Category: Word of the Day
bə se tIng
constantly attacking, troubling, or preoccupying, as a temptation or sin.
“You ask a lot of questions, don’t you?”
“My brother always says curiosity is my besetting sin.” (Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel)
o beI səns [or] o bi səns
1. a gesture of the body, such as a bow, made to indicate respect or submission.
Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door —
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door —
Perched, and sat, and nothing more. (E.A. Poe, The Raven)
bə li gər
1. to lay siege to by surrounding with troops; besiege.
example: The army beleaguered the city, and within days it fell.
2. to beset with hardships or difficulties.
example: The bombing of the city beleaguered the citizens for months.
example: Beleaguered by problems at work, he had little time for his family.
əb si kwi əs
showing or tending to show servile obedience or deference; fawning.
example: I would like your honest opinion, not just obsequious compliments.
example: The obsequious relatives made frequent visits to their elderly and very wealthy aunt.
Im prə ma tər [or] Im prə meI tər
1. an official license to print or publish, especially one issued by the Roman Catholic censor.
2. any official permission or sanction.
example: Without the imprimatur of the FDA, this drug will remain inaccessible to many who need it.