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malaise Pronunciation: mə-ˈlāz, ma-, -ˈlez Function: noun Etymology: French malaise, from Old French, from mal- + aise comfort, Date: circa 1768 1: A vague feeling of discomfort, one that cannot be pinned down but is often sensed as "just not right.".
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malaise Pronunciation: \mə-ˈlāz, ma-, -ˈlez\ Function: noun Etymology: French malaise, from Old French, from mal- + aise comfort, Date: circa 1768 1: A vague feeling of discomfort, one that cannot be pinned down but is often sensed as "just not right." My _____________ hindered me from attending school today.
omnivorous Pronunciation: \äm-ˈniv-rəs, -ˈni-və-\ Function: adjective Etymology: Latin omnivorus, from omni- + -vorus -vorous Date: circa 1656 1 : feeding on both animal and vegetable substances 2 : avidly taking in everything as if devouring or consuming <an omnivorous reader>
verbatim Pronunciation: \(ˌ)vər-ˈbā-təm\ Function: adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin verbum word Date: 15th century 1: in the exact words : word for word
metamorphosis Pronunciation: \ˌme-tə-ˈmȯr-fə-səs\ Function: noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek metamorphōsis, from metamorphoun to transform, from meta- + morphē form Date: 1533 1 a: change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means 2 a: a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching
predestine Pronunciation: \(ˌ)prē-ˈdes-tən\ Function: verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French predestiner, from Latin praedestinare, from prae- + destinare to determine more at destine Date: 14th c. 1: to destine, decree, determine, appoint, or settle beforehand
repercussion Pronunciation: \ˌrē-pər-ˈkə-shən, ˌre-\ Function: noun Etymology: Latin repercussion-, repercussio, from repercutere to drive back, from re- + percutere to beat — more at percussion Date: 1536 1. An often indirect effect, influence, or result that is produced by an event or action. 2. A recoil, rebounding, or reciprocal motion after impact. 3. A reflection, especially of sound. The repercussions of the war are still keenly felt.
rig Pronunciation: \ˈrig\ Function: verb Inflected Form(s): rigged; rig·ging Etymology: probably back-formation from rigging Date: 15th century 1: to fit out (as a ship) with rigging 2: to furnish with special gear : 3: to put in condition or position for use : adjust, arrange <a car rigged for manual control> construct <rig up a temporary shelter>
slouch Pronunciation: \ˈslau̇ch\ Function: noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1515 1 a: an awkward fellow : lout b: one that is unimpressive; especially : a lazy or incompetent person —used in negative constructions <was no slouch at cooking> 2: a gait or posture characterized by an ungainly stooping of the head and shoulders or excessive relaxation of body muscles
skewer Pronunciation: \ˈskyü-ər, ˈskyu̇r\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English skeuier Date: 15th century 1 : a pin of wood or metal for fastening meat to keep it in form while roasting or to hold small pieces of meat or vegetables for broiling 2 : any of various things shaped or used like a meat skewer
es·tate Pronunciation: \i-ˈstāt\ Function: noun Etymology: Middle English estat, from Anglo-French — more at state Date: 13th century 1 : social standing or rank especially of a high order2 : the degree, quality, nature, and extent of one's interest in land or other property : possessions, property; especially : a person's property in land and tenements <a man of small estate>
"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." C.S. Lewis paradox Pronunciation: \ˈper-ə-ˌdäks, ˈpa-rə-\ Function: noun Etymology: Latin paradoxum, from Greek paradoxon, from neuter of paradoxos contrary to expectation, from para- + dokein to think, seem — more at decent Date: 1540 1: a tenet contrary to received opinion 2: a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true