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

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Subject Reference
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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Subject Reference
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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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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

Gurzil Dispels the Darkness

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A Dictionary of African Mythology

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

...Dispels the Darkness (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, and a dispeller of darkness. In his solar aspect, he was identified with the two-horned Carthaginian Baal Hammon. He was not a major deity of cultivation or fertility, but rather a god of prophecy, a seer whose associations were with the departed, and whose—at times—enthroned, faceless mass appeared to represent the image of the deceased in a seated posture,...

dispeller

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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,...

Consumerism

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
3,809 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...toys, games, and jigsaw puzzles for children had become common. Not least, diet was more varied, with a greater range of fruit and vegetables. People owned more changes of clothes, particularly with the growing availability of cheaper calicoes and cottons. Efficient oil-lamps dispelled the age-old stygian gloom; gas lighting arrived with the new century, soon to be followed by railway travel and the electric telegraph. Outside the home, urban space was being spruced up. In many towns, straight, well-demarcated streets replaced the labyrinthine old warrens of...

Richard Duke of York

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Randall Martin, Will Sharpe, and Anthony Davies

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
2,705 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...but emphasized the providential triumph of the Tudors, foreshadowed by Henry’s prophecy over Richmond in 4.7. But Tillyard and others depressed critical interest in Richard Duke of York by claiming that Shakespeare was uninspired when writing it. The modern stage has dispelled this view, while revisionist critics have observed how little Richard Duke of York supports Tillyard’s unifying vision of controlling providential order. More apparent is an early modern focus on the dangers of divided succession and dynastic factionalism, and the vision of an...

Literary Theory

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
4,935 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...to Peacock, ‘a semi-barbarian in a civilized community’ because his craft belongs in a society where imagination and feeling are the only index to reality. Where Wordsworth turns to the poet to heal wounds inflicted by civilization, Peacock turns to the scientist and historian to dispel the merely subjective pronouncements of the poet. For Peacock, the literature of knowledge acts on the literature of power as an agent of disenchantment, a position which * Byron sketched in his suppressed Preface to Don Juan ( 1819–24 ) and put into practice in the rest of...

Landscape History: The Countryside

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The Oxford Companion to Family and Local History (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, Local and Family History
Length:
6,151 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...no weaker than the inferences which historians are frequently forced to make from oblique or patchy documentary evidence, yet it must be added that they are still mistrusted in some circles, perhaps because some practitioners have erred on the wild side. That mistrust would be dispelled if we were able to construct a typological atlas of landscape evidence, explaining each category, its value, and the limits of the inferences which may be drawn from it. The writing of landscape history also poses challenges. One poor type of writing is the catalogue. For...

Romeo and Juliet

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Michael Dobson, Anthony Davies, and Will Sharpe

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare studies and criticism, Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
4,098 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
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...for Mantua before the setting of the Watch. 3.4 Capulet agrees with his wife and Paris that Juliet shall marry Paris the following Thursday. 3.5 Early the following morning Romeo reluctantly parts from Juliet, descending from her window. Her mother brings Juliet the news that, to dispel the sorrow they attribute to Tybalt’s death, she is to marry Paris: Capulet arrives and, angry at Juliet’s refusal, threatens to disown her unless she agrees to the match. After her parents’ departure, the Nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris. Juliet feigns to agree, but resolves...

excel

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
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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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016

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

Kaṇkhāvitaraṇī

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A Dictionary of Buddhism

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Religion
Length:
21 words

...(Pāli, the dispeller of doubts). A commentary composed by Buddhaghoṣa on the code of disciplinary rules for monks ( Prātimokṣa...

knee-elbow position

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Concise Medical Dictionary (9 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Medicine and health
Length:
30 words

...position the buttocks-up position assumed by patients undergoing anorectal examinations, now commonly performed in the left lateral position. It is useful for helping patients dispel excess flatus following...

thogchag

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Archaeology, History
Length:
59 words

...[Ar] Tibetan talisman made of bronze or meteoric iron worn around the neck, in amulet pouches, or tied to religious items to dispel evil and attract good. Thogchags are believed to have been magically formed and to have fallen from the sky. Some are used by shamans; the earliest known examples date back to the 3rd millennium bc...

albariño

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The Diner’s Dictionary (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...which means literally in Spanish ‘white (wine) from the Rhine’. It was probably brought to Spain in the twelfth century by Cluniac monks, and may well be a clone of the riesling grape. Its fresh, fragrant style helped considerably towards the end of the twentieth century in dispelling the negative image of Spanish white wines as heavy, over-oaked, and often...

Spinoza, Baruch

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World Encyclopedia

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
84 words

...Christianity and eventually flee to the relative religious freedom of the Netherlands. Spinoza argued that all mind and matter were modes of the one key substance, which he called either God or Nature. In Ethics ( 1677 ), he held that free will was an illusion that would be dispelled by man's recognition that every event has a...

Clements, E.C.

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The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Music
Length:
83 words

...the judicial service ( 1898–1928 ) of the old Bombay Province. Clements, along with K.B. Deval , founded the Philharmonic Society of Western India in 1912 . He was in close contact with V.N. Bhatkhande and other stalwarts. His work is a pioneering modern statement aimed at dispelling Western prejudices about Indian...

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