use of the wrong word for the context Dryden had drawn attention to Cleveland's poetic manner in Of Dramatick Poesy: An Essay (1668), creating the label 'Clevelandism' to name the poet's habit of catachresis, 'wresting and torturing a word into another meaning', and making unfavorable comparisons between Donne and Cleveland….
scarcity that makes dear; specifically : famine And the seven years of dearth began to come according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands but in
all the land of Egypt there was bread (Gen. 41:54)
1) The process of falling asleep.
2) (euphemism) The process of death or the actual death itself.
3) (often capitalized) In Catholic and Orthodox tradition, the death and assumption into heaven of the Virgin Mary.
1) Make (something) more attractive by the addition of decorative details or features blue silk embellished with golden embroidery
2) Make (a statement or story) more interesting or entertaining by adding extra details, esp. ones that are not true she had real difficulty telling the truth because she liked to embellish things
1) (of a person) Fond of company; sociable he was a popular and gregarious man
2) (of animals) Living in flocks or loosely organized communities gregarious species forage in flocks from colonies or roosts
1) Depict or describe in painting or words he limned the scene in the courtroom so perfectly I could practically see it
2) Suffuse or highlight (something) with a bright color or light a crescent moon limned each shred with white gold
1) to remove from or dispossess of property or position by legal action, by force, or by the compulsion of necessity Large national banks are ousting local banks in many communities.
2) to take the place of : supplant The rebels ousted the dictator from power.
1) The roof of the mouth, separating the cavities of the nose and the mouth in vertebrates
2) A person's appreciation of taste and flavor, esp. when sophisticated and discriminating a fine range of drink for sophisticated palates
1) To make unable to grasp something clearly or to think logically and decisively about something Questions about the meaning of life have always perplexed humankind
2) To make intricate or involved, to complicate Let's not perplex the issue further with irrelevant concerns
1) Anticipation in the first of the novella's three parts Marlow gives a prolepsis of the climax
2) The representation of a thing as existing before it actually does or did so, as in he was a dead man when he entered
1) unduly prolonged or drawn out : too long The speech was unnecessarily prolix
2) marked by or using an excess of words a person known for habitually transforming brief anecdotes into prolix sagas that exhaust their listeners
1) A learned man : teacher a moral question that has puzzled the pundits throughout the ages
2) A person who gives opinions in an authoritative manner usually through the mass media : critic the new mini laptop has gotten a thumbs-up from industry pundits
1) Put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force extra police were called to quell the disturbance
2) Suppress (a feeling, esp. an unpleasant one) he spoke up again to quell any panic among the assembled youngsters
of, relating to, or expressed in relation to stars or constellations : astral On the domed ceiling and the encircling walls are paintings of the sidereal heavens with their endless orbs, all moving through an organized cosmos.
1) Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal They obtained the documents by subterfuge
2) A statement or action resorted to in order to deceive propagandists who use a kind of photographic subterfuge, superimposing one image on another to create a false “reality”
1) A row or line of grass, grain, or other crop as it lies when mown or reaped
2) A strip left clear by the passage of a mowing machine or scythe the combine had cut a deep swath around the border of the fields
1) Protection of or authority over someone or something; guardianship the organizations remained under firm government tutelage
2) Instruction; tuition he felt privileged to be under the tutelage of an experienced actor
1) A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant her husband's sharp vicissitudes of fortune
2) Alternation between opposite or contrasting things the vicissitude of the seasons
1) To pull, force, or move by violent wringing or twisting movements. He tried to wrest control of the company from his uncle
2) To distort the meaning or interpretation of something to suit one's own interests or views Richards’ wresting of Jeremiah’s text was probably inadvertent