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icon Tweet Definition of icon Like Definition of icon on Facebook
noun
  1. An image, picture, or other representation.
  2. A religious painting, often done on wooden panels.
  3. A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.
That man is an in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.
  1. A small picture which represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
  2. (linguistics): A type of noun whereby the form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoetic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.
iconostasis Tweet Definition of iconostasis Like Definition of iconostasis on Facebook
noun
  1. a wall of icons between the sanctuary and the knave in an Eastern Orthodox church
IHS Tweet Definition of IHS Like Definition of IHS on Facebook
initialism
  1. w:Indian Health Service, Indian Health Service - a Federal US agency.
Illuminati Tweet Definition of Illuminati Like Definition of Illuminati on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (plural) Any of various societies, sects or other people claiming religious or intellectual enlightenment
  2. (plural) An alleged global, elite, secret society which has as its ultimate objective the subjugation of humanity (world domination or New World Order)
The methods of control used by "Ming the Merciless, Rules of the Universe" in the 1980 film Flash Gordon are a metaphor for what some perceive to be the influence of the on the real world.
Immaculate Conception Tweet Definition of Immaculate Conception Like Definition of Immaculate Conception on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The doctrine, in the Roman Catholic Church, that the Virgin Mary was conceived free from original sin
  2. December 8th (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)
immersion Tweet Definition of immersion Like Definition of immersion on Facebook
noun
  1. the act of immersing or the condition of being immersed
  2. the total submerging of a person in water as an act of baptism
impediment Tweet Definition of impediment Like Definition of impediment on Facebook
noun
  1. A hindrance. That which impedes or hinders progress.
Working in a noisy factory left him with a slight hearing .
imprimatur Tweet Definition of imprimatur Like Definition of imprimatur on Facebook
noun (pl2=imprimantur)
  1. An official license to publish or print something, especially when censorship applies.
  2. (context, by extension) Any mark of official approval.
incarnation Tweet Definition of incarnation Like Definition of incarnation on Facebook
noun
  1. An incarnate being or form.
  2. A living being embodying a deity or spirit.
  3. An assumption of human form or nature.
  4. (Theology) the Incarnation The doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ and is fully divine and fully human.
  5. A person or thing regarded as embodying or exhibiting some quality, idea, or the like
The leading dancer is the of grace.
  1. The act of incarnating.
  2. The state of being incarnated.
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
indulgence Tweet Definition of indulgence Like Definition of indulgence on Facebook
noun
  1. the act of indulging
  2. tolerance
  3. catering to someone's every desire
  4. something in which someone indulges
  5. (Roman Catholic Church) a pardon or release from the expectation of punishment in purgatory, after the sinner has been granted absolution
verb (indulgenc, ing)
  1. (transitive) (Roman Catholic Church) to provide with an indulgence
inerrancy Tweet Definition of inerrancy Like Definition of inerrancy on Facebook
noun
  1. Freedom from error.
    Biblical - the belief that the Bible is without error
infallible Tweet Definition of infallible Like Definition of infallible on Facebook
adjective
  1. Without fault or weakness; incapable of error or fallacy.
    He knows about many things, but even he is not .
    The pope is .
infidel Tweet Definition of infidel Like Definition of infidel on Facebook
nounn
  1. A non-believer of a certain religion
  2. One who does not believe in a certain principle
  3. One with no religious beliefs.
infidelity Tweet Definition of infidelity Like Definition of infidelity on Facebook
noun (plural:infidelities)
  1. unfaithfulness in marriage or other moral obligation
  2. lack of religious belief
infinite Tweet Definition of infinite Like Definition of infinite on Facebook
adjective
  1. boundless, Boundless, endless, without end or limits, uncountable, innumerable.
  2. (mathematics) A number which is larger than any given number.
  3. (figuratively) Very large.
infralapsarianism Tweet Definition of infralapsarianism Like Definition of infralapsarianism on Facebook
nounInfralapsarianism
  1. (theology) A doctrine held by certain Calvinists holding that, while the fall of man was inevitable, the identities of the elect and the reprobate were not known until after the fall.
inhibition Tweet Definition of inhibition Like Definition of inhibition on Facebook
noun
  1. the act of inhibiting.
  2. the state of being inhibited.
  3. something that inhibits.
institute Tweet Definition of institute Like Definition of institute on Facebook
noun
  1. An organization founded to promote a cause
    • A medical research
      1. A institution of learning; a college, especially for technical subjects
      2. The building housing such an institution
insufflate Tweet Definition of insufflate Like Definition of insufflate on Facebook
verb (insufflat, ing)
  1. (transitive) To breathe or blow into or on.
  2. (context, transitive, medicine) To treat by blowing a gas, vapor, or powder into a body cavity.
  3. (context, transitive, medicine) To inhale (a powder etc.).
    • 2001: Cocaine is usually taken by insufflating the white powdered cocaine sulphate into the nose, which leads to rapid absorption of the drug into the bloodstream. " Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001, p. 98)
      1. (context, transitive, ecclesiastical) To exhale upon baptismal water, or the one being baptised, as a ritual act.
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")      
interdict Tweet Definition of interdict Like Definition of interdict on Facebook
noun
  1. A papal decree prohibiting the administration of the sacraments from a political entity under the power of a single person (e.g., a king or an oligarchy with similar powers). Exteme unction/Anointing of the sick are excepted.
verb
  1. (transitive) To forbid by church or legal sanction.
  2. (transitive) To damage, interrupt or destroy enemy lines of communication.
  3. (transitive) (Roman Catholic) to exclude a person or geographical area from participation in church symbolism and services.
  4. (transitive) To exclude from church sacraments including burial.
  5. To invoke a prohibition against contact with another.
interim Tweet Definition of interim Like Definition of interim on Facebook
noun
  1. A transitional or temporary period between other events.
    His car is in the shop, but they gave him a rental to drive in the .
adjective
  1. transitional
Iraq's government is .
  1. temporary
You are manager until he returns from hospital.
interstice Tweet Definition of interstice Like Definition of interstice on Facebook
noun
  1. (noun form very rare): a small opening or space between objects, especially adjacent objects or objects set closely together, as between cords in a rope or components of a multiconductor electrical cable or between atoms in a crystal. "The part that is not there."
    Quotation
    • 1999 That he ran the risk of blowing out the stained-glass windows was of no consequence since no one liked them anyway, and the paper mill fumes were gnawing at the interstitial lead. - Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon.
      1. an interval of time required by the Roman Catholic Church between the attainment of different degrees of an order.
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introit Tweet Definition of introit Like Definition of introit on Facebook
noun
  1. The action of entering or going in; an entrance.
  2. A psalm sung or chanted immediately before the collect, epistle, and gospel, and while the priest is entering within the rails of the altar.
  3. A part of a psalm or other portion of the Scripture read by the priest at Mass immediately after ascending to the altar.
  4. An anthem or psalm sung before the Communion service.
  5. Any composition of vocal music appropriate to the opening of church services.
irenics Tweet Definition of irenics Like Definition of irenics on Facebook
noun
  1. irenical theology, Irenical theology, opposed to polemics.

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