Friday, May 31, 2013

conscientious & captor

Quotations:
2 CHRONICLES 29:34
The priests, however, were too few to skin all the burnt offerings; so their kinsmen the Levites helped them until the task was finished and until other priests had been consecrated, for the Levites had been more conscientious in consecrating themselves than the priests had been.

2 CHRONICLES 30:9
If you return to the LORD, then your brothers and your children will be shown compassion by their captors and will come back to this land, for the LORD your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.

Definitions:
conscientious:
working hard and careful to do things well

captor:
someone who is keeping you as a prisoner

Thursday, May 30, 2013

condescension & frugality

Quotations:
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:
-- Keimer ran down immediately, thinking it a visit to him; but the governor inquired for me, came up, and with a condescension of politeness I had been quite unused to, made me many compliments, desired to be acquainted with me, blamed me kindly for not having made myself known to him when I first came to the place, and would have me away with him to the tavern, where he was going with Colonel French to taste, as he said, some excellent Madeira.

-- I began now to have some acquaintance among the young people of the town, that were lovers of reading, with whom I spent my evenings very pleasantly; and gaining money by my industry and frugality, I lived very agreeably, forgetting Boston as much as I could, and not desiring that any there should know where I resided, except my friend Collins, who was in my secret, and kept it when I wrote to him.

Definitions:
condescension:
the behaviour of someone that shows they think they are more important or more intelligent than other people;

frugality:
the quality of being frugal, or prudent in saving; the lack of wastefulness;
frugal:
spending very little money and only on things that are really necessary


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

affable & journeyman

Quotations:
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:

-- the governor sending for me now and then to dine with him, a very great honor I thought it, and conversing with me in the most affable, familiar, and friendly manner imaginable. 

-- The journeymen were inquisitive where I had been, what sort of a country it was, and how I liked it.

Definitions:
affable:
friendly, relaxed, and easy to talk to;

journeyman:
1. a worker who has learned a skill and works for a business that belongs to someone else
2. an experienced worker whose work is good but not excellent


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

homage & marshal

Quotations:
2 CHRONICLES 24:17
After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them.

2 CHRONICLES 25:11
Amaziah then marshaled his strength and led his army to the Vally of Salt, where he killed ten thousand men of Seir.

Definitions:
homage:
something that someone does or says in order to show respect or admiration; a way of showing respect to an artist, writer, musician, etc. by using their style or ideas in your own work; a formal speech or action by which people show their loyalty to a king or leader;

marshal:
to bring people or things together and organize them so that they can be used in an effective way; to organize information or ideas, especially in order to make an argument

Sunday, May 26, 2013

undoing & oversight

Quotations:
2 CHRONICLES 22:4
He did evil in the eyes of the LORD, as the house of Ahab had done, for after his father's death they became his advisers, to his undoing.

2 CHRONICLES 23:18
Then Jehoiada placed the oversight of the temple of the LORD in the hands of the priests, who were Levites, to whom David had made assignments in the temple, to present the burnt offerings of the LORD as written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing, as David had ordered. 

Definitions:
undoing:
1. ruin; downfall;
2. the cause of downfall;

oversight:
1. the job of checking that a process or system is working well;
2. something that you do not notice or think of that causes problems later

Saturday, May 25, 2013

figurative & susceptible

Quotations:
The Crowd; study of the popular mind:
Just as is the case with respect to persons in whom the reasoning power is absent, the figurative imagination of crowds is very powerful, very active and very susceptible of being keenly impressed.
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Definitions:
figurative:
1. if you use words in a figurative way, you use them not in their normal literal meaning but in a way that makes a description more interesting or impressive;
2. figurative art represents people, objects, and scenes, rather than representing feelings or ideas as abstract art does

susceptible:
1. easily influenced or affected by something; likely to suffer from a particular illness or condition, or to be affected by it more severely than others are;
2. used for describing someone whose emotions are easy to influence

Friday, May 24, 2013

marsh & quagmire

Quotations:
The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:
There was a salt-marsh that bounded part of the mill-pond, on the edge of which, at high water, we used to stand to fish for minnows. By much trampling, we had made it a mere quagmire.

Definitions:
marsh:
an area of soft wet land

quagmire:
an area of very wet land that is too soft to walk on

Thursday, May 23, 2013

concern oneself & sundry

Quotations:
The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:
Meantime Franklin was concerning himself more and more with public affairs.

I have heard that he wrote sundry small occasional pieces, but only one of them was printed, which I saw now many years since.

Definitions:
concern oneself:
to pay attention to something because it is important or because it worries you;

sundry:
sundry things or people are all different from each other and cannot be described as a group

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

acclamation & fort

Quotations:
2 CHRONICLES 15:14
They took an oath to the LORD with loud acclamation, with shouting and with trumpets and horns.

2 CHRONICLES 17:12
Jehoshaphat became more and more powerful; he built forts and store cities in Judah and had large supplies in the towns of Judah. He also kept experienced fighting men in Jerusalem.

Definitions:
acclamation:
enthusiastic approval by many people

fort:
a strong building, often with a high wall around it, used by soldiers for defending a place


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

booty & turmoil

Quotations:
2 CHRONICLES 14:14
They destroyed all the villages around Gerar, for the terror of the LORD had fallen upon them. They plundered all these villages, since there was much booty there.

