pre•science | \ ˈpre-sh(ē-)ən(t)s
n. A powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius.
n. A traitor who serves as the puppet of the enemy occupying his or her country.
n. A traitor who collaborates with the enemy.
n. someone who collaborates with an enemy occupying force
calamity [ kuh-lam-i-tee ]
noun, plural ca·lam·i·ties.
- : a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering
- : a state of deep distress or misery caused by major misfortune or loss
- : grievous affliction; adversity
Given my current circumstances, I’ve begun to feel a bit like Count Rostov in A Gentleman in Moscow. That is to say, like “a former person.” I’m sure many people feel this way even when there isn’t a world-wide virus threatening.
Since I finished the novel last week I’ve been reflecting on how Rostov followed the behavioral rules of the gentry to maintain his sanity and steer his course through a social scene designed to trap him for any political missteps.
Rostov had the connections he made with guests of the Hotel Metropole. I have the internet.
I have had much less success at maintaining a gentlemanly standard than Rostov did.
n. an opening (such as a vent, mouth, or hole) through which something may pass
- n. Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official.
- n. Evil-doing; the doing of that which ought not to be done; wrongful conduct, especially official misconduct; violation of a public trust or obligation; specifically, the doing of an act which is positively unlawful or wrongful, in contradistinction to misfeasance, or the doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner. The term is often inappropriately used instead of misfeasance.
- n. The doing of an act which a person ought not to do; evil conduct; an illegal deed.
he·gem·o·ny [ həˈjemənē, ˈhejəˌmōnē ]
- preponderant influence or authority over others.
- the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group
exigency [ ek-si-juhn-see, ig-zij–uhn- ]
noun, plural ex·i·gen·cies.
- exigent state or character; urgency.
- Usually exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.: the exigencies of city life.
- a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency: He promised help in any exigency.
Which for the longest time, I incorrectly pronounced ex·in·gen·cies.
adj. Greatly perplexed.
adj. Baffled, confused, mystified, at a loss or uncertain.
My favorite word.
n. The process of mountain formation, especially by a folding and faulting of the earth’s crust.
n. Same as orogenesis.
n. the process of mountain building by the upward folding of the Earth’s crust.