- Able to use both hands with equal facility
- An ambidextrous surgeon
Deceptive or hypocritical
In later years, his solo playing became truly ambidextrous, with a sense of danger and true improvisation with both hands.
I basically just adapted, thus becoming slightly ambidextrous making me even more wonderfully special!
Sour or bitter tasting; acid
Sharp or biting, as in character or expression
Acerbic comments directed at those who deserve them.
At times, the playwright allows an acerbic tone to pierce through otherwise arid or flowery prose.
Quickness, accuracy and keenness of judgment or insight
The ability to judge well; keen discernment; insight
His sharp business acumen meant he quickly rose to the top.
For the next three years, Wilson demonstrated immense political acumen.
The original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
An archetype is the first of its kind and the basis for all to follow it.
An event that might be an archetype is birth.
'Frankenstein' . . . 'Dracula' . . . 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' . . . the archetypes that have influenced all subsequent horror stories
He is the archetype of the successful businessman.
One who has abandoned one's religious faith, a political party, one's principle, or a cause.
An example of an apostate is a priest who leaves his church.
He was an early apostate, leaving the party last year.
The female apostate is to be kept in confinement until she recant or death.
Omission of the final sound or sounds of a word.
A level area surrounded by upward sloping ground
A scene of conflict, competition, etc
A slopping gallery in a theater
A sloping gallery with seats for spectators (as in an operating room or theater)
An external boundary
Limits, boundary, or circumference
An ambit is the area around something that acts as a marker or sign of the limit/end or border.
An example of an ambit is a fence around a yard.
Many feel that church leaders stray outside of their proper ambit when they make specific political endorsement.
A specific feeling or mood connected to a specific person, place or thing.
Example: the feeling of romance associated with a candle light dinner, wine, and soft music
- The atmosphere of an environment
- The overall ambience of the room is cosy.
To walk slowly or leisurely walk
To walk without hurrying
We were ambling along enjoying the scenery.
- An example of amble are two lovers slowly walking hand in hand.
Something that is moving around
Example: pack of wolves
Capable of walking; not bed ridden (an ambulatory patient)
To express grief over
To regard with displeasure, disapproval, or regret
He bemoans the fact that the team lost again.
Bemoaning what was lost.
Of pertaing to, or engaged in warfare
Belonging to or recognized as a state at war and protected by and subject to the laws of war.
Inclined to or exhibiting assertiveness, hostility or combativeness.
He was drunk and belligerent.
The coach become quite belligerent and spit at an umpire after being thrown out of the game.
Some one or something aggressive and eager or willing to fight: "bellicose young officers"
An example of bellicose are angry rebels who storms a protest march.
Warlike or quarrelsome "a bellicose nation."
They will become more bellicose rather than diplomatic, more self-righteous and dismissive when criticized.
Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American civil war.
Showing kindness and gentleness: "benign faces"
Not life threating or severe and likely to respond to treatment, as a tumor that is not malignant.
We were happy to hear that the tumor was benign.
An optical instrument for use with both eyes, consisting of two small telescopes joined together.
He looked at the ship on the horizon through his binoculars.
Of, consisting of, or supported by members of two parties, especially two major political parties.
The bill has bipartisan support.
In his first Inaugural address, Jefferson sounded a conciliatory bipartisan note, avering that "we are all Republicans, we are all Federalists" a trope copied in many inaugural addresses to follow.
To make (esp. a book) shorter.
To shorten in duration or extent
Modern transportation that abridges distance.
The library's hours have been drastically abridged to cut cost's.
Abridged from an essay by Jan Stuart.
A water fall or series of water falls over rocks
Something falling or rushing forth in quantity
A cascade of sound
A cascade of events
Her hair was arranged in a cascade of events.
That decision se off a cascade of events
Emitting visible light as a result of being heated.
Shining briliantly; very bright
Sitting in darkness, except for the incandescent coals of our campfire.
Characterized by ardent emotion, intensity, or brilliance; "an incandescent performance"
A speaker incandescent with righteous anger over the treatment of the refugees.
Frankness or sincerity of expression; openness.
Freedom from prejudice; impartiality.
She spoke with candor about racism.
I was impressed by the candor of his statement.
To delight: I was enchanted by the children's concert.
To put a magic spell on: A wizard had enchanted her.
To attract and move deeply; rouse to ecstatic admiration. "The scene enchanted her to the point of tears"
The beauty of the place enchants.
The book has enchanted children for almost a century.
The formulaic words or sounds used; a magic spell
Words said or sung as a spell
Hovering over the sick child, the witch doctor muttered mysterious incantation.
Very steep; perpendicular. "a precipitous slope
Happening in a very quick and sudden way.
There has been a precipitous decline in home sales recently.
People were shcoked by his precipitous fall from political power.
- Done too quickly and without enough thought or planning "precipitous action."
There is little concordance between the two studies.
Relating to the physical and especially sexual apetites "carnal desires"
Of or relating to the body or flesh; bodily "Carnal remaines"
The precher warned that those who were interested only in carnal pursuits would not see the kingdom of heaven.
To subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism
The author castigated the prime minister as an infective leader.
To punish, as by beating
To criticize severely
The coach is always chastising the players for minor mistakes.
Not having experianced sexual intercourse, viriginal
Pure in thought and act
Severely simple in design or execution
A chaste kiss on the check.
As one would expect, the minister's small talk is always chaste, even though he likes a joke as much as the next person.