order by virtue of superior authority; decree
Proponents of stricter controls on firearms said they were cautiously optimistic that, perhaps this time, something concrete and lasting would be
terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end
Even as this was happening, millions of American gun owners — about 40 percent of American households report having a gun — remained deeply resistant to any moves to
curtail Second Amendment gun rights.
rush down in big quantities
cascading developments since Friday’s shooting led one of the leading gun control organizations, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, to proclaim a legal and cultural groundswell in the nation’s view of firearms.
deprived of leaves
Parks and courtyards are being
defoliated for firewood, turning streets once lined with trees into avenues bordered by stumps.
deficient in amount or quality or extent
Months’ worth of trash is piled high, often beside bread lines where hundreds of people wait for a
meager stack of loaves.
a personal belief or judgment
Overlaying it all is a mix of fatigue and distrust, the
sentiments of a population divided in multiple ways.
devote fully to
For most of Syria’s 21-month uprising, Aleppo, a commercial and government center built around its historic Old City, was spared the battles
engulfing the country.
He understood the desperation at the window, the eyes looking in, alternately angry and
the quality of being widespread
prevalence of three cancers — multiple myeloma, prostate and thyroid — was significantly higher, but only in rescue and recovery workers and not in the rest of the exposed population.
fill something that had previously been emptied
The study was released on Tuesday, and was to be published in the Wednesday issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association — too late to influence Dr. Howard’s decision, but perhaps not too late to influence public opinion going forward or to affect whether Congress will decide to
replenish the victim compensation fund should more money be needed.