character; unfounded positiveness in matters of opinion; arrogant assertion of opinions as truths.
c.1600, but not in common use until 19c., from French dogmatisme (16c.), from Medieval Latin dogmatismus, from Latin dogma (see dogma).
a drawing, sketch, or design. a first or preliminary form of any writing, subject to revision, copying, etc. act of drawing; delineation. a current of air in any enclosed space, especially in a room, chimney, or stove. a current of air moving in an upward or downward direction. a device for regulating the current of […]
opposing or restricting the use of narcotics or other of abuse: to enact stricter antidrug laws. Contemporary Examples The problem is that the federal government’s anti-drug efforts in South America have failed. Obama’s Demented Drug Policy Radley Balko April 15, 2009 The anti-drug laws of the Islamic Republic ban cultivation of drug plants and impose […]
to listen secretly to a private conversation. Archaic. to eavesdrop on. water that drips from the eaves. the ground on which such water falls. Contemporary Examples Theirs is a delicious conversation—academic, intimate, professional—on which to eavesdrop. Prada and Schiaparelli Exhibit Opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Robin Givhan May 6, 2012 A brilliant look […]
of or relating to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular. Contemporary Examples Literary history aside (or be damned), these anti-establishment, anti-ecclesiastical fabliaux are pure, unadulterated fun. Read This and Blush: Naughty Medieval French Tales Yunte Huang June 12, 2013 Historical Examples Wolsey fell when Campeggio was recalled, and his fall involved the […]