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 s. of recalcitrant-, recalcitrāns, present participle of to recalcitrāre 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
Late Latin compūnctiō remorse
prick; compare point
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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.
feeling of annoyance or mortification
embarrass and annoy; mortify
[C17: from French of chagrin, chagriner, unknown origin]
, ˈchagrined ˈchagrinned adj
(ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən)
1. tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2. a trembling or quivering movement.
[1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiō, derivative of to be trepidā(re) apprehensive, panic]
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intr.v. , vac·il·lat·ed , vac·il·lat·ing vac·il·lates
1. To be unable to choose between different courses of action or opinions; waver: She vacillated about whether to leave.
2. To change between one state and another; fluctuate: The weather vacillated between sunny and rainy.
3. To Archaic sway from one side to the other.
[Latin vacillāre , , vacillāt- to .] waver
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v. , crooned , croon·ing croons
1. To hum or sing softly.
2. To sing popular songs in a soft, sentimental manner.
3. To Scots roar or bellow.
sing softly or in a humming way: crooning a lullaby.
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1. A current, as of water or air, moving contrary to the direction of the main current, especially in a circular motion.
2. A drift or tendency that is counter to or separate from a main current, as of opinion, tradition, or history.
intr.v. , ed·died , ed·dy·ing ed·dies