Tag: quotations

Jul
26
2013

sciolism

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sciolism

saI ə lih zəm
noun
superficial knowledge or familiarity, used as a basis for scholarly pretensions.

I myself prize classes far higher than I do lectures. From my own experience, a lecture is often a very dangerous method of teaching; it is apt to engender in the mind of men ungrounded conceit and sciolism, or the bad habit of knowing about subjects without really knowing the subject itself.(Charles Kingsley, Scientific Essays and Lectures)

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Jul
17
2013

alloy

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alloy

noun

ae loI

1. a combined form of two or more metals, or of a metal with a nonmetal, sometimes using an inferior ingredient with a more costly one.
example: Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper.

2. the relative degree of purity of a metal; fineness.

3. something added that lowers quality or value.

Saving an occasional burst of impatience, or coarse assertion of his mastery, his good-humour remained to him, but it had now a sordid alloy of distrust; and though his eyes should twinkle and all his face should laugh, he would sit holding himself in his own arms, as if he had an inclination to hoard himself up, and must always grudgingly stand on the defensive. (Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend)

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Jul
09
2013

stanch

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stanch (staunch)1

staenchstawnch

transitive verb

1. to cause (a liquid, especially blood) to stop flowing.
example: The doctor asked for a clamp to stanch the blood.
2. to cause (a cut, wound, drip, or the like) to stop giving off liquid.
example: “Blood trickles from his nose, and from an awful wound on his torso which he has tried to stanch by knotting his shirt around his ribs.” (“Cyberfate, Felicity Savage, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Vol. 89 Issue 3, 1995) (more…)

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Jun
26
2013

lapidary

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lapidary

lae pih deI ri

noun

1. one whose work is to cut, polish, or engrave gemstones, or the work itself.

2. an expert on or dealer in gemstones.
example: She consulted a lapidary about the value of her engagement ring.

quotation: “People that had lighted on a new thought or a thought that they fancied new, came to Emerson, as the finder of a glittering gem hastens to a lapidary, to ascertain its quality and value. (Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Mosses from an Old Manse”)

 

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Jun
17
2013

pelf

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pelf

noun

money or wealth, usually regarded with disapproval or contempt.
example: The robbers were discovered in a barn, huddled over their pelf. (more…)

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