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Citations for logophobia

There is just one cure for logophobia, and that is self-scrutiny--to discover whether one's reaction to a given term when seen in a newspaper or heard from a platform is really justified by the true significance.

, \"Logophobia,\" The Nation, August 23, 1919

\"Logophobia,\" he says, \"has usually been a sign, in men of our race, of a certain thinness of blood. The man of imagination and the man with something to say have never been afraid of words, even words that have rung strangely on the ear....\"

H. L. Mencken, The American Language, 1919

Citations for hallowed

... he must take the patent leather from off his feet, for the ground on which he stands is hallowed ground.

Saki, The Unbearable Bassington, 1912

She liked, most of all, that in this place of affluent ease, she could pretend to be someone else, someone specially admitted into a hallowed American club, someone adorned with certainty.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah, 2013


Definitions for apparition

a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost; a specter or phantom; wraith: a ghostly apparition at midnight.

anything that appears, especially something remarkable or startling: the surprising apparition of cowboys in New York City.

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Citations for apparition

He turned his eyes towards the entrance and beheld a strange and dreadful apparition, a monstrous and fearful shape standing silently by his side.

, Plutarch, Parallel Lives, translated by Bernadotte Perrin, 1917

He was particularly interested in the questions of thought transference and of apparitions of the living, and in November, 1896, he commenced a series of experiments in conjunction with Mr. Vincey, of Staple Inn, in order to test the alleged possibility of projecting an apparition of one's self by force of will through space.

H. G. Wells, \"The Stolen Body,\" Twelve Stories and a Dream, 1903

Origin of apparition

late Middle English

Old French

Late Latin



Apparition ultimately derives from the Latin verb appārēre meaning \"to appear,\" itself a derivative from the Latin via Old French. It entered English in the early 1500s.

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Citations for ensorcell

But after puzzling over it, I finally decided that J.F.K. had the sort of magnetism that could ensorcell big crowds ...

Maureen Dowd, \"Grandmama Mia!\" New York Times, April 11, 2015

He ensorcells the audience with Maria’s stiff skirts and mincing walk, her silly smirks and creaky flirtations, her disingenuous modesty.

Hilton Als, \"The Mirror Has Two Faces,\" The New Yorker, November 25, 2013

Citations for delectation

As you look at the drawings, secrets come out of them, -- private jokes, as it were, imparted to you by the author for your special delectation.

William Makepeace Thackeray, \"John Leech's Pictures of Life and Character,\" Quarterly Review, December 1854

... how can you style yourself a true Child of Fortune and not wish to avail yourself of spheres of consciousness never previously known to mortal man when a veritable smorgasbord of same is laid out for your delectation?

Norman Spinrad, Child of Fortune, 1985

Citations for lionize

She brought me up to royalties, and people with stars and garters, and elderly ladies with gigantic tiaras and parrot noses. She spoke of me as her dearest friend. I had only met her once before, but she had took it into her head to lionize me.

Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

The other players are the media--magazines, newspapers and broadcasters--that lionize managers whose funds produce dazzling short-term results. Such publicity attracts big bucks, perhaps faster than the fund can deal with the money, and there goes the goose.

Robert Frick, \"Bigger Isn't Always Better,\" Kiplinger's Personal Finance, August 1997

Citations for soupbone

\"Got to rest the old soupbone,\" he said, flexing his pitching arm, which was muscular and huge, as he headed up the stairs.

W. P. Kinsella, \"Distances,\" The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt, 1988

\"It's a free country,\" I said, and glanced over toward their pitcher. He had his uniform sleeve pulled all the way up so he could rub liniment on his tired soupbone.

Harry Turtledove, The House of Daniel, 2016

There is just one cure for , and that is self-scrutiny--to discover whether one's reaction to a given term when seen in a newspaper or heard from a platform is really justified by the true significance.

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