2016年4月4日 星期一

besotted, striving, quietude, quieten


Work is under way to quieten the successor to Concorde
Quieting the sonic boom could help bring back supersonic flight
ECON.ST



Winchester is besotted with ungrammatical constructions - which defect seems allied to his peculiar strivings for genteel archaism, as when he calls a year a "twelvemonth", or refers to a short rest as a "period of quietude".





Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

I Am a Parcel of Vain Strivings Tied


1I am a parcel of vain strivings tied
2 By a chance bond together,
3Dangling this way and that, their links
4 Were made so loose and wide,
5 Methinks,
6 For milder weather.

quietude 

Pronunciation: /ˈkwʌɪɪtjuːd/ 

NOUN

[MASS NOUN]
A state of stillnesscalmness, and quiet in a person or place:it highlights her quietude and wise passivitymoment of quietude

quieten 

Pronunciation: /ˈkwʌɪət(ə)n/ 

VERB

chiefly British
Make or become quiet and calm:[WITH OBJECT]: her mother was trying to quieten herthings seemed to have quietened down

besotted
adjective
completely in love and therefore likely to behave in an unusual way or be foolish:
He was so completely besotted with her that he couldn't see how badly she treated him.

WordNet: striving
Note: click on a word meaning below to see its connections and related words.
The noun has one meaning:
Meaning #1: an effortful attempt to attain a goal
Synonyms: nisus, pains, strain

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