A to Z Challenge: H


Day eight of the A to Z Challenge!

Hebetude 
Definition: the state of being dull : lethargy
Sentence: His wife thought he was suffering from a classic case of hebetude.

Halcyon 
Definition: calm : tranquil : peaceful : happy
Sentence: There was always a halcyon atmosphere amongst the friends.

Hegemony
Definition: the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others.
Sentence: Chinese officials say the purpose of their military modernization is purely defensive and they have no aspirations toward regional hegemony.
                 — Business Week (Jan 10, 2011)

Heterodox
Definition: characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards.
Sentence: You will think these ideas horribly heterodox, but if we all thought alike there would be nothing to write about and nothing to learn.
          —  James Marchant

Hortatory
Definition: giving strong encouragement.
Sentence: For hortatory or inspirational purposes we do not need to make this analysis; it has, indeed, its practical dangers.
            — Durant Drake

Comments

  1. I never knew what Halcyon meant, but I've heard the album by Ellie Golding!

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  2. Very cool theme here--and useful. I'll be back for more :)
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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  3. Hebetude ... so that is what I've been experiencing! Just kidding.

    I'm all for learning new words.

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  4. I'm going to have to remember 'hebetude' so I can throw it into conversation some time. ;-)

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