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...Thus was th'applause they meant
Turned to exploding hiss, triumph to shame,
Cast on themselves from their own mouths. There stood
A Grove hard by, sprung up with this their change,
His will who reigns above, to aggravate
Their penance, laden with fair fruit, like that
Which grew in Paradise, the bait of Eve,
Us'd by the tempter: on that prospect strange
Their earnest eyes they fix'd, imagining
For one forbidden Tree a multitude
Now ris'n, to work them further woe or shame;
Yet parcht with scalding thirst and hunger fierce,
Though to delude them sent, could not abstain,
But on they roll'd in heaps, and up the Trees
Climbing, sat thicker than the snaky locks
That curl'd Megaera: greedily they pluck'd
The Fruitage fair to sight, like that which grew
Near that bituminous Lake where Sodom flam'd;
This more delusive, not the touch, but taste
Deceiv'd, they fondly thinking to allay
Their appetite wigh gust, instead of Fruit
Chew'd bitter Ashes, which th'offended taste
With spattering noise rejected: oft they assay'd,
Hunger and thirst constraining, drugg'd as oft,
With hatefullest disrelish writh'd their jaws
With soot and cinders fill'd; so oft they fell
Into the same illusion, not as Man
Whom they triumphed once lapst. Thus were they plagu'd
And worn with Famine, long and ceaseless hiss,
Till their lost shape, permitted, they resum'd.
    â€”John Milton, Paradise Lost, X.545-574


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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Curious
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awarded  Caucus
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comment Antonym of coterminous, or single word for “having the same beginning”
@ermanen Hm, interesting. Did it mean that historically? I sometimes learn my big words from old books, though I can't say where exactly I picked up "coterminous".
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asked Antonym of coterminous, or single word for “having the same beginning”
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comment Antonym for gormless?
A post like this would almost seem to be self-contradictory. Either that, or the malady ironically cured itself. :)
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revised Best word for “unable to change”
Really struggling with the grammar here for some reason
May
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revised What is the word to mean to apply attributes of an entire race to a single individual?
Better title (from body)
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suggested approved edit on What is the word to mean to apply attributes of an entire race to a single individual?
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awarded  Custodian
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reviewed Excellent What exactly are the differences between “diligent”, “assiduous” and “sedulous”?
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reviewed Satisfactory Is there a name for adjectives like “beautiful”, “incredible”, “amazing”, etc.?
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reviewed Excellent OED Appeals: Antedatings of “party animal”
Feb
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reviewed Satisfactory Developing a crush or infatuation
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awarded  Informed
Dec
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accepted Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?
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comment Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?
@StoneyB Yes! an example from Shakespeare! Thank you.
Dec
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comment Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?
What about catachretic simile? +1
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comment Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?
Not sure why the downvote. Even though I don't think that's exactly right, I can certainly see that those are related, so +1.
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asked Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?