Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Dictionary Definitions

sloth |slôθ; släθ; slōθ|noun1 reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness : he should overcome hisnatural sloth and complacency.

a slow-moving tropical American mammal that hangs upside down from the branches of trees using its long limbs and hooked claws. Families Bradypodidae (three species of three-toed sloth in genusBradypus) and Megalonychidae (twospecies of two-toed sloth in genusCholoepus), order Xenarthra (orEdentata)

envy |ˈenvē|noun ( pl. -vies)a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck : she felt a twinge of envy for the people on board.( the envy of) a person or thing that inspires such a feeling : theirnational health service is the envy of many in Europe.verb ( -vies, -vied) [ trans. ]desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable attribute belonging to (someone else) : he envied people who did not have to work on weekends | [with two objs. ] I envy Jane her happiness.desire for oneself (something possessed or enjoyed by another) : a lifestyle that most of us would envy.

anger |ˈa ng gər|nouna strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility : the colonel's anger at his daughter's disobedience.verb [ trans. ] (often be angered)fill (someone) with such a feeling; provoke anger in : she was angered by his terse answer | [ trans. ] I was angered to receive a further letter from them | [trans. ] he was angered that he had not been told.ORIGIN Middle English : from Old Norse angr ‘grief,’ angra ‘vex.’The original use was in the Old Norse senses; current senses date fromlate Middle English .
greed |grēd|nounintense and selfish desire for something, esp. wealth, power, or food.ORIGIN late 16th cent.: back-formation from greedy .
gluttony |ˈglətn-ē|nounhabitual greed or excess in eating.ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French glutonie, from gluton‘glutton.’
pride |prīd|noun1 a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired :the team was bursting with pride after recording a sensational victory | a woman who takes great pride in her appearance.the consciousness of one's own dignity : he swallowed his pride and asked for help.the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one's importance : the sin of pride.a person or thing that is the object or source of a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction : the swimming pool is the pride of the community.poetic/literary the best state or condition of something; the prime : inthe pride of youth.2 a group of lions forming a social unit.verb ( pride oneself on/upon)be especially proud of a particular quality or skill : she'd always prided herself on her ability to deal with a crisis.

lust |ləst|nounvery strong sexual desire : he knew that his lust for her had returned.[in sing. ] a passionate desire for something : a lust for power.(usu. lusts) chiefly Theology a sensual appetite regarded as sinful : lusts of the flesh.verb [ intrans. ]have a very strong sexual desire for someone : he really lusted after me in those days.feel a strong desire for something : pregnant women lusting for pickles and ice cream.

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