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  • noun realistic Norwegian author who wrote plays on social and political themes (1828-1906)
    Henrik Johan Ibsen; Ibsen.

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  • noun English writer (born in France) of novels and short stories (1874-1965)
    Somerset Maugham; W. Somerset Maugham; Maugham.

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  • verb take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
    correspond; stand for.
    • Because of the sound changes in the course of history, an 'h' in Greek stands for an 's' in Latin
  • verb express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol
    symbolise; typify; symbolize; stand for.
    • What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?

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  • noun Russian writer of stories and novels and plays (1818-1883)
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev; Ivan Turgenev.

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  • noun United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
    Keaton; Joseph Francis Keaton.

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  • noun English writer known for his humorous novels and stories (1881-1975)
    P. G. Wodehouse; Wodehouse.

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  • noun an act that violates the rules of a sport
  • verb hit a foul ball

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  • noun British artist and writer of nonsense verse (1812-1888)
    Edward Lear.
  • noun the hero of William Shakespeare's tragedy who was betrayed and mistreated by two of his scheming daughters
    King Lear.

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  • noun English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993)
    Anthony Burgess.
  • noun a citizen of an English borough

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  • noun United States writer who has written extensively on American culture (born in 1931)
    Wolfe; Tom Wolfe; Thomas Wolfe.

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  • adjective satellite inspiring scornful pity
    silly; pathetic.
    • how silly an ardent and unsuccessful wooer can be especially if he is getting on in years"- Dashiell Hammett
  • adjective satellite incongruous; inviting ridicule
    derisory; ludicrous; idiotic; preposterous; cockeyed; absurd; laughable; nonsensical.
    • the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework
    • that's a cockeyed idea
    • ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer
    • a contribution so small as to be laughable
    • it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion
    • a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history
    • her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous

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  • noun the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
    looking at; look.
    • he went out to have a look
    • his look was fixed on her eyes
    • he gave it a good looking at
    • his camera does his looking for him
  • noun the act of searching visually
    looking for.

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  • noun a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"
  • noun the entire scale of musical notes

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  • noun English playwright (1580-1625)

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  • noun United States writer and poet (1932-1963)
    Sylvia Plath.

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  • noun Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918)
    Spark; Dame Muriel Spark; Muriel Spark.

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  • noun French writer considered by some to be a founder of the detective novel (1832-1873)

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  • noun a person who writes the words for songs

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  • noun English dramatist (1558-1594)
    Kid; Thomas Kid; Kyd.

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  • noun King of England and Ireland in 1936; his marriage to Wallis Warfield Simpson created a constitutional crisis leading to his abdication (1894-1972)
    Edward VIII; Duke of Windsor.
  • noun King of England from 1901 to 1910; son of Victoria and Prince Albert; famous for his elegant sporting ways (1841-1910)
    Albert Edward; Edward VII.

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  • noun the noise of something spattering or sputtering explosively
    splatter; spatter; spattering; sputtering; splattering; splutter.
    • he heard a spatter of gunfire
  • noun an utterance (of words) with spitting sounds (as in rage)

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  • noun United States writer of poems and plays about racial conflict (born in 1934)
    Baraka; LeRoi Jones.

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  • noun light teasing repartee
    banter; give-and-take; backchat.

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  • noun conservative English writer of the Roman Catholic persuasion; in addition to volumes of criticism and polemics he wrote detective novels featuring Father Brown (1874-1936)
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton; Chesterton.

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  • adjective satellite marked by ostentation but often tasteless
    splashy; flamboyant.
    • a cheap showy rhinestone bracelet
    • a splashy half-page ad
  • adjective satellite displaying brilliance and virtuosity

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  • noun United States comedian remembered for his large nose and hoarse voice (1893-1980)

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  • noun the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible

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  • noun United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
    Buster Keaton; Joseph Francis Keaton.

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  • noun a very loud utterance (like the sound of an animal)
    holla; bellow; roar; hollo; yowl; holler; holloa; bellowing; roaring.
    • his bellow filled the hallway
  • verb shout out
    holler; holler out.
    • He hollered out to surrender our weapons

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  • noun an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)

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  • noun United States writer and editor (1837-1920)
    William Dean Howells.

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  • noun a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book
    cartoon strip; funnies; strip.

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  • noun United States humorist (1889-1945)
    Benchley; Robert Benchley.

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  • noun Russian writer (1814-1841)

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  • noun verbal misrepresentation intended to take advantage of you in some way
    trickery; hanky panky; skulduggery; slickness; jiggery-pokery; skullduggery.

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  • noun United States writer (born in 1915)
    Herman Wouk.

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  • noun the product of a quantity by an integer
    • 36 is a multiple of 9
  • adjective having or involving or consisting of more than one part or entity or individual
    • multiple birth
    • multiple ownership
    • made multiple copies of the speech
    • his multiple achievements in public life
    • her multiple personalities
    • a pineapple is a multiple fruit

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  • noun an indelicate joke
    dirty joke; dirty story; blue joke.

