- renege on an agreement / promise / deal
- to not do something that one has agreed to do
- Example: George Bush Sr. reneged on his promise to help the rebels.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
- the idea that nothing has any meaning or value
- Example: Some people think that atheism leads to nihilism.
- total rejection of established social and political institutions
- a philosophy the rejects the idea of objective ground
- Example: Is nihilism a defensible philosophy?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
- right off the bat
- to do something immediately
- Example: The lecturer began discussing Electronics right off the bat.
- like a bat out of hell
- to move very fast
- Example: When he heard that his wife was in the hospital he ran like a bat out of hell.
- not bat an eyelid
- to seem not to be shocked or embarrassed
- Example: When question about the corruption scandal, the hardened politician didn't bat an eyelid.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
- to compete or struggle against
- Example: In the North-East of the country, rival separatist groups are contending for power.
- to argue or strongly assert that something is true
- Example: Bible literalists contend that the earth is only 6000 years old.
- to contend with — to have to deal with an unpleasant thing
- Example: You will have to contend with official apathy if you try to educate the public about the bureaucracy.
- a force or power that brings about something
- Example: They are some who claim to feel the agency of Providence throught their life.
- by or through the agency of somebody
- something that has happened with someone's help
- Example: It is through the agency of schools that we become aware of mankind's achievements.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
- to produce an affect
- Examples: The economic downturn has negatively affected the real estate market.
- to move someone emotionally
- Example: I was deeply affected by her story.
- to assume; to pretend to be
- Example: When people affect a foreign accent, they usually annoy people.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
- someone who takes care of something and is responsible for it
- Example: Daniel Dennett is like a chief steward of the Bright movement
- the control and protection of something by someone
- Example: Under the stewardship of Mr. Smith, the school flourished.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
- an innate ability is one that you are born with
- Is genius due to innate ability or is genius gradually developed?
- part of the essential character of something
- Example: Human beings are innately irrational.
- ideas or notions produced by thinking rather than experience
- Example: We all probably have an innate sense of what is right and wrong.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
- a false show
- Example: I decided to keep up the pretense of friendship with her.
- the laying of claim to something
- Example: His pretension to proficiency in Electronics was shown to be false.
- characterized by assumption of dignity or importance
- I can't stand the pretensiousness of people who go on a short visit to the US or UK and then start speaking with a fake accent.