1. Something forming a back that is added for strengthening; SYN. mount.
2. The act of providing approval and support; SYN. championship, patronage.
1. A rejoinder or quick-witted remark.
2. (In Sports) A return to contention, especially by a player or team that had been losing.
3. When people, organizations, companies, or sports teams overcome difficulties and become successful again, they make a comeback.
4. When a condition, problem, situation, or activity returns or greatly increases, it makes a comeback
5. a fashion or fad becomes popular again, it makes a comeback.
1. A large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm; SYN. mass meeting.
2. A marked recovery of strength or spirits during an illness.
3. The feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort; SYN. rallying.
ETYM Latin reciprocatio: cf. French réciprocation.
1. Alternating back-and-forth movement.
2. The act of reciprocating.
ETYM Cf. French récurrence.
Happening again (especially at regular intervals); SYN. return.
ETYM French restitution, Latin restitutio. Related to Restitute.
1. Getting something back again; SYN. return, restoration, regaining.
2. The act of restoring something to its original state.
ETYM Old Eng. restauracion, French restauration, from Latin restauratio. Related to Restore.
The act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state.
ETYM cf. French résumption, Latin resumptio restoration, recovery, from resumere. Related to Resume.
Beginning again; SYN. recommencement.
ETYM Cf. French rétrocession. Related to Retrocede.
1. The act of retroceding.
2. The state of being retroceded, or granted back.
1. A coming to or returning home; SYN. homecoming.
2. The act of returning to a prior location
3. The occurrence of a change in direction back in the opposite direction; SYN. coming back.
4. The income arising from land or other property; SYN. issue, proceeds, take, takings, yield, payoff.
5. A reciprocal group action; SYN. paying back, getting even.
ETYM French réversion, Latin reversio a turning back. Related to Revert.
1. Turning in the opposite direction; SYN. reverse, reversal, turnabout, turnaround.
2. (Law) An interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period (e.g., the death of the grantee).
(French) “devilry”; sorcery; black magic; mischievous act.magic; sorcery; mischief
ETYM Latin incantatio, from incantare to chant a magic formula over one: cf. French incantation. Related to Enchant.
A ritual recitation of magical words or sounds.
ETYM Old Eng. magique, Latin magice, Greek magikos, from makos sorcerer. Related to Magic, and Magi.
Any art that invokes supernatural powers.
Art of controlling the forces of nature by supernatural means such as charms and ritual. The central ideas are that like produces like (sympathetic magic) and that influence carries by contagion or association; for example, by the former principle an enemy could be destroyed through an effigy, by the latter principle through personal items such as hair or nail clippings. See also witchcraft.
Most early religious practices and much early art were rooted in beliefs in magical processes. There are similarities between magic and the use of symbolism in religious ritual. Under Christianity existing magical rites were either suppressed (although they survived in modified form in folk custom and superstition) or replaced by those of the church itself. Those still practising the ancient rites were persecuted as witches.
ETYM Latin medicina (sc. ars), from medicinus medical, from medicus: cf. French médecine. Related to Medical.
The practice of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease, both physical and mental; also any substance used in the treatment of disease. The basis of medicine is anatomy (the structure and form of the body) and physiology (the study of the body's functions).
In the West, medicine increasingly relies on new drugs and sophisticated surgical techniques, while diagnosis of disease is more and more by noninvasive procedures. The time and cost of Western-type medical training makes it inaccessible to many parts of the Third World; where health care of this kind is provided it is often by auxiliary medical helpers trained in hygiene and the administration of a limited number of standard drugs for the prevalent diseases of a particular region.
1. Something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease; SYN. medication, medicament, medicinal drug.
2. The branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques.
3. The learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; SYN. practice of medicine.
ETYM Old Eng. nigromaunce, nigromancie, Old Fren. nigromance, French nécromance, nécromancie, from Latin necromantia, Greek nekros a dead body (akin to Latin necare to kill, Skr. na.
Conjuring up the dead, especially for prophesying.
Black magic; divination by communication with spirits.
ETYM Old Eng. sorcerie, Old Fren. sorcerie, from Old Fren. and French sorcier a sorcerer, Late Lat. sortiarius, from Latin sors, sortis, a lot, decision by lot, fate, destiny. Related to Sort.
The belief in magical spells that harness occult forces or evil spirits to produce unnatural effects in the world; SYN. black magic, black art.
Sinonimi: magic spell | charm
A verbal formula believed to have magical force; SYN. magic spell, charm.
ETYM AS. wiccecraeft.
The art of sorcery; SYN. witchery.
The alleged possession and exercise of magical powers— black magic if used with evil intent, and white magic if benign. Its origins lie in traditional beliefs and religions. Practitioners of witchcraft have often had considerable skill in, for example, herbal medicine and traditional remedies; this prompted the World Health Organization in 1976 to recommended the integration of traditional healers into the health teams of African states.
The Christian church persecuted witches in Europe between the 15th and 17th centuries and in North America (see Salem). The last official execution of a witch in Europe was that of Anna Goddi, hanged in Switzerland in 1782. Obi is the witchcraft of black Africa imported to the West Indies, and includes Christian elements; voodoo is a similar cult.
1. The practice of witchcraft; sorcery
2. An act of witchcraft
3. An irresistible fascination
1. The art or practices of a wizard; sorcery
2. A seemingly magical transforming power or influence
3. Great skill or cleverness in an activity