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  • noun something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
    • the prize was a free trip to Europe
  • noun goods or money obtained illegally
    swag; booty; pillage; plunder; dirty money; loot.

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  • noun English writer (1864-1926)
    Israel Zangwill.

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  • noun a scientist who devotes himself to doing research
    researcher; research worker.
  • noun someone who investigates

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  • noun the state of being alone in solitary isolation
  • noun sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
    forlornness; desolation.

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  • noun United States film actor who played tough heroes (1907-1979)
    Duke Wayne; John Wayne.
  • noun American general during the American Revolution (1745-1796)
    Anthony Wayne; Mad Anthony Wayne.

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  • noun English diplomat and author (1886-1968)
    Nicolson; Harold Nicolson.

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  • noun a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
    straight person; heterosexual person; heterosexual.
  • noun a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)

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  • noun a successful ending of a struggle or contest
    • a narrow victory
    • the general always gets credit for his army's victory
    • clinched a victory
    • convincing victory
    • the agreement was a triumph for common sense
  • noun the exultation of victory

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  • noun a powerful effect or influence
    • the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them
  • noun (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
    • force equals mass times acceleration

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  • noun United States actor and filmmaker who starred with Paul Newman in several films (born in 1936)
    Redford; Robert Redford.

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  • noun a humorous play on words
    pun; wordplay; paronomasia.
    • I do it for the pun of it
    • his constant punning irritated her
  • verb make a play on words
    • Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning

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  • noun prolific English writer of detective stories (1890-1976)
    Agatha Christie; Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie.

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  • noun an acronym often used by soldiers in World War II: situation normal all fucked up
  • verb cause to be in a state of complete confusion

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  • noun United States writer and literary critic (1885-1950)
    Carl Van Doren; Carl Clinton Van Doren.

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  • noun United States writer (1914-1986)

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  • noun a thoroughfare (usually including sidewalks) that is lined with buildings
    • they walked the streets of the small town
    • he lives on Nassau Street
  • noun the part of a thoroughfare between the sidewalks; the part of the thoroughfare on which vehicles travel
    • be careful crossing the street

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  • noun United States comedienne remembered as the confused but imperturbable partner of her husband, George Burns (1906-1964)
    Allen; Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen; Gracie.

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  • noun English writer noted for early detective novels (1824-1889)
    Wilkie Collins; William Wilkie Collins.
  • noun tall iced drink of liquor (usually gin) with fruit juice
    Tom Collins.

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  • adjective satellite characterized by expression
    • a very expressive face

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  • noun blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime
    • he had eyes of bright blue
  • noun blue clothing
    • she was wearing blue

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  • noun United States playwright who collaborated with many other writers including Moss Hart (1889-1961)
    George Simon Kaufman; George S. Kaufman.

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  • noun a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
    fault; mistake.
    • he made a bad mistake
    • she was quick to point out my errors
    • I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults
  • noun inadvertent incorrectness

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  • noun ludicrous or incongruous unnaturalness or distortion
    grotesquerie; grotesqueness.

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  • noun a deep prolonged loud noise
    roar; roaring; boom.
  • noun a booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning

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  • noun United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
    Keaton; Joseph Francis Keaton.

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  • adjective satellite characterized by jokes and good humor
    jesting; joking; jocose.
  • adverb with humor
    • they tried to deal with this painful subject jocularly

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  • noun English playwright and pamphleteer (1570-1627)

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  • noun English dramatist and pamphleteer (1572-1632)
    Dekker; Decker; Thomas Decker.

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  • noun a theatrical performer
    thespian; player; role player; actor.

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  • noun a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
    toon; cartoon.

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  • noun United States writer of detective thrillers featuring the character of Philip Marlowe (1888-1959)
    Raymond Thornton Chandler; Chandler.

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  • adjective not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
    • a new law
    • new cars
    • a new comet
    • a new friend
    • a new year
    • the New World
  • adjective satellite original and of a kind not seen before
    fresh; novel.
    • the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem

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  • noun Russian actor and theater director who trained his actors to emphasize the psychological motivation of their roles (1863-1938)
    Stanislavsky; Konstantin Sergeevich Alekseev; Konstantin Stanislavsky.

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  • noun someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
  • noun an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it

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  • noun United States writer who was a leading figure of the beat generation (1922-1969)
    Kerouac; Jack Kerouac.

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  • noun sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
    loneliness; desolation.

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  • adjective satellite offering fun and gaiety
    festal; merry; gay.
    • a festive (or festal) occasion
    • gay and exciting night life
    • a merry evening

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  • noun French dramatist noted for his reinterpretations of Greek myths (1910-1987)

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  • noun Arabian philosopher born in Spain; wrote detailed commentaries on Aristotle that were admired by the Schoolmen (1126-1198)
    Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad Ibn-Mohammed ibn-Roshd; ibn-Roshd.

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  • noun English novelist and Catholic (1904-1991)
    Graham Greene; Henry Graham Greene.

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  • noun United States writer remembered as the secretary and companion of Gertrude Stein (1877-1967)
    Alice B. Toklas.

