Ameliorate A·mel"io·rate intransitive verb To grow better; to meliorate; as, wine ameliorates by age.
Amelioration A·mel`io·ra"tion noun [ Confer French amélioration .] The act of ameliorating, or the state of being ameliorated; making or becoming better; improvement; melioration. " Amelioration of human affairs." J. S. Mill.
Ameliorative A·mel"io·ra·tive adjective Tending to ameliorate; producing amelioration or improvement; as, ameliorative remedies, efforts.
Ameliorator A·mel"io·ra`tor noun One who ameliorates.
Amen A`men" interj., adverb , & noun
[ Latin amen
, Greek 'amh`n
, Hebrew āmēn
certainly, truly.] An expression used at the end of prayers, and meaning, So be it . At the end of a creed, it is a solemn asseveration of belief. When it introduces a declaration, it is equivalent to truly , verily .
It is used as a noun, to denote: (a)
concurrence in belief, or in a statement; assent; (b)
the final word or act; (c)
Christ as being one who is true and faithful.
And let all the people say, Amen .
Ps. cvi. 48.
Amen , amen , I say to thee, except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God. To say amen to
John ii. 3. Rhemish Trans.
, to approve warmly; to concur in heartily or emphatically; to ratify; as, I say Amen to all.
Amen A`men" transitive verb To say Amen to; to sanction fully.
Amenability A·me`na·bil"i·ty noun The quality of being amenable; amenableness. Coleridge.
Amenable A·me"na·ble adjective
[ French amener
to lead; ... (L. ad
) = mener
to lead, from Latin minare
to drive animals (properly by threatening cries), in Late Latin to lead; Latin minari
, to threaten, minae
threats. See Menace
.] 1. (Old Law) Easy to be led; governable, as a woman by her husband.
[ Obsolete] Jacob. 2. Liable to be brought to account or punishment; answerable; responsible; accountable; as, amenable to law.
Nor is man too diminutive . . . to be amenable to the divine government. 3. Liable to punishment, a charge, a claim, etc. 4. Willing to yield or submit; responsive; tractable.
Sterling . . . always was amenable enough to counsel.
Amenableness A·me"na·ble·ness noun The quality or state of being amenable; liability to answer charges; answerableness.
Amenably A·me"na·bly adverb In an amenable manner.
Amenage Am"e·nage transitive verb [ Old French amesnagier . See Manage .] To manage. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Amenance Am"e·nance noun [ Old French See Amenable .] Behavior; bearing. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Amend A·mend" transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Amended
; present participle & verbal noun Amending
.] [ French amender
, Latin emendare
) + mendum
, fault, akin to Sanskrit minda
personal defect. Confer Emend
.] To change or modify in any way for the better
; as, (a) by simply removing what is erroneous, corrupt, superfluous, faulty, and the like; (b) by supplying deficiencies; (c) by substituting something else in the place of what is removed; to rectify.
Mar not the thing that can not be amended .
An instant emergency, granting no possibility for revision, or opening for amended thought.
We shall cheer her sorrows, and amend her blood, by wedding her to a Norman. To amend a bill
Sir W. Scott.
, to make some change in the details or provisions of a bill or measure while on its passage, professedly for its improvement. Syn.
-- To Amend
. These words agree in the idea of bringing things into a more perfect state. We correct
(literally, make straight) when we conform things to some standard or rule; as, to correct
proof sheets. We amend
by removing blemishes, faults, or errors, and thus rendering a thing more a nearly perfect; as, to amend
our ways, to amend
a text, the draft of a bill, etc. Emend
is only another form of amend
, and is applied chiefly to editions of books, etc. To reform
is literally to form over again, or put into a new and better form; as, to reform
one's life. To rectify
is to make right; as, to rectify
a mistake, to rectify
abuses, inadvertencies, etc.
Amend A·mend" (ȧ*mĕnd") intransitive verb To grow better by rectifying something wrong in manners or morals; to improve. "My fortune . . . amends ." Sir P. Sidney.
Amendable A·mend"a·ble adjective Capable of being amended; as, an amendable writ or error. -- A*mend"a*ble*ness , noun
Amendatory A·mend"a·to·ry adjective Supplying amendment; corrective; emendatory. Bancroft.
Amende A`mende" noun [ French See Amend .] A pecuniary punishment or fine; a reparation or recantation. Amende honorable (Old French Law) A species of infamous punishment in which the offender, being led into court with a rope about his neck, and a lighted torch in his hand, begged pardon of his God, the court, etc. In popular language, the phrase now denotes a public apology or recantation, and reparation to an injured party, for improper language or treatment.
Amender A·mend"er noun One who amends.
Amendful A·mend"ful adjective Much improving. [ Obsolete]
Amendment A·mend"ment noun [ French amendement , Late Latin amendamentum .] 1. An alteration or change for the better; correction of a fault or of faults; reformation of life by quitting vices. 2. In public bodies; Any alternation made or proposed to be made in a bill or motion by adding, changing, substituting, or omitting. 3. (Law) Correction of an error in a writ or process. Syn. -- Improvement; reformation; emendation.
Amends A·mends" noun sing. & plural
[ French amendes
, plural of amende
. Confer Amende
.] Compensation for a loss or injury; recompense; reparation.
[ Now const. with sing. verb.] "An honorable amends
Yet thus far fortune maketh us amends .
Amenity A·men"i·ty noun
; plural Amenities
[ French aménité
, Latin amoenitas
, from amoenus
pleasant.] The quality of being pleasant or agreeable, whether in respect to situation, climate, manners, or disposition; pleasantness; civility; suavity; gentleness.
A sweetness and amenity of temper.
