This is the masculine form; the feminine is doyenne. They are French words for the leader of a group, perhaps of academics; the senior or most distinguished member of a certain body. Thus you might speak of the doyen of the English department, the doyenne of theatrical agents or the doyen of travel documentaries. It’s a respectful term, but don’t be surprised if you hear next year that the person has retired.
Pronounced dull-set, but a much prettier word than that suggests: it means sweet-sounding. It’s often used ironically: ‘I thought I recognized your dulcet tones’ needn’t mean much more than, ‘Oh, there you are.’ But it may also be employed sincerely to describe things of greater beauty.
From the Latin meaning ‘thoroughly deserved’, this is normally a title given to a semi-retired academic. A professor emeritus is expected neither to teach a full complement of classes nor to continue with administrative duties, but is still called a professor because of long and honourable service. You might, if you were being disrespectful, say it was the scholarly equivalent of being kicked upstairs.
To imitate in a competitive way, to aim to outstrip or out-achieve: ‘However good a tennis player I become, I am never going to emulate Rodger Federer’ or ‘I would love to emulate her style, but I would look ridiculous in a dress as close-fitting as that.’ Something done in a spirit of emulation is done in an attempt to beat someone else, but with an element of respect mingled with the competitiveness.
From the Greek for festivity, this is a formal expression of praise: you might utter an encomium on the retirement of someone distinguished or heap encomiums on a particularly good play. The word can be a bit high-flown.
From the Latin for polished, this means scholarly, learned, well-read. ‘We had a particularly erudite Latin teacher who knew Cicero by heart and could also quote reams of Homer in Greek’, or ‘His explanation of the use of the present perfect continuous tense sounded very erudite, but it was way above my head.’
A nice or inoffensive way of saying something potentially unpleasant or embarrassing, such as ‘passed away’ for ‘died’ or ‘smallest room’ for ‘toilet’. The prefix eu-(pronounced ‘you’) means pleasant, and recurs in words such as euphony, a pleasing sound in speech; euphoria, literally ‘a good ability to endure’, hence an exaggerated feeling of joy, and appallingly, eugenics, from the Greek for ‘well born’ and meaning a way of ‘improving’ the quality of the human race by stopping the people you don’t approve of from reproducing. The opposite of a euphemism is a dysphemism, deliberately saying something in an unpleasant or unsympathetic way: ‘kicked the bucket’ or ‘snuffed it’ are dysphemisms for ‘died’.
Deriving from the Latin for ‘happy’, this normally applies to a remark and means ‘appropriate, expressed in well-chosen words’. It’s often used in a negative sense: if someone tells you that what you have just said was not entirely felicitous, you can be reasonably confident that you have put your foot in it. Sending someone felicitations – wishing them happiness – on their engagement comes from the same source, as does the rather old fashioned word felicity. (‘When shall we have the felicity of seeing you here again?’)
Grex is the Latin for a flock and a gregarious animal is one, like a sheep or cow, that lives in a flock or herd. By extension, a gregarious person is never happier than when surrounded by others, going to parties, meeting new people. Karl Marx thought that this was part of the human condition – ‘The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can be individuate itself only in the midst of society’ – and who am I to argue? From the same room comes egregious, standing out from the crowd, often in a bad way: ‘He’s an egregious example of the jealous – he doesn’t trust her to go anywhere without him’ or ‘if you rely on the spellchecker rather than proofreading your work yourself you will let some egregious errors slip through.’
Literally means ‘unable to sin’, this more usually means ‘faultless’ and can apply to anything from your dress sense and demeanour (impeccably turned out, impeccable manners) to your career path (an impeccable track record), your taste (an impeccable choice of music/restaurant/soft furnishings) and your thinking on key issues (impeccable logic).
That which cannot be dispensed with, can’t be done without. A particularly good guidebook might be described as ‘indispensable for (or to) the visitor to Rome; while a good pair of binoculars might be indispensable to the birdwatcher and the United Nations might play an indispensable role in the peace negotiations.
That cannot be imitated, in a class of its own – used very much in an admiring way. This is a forceful word: inimical feelings are not just mildly, indifferently unfriendly, they are positively, actively antagonistic. Inimicable does exist and means the same as inimical, but is rare, so if you do come across it, it may well be being used by mistake.
