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500 Words You Should Know (Part 5)



51. Byzantine

Relating to Byzantium, the ancient city on the site of modern Istanbul; hence a highly stylized form of art and architecture; and hence again, in a figurative sense, complicated and inflexible in attitude. A byzantine legal system is badly in need of reform; the byzantine plot of a thriller needs to be much simplified if the average reader is to understand it.

52. Calumny

Another word for a strong criticism, but this one is likely to be untrue:’When he says I cheated in my exams, it’s a calumny; I worked hard to get those results.’ A person given to making such remarks, or the remarks themselves, could be described as calumnious or, more rarely but sounding more spiteful, calumniatory; the verb is to calumniate.

53. Cantankerous

One of those lovely words that means just what it sounds as if it should mean: bad-tempered, complaining, likely to pick a quarrel at the slightest provocation. It’s frequently applied to an elderly person who refuses to move with the times: a cantankerous old man (or woman – there’s nothing gender specific about being cantankerous). If you are of an artistic bent, however, there may be a cure for the bad temper that too often comes with age: Vincent Van Gogh is quoted as saying, ‘The more ugly, older, more cantankerous, more ill and poorer I become, the more I try to make amends by making my shades more vibrant, more balanced and beaming.’

54. Capricious

Caprice is a French word that probably ultimately derives from the Latin for a goat and is therefore related to the zodiac sign Capricorn; its nearest English equivalent is whim and to be capricious is to be whimsical, impulsive, subject to sudden changes of mind. It may sound fun but does imply that you are also fickle and unreliable.

55. Catamite

Not a frequently used word, it sprang to fame in the 1980s with the publication of Anthony Burgess’s novel Earthly Powers. ‘It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me,’ read the first sentence, giving pause to those who always thought that ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged…’ or ‘Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I don’t know’ were the most striking opening lines in fiction. Catamite means the ‘kept’ young lover of a homosexual man.

56. Cavalier

A simplistic approach to the English Civil Wars shows the Cavaliers – the royalists, as opposed to the dour Puritanical supporters of Cromwell – arrayed in lance, with feathers in their hats, up for a good time. The modern sense of cavalier (which comes from the French meaning for horseman) is more negative than that; it means offhand and haughty, taking no notice of responsibilities or the feelings of others. You could have a cavalier attitude to anything from carbon emissions to getting to work on time; they both boil down to ‘What the heck, why should I bother?’

57. Censorious

In Ancient Rome there was an official called a censor, one of those duties was to keep an eye on public morals. The same title is given to the person who decides who is allowed to see which films, and to the army officer who reads soldiers’ letters home and stops them from telling their mothers their exact location. There is also a verb, so a censor’s duty is to censor. From all of this comes the adjective censorious, meaning highly critical, quick to find fault: telling a teenage daughter, ‘You’re not going out dressed like that’ could be described as a censorious remark. 

58. Charlatan

A French word, with the initial sound pronounced sh, this means someone who lays claim to skills he doesn’t have, especially in medicine: ‘Any charlatan can put up a plaque and pretend to be an expert in balinese herbs.’ A Charlatan can also be a fraud in other contents, but then the word has an old-fashioned ring to it – the sort of person who might describe a man (and it is usually a man) as a charlatan might equally well call him a cad or a bounder and would certainly mean that the offending party was no gentleman.

59. Churlish

A churl was originally an uneducated farm worker, and is similar to a boor. Churlish has come to mean surly, ill-mannered, but in a quieter, more sulky way than boorish. A churlish person would refuse an invitation briefly and ungraciously; a boorish one might well say, ‘Good God, no, wouldn’t be seen dead at her wedding. Can’t stand the girl.’

60. Contentious

Something that may be contended over or become a bone of contention is described as contentious: disputed, controversial or, when it refers to a person, argumentative. A contentious question may be anything from whether or not hunting should be banned to where you put the stress in your pronunciation of the word controversy: the point is that it will provoke heated argument.

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100 Beautiful Things You Deserve Forever




100 Beautiful Things You Deserve Forever

Even if you believe you don’t deserve these things, trust me – you do.