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  • noun high quality porcelain originally made only in China
  • noun a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
    Cathay; PRC; Communist China; mainland China; Red China; People's Republic of China.

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  • noun the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
    following; pursual; chase.
    • the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit
  • noun a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria
    quest; pursuance.
    • the pursuit of love
    • life is more than the pursuance of fame
    • a quest for wealth

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  • noun a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
  • noun any joyous diversion

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  • noun a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
  • verb remove the moisture from and make dry
    dry out.
    • dry clothes
    • dry hair

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  • noun vulgar or irreverent speech or action

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  • noun British stage and screen actor noted for playing classic roles (1902-1983)
    Richardson; Sir Ralph David Richardson.

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  • noun a detailed critical inspection
  • noun applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
    • mastering a second language requires a lot of work
    • no schools offer graduate study in interior design

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  • noun Canadian literary critic interested in the use of myth and symbolism (1912-1991)
    Frye; Herman Northrop Frye.

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  • noun a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
    idiosyncrasy; foible.
  • noun a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
    affectation; pose; affectedness.

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  • noun the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
    folly; unwiseness.
  • noun the quality of being rash and foolish
    folly; madness; craziness.
    • trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly
    • adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness

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  • noun the entertainment available to people seeking nighttime diversion
    night life.
  • noun the activity of people seeking nighttime diversion (as at the theater, a nightclub, etc.)
    night life.
    • a futile search for intelligent nightlife
    • in the summer the nightlife shifts to the dance clubs

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  • noun United States actor and filmmaker (1915-1985)
    Welles; George Orson Welles.

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  • noun an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression
    pantomimist; pantomimer; mummer; mimer.
  • noun a performance using gestures and body movements without words
    dumb show; pantomime.

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  • noun a human being
    somebody; soul; person; individual; mortal.
    • there was too much for one person to do

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  • adjective satellite filled with or evoking sadness
    • the child's doleful expression
    • stared with mournful eyes
    • mournful news

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  • noun a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
  • noun a clandestine love affair

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  • noun a flower that blooms in a particular way
    • a night bloomer
  • noun an embarrassing mistake
    botch; boo-boo; flub; blooper; blunder; foul-up; pratfall; boner; fuckup; bungle.

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  • adjective satellite ludicrously odd
    grotesque; antic; fantastical.
    • Hamlet's assumed antic disposition
    • fantastic Halloween costumes
    • a grotesque reflection in the mirror
  • adjective satellite extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers
    marvelous; marvellous; grand; terrific; howling; wonderful; wondrous; rattling; tremendous.
    • a fantastic trip to the Orient
    • the film was fantastic!
    • a howling success
    • a marvelous collection of rare books
    • had a rattling conversation about politics
    • a tremendous achievement

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  • noun Scottish writer of adventure novels (1721-1771)
    Smollett; Tobias George Smollett.

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  • noun United States writer of humorous essays (1809-1894)

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  • noun United States writer and social critic (1817-1862)

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  • noun English illustrator of several of Dickens' novels (1815-1882)
    Hablot Knight Browne; Phiz.
  • noun United States writer of humorous tales of an itinerant showman (1834-1867)
    Charles Farrar Browne; Artemus Ward.

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  • noun a humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm
    ironist; satirist.

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  • noun United States author (born in Canada) whose novels influenced American literature after World War II (1915-2005)
    Bellow; Saul Bellow.

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  • noun Roman satirist who denounced the vice and folly of Roman society during the reign of the emperor Domitian (60-140)

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  • noun English author (born in France) remembered especially for his verse for children (1870-1953)
    Hilaire Belloc; Belloc.

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  • noun English writer known for his humorous novels and stories (1881-1975)
    P. G. Wodehouse; Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.

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  • noun an allegorical play popular in the 15th and 16th centuries; characters personified virtues and vices

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  • noun one of the greatest tragic dramatists of ancient Greece (480-406 BC)

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  • noun the outstanding poet and dramatist of the Restoration (1631-1700)

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  • noun (geology) the probability that an earthquake will generate a level of ground motion that exceeds a specified reference level during a given exposure time
    • the concept of exceedance can be applied to any type of environmental risk modeling

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  • noun a humorous play on words
    pun; punning; paronomasia.
    • I do it for the pun of it
    • his constant punning irritated her

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  • noun a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
    plan; programme.
    • they drew up a six-step plan
    • they discussed plans for a new bond issue
  • noun a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need
    • he proposed an elaborate program of public works
    • working mothers rely on the day care program

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  • noun a telephone connection
    telephone call; phone call.
    • she reported several anonymous calls
    • he placed a phone call to London
    • he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call
  • noun a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
    • he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call

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  • noun United States writer of historical novels (1907-1997)
    Michener; James Albert Michener.

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  • noun an elaborate practical joke in which the unsuspecting victim hunts a snipe and is typically left in the dark holding a bag and waiting for the snipe to run into it
    • in the South a snipe hunt is practically a rite of passage

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  • noun British philologist and writer of fantasies (born in South Africa) (1892-1973)
    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien; Tolkien.

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