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the weakening or extinction of an .


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  • Anticyclone

    a circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure, clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. Compare (def 1), (def 37). Historical Examples A rising111 barometer, on the other hand, is usually an indication of the fine weather associated with an anticyclone. Practical Exercises in Elementary Meteorology Robert DeCourcy […]

  • Cynic

    a person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions and who disbelieves in or minimizes selfless acts or disinterested points of view. (initial capital letter) one of a sect of Greek philosophers, 4th century b.c., who advocated the doctrines that virtue is the only good, that the essence of virtue is self-control, and that […]

  • Cynical

    distrusting or disparaging the motives of others; like or characteristic of a . showing contempt for accepted standards of honesty or morality by one’s actions, especially by actions that exploit the scruples of others. bitterly or sneeringly distrustful, contemptuous, or pessimistic. (initial capital letter) (def 5). Contemporary Examples He may just be cynical enough to […]

  • Cynicism

    disposition, character, or belief. a remark. (initial capital letter) any of the doctrines or practices of the Cynics. Contemporary Examples The cynicism of the American electorate is nothing compared to that of its Italian counterpart. Berlusconi Burlesque Alex Massie September 22, 2009 In the U.S., however, the twin reactions to his advice have been: disinterest […]

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