a current or trend, as of opinion or events, running counterto the main current.
to stop, as at an obstacle, and refuse to proceed or to dosomething specified (usually followed by at ): He balked atmaking the speech.
a view or prospect, especially one seen through a long,narrow avenue or passage, as between rows of trees orhouses.
to draw or bend into folds or alternate furrows and ridges.
morally ignoble or base; vile: sordid methods.
a recess or small room adjacent to or opening out of a room:a dining alcove
(of a linguistic form) commonly used in an earlier time butrare in present-day usage except to suggest the older time,as in religious rituals or historical novels. Examples: thou;wast; methinks; forsooth.
taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret:a furtive glance.
making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: stridentinsects; strident hinges.
monotonously or annoyingly protracted or continued;unceasing; incessant: I can't stand that interminable clatter.
hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollectionof the meeting; a nebulous distinction between pride andconceit.
a person who follows or upholds a leader, cause, etc.;supporter; follower.
of, pertaining to, or conforming to the approved form of anydoctrine, philosophy, ideology, etc.
of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.;intimidating: a formidable problem.
reflecting elegance, sophistication, etc., especially inexpression: He maintained an urbane tone in his letters.
horrible or frightful to the senses; repulsive; very ugly: ahideous monster.
to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debase
a person who commits or practices sabotage
to draw or press in; cause to contract or shrink; compress.
having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthyof approval or acceptance; credible; believable: a plausibleexcuse; a plausible plot.
the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; activeespousal: He was known for his advocacy of states' rights.
a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece ofliterature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy
to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge
a person who is easily deceived or fooled; gull.
characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy orconcealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception;private or surreptitious: Their clandestine meetings wentundiscovered for two years.