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Nepenthe

Nepenthe [Leg. & Folk.]   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
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Language reference
Length:
72 words

... [Leg. & Folk.] An Egyptian drug believed to make people forget their sorrows. In the *Odyssey it is used by *Helen and described as ‘a drug that dispelled all grief and anger and banished remembrance of every trouble’. > Anything that causes people to forget grief and anger Beer is a fine nepenthe. It makes us all jolly and forgetful of our troubles. Lynetta Rasmussen A Bay and a Barge ...

Robinson, Marilynne

Robinson, Marilynne (1943– )   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

...and essayist Housekeeping ( 1980 ) Fiction Mother Country: Britain, the Welfare State, and Nuclear Pollution ( 1989 ) Non-Fiction The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought ( 1998 ) Non-Fiction Gilead ( 2004 ) Fiction Home ( 2008 ) Fiction Absence of Mind: The Dispelling of Inwardness from the Modern Myth of the Self ( 2010 ) Non-Fiction When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays ( 2012 ) Non-Fiction Lila ( 2014 ) ...

Security

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

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Current Version:
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...

Bunge, William

Bunge, William (1928)   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Human Geography

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Social sciences, Human Geography
Length:
101 words

...manifesto for geography’s post-1945 Quantitative Revolution . By 1968 , however, he argued for a more political form of scholarship devoted to bettering the lives of the poor and disadvantaged. His Detroit ( 1968 ) and Toronto ( 1973 ) geographical expeditions were designed to dispel the ignorance (as he and co-expeditionists saw it) that most North Americans had about poor inner-city neighbourhoods ( see Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute...

Christian Science

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
Length:
159 words

...and his message is that the power of Mind (Truth, God, Spirit) overcomes illusions of sin, sickness, and death. The followers of Christian Science attempt to end the illusory conflict of mind and body by unceasing prayer and “the understanding of Truth and Love,” which will dispel the belief in disease or the supposition that any evil can emanate from God. The Church of Christ, Scientist, founded at Boston ( 1879 ), since 1892 has been known as the Mother Church. Other churches are self-governing and self-supporting, but all accept Mrs. Eddy 's tenets....

RAINBOW, ‘crossing out’

RAINBOW, ‘crossing out’   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Superstitions

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Society and culture, Customs and Traditions
Length:
176 words

..., ‘crossing out’ 1858 DENHAM North of England ( 1895 , 58) When a schoolboy I recollect that we were wont, on the appearance of a rainbow, to place a couple of straws or twigs on the ground in the form of a +, in order to dispel the sign in the heavens, or, as we termed it, to ‘cross out the rainbow’. 1890 N & Q 7th ser. X 366. You can cross them out … make them go away by making a cross on the ground, like what Christ's cross was … We used to do it when we were children; but I don't do it now. I'm afraid it's wicked. 1948 E. & M. A. RADFORD ...

Śaṅkara

Śaṅkara (788–820 ad)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Philosophy
Length:
152 words

...veil of ignorance on pure unobjectified consciousness. This consciousness is the one reality behind both God (Brahman), who became the world, and the individual (Ātman). Unlike a dream-world which is nullified by ‘practically true’ wakeful experience, the world-appearance is dispelled only by a direct mystical dawning of the ‘transcendentally true’ oneness indicated by such scriptural sentences as ‘You are that’ and ‘All this is Brahman’. Prof. Arindam Chakrabarti Kari Potter (ed.), Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies , iii: Advaita Vedanta (Princeton, NJ,...

Less Economically Developed Country

Less Economically Developed Country   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Human Geography

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Social sciences, Human Geography
Length:
128 words

...Economically Developed Country ( LEDC ) A low-income or economically poorer country; the term is generally applied to countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The inclusion of the adjective ‘economically’ is designed to dispel the notion that such countries are somehow backward or primitive relative to others. LEDC has replaced earlier terms such as Least or Less Developed Country over the past 30 years. The World Bank categorizes countries according to their per capita Gross National Income (GNI) into four groups (see Table 1). Table 1 World Bank...

ingredient labelling

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The Oxford Companion to Wine (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

...labelling . Since detailed specification on labels of ingredients in foodstuffs is mandatory in most major markets, it has been proposed that wine should also be subject to this requirement. Few wine producers are in favour since it would be complicated and could well dispel what is seen as the simple romance of wine—although presumably producers of natural wine may welcome any public airing of the wide array of additives and processing aids used by their more industrial rivals. Even some of the most lauded wines in the world may have to cite ...

Mencía

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The Oxford Companion to Wine (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

...profiling laid to rest the once-popular theory that Mencía and Cabernet Franc were related, but more recently showed that the variety called jaen , or Jaen du Dão, is Mencía. In addition, the rediscovery by young winemakers of old, low-yielding hillside plots of Mencía has dispelled the notion that this variety necessarily produces light reds since wines of great concentration and complexity have emerged from these forgotten vineyards on deep schists and produced a priorat -like revolution in the region. It was the fertile plains on which Mencía was...

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