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adjective aus·pi·cious \ˈspi-shəs\

showing or suggesting that future success is likely

Full Definition of AUSPICIOUS

1 showing or suggesting that future success is likely :  propitious <made anauspicious beginning>
attended by good fortune :  prosperous <an auspicious year>
aus·pi·cious·ly adverb
aus·pi·cious·ness noun

Examples of AUSPICIOUS

  1. His acclaimed first novel was an auspicious debut.
  2. told him she couldn’t dance with him just then, but her auspicious smile encouraged him to ask again later
  3. After his auspicious debut, Chambers became sought after by serious collectors of folk art; but given that the present show is now only the second he has had and is the first retrospective look at him, he is probably as obscure to the general museum going public today as he was in 1942. —Sanford Schwartz, New York Review of Books, 15 Jan. 2009


noun equa·nim·i·ty \ˌē-kwə-ˈni-mə-tē, ˌe-kwə-\

calm emotions when dealing with problems or pressure

plural equa·nim·i·ties

Full Definition of EQUANIMITY

1 evenness of mind especially under stress <nothing could disturb hisequanimity>
2 right disposition :  balance <physical equanimity>

Examples of EQUANIMITY

  1. an Olympic diver who always displays remarkable equanimity on the platform
  2. Those who are doomed to become artists are seldom blessed withequanimity. They are tossed to drunken heights, only to be brought down into a sludge of headachy despair; their arrogance gives way to humiliation at the next curve of the switchback. —Patrick White, Flaws in the Glass, (1981) 1983


verb scin·til·late \ˈsin-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of SCINTILLATE

intransitive verb
1 to emit sparks :  spark
2 to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks :  sparkle <stars scintillate in the sky>
transitive verb
:  to throw off as a spark or as sparkling flashes <scintillate witticisms>
scin·til·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
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  1. <we watched contentedly as our campfire scintillated in the darkness>
  2. <the diamond ring scintillated in the sunlight>


Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare to sparkle, from scintilla spark

First Known Use: circa 1623


: praise or approval

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Full Definition of APPROBATION

obsolete :  proof

a :  an act of approving formally or officially

b :  commendation, praise

ap·pro·ba·to·ry  \ˈa-prə-bə-ˌtr-ē, ə-ˈprō-bə-\ adjective


  1. The company has even received the approbation of its former critics.
  2. <that plan has the approbation of the school board>

First Known Use of APPROBATION

14th century


Definition of PERTINACIOUS


a :  adhering resolutely to an opinion, purpose, or design

b :  perversely persistent

:  stubbornly tenacious
per·ti·na·cious·ly adverb
per·ti·na·cious·ness noun
per·ti·nac·i·ty \-ˈna-sə-tē\ noun
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  1. <a pertinacious little boy who was determined to catch and collect reptiles>
  2. <a pertinacious salesman who would simply not take No! for an answer>


Latin pertinac-, pertinax, from per- thoroughly + tenac-, tenax tenacious, from tenēre

First Known Use: 1626

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