bacchanalian - (adj.) drunken; orgiastic: The police were called when the bacchanalian partyers poured out of the house and onto the street. (n.) a drunken reveler. Also: bacchanal (bacchanalian), bacchanalia (a drunken feast), bacchant (priest or priestess of Bacchus; bacchanal), bacchic (drunken). [bacchatio, bacchationis, f. - revelry; bacchor, bacchari, bacchatus sum - to celebrate the festival of Bacchus; Bacchus, Bacchi, m. - Bacchus, the god of wine and inspiration, son of Jupiter]
balneology - science of bathing as therapeutic treatment; study of the therapeutic effects of baths: She didnít need balneology to appreciate the soothing effects of a warm bath after a long day at the office. Also: balneal (of or pertaining to a bath or bathing), balneologic, balneological, balneologist, balneotherapy. [balneae, balnearum, f. - bath; balnearius, balnearia, balnearium - pertaining to a bath; balnearia, balneariorum, n. - bathing rooms; balneator, balneatoris, m. - keeper of a bath]
abate - (intr.) to lessen in intensity: The skiers waited all morning for the snowstorm to abate; at last, the flakes diminished and the skies brightened. (tr.) 1) to make less, lessen, diminish; 2) to reduce. 3) to suppress; Also: abatable, abater, abatement, abator.
beatific - 1) making supremely happy: Christians refer to the sight of God in heaven as the beatific vision. 2) blissfully happy. Also: beatification, beatify (to make exceedingly happy; to declare [a deceased person] to be in heaven). [beatitas, beatitatis, f. - happiness; beatitudo, beatitudinis, f. - happiness; beo, beare, beavi, beatus - to make happy, to bless]
beatitude - 1) supreme happiness; bliss; 2) (usually capitalized) any of the pronouncements of Jesus about happiness in the Sermon on the Mount: Matthew mentions nine Beatitudes, whereas only four are mentioned by Luke, who includes an equal number of woes. - Also: beatific (making supremely happy; blissfully happy), beatification, beatify (to make exceedingly happy; to declare [a deceased person] to be in heaven). [beatitas, beatitatis, f. - happiness; beatitudo, beatitudinis, f. - happiness; beo, beare, beavi, beatus - to make happy, bless]
antebellum - before the Civil War: They traveled to New
Orleans to get a first-hand view of antebellum architecture. Also: post-bellum
(after the Civil War). [ante (prep. w/ acc.) - before; post
(prep. w/ acc.) - after]
embellish - to improve (beautify or make more interesting) by decorating or adding detail: He enjoys using his free time to embellish his web site. Also: embellishment.
benediction - 1) a blessing: The pilgrims who had gathered
in St. Peter's Square knelt to receive the solemn benediction of the
Pope. 2) an expression of thanks; 3) the asking of God's blessing.
Also: benedictory (having to do with a benediction). [dico,
dicere, dixi, dictus - say]
benefice - 1) an ecclesiastical office that provides an income: Medieval pardoners, in virtue of their benefice, exchanged indulgences (remission of temporal punishment due to sin) for money, a percentage of which the pardoner was permitted to keep. 2) land granted by a feudal lord in exchange for favors; a fief. Also: benefic (kindly), beneficence (the doing of good; kindness), beneficent (doing good, performing acts of kindness). [bene - well; facio, facere, feci, factus - to do, make]
beneficent - 1) kind: If all people were unconditionally beneficent, hitherto divisive factors like race, religion, and nationality would cease to divide, and there would be peace throughout the world--it sounds so easy. 2) giving benefits. Also: benefaction (the doing of good), benefactive, benefactor, benefactress, benefactrix, benefic (beneficent), benefice (position that guarantees a cleric an income), beneficence, beneficial, beneficialness, beneficiary, beneficiate (to make more suitable for smelting), beneficiation, benefit. [bene - well; facio, facere, feci, factus - to do, make]
imbibe - (trans.) to drink in (also figuratively, i.e., with the mind); (intrans.) to drink, especially alcoholic beverages: Aware that their friend had imbibed heavily, they asked for his keys. Also: imbiber, imbibition (act of imbibing). [imbibo, imbibere, imbibi, imbibitus - to drink in]
blatant - 1. flagrant, brazenly obvious: Those who blatantly disregard the feelings of friends soon have no friends. 2. offensively loud; glaringly conspicuous. Also: blatancy.
bonanza - 1) a rich vein or pocket of ore; 2) a source of
great profit: Inventor and entrepreneur par excellence, she turned
several original ideas into bonanzas.
bovine - 1) oxlike, cowlike: His bovine countenance masked a sensitive, artistic nature. 2) dull, slow, stupid. Also: bovinity.
abbreviate - 1) to shorten (a word or a phrase) by omitting letters of by substitution; 2) to reduce, make briefer, shorten (anything): It is customary in formal logic to abbreviate statements through the use of symbols. Also: abbreviation, abbreviator, abbreviatory. [brevi (adv.) - soon, in a little while; brevitas, brevitatis, f. - shortness]
brevity - shortness of time: Sweltering in the hot sun, the crowd gave the governor their most enthusiastic applause of the day when he reminded them of his customary brevity. [brevitas, brevitatis, f. - shortness, brevity]
bucolica, bucolicum - pastoral, bucolic
bucolicus, bucolica, bucolicum - pastoral, bucolic
bucolic - (adj.) 1) of or pertaining to shepherds; pastoral;
2) idyllically rural, rustic: The artistís deliberate juxtaposing
of bucolic and naturalistic elements has a startling effect on many
viewers. (n.) a pastoral poem.
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