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Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

Subject: Religion

(Libya) Gurzil, the sun god, was worshiped among the Huwwara of Tripolitania well into the eleventh century, long after the Arab conquest. This deity was a protector, a guide, ...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016

... . So spelled—not ✳dispell . Cf. excel , expel & extol . Current ratio:...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
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10 words

... XVII. — L. dispellere , f. DIS- 1 + pellere ...

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Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (3 ed.)

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2015

... means ‘to drive away in different directions, to disperse’, and is used literally with reference to fog, mist, clouds, and so on and (more commonly) with generalized abstract nouns ( dispel fear / dispel myths / dispel notions / dispel suspicions ). It is less idiomatic to use dispel with a singular countable entity that cannot be regarded as divisible, such as an accusation or rumour; in these cases alternatives such as rebut , refute , etc. are often...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2015

...dispel means to drive away in different directions, to disperse, and is used literally ( dispel clouds, fog , etc.) and with generalized abstract nouns ( dispel fear, notions, suspicions , etc.). It is not idiomatically used with an indivisible entity as object ( dispel an accusation, a rumour , etc.); other verbs ( rebut, refute , etc.) are available for such...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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157 words

... • Adele , Aix-la-Chapelle, aquarelle, artel, au naturel, bagatelle, béchamel, befell, bell, belle, boatel, Brunel, Cadell, carousel, cartel, cell, Chanel, chanterelle, clientele, Clonmel, compel, Cornell, crime passionnel, dell, demoiselle, dispel, dwell, el, ell, Estelle, excel, expel, farewell, fell, Fidel, fontanelle, foretell, Gabrielle, gazelle, gel, Giselle, hell, hotel, impel, knell, lapel, mademoiselle, maître d'hôtel, Manuel, marcel, matériel, mesdemoiselles, Michel, Michelle, Miguel, misspell, morel, moschatel, Moselle, motel, muscatel,...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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Length:
170 words

... • Allah , calla, Caracalla, Haller, inshallah, pallor, Valhalla, valour ( US valor), Whyalla • gabbler , tabla • ambler , gambler, rambler, scrambler • Adler , saddler • handler • angler , dangler, strangler, wrangler • tackler • trampler • antler • dazzler • Carla , challah, Douala, gala, Guatemala, Gujranwala, impala, kabbala, Kampala, koala, La Scala, Lingala, Mahler, Marsala, masala, nyala, parlour ( US parlor), Sinhala, snarler, tala, tambala, Uppsala • garbler • chandler • sparkler • sampler • a cappella , Arabella, Bella,...

Chalcedony

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...] A precious stone, consisting of half-transparent quartz: so called from Chalcedon, in Asia Minor, where it was first found. Its chief varieties are agate, carnelian, cat’s -eye, chrysoprase, flint, hornstone, onyx, plasma, and sard. Albertus Magnus (book i. chap. 2) says: ‘It dispels illusions and all vain imaginations. If hung about the neck as a charm, it is a defence against enemies, and keeps the body healthful and vigorous. from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable ( 1896...

Security

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...Security blanket Something that dispels anxiety, such as an appointment diary carried on the person. The expression evolved in the 1960s from the blanket or piece of cloth held by a young child to reduce anxiety. An entirely different security blanket is an official sanction imposed on information to maintain secrecy on a particular matter. Security risk Governmental security is concerned with the prevention of leakages of confidential information, and ‘a security risk’ denotes a person of questionable loyalty, whose background and associations make...

Break

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

...To complete the greatest or hardest part of a difficult task. Break the bank, To To ruin financially, especially through a successful gambling move. ‘To break the bank at Monte Carlo’ is a more colourful version of the phrase. Break the ice, To To be the first to do something; to dispel the stiffness and reserve of a first meeting or conversation. The allusion is to the breaking of a path in the ice to enable a ship to proceed. Break the mould, To To change from one’s usual habits. In former times an artist would break the mould of a high-quality cast so that it...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016

.... So spelled—not ✳excell . Cf. dispel , expel & extol . Current ratio:...

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