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dame Tweet Definition of dame Like Definition of dame on Facebook
noun (plural:dames)
  1. (archaic) lady, woman
  2. the equivalent title to Sir for a female knight
Dame Edith Sitwell
  1. (colloquial) slightly derogatory way of referring to a woman
"There ain't nothin' like a dame!" (South Pacific)
damn Tweet Definition of damn Like Definition of damn on Facebook
noun
  1. The use of "damn" as a curse.
  2. An small quantity.
I don't give a
verb
  1. (context, transitive, theology) To condemn to hell.
The official position is that anyone who does this will be damned for all eternity.
  1. (transitive) To put out of favor; to ruin.
I'm afraid that if I speak out on this, I'll be damned as a troublemaker.
  1. (transitive) To condemn as of poor quality, harmful, unfit or illegal.
  2. (transitive) To swear or curse.
adjective
  1. (blasphemous, profane) Generic intensifier .
Shut the door!
damnation Tweet Definition of damnation Like Definition of damnation on Facebook
noun
  1. The state of being damned; condemnation; openly expressed disapprobation.
  2. Condemnation to everlasting punishment in the future state, or the punishment itself.
datary Tweet Definition of datary Like Definition of datary on Facebook
noun
  1. an officer in the Roman Catholic Church who dispensed benefices
  2. a place where dates are stored and processed
deacon Tweet Definition of deacon Like Definition of deacon on Facebook
noun
  1. (Church History) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).
  2. A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.
  3. (Nonconformist) An officer appointed with responsibility for secular matters relating to a congregation.
  4. (freemasonry) A junior Lodge officer.
deaconess Tweet Definition of deaconess Like Definition of deaconess on Facebook
noun
  1. A female deacon.
death Tweet Definition of death Like Definition of death on Facebook
noun
  1. The cessation of life and all associated processes. The end of an organism's existence as an independent entity from its environment and its return to an inert, nonliving state.
The of my grandmother saddened the whole family.
  1. The personification of death as a hooded figure with a scythe; the Grim Reaper.
When walked in, a chill spread through the room.
debt Tweet Definition of debt Like Definition of debt on Facebook
noun
  1. An action, state of mind, or object one has an obligation to perform for another, adopt toward another, or give to another.
    • 1589, w:William_Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, act 1, sc. 3,
    • :Revenge the jeering and disdain'd contempt
    • :Of this proud king, who studies day and night
    • :To answer all the he owes to you
    • :Even with the bloody payment of your deaths.
    • 1850, w:Nathaniel_Hawthorne, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, ch. 14,
    • :This long of confidence, due from me to him, whose bane and ruin I have been, shall at length be paid.
      1. The state or condition of owing something to another.
      ''I am in your .
      1. Money that one person or entity owes or is required to pay to another, generally as a result of a loan or other financial transaction.
    • 1919, w:Upton_Sinclair, Upton Sinclair, Jimmie Higgins, ch. 15,
    • :Bolsheviki had repudiated the four-billion-dollar which the government of the Tsar had contracted with the bankers.
decree Tweet Definition of decree Like Definition of decree on Facebook
noun
  1. An edict or law.
(Decrees)
  1. (legal): The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.
  2. (legal): The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty, or a court of probate.
  • Note: It is accurate to use the word judgment for a decision of a court of law, and from a court of equity, although the former term now includes both.
verb (decree, d)
  1. To command by a decree.
defrock Tweet Definition of defrock Like Definition of defrock on Facebook
verb
  1. To formally remove the rights and authority of a member of the clergy.
The defrocked priest may no longer perform rites.
Deism Tweet Definition of Deism Like Definition of Deism on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 Ety section)
  1. The religious philosophy and movement that became prominent in England, France, and the United States in the 17th and 18th centuries that rejects supernatural events (prophecy, miracles) and divine revelation prominent in organized religion, along with holy books and revealed religions that assert the existence of such things.
  2. (alternative spelling of, deism)
deist Tweet Definition of deist Like Definition of deist on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who believes in deism
adjective
  1. of or relating to deism
deity Tweet Definition of deity Like Definition of deity on Facebook
noun (deit, ies)
  1. (context, religion) The essential nature of a god, divinity.
  2. (context, religion) A powerful entity that possesses numerous miraculous powers (e.g. a god or goddess).
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denomination Tweet Definition of denomination Like Definition of denomination on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) The act of naming or designating.
  2. (countable) That by which anything is denominated or styled; an epithet; a name, designation, or title; especially, a general name indicating a class of like individuals; a category; as, the denomination of units, or of thousands, or of fourths, or of shillings, or of tons.
