(halʹ sē ǝn)
adj. calm, pleasant
The halcyon days of last month contrasted with the turbulent days of this month.
ant: troubled, tumultuous
(verb) to make holy
We cannot hallow this field, for the men who died here made it holy.
Many colleges refer to their class buildings as hallowed halls of learning.
syn: bless; consecrate
(härʹ bĭn jǝr)
(noun) an omen or sign
The presence of the black cat was taken as a harbinger of ill luck.
(härʹ lǝ kwǝn)
(noun) a clown
One of Picasso's famous paintings, Harlequin, is a painting of an old-fashioned clown.
(verb) to bully; to pester
Unless you stand up to him, that bully will hector you the entire year.
(hēdʹ n ĭz ǝm)
(noun) pursuit of pleasure, especially of the senses
John believed in hedonism, rather than self-sacrifice.
(hĭ jīʹ rǝ)
(noun) flight, escape
During the Vietnam War, there was a hegira to Canada by people opposed to the war.
(hǝr mĕtʹ ĭk)
(adj.) tightly sealed
That medicine should be packed in hermetic containers.
(hĕt ǝr ǝ jēʹ nē ǝs)
(adj.) different; dissimilar
The squad of soldiers in a typical war movie is a heterogeneous group of young men from quite varied backgrounds.
syn: diverse, varied
ant: homogeneous, similar
(hī āʹ tǝs)
(noun) a pause or gap
During the summer hiatus, the cast of the television show was free to pursue other interests.
(hoiʹ pǝ loiʹ)
(noun) common people; the masses
The hoi polloi loved to watch the Christians fight the lions.
(noun) a shelter
The new hospice for cancer patients opened in July.
(noun) excessive pride or self-confidence
The Greek warriors were known for their hubris and their fierceness in battle.
syn: haughtiness, arrogance
ant: humility, diffidence
(noun) anything of mixed origin
(adj.) mixed, assorted
The prize-winning roses were hybrids, combining the best whites and reds.
They were hybrid roses.
(ĭd ē ō sĭngʹ krǝ sē)
(noun) a peculiar personality trait
Hiding money in tin cans was only one of the old man's idiosyncrasies.