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

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Current Version:
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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Current Version:
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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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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

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

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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Language reference
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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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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Language reference
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,...

excel

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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:...

expel

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016

.... So spelled—not ✳expell . Cf. dispel , excel & extol . Current ratio:...

predominant

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
177 words

.... In good usage, predominate is the verb, predominant the adjective. Readers may be confused by predominate as an adjective because it is the same form as the verb, so predominant should be reserved for this job—e.g.: • “Jazz must still undergo [de-ghettoizing] to dispel the predominate [read predominant ] images of it as banal happy-time entertainment and primitive, spontaneous emotionalism.” Peter Watrous , “Finally, a Lincoln Center for American Music,” N.Y. Times , 20 Jan. 1991 , § 2, at 28. • “In Pittsburgh, our predominate [read ...

extol

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
251 words

...is so spelled—e.g.: “Now [Justin] Raimondo runs a Web site called antiwar.com, in which he extols the good old days of the America First Movement.” Ronald Radosh , “The Red and the Brown,” Boston Globe , 13 Oct. 2002 , at D1. The word is sometimes misspelled ✳extoll . Cf. dispel , excel & expel . Occasionally the word is misused as if to mean “condemn highly”—e.g.: • “Unfortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is publishing a new book in December, Guide to Your Child's Sleep , that extols [read warns about ] the dangers of the family...

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