N. conformity to established standards of good or proper behaviour or manners.
- my dear you would do well to observe the proprieties of the Senate
N. (usu. scruples) a feeling of doubt or hesitation with regard to the morality or propriety of a course of action:
- I had no scruples about eavesdropping
- He has no scruples about his heinous past.
Adj. beginning to exist or develop:
- Rwanda's nascent political parties
- Nascent Agean culture
N. Reckless boldness, rashness; audacity:
- He had the temerity to enter my office
Adj. characterized by subtle or unscrupulous cunning, deception, expediency, or dishonesty:
- He resorted to Machiavellian tactics in order to get ahead.
- What do you think this is, some kind of Machiavallian plot?
N. The technique or practice of maneuvering a dangerous situation to
the limits of tolerance or safety in order to secure the
greatestadvantage, especially by creating diplomatic crises.
- A prime example of brinkmanship during the Cold War was the Cuban Missile Crisis
Adj. Acceptable or agreeable to the palate or taste:
- A very palatable local red wine
Adj. (of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden or concealed:
- A latent ability
- (of K Rudd) there is a latent power there, which is influential
Adj. Incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring.
- Abbott's indefatigable questioning of the government's "legitimacy"
- An indefatigable cheerleader that literally bounced up and down betweentakes.
Adj. Having prescience, or knowledge of things or events before
they exist or happen; having foresight:
- As Steve Bracks presciently noted
- The prescient economist was one of the few to see the financial collapse coming
- In a prescient op-ed in 2004
N. mode of operating or working:
- inciting fear in the community is the modus oprandi of the ruling class
- every killer has his own special modus operandi
- the modus operandi is completely wrong
Adj. Ignoring the true complexities of an issue; superficial:
- facile generalizations.
- we must be careful not to indulge in facile ethnic, racial or religious “profiling.”
• (of a person) having a superficial or simplistic knowledge or approach:
- a man of facile and shallow intellect.
N. leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others:
- Germany was united under Prussian hegemony after 1871.
- War best represents the continued hegemony of male thinking
- American hegemony over the world
N. smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness:
- a country with a paucity of resources
- a speech highlighting the paucity of political leadership in the country
1 Grammar a change in the form of a word (typically the ending) to express a grammatical function or attribute such as tense, mood, person, number, case, and gender.
- a set of word forms differing only in respect of inflections.
2 [ mass noun ] the modulation of intonation or pitch in the voice:
- she spoke slowly and without inflection
1 refuse to accept; reject:
- she has repudiated policies associated with previous party leaders.
2 deny the truth or validity of:
- the minister repudiated allegations of human rights abuses.
1 strongly influencing later developments:
- his seminal work on chaos theory
- a seminal artist; seminal ideas.
N. bitter criticism or malice:
- Instead of letting Abbott spout out lies and vitriol,
here's what themedia should be asking.
- her mother's sudden gush of fury and vitriol.
Adj. Capable of causing disease
- pathogenic bacteria
- a pathogene
N. a state of extreme poverty; destitution:
- he did valuable work towards the relief of indigence
- There are many people on the verge of indigence.