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  • 141plate — [13] Etymologically, a plate is something ‘flat’. It comes from Vulgar Latin *plattus ‘flat’, which may go back to Greek platús ‘broad’ (source of English place, plane the tree, and platypus). It reached English via two separate Old French words …

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  • 142bromide — [brō′mīd΄] n. [ BROM(O) + IDE] 1. a compound in which bromine is combined with a certain element, radical, etc., as silver bromide or methyl bromide 2. potassium bromide, KBr, used in medicine as a sedative ☆ 3. [from association with dullness of …

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  • 143commonplace — [käm′ənplās΄] n. [lit. transl. of L locus communis, Gr koinos topos, general topic] 1. Obs. a passage marked for reference or included in a COMMONPLACE BOOK 2. a trite or obvious remark; truism; platitude 3. anything common or ordinary adj.… …

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  • 144banality — noun a trite or obvious remark • Syn: ↑platitude, ↑cliche, ↑commonplace, ↑bromide • Derivationally related forms: ↑commonplace (for: ↑commonplace), ↑ …

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  • 145cliche — noun a trite or obvious remark (Freq. 5) • Syn: ↑platitude, ↑banality, ↑commonplace, ↑bromide • Derivationally related forms: ↑commonplace (for: ↑ …

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  • 146Clich'e — Cli ch[ e] , n. [F. clich[ e], from clicher to stereotype.] 1. A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief. [1913 Webster] 2. a trite or obvious remark. Syn: platitude, banality, commonplace, bromide.… …

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  • 147Clich'e casting — Clich e Cli ch[ e] , n. [F. clich[ e], from clicher to stereotype.] 1. A stereotype plate or any similar reproduction of ornament, or lettering, in relief. [1913 Webster] 2. a trite or obvious remark. Syn: platitude, banality, commonplace,… …

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  • 148Commonplace — Com mon*place , n. 1. An idea or expression wanting originality or interest; a trite or customary remark; a platitude. [1913 Webster] 2. A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to. [1913 Webster] Whatever, in my reading,… …

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  • 149Commonplace book — Commonplace Com mon*place , n. 1. An idea or expression wanting originality or interest; a trite or customary remark; a platitude. [1913 Webster] 2. A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to. [1913 Webster] Whatever, in my …

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  • 150homily — noun (plural lies) Etymology: Middle English omelie, from Anglo French, from Late Latin homilia, from Late Greek, from Greek, conversation, discourse, from homilein to consort with, address, from homilos crowd, assembly; akin to Greek homos same… …

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  • 151shibboleth — noun Etymology: Hebrew shibbōleth stream; from the use of this word in Judges 12:6 as a test to distinguish Gileadites from Ephraimites Date: 1638 1. a. a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others …

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  • 152RELEVER — v. tr. Remettre debout ce qui était tombé; remettre une chose dans la situation où elle doit être, une personne dans son attitude naturelle. Relever un enfant qui a fait une chute. Relever un blessé. Relever une chaise qu’on a fait tomber.… …

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  • 153Information theory — Not to be confused with Information science. Information theory is a branch of applied mathematics and electrical engineering involving the quantification of information. Information theory was developed by Claude E. Shannon to find fundamental… …

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  • 154Simile — A simile is a technique that uses words such as like or as to compare two ideas. Even though similes and metaphors are both forms of comparison, similes allow the two ideas to remain distinct in spite of their similarities, whereas metaphors seek …

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  • 155Richard J. Daley — Infobox Politician name = Richard Joseph Daley width = 135px height = 184px birth date = birth date|1902|5|15|mf=y birth place = Chicago, Illinois, United States death date = death date and age|1976|12|20|1902|5|15|mf=y death place = Chicago,… …

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  • 156The Kids in the Hall — For the Hip hop duo, see Kidz in the Hall. The Kids in the Hall at the 2008 eTalk Festival Party, during the Toronto International Film Festival (from left: Dave Foley, Mark McKinney …

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  • 157Metropolis (film) — For the anime film, see Metropolis (2001 film). For other uses, see Metropolis (disambiguation). Metropolis Original 1927 theatrical release poster Directed by …

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  • 158Double Indemnity (film) — Double Indemnity Theatrical release poster Directed by Billy Wilder Produced by …

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  • 159Cliché — For other uses, see Cliché (disambiguation). Our Three Volume Novel at a Glance , a cartoon by Priestman Atkinson, from the Punch Almanack for 1885 (which would have been published in late 1884). This is a jocular look at some clichéd expressions …

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  • 160Homily — A homily is a commentary that follows a reading of scripture. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, and in the Eastern Orthodox Church, a homily is usually given during Mass (or Divine Liturgy for Orthodox) at the end of the… …

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