noun: An official who investigates complaints by individuals against an organization.
Definition: (noun) A system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature. Synonyms: underground press. Usage: The samizdat was successful in disseminating the banned literature until an informant turned in its chief operator. Discuss
noun: 1. A short, thick, heavy stick, used as a weapon. Also known as a truncheon, blackjack, bludgeon, etc. 2. An attack with, or as if with, such a weapon. verb tr.: To hit with, or as if with, such a weapon.
Definition: (noun) A superior skill that one can learn by study and practice and observation. Synonyms: prowess, art. Usage: They were wrought to such a pitch of nervous dread by the uncanny artistry of their witch-doctor, they were helpless with terror. Discuss
Romana Prinoth Fornwagner(*1960), italienische Archäologin und Prähistorikerin
noun: A large conglomerate of businesses, tightly controlled by a person or a family.
Definition: (noun) A school for students intermediate between elementary school and college; usually grades 9 to 12. Synonyms: secondary school, Gymnasium, lycee, middle school. Usage: "That lyceum has ruined him," she added, remembering the insistence with which the chevalier had spoken of the evils of education in such schools. Discuss
Michael Wollmann(*1990), Philosoph und Aphoristiker
noun: 1. A sense of purpose or something that gives a sense of purpose; a reason for living. 2. Something that brings fulfillment or enjoyment.
Definition: (noun) A policeman who patrols a given region. Synonyms: flatfoot. Usage: The patrolman was familiar with the area and knew the noises he was hearing were coming from foraging raccoons, not people. Discuss
Definition: (noun) A gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds. Synonyms: teargas. Usage: When the demonstration turned violent, the police used a potent lachrymator to disperse the mob. Discuss
«Quando sei della Juventus lo sei per sempre.» (Zinedine Zidane)
Helga Schäferling(*1957), deutsche Sozialpädagogin
Definition: (noun) A regular patron. Synonyms: regular, fixture. Usage: He was a habitue at the bar, but he never had more than two drinks in a night. Discuss
Jacob Grimm(1785 – 1863), Jacob Ludwig Carl, dt. Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftler, gilt als Begründer der deutschen Philologie und Altertumswissenschaft; Veröffentlichungen gemeinsam mit seinem Bruder Wilhelm als “Brüder Grimm” (z.B. “Kinder- und Hausmärchen”). Beide waren auch politisch aktiv und traten für Ihre Ideale in Reden und Artikeln ein
adjective: Having a stern, angry, or sad expression.
Definition: (adjective) Rashly or wastefully extravagant. Synonyms: profligate, spendthrift, extravagant. Usage: Her prodigal spending left her with a mountain of bills and an empty bank account. Discuss
Harald Schmid(1946 – 2020), auch: Harry Pegas, deutscher Aphoristiker
noun: The transfer of electronic information by physically moving it, storing it on a device and moving the device, instead of doing it over a computer network.
Definition: (noun) Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense. Synonyms: twaddle, story, saga, trash, jargon, yarn, gibberish, spiel. Usage: When I asked why he missed the meeting, he gave me some rigmarole about the train being late. Discuss
Definition: (adjective) Lacking knowledge or awareness. Synonyms: unaware. Usage: He was incognizant of the new political situation and needed his brother to brief him on the details. Discuss
«Puoi abbandonare il luogo in cui sei nato, ma il luogo in cui sei nato non ti abbandona mai.» (Donato Carrisi)
noun: One who disrupts, damages, or destroys, especially in an underhanded manner.
Definition: (noun) A building where animals are butchered. Synonyms: slaughterhouse, butchery, shambles. Usage: The largest abattoirs are those of the meatpacking industry. Discuss
«Sono sempre stata severa, volevo solo ruoli eccezionali. Io non recitavo un ruolo, io lo vivevo.» (Gina Lollobrigida)
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi(1746 – 1827), Schweizer Pädagoge und Sozialreformer
adjective: Affecting smartness and respectability.
Definition: (noun) A severe scolding. Synonyms: castigation, bawling out, chewing out, dressing down, upbraiding, earful. Usage: When he was caught chewing gum in class, he knew he would have to endure a going-over from the teacher. Discuss
Albert Roderich(1846 – 1938), deutscher Dichter und Aphoristiker
Definition: (noun) A small quantity (especially of a liquid). Synonyms: drop. Usage: A driblet of water escaped from the corner of her mouth. Discuss
Definition: (noun) A small glass vial that is sealed after filling and used chiefly as a container for a hypodermic injection solution. Synonyms: phial, vial. Usage: Because of his medical condition, he was obligated to carry an ampoule of medicine and a hypodermic needle with him at all times. Discuss
Daniel Mühlemann(*1959), Naturfotograf, Aphoristiker und Übersetzer
noun: The afternoon of the previous day.