This climate has not seduced by its amenities .
Amenorrhœa A·men`or·rhœ"a noun [ Greek 'a priv. + ... month + ... to flow: confer French aménorrhée .] (Medicine) Retention or suppression of the menstrual discharge.
Amenorrhœal A·men`or·rhœ"al adjective Pertaining to amenorrhœa.
Ament Am"ent noun
[ Latin amentum
thong or strap.] (Botany) A species of inflorescence; a catkin.
The globular ament of a buttonwood.
Amentaceous Am`en·ta"ceous adjective [ Late Latin amentaceus .] (Botany) (a) Resembling, or consisting of, an ament or aments; as, the chestnut has an amentaceous inflorescence. (b) Bearing aments; having flowers arranged in aments; as, amentaceous plants.
Amentia A·men"ti·a noun [ Latin ] (Medicine) Imbecility; total want of understanding.
Amentiferous Am`en·tif"er·ous adjective [ Latin ament um + -ferous .] (Botany) Bearing catkins. Balfour.
Amentiform A·men"ti·form adjective [ Latin amen tum + -form .] (Botany) Shaped like a catkin.
Amentum A·men"tum noun
; plural Amenta Same as Ament .
Amenuse Am"e·nuse transitive verb [ Old French amenuisier . See Minute .] To lessen. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
(ȧ*mẽrs") transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Amerced
(ȧ*mẽrst"); present participle & verbal noun Amercing
.] [ Old French amercier
, from a merci
at the mercy of, liable to a punishment. See Mercy
.] 1. To punish by a pecuniary penalty, the amount of which is not fixed by law, but left to the discretion of the court; as, the court amerced the criminal in the sum of one hundred dollars.
» The penalty or fine may be expressed without a preposition, or it may be introduced by in
, or of
. 2. To punish, in general; to mulct.
Millions of spirits for his fault amerced
Shall by him be amerced with penance due.
Amerceable A·merce"a·ble adjective Liable to be amerced.
Amercement A·merce"ment noun [ Old French amerciment .] The infliction of a penalty at the discretion of the court; also, a mulct or penalty thus imposed. It differs from a fine ,in that the latter is, or was originally, a fixed and certain sum prescribed by statute for an offense; but an amercement is arbitrary. Hence, the act or practice of affeering. [ See Affeer .] Blackstone. » This word, in old books, is written amerciament . Amercement royal , a penalty imposed on an officer for a misdemeanor in his office. Jacobs.
Amercer A·mer"cer noun One who amerces.
Amerciament A·mer"cia·ment noun [ Late Latin amerciamentum .] Same as Amercement . Mozley & W.
American A·mer"i·can (ȧ*mẽr"ĭ*k a n) adjective [ Named from Americus Vespucius.] 1. Of or pertaining to America; as, the American continent: American Indians. 2. Of or pertaining to the United States. "A young officer of the American navy." Lyell. American ivy . See Virginia creeper . -- American Party (U. S. Politics) , a party, about 1854, which opposed the influence of foreign-born citizens, and those supposed to owe allegiance to a foreign power. -- Native american Party (U. S. Politics) , a party of principles similar to those of the American party. It arose about 1843, but soon died out.
n) noun A native of America; -- originally applied to the aboriginal inhabitants, but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America, and especially to the citizens of the United States.
The name American must always exalt the pride of patriotism.
American plan A·mer"i·can plan In hotels, aplan upon which guests pay for both room and board by the day, week, or other convenient period; -- contrasted with European plan .
American Protective Association A·mer"i·can Pro·tect"ive As·so`ci·a"tion A secret organization in the United States, formed in Iowa in 1887, ostensibly for the protection of American institutions by keeping Roman Catholics out of public office. Abbrev. commonly to A. P .A .
Americanism A·mer"i·can·ism noun 1. Attachment to the United States. 2. A custom peculiar to the United States or to America; an American characteristic or idea. 3. A word or phrase peculiar to the United States.
Americanization A·mer`i·can·i·za"tion (ȧ*mẽr`ĭ*k a n*ĭ*zā"shŭn) noun The process of Americanizing.
Americanize A·mer"i·can·ize (-īz) transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Americanizer ; present participle & verbal noun Americanizing .] To render American; to assimilate to the Americans in customs, ideas, etc.; to stamp with American characteristics.
Ames-ace Ames"-ace noun Same as Ambs- ace .
Amess Am"ess noun (Eccl.) Amice, a hood or cape. See 2d Amice .
Ametabola Am`e·tab"o·la noun plural [ New Latin ] (Zoology) A group of insects which do not undergo any metamorphosis. [ Written also Ametabolia .]
Ametabolian A·met`a·bo"li·an adjective [ Greek ... unchangeable; 'a priv. + ... changeable, ... to change.] (Zoology) Of or pertaining to insects that do undergo any metamorphosis.
Ametabolic, Ametabolous A·met`a·bol"ic, Am`e·tab"o·lous adjective (Zoology) Not undergoing any metamorphosis; as, ametabolic insects.
Amethodist A·meth"o·dist noun [ Prefix a- not + methodist .] One without method; a quack. [ Obsolete]
Amethyst Am"e·thyst [ French ametiste , amatiste , French améthyste , Latin amethystus , from Greek ... without drunkenness; as a noun, a remedy for drunkenness, the amethyst, supposed to have this power; 'a priv. + ... to be drunken, ... strong drink, wine. See Mead .] 1. (Min.) A variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. It is much used as a jeweler's stone. Oriental amethyst , the violet-blue variety of transparent crystallized corundum or sapphire. 2. (Her.) A purple color in a nobleman's escutcheon, or coat of arms.
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