After a extended, withering heat and finally a prolonged, soaking rain, the tumescent sunflowers were able to hold their floral faces high and follow the sun across the sky.
From Latin tumēscēns (“swelling, bloating”)
(US) IPA(key): /tuˈmɛsənt/, /tjuˈmɛsənt/
tumescent (comparative more tumescent, superlative most tumescent)
At its most basic, communism is the Hegelian antithesis of capitalism though some would argue this is at best an oversimplification.
Note: If you’re like me, you might find the Wiktionary definition below ‘unhelpful’ at best in figuring out a meaning for this word. May I also suggest Dictionary.com or this discussion of Hegel’s theory on Marxists.org? Marx was a follower of Hegel’s theory and used it in developing his own, a small work that was rather influential last century The Communist Manifesto. You might even find Wikipedia’s entry on Hegel helpful.
Hegel + -ian
Hegelian (comparative more Hegelian, superlative most Hegelian)
- Of or pertaining to the ideas of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
Hegelian (plural Hegelians)
- A follower of Hegel’s philosophy.
With Flat Stanley as their guide, a few of our intrepid booksellers are taking the Chicago Independent Bookstore challenge & visiting all 9 participating stores by August 3rd!
Note: that’s the other Powell’s pictured above - the first but slightly less famous one, in Chicago
A bad example of the word sanguine would be using it describe how a vampire feels after feeding.
From French sanguin, ultimately from Latin sanguineus (“of blood”), from sanguis (“blood”), of uncertain origin, perhaps Proto-Indo-European *h₁sh₂-én-, from *h₁ésh₂r̥ (“blood”).
sanguine (comparative more sanguine, superlative most sanguine)
- Having the colour of blood; red.
- (obsolete, physiology) Having a bodily constitution characterised by a preponderance of blood over the other bodily humours, thought to be marked by irresponsible mirth; indulgent in pleasure to the exclusion of important matters.
- Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.
- Warm; ardent.
- Anticipating the best; optimistic; not despondent; confident; full of hope.
Not to be confused with sanguinary.
sanguine (plural sanguines)
- Blood colour; red.
- Anything of a blood-red colour, as cloth.
- (heraldry) A tincture, seldom used, of a blood-red colour (not to be confused with murrey).
- Red crayon.
sanguine (third-person singular simple present sanguines, present participle sanguining, simple past and past participle sanguined)
- To stain with blood; to impart the colour of blood to; to ensanguine.
(reds) red; blood red, brick red, burgundy, cardinal, carmine, carnation, cerise, cherry, cherry red, Chinese red, cinnabar, claret, crimson, damask, fire brick, fire engine red, flame, flamingo, fuchsia, garnet, geranium, gules, hot pink, incarnadine, Indian red, magenta, maroon, misty rose, nacarat, oxblood, pillar-box red, pink, Pompeian red, poppy, raspberry, red violet, rose, rouge, ruby, ruddy, salmon, sanguine, scarlet, shocking pink, stammel, strawberry, Turkey red, Venetian red, vermillion, vinaceous, vinous, violet red, wine