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clothing designed for wear on informal occasions.


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  • Casuarina

    noun any tree of the genus Casuarina, of Australia and the East Indies, having jointed leafless branchlets: family Casuarinaceae See also beefwood, she-oak Historical Examples I noticed to-day for the first time upon this expedition some of the desert oak trees (casuarina Decaisneana). Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Ernest Giles Their clubs are […]

  • Casuist

    an oversubtle or disingenuous reasoner, especially in questions of morality. a person who studies and resolves moral problems of judgment or conduct arising in specific situations. Historical Examples In Spain, the great Jesuit casuist Escobar led the way, and rarely had been seen such exquisite hair-splitting. History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in […]

  • Casuistic

    pertaining to casuists or casuistry. oversubtle; intellectually dishonest; sophistical: casuistic distinctions. Historical Examples These last are perhaps to be regarded as casuistic discussions like those which play such a large part in Jewish tradition. The Literature and History of New Testament Times J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen This is the position of the casuistic mystic […]

  • Casuistry

    specious, deceptive, or oversubtle reasoning, especially in questions of morality; fallacious or dishonest application of general principles; sophistry. the application of general ethical principles to particular cases of conscience or conduct. Contemporary Examples The responses were telling in their casuistry, their amorality, their evasiveness. The Hearing From Hell Tunku Varadarajan April 26, 2010 These questions […]

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