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agenda n. pl. a·gen·das
1. A list or program of things to be done or considered: “
They share with them an agenda beyond the immediate goal of democratization
of the electoral process ” Daniel
Sneider 2. A plural of
agendum . [Latin, pl.
of agendum agendum "that which must be done"; See agendum
n. pl. a·gen·da ( -d…)
also a·gen·dums 1. Something
to be done, especially an item on a program or list. [Latin, neuter
gerundive of agere to do; See ag- in
animus n. 1.
An attitude that informs one's actions; disposition. 2.
A feeling of animosity; ill will. See note at enmity
. 3. In Jungian psychology, the masculine inner personality as
present in women.
n. used with a sing. verb 1.
A collection; an aggregation: “ Our city, it should be
explained, is two cities, or more —an urban mass or congeries divided by
the river ” John Updike [Latin congeri¶s
from congerere to heap up; See congest
consensus n. 1. An
opinion or position reached by a group as a whole or by majority will: The
voters' consensus was that the measure should be adopted. 2.
General agreement or accord: government by consensus. n.
attributive. 1. Often used
to modify another noun: consensus politics; consensus management. [Latin,
from past participle of c½nsentºreto
agree; See consent ]
n. pl. cor·ri·gen·da
error to be corrected, especially a printer's error. 2. corrigenda A list of errors in a book along with their
corrections. [Latin, neuter gerundive of corrigere to correct; See correct
pl. cre·dos 1. A creed. 2.
Credo a. The Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed. b.
The musical setting for the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed,
as in a choral Mass. [Middle English the Apostles' Creed from Latin credo
I believe (the first word of the Apostles' Creed or the Nicene Creed),
first person sing. present tense of credere
to believe; See kerd- in
n. pl. crux·es or cru·ces 1. The basic, central, or critical point or feature: the crux of
the matter; the crux of an argument. 2. A puzzling or apparently
insoluble problem. [Probably short for Medieval Latin crux (interpretum) torment
(of interpreters)from Latin crux cross]
dic·tums 1. An authoritative, often formal, pronouncement: “
He cites Augustine's dictum that ‘ If you understand it, it is not God
’” Joseph Sobran [Latin,
from neuter past participle of dico
say; See deik- in Indo-European
A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of
vapor or gas.
A byproduct or residue; waste.
The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter.
An impalpable emanation; an aura. [Latin from
effluere to flow out;
1. Spoken, carried out, or composed with little or no preparation or
forethought. [Latin ex tempore ex of; See ex- tempore ,
ablative of tempus time]
Without charge. [Middle English from Latin
gratis out of kindness, free. See
2 in Indo-European Roots.]
n. Abbr. int.
1. An interval of time between one event, process, or period and
another. adj. 1. Belonging to, serving during, or taking place during an
intermediate interval of time; temporary: an interim agreement.
[From Latin in the meantime; See en in
pl. mi·nu·ti·ae 1. A small or trivial detail: "
the minutiae of experimental and mathematical procedure " Frederick
Turner [From Late Latin min¿tiae petty details from Latin min¿tia
smallness from min¿tus small; See minute 2 ]
n. 1. A long motor
vehicle for passengers; a bus. 2. A
printed anthology of the works of one author or of writings on related
subjects. adj. 1. Including
or covering many things or classes: an omnibus trade bill. [French
from Latin for all, dative pl. of omnis all; See op-
1. A formal summary of a
proposed venture or project: She rewrote the prospectus of her
dissertation three times before it was approved. 2.
A document describing the chief features of something, such as a
business, an educational program, or especially a stock offering or mutual
fund, for prospective buyers, investors, or participants. [Latin pr½spectus
distant view; See prospect