  3. (countable) A class, or society of individuals, called by the same name; a sect; as, a denomination of Christians.
  4. (countable) a unit in a series of units of weight, money, etc
::What is that money? They are all 50 euro notes.
denominational Tweet Definition of denominational Like Definition of denominational on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to a denomination
deprivation Tweet Definition of deprivation Like Definition of deprivation on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) The act of depriving, dispossessing, or bereaving; the act of deposing or divesting of some dignity.
  2. (uncountable) The state of being deprived; privation; loss; want; bereavement.
  3. (countable) The taking away from a clergyman his benefice, or other spiritual promotion or dignity.
    1. (context, followed by "of") lack
    He was suffering from of sleep.
deprive Tweet Definition of deprive Like Definition of deprive on Facebook
verb (depriv, ing)
  1. To take something away (and keep it away); deny someone of something.
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 260a.
    • : If we had been deprived of it, the most serious consequence would be that we'd be deprived of philosophy.
devil's advocate Tweet Definition of devil Like Definition of devil
noun
  1. (idiomatic) One who debates from a view which they may not actually hold, usually to determine its validity, or simply for the sake of argument.
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) A canon lawyer appointed by the Church to argue against the canonization of the proposed candidate.
devotion Tweet Definition of devotion Like Definition of devotion on Facebook
noun (countable and uncountable, plural devotions)
  1. The act or state of devoting or being devoted
  2. Feelings of strong or fervent affection; dedication
  3. Religious veneration, zeal, or piety
  4. (ecclesiastical) A prayer (often found in the plural)
devotional Tweet Definition of devotional Like Definition of devotional on Facebook
noun
  1. A devotional piece of music or writing.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to devotion or worship (usually religious).
She spent much time playing music.
diocesan Tweet Definition of diocesan Like Definition of diocesan on Facebook
adjective
  1. relating to a diocese
  2. someone or something under the control of the bishop of a diocese (e.g., a diocesan school, or a diocesan priest as opposed to a priest belonging to a religious order)
diocese Tweet Definition of diocese Like Definition of diocese on Facebook
noun
  1. in Christian religions, a region administered by a bishop
dirge Tweet Definition of dirge Like Definition of dirge on Facebook
noun
  1. A mournful poem or piece of music composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
Discalced Tweet Definition of Discalced Like Definition of Discalced on Facebook
adjective
  1. (context, certain relegions only) shoeless; barefoot; without shoes on; wearing sandal, sandals rather than shoes.
Brother John is a member of the Carmelites.
Disciple Tweet Definition of Disciple Like Definition of Disciple on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of the followers of Jesus Christ.
  2. One of the twelve disciples of Jesus sent out as Apostles.
discipline Tweet Definition of discipline Like Definition of discipline on Facebook
noun
  1. controlled behaviour; self-control
  2. enforced compliance or control
  3. a systematic method of obtaining obedience
  4. a state of order based on submission to authority
  5. punishment intended to train
  6. a set of rules regulating behaviour
  7. a specific branch or knowledge or learning
  8. flagellation as a means of obtaining sexual gratification
  9. a category in which a certain sport belongs, or a sub-category of said sport.
verb (disciplin, ing)
  1. (transitive) To train someone by instruction and practice.
  2. (transitive) To teach someone to obey authority.
  3. (transitive) To punish someone in order to gain control.
  4. (transitive) To impose order on someone.
dispense Tweet Definition of dispense Like Definition of dispense on Facebook
verb (dispenses, dispensing, dispensed, dispensed)
  1. To issue, distribute, or put out.
The vending machine dispensed the coffee before the cup.
  1. To eliminate or do without.
I wish he would with the pleasantries and get to the point.
dissenter Tweet Definition of dissenter Like Definition of dissenter on Facebook
noun
  1. someone who dissents (dissagrees), especially from an established church
diurnal Tweet Definition of diurnal Like Definition of diurnal on Facebook
noun
  1. A flower that opens only in the day
  2. A book containing canonical offices but not matins
  3. (dated) A diary or journal.
  4. (dated) A daily news publication.
adjective
  1. Occurring daily
  2. Primarily active during the day.
  3. (botany) Open during daylight hours, closed at night
  4. Repeated or recurring daily. Having a daily cycle of completed actions in 24 hours and recurring every 24 hours. Thus, most reference is made to diurnal tasks, cycles, tides, or sunrise to sunset.
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divine Tweet Definition of divine Like Definition of divine on Facebook
noun
  1. a theologian or cleric
  2. (the Divine) a metaphor for a deity, especially the Christian one.
verb (divines, divining, divined)
  1. (transitive) to foretell (something), especially by the use of divination
  2. (transitive) to guess (something)
    • 2005, w:Plato, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. w:Stephanus pagination, 250c.
