Saturday, April 18, 2015
A to Z Challenge: P
Definition: hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists.
Sentence: The city fathers speak of binglang as if it were a panacea for all of Xiangtan’s ills, from curing tapeworm to solving unemployment.
— New York Times (Aug 20, 2010)
Definition: excessively unwilling to spend.
Sentence: In allusion to greedy, parsimonious people, who would rather be put to a great deal of trouble than incur a trifling expense.
— Alexander Hislop
Definition: the principles and methods of instruction.
Sentence: What type of pedagogy, or teaching method, makes me thrive?
— New York Times (Jan 13, 2011)
Definition: tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans.
Sentence: Any one who studied her treacherous and perfidious countenance would detect therein craft and cruelty.
— Eugène Sue
Definition: lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful.
Sentence: The public is pusillanimous and cowardly, because it is weak.
— Ernest Rhys