By ROBERT F. WORTH and ERIC SCHMITT
The decision to shut some American diplomatic posts in the Middle East has prompted gloating among jihadists and criticism by some officials who say the Obama administration overreacted.
Diplomatic entreaties to the Chinese government have been brushed aside. Foreign reporters who ask about his plight have been treated to glib retorts.
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And let me close with another thought. I am far from glib about the economy. It has a lot of pitfalls facing it. As workers and investors, we know that many dangers lurk in our paths.
The seeds of that notion were planted during the newly prosperous postwar years. Happiness then was not some hard-won spiritual attainment. In Don’s glib assessment, it was rather “the smell of a new car ... freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of the road that screams: ‘Whatever you’re doing, is O.K. You are O.K.’ ”
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Serena Williams resorted to the language of glib self-forgiveness after her outburst Saturday cost her match point.
adjective glibber, glibbest
speaking or spoken in a confident and persuasive way but without honesty or careful consideration:
He's a glib, self-centred man.
No one was convinced by his glib answers/explanations.
He spoke glibly about an economic recovery just around the corner.
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːstɪk, ˈkɒst-/adjective
Origin:late Middle English: via Latin from Greek kaustikos, from kaustos 'combustible', from kaiein 'to burn'
noun[in singular] informal
Origin:late 16th century: of unknown origin; perhaps related to Old Norse glotta 'to grin' and Middle High German glotzen 'to stare'. The original sense was 'give a sideways or furtive look', hence 'cast amorous or admiring glances'; the current sense dates from the mid 18th century
1 [I usually + adverb or preposition] to wait or move in a secret way so that you cannot be seen, especially because you are about to attack someone or do something wrong:
Someone was lurking in the shadows.
Why are you lurking about in the corridor?
2 [I usually + adverb or preposition] (of an unpleasant feeling or quality) to exist although it is not always noticeable:
Danger lurks around every corner.
It seems that old prejudices are still lurking beneath the surface.
3 [I] INFORMAL to enter a chat room (= an address on the Internet where people can talk to each other using email) and read other people's messages without allowing them to know you are present
I have some lurking doubts (= doubts which will not go completely away) about whether Simon is really capable of doing this job.
She said she had a lurking suspicion (= she had a very slight feeling) that he wasn't telling the truth.
v., -tort·ed, -tort·ing, -torts. v.tr.
- To reply, especially to answer in a quick, caustic, or witty manner. See synonyms at answer.
- To present a counterargument to.
- To return in kind; pay back.
- To make a reply, especially a quick, caustic, or witty one.
- To present a counterargument.
- To return like for like; retaliate.
- A quick incisive reply, especially one that turns the first speaker's words to his or her own disadvantage.
- The act or an instance of retorting.
[Latin retorquēre, retort-, to bend back, retort : re-, re- + torquēre, to bend, twist.]