►unable or unwilling to believe something
--She shot him an incredulous look.
►unwilling to believe that people have good, honest, or sincere reasons for doing something
--a cynical view of human nature
--The public is cynical about election promises.
►not caring that something might not be morally right, might hurt someone etc, when you are trying to get something for yourself
--a cynical disregard for international agreements
►someone who is jaded is no longer interested in or excited by something, usually because they have experienced too much of it
--The concert should satisfy even the most jaded critic.
►someone who is trained or skilful in the art of persuading or influencing people through speech or writing [↪ orator]
►[countable] a description of events in a story, especially in a novel
--At several points in the narrative the two stories cross.
►[uncountable]the process or skill of telling a story
►a short simple story that teaches a moral or religious lesson, especially one of the stories told by Jesus in the Bible
►consisting of short stories based on someone's personal experience
--His findings are based on anecdotal evidence rather than serious research.
►friendly agreement and understanding between people [↪ relationship];
a relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people
--He had an excellent rapport with his patients.
► [countable] a serious speech or piece of writing on a particular subject
--a discourse on art
►[uncountable] serious conversation or discussion between people
--Candidates should engage in serious political discourse.
► [uncountable] the language used in particular types of speech or writing
--a study of spoken discourse
discourse on/upon something [phrasal verb]
►to make a long formal speech about something, or to discuss something seriously
►kind and generous
--A benevolent uncle paid for her to have music lessons.
►[countable] an important victory or success after a difficult struggle
--Winning the championship is a great personal triumph.
►[uncountable] a feeling of pleasure and satisfaction that you get from victory or success
--a shout of triumph
►[singular] a very successful example of something
►The gallery is a triumph of design.
►if a government or organization retrenches, it spends less money [= economize]
►to die, especially in a terrible or sudden way
►someone who supports something or persuades people to do something [= advocate]
►to treat a group of people unfairly or cruelly, and prevent them from having the same rights that other people in society have
abuse►the use of something in a way that it should not be used [= misuse]