Used to indicate impatience, irritation, disapproval, or disbelief.
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1. resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant: a recalcitrant prisoner.
2. hard to deal with, manage, or operate.
3. a recalcitrant person.
[1835–45; < Latin recalcitrant-, s. of recalcitrāns, present participle of recalcitrāre to kick back]
re•cal′ci•trance, re•cal′ci•tran•cy, n.
1. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of conscience for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse.
2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action; qualm.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin compūnctiō remorse < Latin compung(ere) to prick severely (com- com– + pungere to prick; compare point)]
piquant (ˈpiːkənt; -kɑːnt) adj 1. having an agreeably pungent or tart taste 2. lively or stimulating to the mind [C16: from French (literally: prickling), from piquer to prick, goad; ] ˈpiquancy, ˈpiquantness n ˈpiquantly adv
1. The act of scheming or plotting.
2. A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end.
Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, will be held on May 28, 2018. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. It marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. The holiday, from latest to earliest, is slightly more likely to fall on May 30, May 28 or May 25 than on May 27 or May 26, and slightly less likely to occur on May 31 or May 29.
(ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən)
1. tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2. a trembling or quivering movement.
[1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiō, derivative of trepidā(re) to be apprehensive, panic]
1. Disposed or eager to fight or engage in hostile opposition; belligerent.
2. Showing or expressing bitter opposition or hostility; aggressively defiant: a truculent speech against the new government; a truculent glance.
3. Disposed to violence; ferocious or cruel.