Sinonimi: blessed with | endued with | blest
Worthy of worship
1. Characterized by happiness and good fortune
2. Enjoying the bliss of heaven.
3. Having good fortune bestowed or conferred upon; sometimes used as in combination; SYN. blessed with, endued with.
4. Highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace); SYN. blest.
1. Of or relating to or near the sacrum.
2. Of or relating to sacred rites
3. Pertaining to sacrum; pertaining to sacred rites.
4. Holy, sacred
ETYM Originally p. p. of Old Eng. sacren to consecrate, French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Related to Consecrate, Execrate, Saint, Sexton.
1. Worthy of respect or dedication.
2. Concerned with religion or religious purposes.
3. (Often followed by 'to') Devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person.
Anything holy or relating to God that is set apart from the profane world. In ancient religions, there were sacred places belonging to the gods, in contrast to profane places where the gods are absent.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus has become an object of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, originating with the medieval mystics.
ETYM Latin spiritualis: cf. French spirituel. Related to Spirit.
1. Concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul; SYN. unearthly.
2. Lacking material body or form or substance.
Sinonimi: community of interests
ETYM Latin communitas: cf. Old Fren. communité. Related to Commonalty, and see Common.
1. A group of nations having common interests.
2. A group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious characteristics in common.
3. A group of people living in a particular local area.
4. Agreement as to goals; SYN. community of interests.
5. Common ownership.
6. In the social sciences, the sense of identity, purpose, and companionship that comes from belonging to a particular place, organization, or social group. The concept dominated sociological thinking in the first half of the 20th century, and inspired the academic discipline of community studies.
Sinonimi: common people
People in general; SYN. common people.
ETYM as. lîf; akin to Dutch lijf body, German leib body, Mid. High Germ. lîp life, body, Old High Germ. lîb life, Icel. lîf, life, body, Swed. lif, Dan. liv, and Eng. live, v. Related to Live, Alive.
(Irregular plural: lives).
1. A characteristic state or mode of living.
2. The course of existence of an individual; the actions and events that occur in living.
3. The experience of living; the course of human events and activities; SYN. living.
4. The organic phenomenon that distinguishes living organisms from nonliving ones.
5. The period between birth and the present time.
6. The period from the present until death.
7. The period during which something is functional (as between birth and death); SYN. lifetime, lifespan.
8. Living things collectively.
9. A motive for living.
10. A living person.
The ability to grow, reproduce, and respond to such stimuli as light, heat, and sound. It is thought that life on Earth began about 4 billion years ago. Over time, life has evolved from primitive single-celled organisms to complex multicellular ones. The earliest fossil evidence of life is threadlike chains of cells discovered in 1980 in deposits in nw Australia that have been dated as 3.5 billion years old.
Life originated in the primitive oceans. The original atmosphere, 4,000 million years ago, consisted of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water. It has been shown in the laboratory that more complex organic molecules, such as amino acids and nucleotides, can be produced from these ingredients by passing electric sparks through a mixture. It has been suggested that lightning was extremely common in the early atmosphere, and that this combination of conditions could have resulted in the oceans becoming rich in organic molecules, the so-called “primeval soup”. These molecules may then have organised into clusters capable of reproducing and of developing eventually into simple cells.
Once the atmosphere changed to its present composition, life could only be created by living organisms (a process called biogenesis).
It has also been suggested that life could have reached Earth from elsewhere in the universe in the form of complex organic molecules present in meteors or comets. This argument does not really offer an alternative explanation of the origins of life, however, as these primitive life forms must themselves have been created by a similar process.
Us weekly magazine of photo journalism, which recorded us and world events pictorially from 1936–72, 1978-. It was founded by Henry Luce, owner of Time Inc., who bought the title of an older magazine. It ceased publication in 1972, although a few “Special Report” issues occasionally appeared after that date. In 1978 the magazine was revived, issued monthly, focusing more on personalities than on current news.
ETYM Old Eng. peple, people, Old Fren. pueple, French peuple, from Latin populus. Related to Populage, Public, Pueblo.
1. Members of a family line.
2. (Plural) Any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively.
Sinonimi: holy man | holy person | angel
ETYM French, from Latin sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Related to Sacred, Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.
1. A person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization.
2. Person of exceptional holiness; SYN. holy man, holy person, angel.
Holy man or woman respected for his or her wisdom, spirituality, and dedication to their faith. Within the Roman Catholic church a saint is officially recognized through canonization by the pope. Many saints are associated with miracles and canonization usually occurs after a thorough investigation of the lives and miracles attributed to them. For individual saints, see under forename; for example, Paul, St.
In the Orthodox church, saints are recognized by the patriarch and Holy Synod after recommendation by local churches. The term “saint” is also used in Buddhism for individuals who have led a virtuous and holy life, such as Kukai (774–835), also known as Kobo Daishi, founder of the Japanese Shingon school of Buddhism.
The lives of thousands of Catholic saints have been collected by the Bollandists, a group of Belgian Jesuits. In 1970 Pope Paul vi revised the calendar of saints' days: excluded were Barbara, Catherine, Christopher, and Ursula (as probably nonexistent); optional veneration might be given to George, Januarius, Nicholas (Santa Claus), and Vitus; insertions for obligatory veneration include St Thomas More and the Uganda martyrs.
ETYM Old Fren. espirit, esperit, French esprit, Latin spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Related to Conspire, Expire, Esprit, Sprite.
1. A fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character.
2. Any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings.
3. The general atmosphere of a place or situation; SYN. tone, feel, feeling, flavor, look, smell.
4. The vital principle or animating force within living things.
5. Strong alcoholic beverage, other type of alcohol, or white spirit.
ETYM Latin universum, from universus universal; unus one + vertere, versum, to turn, that is, turned into one, combined into one whole; cf. French univers. Related to One, and Verse.
1. Everything stated or assumed in a given discussion; SYN. universe of discourse.
2. Everything that exists anywhere; SYN. existence, nature, creation, world, cosmos, macrocosm.
3. The whole collection of existing things; SYN. cosmos.
All of space and its contents, the study of which is called cosmology. The universe is thought to be between 10 billion and 20 billion years old, and is mostly empty space, dotted with galaxies for as far as telescopes can see. The most distant detected galaxies and quasars lie 10 billion light years or more from Earth, and are moving farther apart as the universe expands. Several theories attempt to explain how the universe came into being and evolved; for example, the Big Bang theory of an expanding universe originating in a single explosive event, and the contradictory steady-state theory.
Apart from those galaxies within the Local Group, all the galaxies we see display red shifts in their spectra, indicating that they are moving away from us. The farther we look into space, the greater are the observed red shifts, which implies that the more distant galaxies are receding at ever greater speeds.
This observation led to the theory of an expanding universe, first proposed by Edwin Hubble 1929, and to Hubble's law, which states that the speed with which one galaxy moves away from another is proportional to its distance from it. Current data suggest that the galaxies are moving apart at a rate of 50–100 kps/30–60 mps for every million parsecs of distance.
ETYM Old Eng. world, werld, weorld, weoreld, as. weorold, worold.
1. The planet earth; SYN. globe, the blue planet.
2. A part of the earth that can be considered separately.
3. All of the inhabitants of the earth; SYN. human race, humanity, humankind, human beings, humans, mankind, man.
4. All of one's experiences that determine how things appear to you; SYN. reality.
5. People in general; especially a distinctive group of people with some shared interest; SYN. domain.