2 CHRONICLES 15:5
In those days it was not safe to travel about, for all the inhabitants of the lands were in great turmoil.

Definitions:
booty:
1. valuable goods that are taken illegally or by force, especially in a war;
2. a person's buttocks. This word was used especially in the 1970s.
3. valuable goods that you have obtained, for example by shopping

turmoil:
a state of excitement or uncontrolled activity;

Monday, May 20, 2013

deviate & indecisive

Quotations:
2 CHRONICLES 8:15
They did not deviate from the king's commands to the priests or to the Levites in any matter, including that of the treasuries.

2 CHRONICLES 13:7
Some worthless scoundrels gathered around him and opposed Rehoboam son of Solomon when he was young and indecisive and not strong enough to resist them.

Definitions:
deviate:
to start doing something different from what is expected or agreed;

indecisive:
1. unable to make decisions
2. not providing a clear and definite answer or result

Sunday, May 19, 2013

obviate & exterior

Quotations:
The Crowd:A Study of the Popular Mind
It is thus a very useless commonplace to assert that a religion is necessary for the masses, because all political, divine, and social creeds only take root among them on the condition of always assuming the religious shape—a shape which obviates the danger of discussion. Were it possible to induce the masses to adopt atheism, this belief would exhibit all the intolerant ardour of a religious sentiment, and in its exterior forms would soon become a cult.

Definitions:
obviate:
to get rid of something such as a need or a problem

exterior:
on or relating to the outside part of something

Saturday, May 18, 2013

veritable & hecatomb

Quotations:
The Crowd:A Study of the Popular Mind
The epidemic of influenza, which caused the death but a few years ago of five thousand persons in Paris alone, made very little impression on the popular imagination. The reason was that this veritable hecatomb was not embodied in any visible image, but was only learnt from statistical information furnished weekly.

Definitions:
veritable:
real, used for emphasizing what you are saying;

hecatomb:
any large-scale sacrifice

Friday, May 17, 2013

wingspan & unison

Quotations:
2 CHRONICLES 3:11
The total wingspan of the cherubim was twenty cubits. One wing of the first cherub was twenty cubits. One wing of the first cherub was five cubits long and touched the temple wall, while its other wing, also five cubits long, touched the wing of the other cherub.

2 CHRONICLES 5:13
The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: "He is good; his love endures forever." Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.

Explanations:
wingspan:
the distance from the end of one wing to the end of the other;

unison:
a section of music where the singers or players all perform the same note or notes that are an octave apart

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

lumber & execute

Quotations:
2 CHRONICLES 2:8
Send me also cedar, pine and algum logs from Lebanon, for I know that your men are skilled in cutting timber there. My men will work with yours to provide me with plenty of lumber, because the temple I build must be large and magnificent.

2 CHRONICLES 2:14
whose mother was from Dan and whose father was from Tyre. He is trained to work in wood, and with purple and blue and crimson yarn and fine linen. He is experienced in all kinds of engraving and can experienced in all kinds of engraving and can execute and design given to him. he will work with your craftsmen and with those of my lord, David your father.

Definitions:
lumber:
rough pieces of wood, or trees cut down for wood

execute:
1.  to create a work of art
2. to kill someone as a punishment for a crime
3. to complete something that you have agreed or planned to do; to perform a difficult action or movement; 
4. to make a computer use a program or carry out an instruction

imperious & in question

Quotations:
The Crowd; study of the popular mind 
under these circumstances we should admit that it is the outcome of imperious needs, that it is a condition of the existence of the nation in question, and we should pity the poor mental range of politicians who talk of destroying it.

Definitions:
imperious:
behaving in a proud and confident way that shows you expect to be obeyed;

in question:
1. the person, thing, time, etc. in question is the one that you are talking about at the present time
2. if something is in question, there are doubts about it

Monday, May 13, 2013

inundate & eccentricity

Quotations:
The Crowd; study of the popular mind:
Those artists who, after the manner of another illustrious master, inundate their canvasses with violet shades do not see in nature more violet than was detected there fifty years ago; but they are influenced, "suggestioned," by the personal and special impressions of a painter who, in spite of this eccentricity, was successful in acquiring great prestige.

Definitions:
inundate:
1. to send or provide much more of something than someone can easily deal with;
2. to cover an area of land with water.

eccentricity:
strange or unusual behavior; an idea, action, or habit that is strange or unusual

Thursday, May 2, 2013

palatial & deify

Quotations:
1 CHRONICLES 29:1
Then King David said to the whole assembly:"My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the LORD God.

Complete Works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky:
The masses have never thirsted after truth. They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their. 

Definitions:
palatial:
a palatial building is very large with impressive decorations;

deify:
to consider someone to be a god; to treat someone as if you considered them to be a god;

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

footstool & unswerving

Quotations:
1 CHRONICLES 28:2
King David rose to his feet and said: "Listen to me, my brothers and my people. I had it in my heart to build a house as a place of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, for the footstool of our God, and I made plans to build it.

1 CHRONICLES 28:7
I will establish his kingdom forever if he is unswerving in carrying out my commands and laws, as is being done at this time.

Definitions:
footstool:
a small low piece of furniture for resting your feet on;

unswerving:
used for emphasizing how strong someone's feelings continue to be in difficult situations; 
strong and not changing or becoming weaker.
swerve:
if something such as a vehicle swerves, or if you swerve it, it changes direction suddenly in order to avoid someone or something;