Definition: (noun) A cruel and brutal fellow. Synonyms: bully, hooligan, roughneck. Usage: He had been a bully in grade school, so no one was surprised to hear that he is still considered a ruffian. Discuss
«Ricordai una delle ultime chiacchierate con il nonno, io e lui da soli, poco dopo il suo novantasettesimo compleanno. Stava pensando alla fine: non era più in grado di assecondare le sue passioni, aveva detto. Eppure la cosa che più gli mancava era il lavoro. In assenza di quello, aveva proseguito, crolla tutto. Non sembrava…
noun: A heightened sensitivity to sounds.
Definition: (adjective) Playfully jocular; humorous. Synonyms: bantering, tongue-in-cheek. Usage: She was quite gullible and could never tell when his remarks were facetious or when he was being serious. Discuss
«Il passato non muore mai. Non è nemmeno passato.»
Wilhelm Schäfer(1868 – 1952), während der ersten Ehe von 1890 bis 1896 Wilhelm Schäfer-Dittmar, deutscher Schriftsteller, populärer völkisch-nationaler Autor in der Zeit der Weimarer Republik und des Nationalsozialismus
noun: 1. A place of escape, hiding, or seclusion. 2. A hole through which to escape when in danger.
Definition: (adjective) Admitting the passage of light; transparent or translucent. Synonyms: transparent, crystal clear, limpid, crystalline, lucid. Usage: The water in the fountain, pellucid as crystal, was alive with myriads of gold and silver fishes. Discuss
«Il tempo a nostra disposizione non è infinito, ogni occasione va preparata e sfruttata.» (Sergej Bubka)
Marc Aurel(121 – 180), römischer Kaiser und Philosoph, hieß bei Geburt Marcus Annius Catilius Severus; später Marcus Annius Verus; nach Adoption durch Kaiser Hadrianus: Marcus Aelius Aurelius Verus und nach Adoption durch Kaiser Antoninus Pius und als Kaiser: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
noun: A delusion in which one believes oneself to be a dog.
Definition: (noun) A confused mass; a jumble. Synonyms: clutter, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother. Usage: Surrounded by a welter of papers and magazines, Susan began work on her scrapbook. Discuss
Otto Ernst(1862 – 1926), eigentlich Otto Ernst Schmidt, deutscher Erzähler, ursprünglich Volksschullehrer
noun: Self worship.
Friedrich von Schiller(1759 – 1805), Johann Christoph Friedrich Schiller, ab 1802 von Schiller, deutscher Arzt, Dichter, Philosoph und Historiker; gilt als einer der bedeutendsten deutschsprachigen Dramatiker und Lyriker
Definition: (noun) A person who escapes into a world of fantasy. Synonyms: wishful thinker, dreamer. Usage: She calls herself a mere optimist, but we believe her unconditionally sunny outlook makes her an escapist. Discuss
verb tr.: To tear, split, fracture, etc. verb intr.: To become split or to cracked.
«Spero che la mia storia possa servire a ispirare le persone che si trovano all’incrocio determinante della vita. L’importante non è vincere; è pensare in modo vincente.»
Nikola Tesla(1856 – 1943), serbischer Elektroingenieur, Physiker und Erfinder; erfand und entwickelte ein System zur elektrischen Energieübertragung durch Zweiphasenwechselstrom
Definition: (verb) To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity. Synonyms: celebrate. Usage: She lionized her older brother and was always proud to be seen with him. Discuss
noun: An unscrupulous person or a petty criminal, especially one who is sharply dressed. verb intr.: To make a living unscrupulously.
Andrea Mira Meneghin(*1967)
Definition: (noun) A powerfully built, robust person. Synonyms: bruiser, bull, Samson. Usage: Grandmother described everyone in larger-than-life terms. Even scrawny Bill from down the block was "a regular strapper." Discuss
noun: A traditional theme, literary motif, etc.
Oscar Wilde(1854 – 1900), eigentlich Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills, irischer Lyriker, Dramatiker und Bühnenautor
Definition: (noun) A single pictorial composition made by juxtaposing or superimposing many pictures or designs. Synonyms: collage. Usage: The children's gift to their grandmother was a montage of family pictures. Discuss
noun: A small mountain lake.
Huey Colbinger(*1976), Songwriter & Lyriker
Definition: (adjective) Relating to, situated in, or extending toward the middle; median. Synonyms: median. Usage: They took up defensive posts all along the field, with Ray in the medial position. Discuss
verb intr.: 1. To listen attentively. 2. Hark back: to allude to or return to a previous topic, time, event, etc.
Jules Renard(1864 – 1910), französischer Roman- und Tagebuchautor
Giacomo Girolamo Casanova(1725 – 1798), Chevalier de Seingalt, wie er sich selber adelte, italienischer Abenteurer und Schriftsteller
Definition: (noun) A quiet plodding workhorse. Synonyms: farm horse. Usage: The dobbin had been a loyal and faithful worker, and the farmer was sad to see the quiet horse's health decline. Discuss