This is a word that means suddenly to have come out of its box and be dancing around everywhere, used in expressions such as ‘Kudos to X’ to mean ‘Congratulations to X’, ‘Full marks to X’, as if it were an exclamation. More accurately, kudos means acclaim or prestige: it’s something you earn through hard work, generosity or some other such praiseworthy quality.
A word beginning magn- (unless it’s related to magnets or magnesium, which means something completely different) is likely to convey size or greatness in one sense or another. To magnify is to make bigger, magnificence is grandeur and magnitude is to do with relative size. The -animous part of magnanimous refers to the soul, so a magnanimous person is big-hearted, generous, and a magnanimous gesture is one that forgives and forgets (either a financial debt or an affront).
Literally ‘flowing with honey’, this is often used to describe the rich tones of an actor known for the beauty of his voice. Oddly, the actor is usually a he: think James Mason or, more recently, Morgan Freeman.
Very important, of great moment. The cliche use is on this momentous occasion, often as part of a wedding speech or award ceremony. Momentous is not to be confused with momentary, which means lashing only a moment: a momentary lapse of concentration. There is a considerable transatlantic divine in the use of the adverb momentarily: British English says this too means lasting only a moment: ‘The bird landed momentarily on the gatepost but flew off again in a flash’; in America it means in just a moment: I’m nearly ready; I’ll do it momentarily’. This latter usage is drifting inexorably across the Atlantic, but still makes many Brits squirm.
A paean (pronounced pee-an) was in Ancient Greece a song sung in praise or thanks to a god; nowadays it is in any form of extravagant praise, as in ‘The whole review was a paean to the author’s past achievements and didn’t tell me a thing about the new book.’
The palate – the roof of the mouth – is associated with the sense of taste, so to have a palate for fine food is to be something of a gourment. Food or drink that is palatable, therefore, is easy on the palate, pleasant to the taste buds (most of our 10,000 taste buds are in fact found on the tongue, but there some on the palate and we are in the realms of metaphor here, so let’s not be picky). Be careful how you use this word: to describe a wine as palatable to the host who has just poured it for you is a touch condescending. It’s not only food and drink that can be palatable – you can put forward palatable arguments (ones that are likely to be acceptable to the other person) while a radio station that features popular arias is more palable than one that insists on playing the whole opera.
A public speech or piece of writing in praise of a person or thing; it derives from the Greek for all and assembly. In Elizabethan times, a writer might compose a panegyric to his patron when dedicating a book to him. Three centuries later Oscar Wilde, maintaining that it was not a publisher’s role to boast about the quality of the books he published, objected to the idea of a work being accompanied by ‘a premature and unnecessary pangyric from the publisher’.
Related to lucid, ‘clear’, with a prefix meaning through, this means ‘shining through, very clear indeed.’ A lake may be described as pellucid, if the water is so clean and still that you can see right to the bottom; so too may a writing style or an argument in which you understand every word.
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Draco was an Ancient Athenian politician who introduced a code of laws according to which a startling number of crimes were punishable by death. The adjective derived from his name therefore means exceedingly strict, severe. It’s most often used to describe such things as discipline, punishment, rules and regulations, but if a person whose views on these things were harsh they could be accused of having draconian attitudes, or indeed of being draconian himself.
Cheek, insolence, as in ‘He had the effrontery to say I never give him anything after I paid for his whole family to go on holiday last year’. Not to be confused with affronted, meaning offended, which is how the person uttering that last complaint might feel.
A commonly misused word, this does not mean enormousness. It means appallingness, great wickedness, ‘He seemed not to realize the enormity of his crime’ means he didn’t acknowledge he had done something dreadful, but not necessarily that he had wiped out an entire city.
From the German for ‘replacement’ this is an adjective describing an inferior imitation of something more valuable or attractive: ‘It was one of those twee little hotels with ersatz Victorian furniture’ or ‘Ersatz lemon meringue pie, made with some awful artificial lemon substitute.’
In the plant world, this describes a green plant that has gone pale through lack of sunlight; in human terms it means pale and weak: ‘His skin had that etiolated look of a video-game player who has spent his youth on his game console’.
