programme, or audience.
stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point
One map showed a runway system extending
across 140 square meters and including 12 underground burrows.
—Martin, Edwin P.
a mutually agreed delay in the date set for the completion of a job or payment of a debt
Chalk River’s license expired last year, but it was given a single five-year extension
; the Dutch reactor’s lifetime is less certain but also limited.
—New York Times (Feb 7, 2012)
destroy completely, as if down to the roots
The last wolf was killed in Great Britain two hundred years ago, and the bear was extirpated
from that island still earlier.
—Marsh, George P.
praise, glorify, or honor
How I praised the duck at that first dinner, and extolled
Madame's skill in cookery!
obtain by coercion or intimidation
An instrument of torture for the leg, formerly used to extort
confessions, particularly in Scotland.
not pertinent to the matter under consideration
As a general rule, he explained, rulings other than the one being honored had been removed as extraneous
—Slate (Feb 22, 2012)
draw from specific cases for more general cases
release from entanglement of difficulty
There was a prickly pear on top, the thorns of which caught him so that at first he could not extricate
—Reed, Helen Leah
not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside
(psychology) a person concerned more with practical realities than with inner thoughts and feelings
is the typical active; always leaning out of the window and setting up contacts with the outside world.
All these prose works were marked by an exuberant
, vivid, poetic, impassioned style.
—Lowell, James Russell
make apparent by one's mood or behavior
feel extreme happiness or elation
Like a soldier going into battle, exulted
and fired by a high and lofty purpose, his heart sang within him.
—Standish, Burt L.