L.P.G.A. golfers paint the president as a respectful supporter of women, a picture that contrasts with his record of degrading comments, our columnist writes.
Where should Croatia and Slovenia draw the line?
To the uninitiated, Balkan politics can seem inpenetrable. And a border
dispute involving two other former Yugoslav republics is perhaps providing
more evidence of that.
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Not knowledgeable or skilled; inexperienced.
An uninformed, unskilled, or inexperienced person or group of people. Often used with the: “What's the difference, the uninitiated may ask, between eggshell white and wedding gown white?” (Wall Street Journal).
to teach someone about an area of knowledge, or to allow someone into a group by a special ceremony:
At the age of eleven, Harry was initiated into the art of golf by his father.
Each culture had a special ritual to initiate boys into manhood.
noun [C] FORMAL
a person who has recently joined a group and has been taught its secrets
noun [C or U]
when someone is first introduced to an activity or skill:
My initiation into the mysteries of home brewing was not a success.
The adjective degrading has 2 meanings:
Meaning #1: harmful to the mind or morals
Meaning #2: used of conduct; characterized by dishonor
Tending or intended to degrade: “There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood” (W. Somerset Maugham).
- Marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred.
- Nonreligious in subject matter, form, or use; secular: sacred and profane music.
- Not admitted into a body of secret knowledge or ritual; uninitiated.
- Vulgar; coarse.
- To treat with irreverence: profane the name of God.
- To put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use; abuse.
[Middle English prophane, from Old French, from Latin profānus, from prō fānō, in front of the temple : prō-, before, outside; see pro–1 + fānō, ablative of fānum, temple.]profanatory pro·fan'a·to'ry (prō-făn'ə-tôr'ē, -tōr'ē, prə-) adj.
profanely pro·fane'ly adv.
profaner pro·fan'er n.