This means literally to take the skin off, so metaphorically to flay someone alive, to criticize very severely. A critic might, for example, write an excoriating review of a film or play he loathed, while an angry politician might make an excoriating criticism of government policy.
An Italian word, this time related to extravagance and meaning a very showy and elaborate performance, the sort of thing that might have been put on by Hollywood director Busby Berkeley. Special effects, fancy costumes, fireworks – you name it, an extravaganza has it. Expense is no object and taste is rarely a consideration.
An extract from the Atlantic Monthly dated 1900 gives a particularly damning use of this word: “The English drawing master did not teach art, but facile tricks of the brush.’ Facile comes from the Latin for easy and did once mean just that. In modern usage, however, it has the added sense of being just a bit too easy and thus having little value: a facile victory is more or less a walkover; a facile remark is a glib one, easy to make but not requiring much thought.
In logic a fallacy is an error of reasoning that produces a misleading conclusion; fallacious therefore means illogical, misleading, as in a fallacious argument or a fallacious news report. It’s also worth being aware of what philosophers call the fallacy of many questions, of which ‘When did you stop beating your wife?’ is the most frequently given example. It means that the question presupposes something that may be false, but you can’t answer it without acknowledging the accusation. Lose-lose.
This means picky, critical, hard to please and the Latin roots conjure up its connotations beautifully: they are the words for pride and weariness (the second part of fastidious is related to tedious and tedium). So the fastidious person looks down on something as being beneath her and manages to be bored with it at the same time. You might pick fastidiously at your food if it didn’t appeal to you or lift your trouser legs fastidiously so as not to get them wet on a rainy day.
Ariana Grande Quotes
Here are some awesome Ariana Grande quotes which I have edited and put together for you. I aim to add more quotes to this page as time goes on so do make sure you keep checking back. Hope you Enjoy the ones I have added so far! 🙂
1. You should never stop believing in something, and you shouldn't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.
2. There's too many people telling you that you're not good enough, but you are good enough.
3. There's always tomorrow and it always gets better.
4. The thrill of not knowing what's going to happen, trained me to be prepared for anything.
5. When you feel your best, everybody else can feel it too.
6. I think it's so important for girls to love themselves and to treat their bodies respectfully.
7. I don't feel much pressure to fit in. I never have. I've always just wanted to do my thing. And if I don't fit in somewhere else, I fit in at home.
8. Gotta find a way to break the spell to get the hell away from those who block my vision.
9. Don't ever doubt yourselves or waste a second of your life. It's too short, and you're too special.
10. If you're passionate about something then it will definitely work out for you.
11. sometimes, people can be extraordinarily judgmental and closed-minded to anyone different or special.
12. Don't need permission, made my decision to test my limits
13. On a scale of one to ten, I'm at 100.
14. I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it
15. The best fashion advice I'd say would be just to do what makes you comfortable and what makes you feel cute, and that's how you're gonna look your best
16. Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.
17. When you're handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?
18. You can work your way to the top. Just know that there's ups and downs and there's drops. Unfollow fear and just say "you are blocked". Just know there is so much room at the top.
19. Every time you're faced with something ugly, focus on something beautiful. What you focus on expands. Only you can change your reality.
300 Pink Quotes For Girls Success Inspiration (Part 1)
Being a girl myself I can definitely say that these quotes have made a huge difference to my life, especially the way that I think about success which has inspired me greatly. I hope it does the same for you too. Hope you enjoy these quotes
1. Whatever you are, be a good one.
2. In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
3. You were put on this Earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.
4. You deserve to have happiness that flows freely from you
5. Be a champion who gets up even when you can't
6. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
7. You deserve the best for putting up with the worst.
8. It's hard to stay motivated when you don't know exactly what you're doing or where you're going
9. Give up on being perfect and start working on becoming yourself.
10. Don't give up... keep it up... keep going... you can make it happen.
11. Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.
12. Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.
13. Strive to get all the things that will create your happiness
14. If someone makes you happy, make them happier
15. Beautiful faces, good shaped bodies and bad hearts are so mainstream.
16. You gotta build yourself so strong that nobody can trash you down or make you look bad
17. No matter how unhappy you are, know that good days will come and you will be happy. Your happiness matters.
18. Never let fear decide the future.
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