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Il Duce Tweet Definition of Il Duce Like Definition of Il Duce on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A name by which w:Benito Mussolini, Benito Mussolini was known.
ILO Tweet Definition of ILO Like Definition of ILO on Facebook
abbreviation
  1. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations to deal with labour issues. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.
impeach Tweet Definition of impeach Like Definition of impeach on Facebook
verb (impeach, es)
  1. To hinder.
  2. To bring a legal proceeding against a public official, asserting that because he or she committed some offense, he or she should be removed from office.
    • President Clinton was impeached by the House in November 1999, but since the Senate acquitted him, he was not removed from office.
    • To discredit an individual or group with presumed expertise.
imperialism Tweet Definition of imperialism Like Definition of imperialism on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. The policy of forcefully extending a nation's authority by territorial gain or by the establishment of economic and political dominance over other nations.
imperium Tweet Definition of imperium Like Definition of imperium on Facebook
noun (imperia, -)
  1. Supreme power; dominion.
  2. The right to command the force of the state, sovereignty.
inaugural Tweet Definition of inaugural Like Definition of inaugural on Facebook
adjective
  1. Declare that something formally begins operation
  2. Of inauguration; as in a speech or lecture by the person being inaugurated
    • The Universtiy of Cape Town hosts an lecture by Professor Ian Scott...on Wednesday at 8pm. Cape Times 21 August 2006, p.21.
incident Tweet Definition of incident Like Definition of incident on Facebook
noun
  1. An event or occurrence
  2. A relatively minor event that is incidental to, or related to others
  3. An event that causes an interruption or a crisis
adjective
  1. Arising as the result of an event
  1. (physics) (of a stream of particles or radiation) falling on or striking a surface (e.g. "The light illuminated the surface.")
incumbent Tweet Definition of incumbent Like Definition of incumbent on Facebook
noun
  1. the current holder of an office, especially of an ecclesiastical benefice
adjective
  1. imposed on someone as an obligation, especially due to one's office
  1. (geology) resting on something else
    1. being the current holder of an office
independent Tweet Definition of independent Like Definition of independent on Facebook
noun
  1. A candidate or voter not affiliated with any political party, a free thinker, free of a party platform.
  2. A neutral or uncommitted person.
adjective
  1. not dependent; not contingent or depending on something else; free
ineligible Tweet Definition of ineligible Like Definition of ineligible on Facebook
adjective
  1. not eligible
infrastructure Tweet Definition of infrastructure Like Definition of infrastructure on Facebook
noun
  1. An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system
  2. The basic facilities, services and installations needed for the functioning of a community or society
initiate Tweet Definition of initiate Like Definition of initiate on Facebook
noun
  1. A new member of an organization.
  2. One who has been through a ceremony of initiation.
verb (initiat, ed)
  1. To begin, to start, to introduce.
insurgency Tweet Definition of insurgency Like Definition of insurgency on Facebook
noun
  1. rebellion; revolt; the state of being insurgent
insurgent Tweet Definition of insurgent Like Definition of insurgent on Facebook
noun
  1. A rebel, guerrilla, freedom fighter.
adjective
  1. rebellious, opposing authority
insurrection Tweet Definition of insurrection Like Definition of insurrection on Facebook
noun
  1. An organized opposition to authority; a mutiny; a rebellion
intelligence Tweet Definition of intelligence Like Definition of intelligence on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) capacity, Capacity of mind, especially to understand principles, truths, facts or meanings, acquire knowledge, and apply it to practice; the ability to learn and comprehend.
  2. (countable) An entity that has such capacities.
  3. (uncountable) information, Information, usually secret, about the enemy or about hostile activity, activities.
  4. (countable) A political or military department, agency or unit designed to gather such information.
(rfex, particularly "life form")      
interior Tweet Definition of interior Like Definition of interior on Facebook
noun
  1. The inside of a building, container, cavern, or other enclosed structure.
  2. The inside regions of a country, distanced from from the borders or coasts.
''Sir Richard Burton explored far into the African .
adjective
  1. having to do with the inner part of something
  2. having to do with the inland parts of a country far from the coasts
internal Tweet Definition of internal Like Definition of internal on Facebook
adjective
  1. inside of something
We saw the internal compartments
  1. within the body
Her bleeding was internal
  1. concerned with the domestic affairs of a nation
The nation suffered from internal conflicts
  1. concerned with the non-public affairs of a company or other organisation
An internal investigation was conducted
International Tweet Definition of International Like Definition of International on Facebook
proper noun
  1. International Airport, as the shortened form of an airport name.
International Monetary Fund Tweet Definition of International Monetary Fund Like Definition of International Monetary Fund on Facebook
proper noun
  1. the international organization entrusted with overseeing the global financial system by monitoring foreign exchange rates and balance of payments, as well as offering technical and financial assistance when asked.
interpellation Tweet Definition of interpellation Like Definition of interpellation on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) The act of interpelling or interrupting; interruption.
  2. (uncountable) The act of interpose, interposing or intercede, interceding; intercession.
  3. (countable) An act of interpellating, or of demanding of an officer an explanation of his action; imperative or peremptory questioning; a point raised in a debate.
  4. (countable) An official summons or citation.
interposition Tweet Definition of interposition Like Definition of interposition on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of interposing, or the state of being interposed; a being, placing, or coming between; mediation.
  2. The thing interposed.
intervene Tweet Definition of intervene Like Definition of intervene on Facebook
verb (intervenes, intervening, intervened)
  1. To come between, or to be between, persons or things; -- followed by between; as, the Mediterranean intervenes between Europe and Africa.
  2. (rfd-redundant) To occur, fall, or come between, points of time, or events; as, an instant intervened between the flash and the report; nothing intervened ( i. e., between the intention and the execution) to prevent the undertaking.
  3. (rfd-redundant) To interpose; as, to intervene to settle a quarrel.
  4. In a suit to which one has not been made a party, to put forward a defense of one's interest in the subject matter.
intervention Tweet Definition of intervention Like Definition of intervention on Facebook
noun
  1. the action of intervening; interfering in some course of events
interventionism Tweet Definition of interventionism Like Definition of interventionism on Facebook
noun
  1. The political practice of intervene, intervening in a sovereign state's affairs.
  2. The medical practice of trying to prolong someone's life.
Iron Curtain Tweet Definition of Iron Curtain Like Definition of Iron Curtain on Facebook
noun
  1. Cold War term used to describe the dividing line between western Europe and the Soviet controlled regions.
    5 March 1946: From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an "iron curtain" has descended across the Continent. — speech by w:Winston Churchill, Winston Churchill
IRS Tweet Definition of IRS Like Definition of IRS on Facebook
initialism
  1. : The Internal Revenue Service
  2. (engineering) Interface Requirements Specification
isocracy Tweet Definition of isocracy Like Definition of isocracy on Facebook
noun
  1. a form of government where all citizens have equal political power.
isolation Tweet Definition of isolation Like Definition of isolation on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of isolating.
  2. The state of being isolated, detached, or separated.
isolationism Tweet Definition of isolationism Like Definition of isolationism on Facebook
noun
  1. A national (or group) policy of non-interaction with other nations (or groups).
"Before contact was initiated by the West, China employed in their policies."

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