    • : I suppose that we truly are divining that what is is some third thing when we say that change and stability are.
      1. (transitive) to search for (underground objects or water) using a divining rod
adjective
  1. of or pertaining to a god
  2. eternal, holy, or otherwise supernatural.
  3. of superhuman or surpassing excellence
  4. beautiful, heavenly
Divine Liturgy Tweet Definition of Divine Liturgy Like Definition of Divine Liturgy on Facebook
noun
  1. The Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic eucharistic service.
divinity Tweet Definition of divinity Like Definition of divinity on Facebook
noun (divinities, -)
  1. (uncountable) The property of being divine, of being like a god or God.
  2. (countable) A deity (a god, goddess or God).
  3. (uncountable) The study of religion or religions.
    Harvard Divinity School has been teaching theology since 1636.
docetism Tweet Definition of docetism Like Definition of docetism on Facebook
noun
  1. (Christianity) The belief (considered a heresy by some early Christians) that Jesus only appeared to have a physical body and was ultimately of celestial substance.
Doctor Tweet Definition of Doctor Like Definition of Doctor on Facebook
noun
  1. The title of a doctor (whether medical or academic) used before the doctor's name. Abbreviation: Dr, Dr.
    • The students asked to see Jones.
    • Smith carried out the medical procedure.
dogma Tweet Definition of dogma Like Definition of dogma on Facebook
noun (pluraldogmas or dogmata)
(
wikipedia, Dogma)
  1. A doctrine or a set of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an authoritative manner by a church.
  2. An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true.
domination Tweet Definition of domination Like Definition of domination on Facebook
noun
  1. The act of dominating; exercise of power in ruling; dominion; supremacy; authority; often, arbitrary or insolent way.
dominical Tweet Definition of dominical Like Definition of dominical on Facebook
adjective
  1. (rare) Pertaining to the day of of the Lord (i.e., Jesus): Sunday.
  2. Pertaining the dominical letter, an ancient system for determining Sundays in any given year, and especially, Easter Sunday.
Dominion Tweet Definition of Dominion Like Definition of Dominion on Facebook
noun
  1. any of the self-governing nations of the British Commonwealth
donatist Tweet Definition of donatist Like Definition of donatist on Facebook
noun
  1. (Christianity) A follower of Donatus Magnus or one who supports the heresy donatism.
Doom Tweet Definition of Doom Like Definition of Doom on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A popular first-person shooter video game that has spawned multiple sequels. A historic game in that it was one of the first of its kind, looked upon by many to be the metaphorical father of the genre.
doomsday Tweet Definition of doomsday Like Definition of doomsday on Facebook
noun
  1. The day when God is expected to judge the world, at the end of the world; the Day of Judgement; the day of the Last Judgment.
  2. Any day of decisive judgement or final dissolution.
adjective
  1. Concerned with or predicting future universal destruction; the doomsday issue of all-out nuclear war.
  2. Given to or marked by forebodings or predictions of impending calamity.
  3. Capable of causing widespread or total destruction; doomsday weapon.
doorkeeper Tweet Definition of doorkeeper Like Definition of doorkeeper on Facebook
noun
  1. The person in charge of an entryway, sometimes just a doorman, sometimes something more.
1920 The manager at Carnegie Hall was told to get another usher in his stead; the at the theatre was warned not to admit him to the house; and Charley Edwards remorsefully promised the boy's father not to see him again. " Willa Cather, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=147159268&tag=Cather,+Willa+Sibert:+Youth+and+the+Bright+Medusa,+1920&query=doorkeeper&id=CatMedu Youth and the Bright Medusa.''
dorsal Tweet Definition of dorsal Like Definition of dorsal on Facebook
adjective
  1. (anatomy) With respect to, or concerning the side in which the backbone is located.
  2. (context, of a knife) Having only one sharp side.
  3. An anatomical term referring to the top surface of either foot and/or hand.
doxology Tweet Definition of doxology Like Definition of doxology on Facebook
noun
  1. An expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service.
druid Tweet Definition of druid Like Definition of druid on Facebook
noun
  1. One of an order of priests which in ancient times existed among certain branches of the Celtic race, especially among the Gauls and Britons.
dunker Tweet Definition of dunker Like Definition of dunker on Facebook
noun
  1. One of a religious denomination whose tenets and practices are mainly those of the Baptists, but partly those of the Quakers. Slang, often used on internet discussion boards. tr.v. To inflict unsparing, harsh, or strict punishment in return for (injury or insult). To seek or take harsh vengeance for any wrong.

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