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An 'insular' community that is not receptive of new ideas.

1. of, relating to, or constituting an island
2. characteristic of isolated people


Tie the rowboat up at the 'wharf'!

a structure built along or at an angle from the shore of navigable waters so that ships may lie alongside to receive and discharge cargo and passengers


1. There is the 'commerce' of travelers, which is by no means inconsiderable; and there is the 'commerce' of Mind.
2. Probably it will be done some time, but in the interests of 'commerce' rather than war.

1. the exchange or buying and selling of commodities on a large scale involving transportation from place to place
2. social relations : interchange of ideas, opinions, or sentiments


A lone 'sentinel' kept watch over the fort.

sentry; guard; watch


We were fishing at the 'pierhead'.

the outer end of a wharf


1. Building a 'bulwark' in the harbor
2. These democratic principles will stand as a 'bulwark' against tyranny.

1. a solid wall-like structure raised for defense
2. a strong support or protection


1. 'Suffice' it to say that they are dedicated, serious personalities!
2. Her example alone should 'suffice' to show that anything is possible.

1. (intransitive) to meet or satisfy a need : be sufficient
2. (transitive) to be enough for


It is tossed hither and 'thither', swayed by the wind.

1. (adv.) to that place : there
2. (adj.) being on the more remote side


There is no 'infallible' remedy to these problems.

1. incapable of error
2. not liable to mislead, deceive, or disappoint : certain


He is in 'robust' health.
The sauce has a 'robust' flavor.

having or showing vigor, strength, or firmness


The politician is revered by his supporters and 'abominated' by his enemies.

to hate or loathe intensely : abhor


The play is about the 'tribulation' of a family of immigrants.

distress or suffering resulting from oppression or persecution


'Judicious' planning now can prevent problems later.

having, exercising, or characterized by sound judgment


'Reverence' for or worship of the dead is found in all societies, because belief in life after death is universal.

honor or respect felt or shown : deference


These insects are capable of 'inflicting' a painful sting.

to cause pain or suffering to : afflict


He is a gentlemanly and 'urbane' host of elegant dinner parties

notably polite or polished in manner


She 'consigned' the painting to the auction house.

to give, transfer, or deliver into the hands or control of another


Sinners are condemned to eternal 'perdition'.

1. [archaic] utter destruction
2. loss; damnation


Those teaching methods are still 'prevalent' at some schools.

1. [archaic] powerful
2. dominant
3. generally or widely accepted, practiced, or favored : widespread


The boat was following close 'astern' our ship.

at the stern of a ship; back of a ship


This advertisement is meant to 'induce' people to eat healthier.

1. to move by persuasion or influence; to call forth or bring about by influence or stimulation
2. effect; cause


He 'cajoled' her into doing his laundry for him.

to persuade with flattery or gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance


She is under the 'delusion' that we will finish on time.

the act of tricking or deceiving someone; the state of being deluded : illusion


A red sky in the morning can be a 'portent' of a coming storm.

something that foreshadows a coming event : omen, sign


This might seem like a 'conceit', but the end result will be overwhelmingly powerful.

1. a result of mental activity : thought
2. excessively favorable opinion of an individual's importance, ability, e.t.c
3. fancy; fanciful idea