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a blessing or benediction, usually recited according to a traditional formula.


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  • Berat

    a city in S central Albania. Contemporary Examples We met this Jewish family wandering in the streets of Berat—Isak Solomon Adixhes, his wife, Sara, and their baby daughter, Sonya. ‘Jews Are God’s People Like Us’ Norman H. Gershman February 20, 2009 He came to work for my father, a carpenter and contractor in Berat, in […]

  • Berate

    to scold; rebuke: He berated them in public. Contemporary Examples Rather than berate Mitt for the sin of being rich, he said he wanted a flatter tax so everyone could pay the “Romney rate.” What If Newt Wins S.C.? Howard Kurtz January 18, 2012 The old-school way of hating rubes asks us to berate them […]

  • Be real

    be real interjection An exhortation to be sane and sensible: John, are you going fishing this weekend? Be real, Smitty, I have to study for a test (1980s+ College students) interjection An exhortation to be sensible, to eschew illusion: ”I’ll trade them for your Reuben Kincaid sleep goggles.” ”Get real, pal”/ Be real, Smitty, I […]

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