1. You deserve to feel grateful that you’re alive and breathing.

2. You deserve to be happy, even on your bad days.

3. You deserve to wake up every morning and smile.

4. You deserve to heal from all the things that keep weighing you down.

5. You deserve to find happiness in the simplest of things.

6. You deserve to be supported no matter what life throws at you.

7. You deserve to be loved for being you.

8. You deserve to be loved unconditionally even when you’re difficult.

9. You deserve to laugh and enjoy life more.

10. You deserve to be like a flower that grows through the dirt.

11. You deserve to be your best self.

12. You deserve to be successful.

13. You deserve to let go of toxic people and situations.

14. You deserve to move forward in life.

15. You deserve to leave friendships that don’t help you grow.

16. You deserve to stay away from people that keep harming your soul.

17. You deserve to be at your best version ever.

18. You deserve to feel beautiful, even when you don’t feel like it.

19. You deserve to be someone who has a smile that never fades.

20. You deserve to be someone who is full of love, light and life.

21. You deserve to be celebrated, even if it’s just by yourself.

22. You deserve to give yourself a break from all the hard work that you do.

23. You deserve to take yourself out on dates.

24. You deserve to treat yourself on the things that make you happy.

25. You deserve to achieve all your goals and dreams.

26. You deserve to be a powerful human being.

27. You deserve to feel strong no matter how weak you feel.

28. You deserve to have a loving and supportive family.

29. You deserve to love yourself.

30. You deserve to see nothing but good in other people.

31. You deserve to be surrounded by light, not darkness.

32. You deserve to look in the mirror and feel proud of what you see.

33. You deserve to feel like you matter.

34. You deserve to overcome all your hardships and problems.

35. You deserve to be someone people can look up to.

36. You deserve to be a good parent.

37. You deserve to have children that will always respect you.

38. You deserve to have a beautiful pregnancy experience.

39. You deserve to marry a faithful spouse.

40. You deserve to be a great supportive wife.

41. You deserve to be a great supportive husband.

42. You deserve to be someone your family can always rely on.

43. You deserve to have everything under control.

44. You deserve to live your life stress free.

45. You deserve to overcome your depression that keeps drowning you.

46. You deserve to overcome your horrible anxiety.

47. You deserve to have blessings fill your life.

48. You deserve to wake up everyday and feel like your life is a happy miracle.

49. You deserve loyalty, royalty and respect.

50. You deserve so much but you don’t understand it.

51. You deserve to sleep in all positions without feeling like your back hurts.

52. You deserve to not have anything constantly worry you.

53. You deserve to think positively at all times.

54. You deserve to be surrounded by positivity in a world full of negativity.

55. You deserve to go shopping whenever you want to go.

56. You deserve to be financially stable enough to buy whatever you want.

57. You deserve to buy all the latest makeup and fashion trends.

58. You deserve to be a girly girl without feeling shameful about it.

59. You deserve to feel like a strong and powerful man.

60. You deserve to have authority over your own life.

61. You deserve to be the CEO of your own life.

62. You deserve to build and live in your own comfortable home.

63. You deserve to live a luxury lifestyle.

64. You deserve amazing health.

65. You deserve to see a medical report which tells you that you’re healthy.

66. You deserve to be a mentally, emotionally and physically healthy person.

67. You deserve to make mistakes and learn from them.

68. You deserve to feel and be told that you matter, no matter what.

69. You deserve to overcome your struggles.

70. You deserve to let go of your fears and be stronger than them.

71. You deserve to prove your haters wrong.

72. You deserve to succeed through all the problems.

73. You deserve to enjoy the little things.

74. You deserve all the fine things in life.

75. You deserve to ask God for forgiveness.

76. You deserve to sleep peacefully.

77. You deserve to have a healthy timetable.

78. You deserve to have a consistent sleeping pattern.

79. You deserve to get enough sleep to conquer the next day with great energy.

80. You deserve to be in good spirits at all times.

81. You deserve to have friends that bring joy into your life.

82. You deserve to go on adventures where you can make special memories.

83. You deserve to have escape vacations and come back feeling refreshed.

84. You deserve to travel around the world and gain rich experiences.

85. You deserve to be a better person than you ever were before.

86. You deserve to get out of your comfort zone and live life fully.

87. You deserve to become more smarter and intelligent.

88. You deserve to live a very very very long and prosperous life.

89. You deserve to cry, but only out of happiness.

90. You deserve to receive warm hugs that make you feel safe.

91. You deserve to feel safe in such a dangerous world.

92. You deserve to heal from all the bad things you have been through in life.

93. You deserve to see the light where you keep seeing darkness.

94. You deserve to make reality so much better than your dreams.

95. You deserve to know that your past doesn’t define you.

96. You deserve to be looked after and cared for on your weakest days.

97. You deserve to speak your emotions without feeling guilty about it.

98. You deserve to have a voice without feeling small.

99. You deserve to constantly have something great to look forward to.

100. You deserve a life that excites you and makes you want to actually live.


What other things do you deserve that you can add to this list? Please leave a comment below, I would love to know your thoughts 🙂

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100 Deep Quotes And Sayings About Depression That Everyone Should Know (Part 7)




69. Depression is anger turned inward.


70. What do you want to do with your life, then? is often the question I'm asked. To be honest, I don't know. I really don't.


71. The sun stopped shining for me is all.

72. Do you know that feeling? When everything you do seems like a struggle. Where you dont wanna leave the house because you know everyone is judging you. Where you cant even ask for directions in fear that they criticise you. Where everyone always seems to be picking out your flaws. That feeling where you feel so damn sick for no reason. Do you know that feeling where you look in the mirror and completely hate what you see. When you grab handfuls and handfuls of fat and just want to cut it all off. That feeling when you see other beautiful girls and just wish you looked like them.


73. What people never understand is that depression isn't about the outside; it's about the inside. Something inside me is wrong. Sure, there are things in my life that make me feel alone, but nothing makes me feel more isolated and terrified than my own voice inside my head.


74. No reason to feel depressed about being depressed. A depression can be a golden opportunity to collect the pieces and build ourselves anew.

75. Isolation and loneliness are central causes of depression and despair.


76. Sometimes, all you can do is lie in bed, and hope to fall asleep before you fall apart.


77. Pain is always emotional. Fear and depression keep constant company with chronic hurting.

78. I never knew it was possible to be so miserable in so many ways.

79. I wanted a heaven. And I grew up striving for that world -- an eternal world- that would wash away my temporary misery.


81. If you take action while you are made, you will always make the wrong decision.

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