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    hale/calamity/coax/fickle/recondite/abstruse/

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Last year we thought him strong and hale.

    hale = exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

    Grandfather will be 80 years old tomorrow, but he is hale and hearty.

    That little boy looks hale and hearty, as if he is never sick.

    hale and hearty = in very good health; well and strong; in robust good health

    Easier both to freight, and to hale ashore.

    As some dark priest hales the reluctant victim.

    hale = to pull; to drag; to haul

    Strokes of calamity that scathe and scorch the soul.

    calamity = any great misfortune or cause of misery

    The deliberations of calamity are rarely wise.

    Where'er I came I brought calamity.

    Calamity is man's (true) touchstone.

    calamity = a state or time of distress or misfortune; misery

    He tried to coax me, but I said we had to part.

    He was coaxed into coming here.

    She coaxed the child to take the medicine.

    coax = to persuade by gentle, insinuating courtesy, flattering, or fondling; to wheedle; to soothe

    He held out by turns coaxes and threats.

    coax (n) = conviction

    They know how fickle common lovers are.

    fickle = Not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind; not firm in opinion or purpose; inconstant; capricious

    They found the recondite bunch of smoked fish.

    recondite = hidden from the mental or intellectual view; secret; abstruse; as in, recondite causes of things

    There is a recondite fact about the origin of the holiday.

    recondite fact = not generally known fact

    There a few recondite flasks of wine.

    Let not young students apply themselves to search out deep, dark, and abstruse matters, far above their reach.

    abtrusive = difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

    Meanwhile meeting keep reverting to fruitless discussions about abstruse resolutions.

    abstruse = obscure

    If you do not master arithmetic you will find algebra abstruse.

    abstruse = difficult to understand; recondite

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Exclamation Re: hale/calamity/coax/fickle/recondite/abstruse/

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Last year we thought him strong and hale.

    hale = exhibiting or restored to vigorous good health

    Grandfather will be 80 years old tomorrow, but he is hale and hearty.

    That little boy looks hale and hearty, as if he is never sick.

    hale and hearty = in very good health; well and strong; in robust good health

    Easier both to freight, and to hale ashore.

    As some dark priest hales the reluctant victim.

    hale = to pull; to drag; to haul

    Strokes of calamity that scathe and scorch the soul.

    calamity = any great misfortune or cause of misery

    The deliberations of calamity are rarely wise.

    Where'er I came I brought calamity.

    Calamity is man's (true) touchstone.

    calamity = a state or time of distress or misfortune; misery

    He tried to coax me, but I said we had to part.

    He was coaxed into coming here.

    She coaxed the child to take the medicine.

    coax = to persuade by gentle, insinuating courtesy, flattering, or fondling; to wheedle; to soothe

    He held out by turns coaxes and threats.

    coax (n) = conviction I am not sure

    They know how fickle common lovers are.

    fickle = Not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind; not firm in opinion or purpose; inconstant; capricious

    They found the recondite bunch of smoked fish.

    recondite = hidden from the mental or intellectual view; secret; abstruse; as in, recondite causes of things

    There is a recondite fact about the origin of the holiday.

    recondite fact = not generally known fact

    There are a few flasks of wine that look recondite and probably unusable.


    Let not young students apply themselves to search out deep, dark, and abstruse matters, far above their reach.

    abtrusive = difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

    Meanwhile meeting keep reverting to fruitless discussions about abstruse resolutions.

    abstruse = obscure

    If you do not master arithmetic you will find algebra abstruse.

    abstruse = difficult to understand; recondite

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All seem ok except the one underlined. ‘coax’ used as countable noun appears strange to me.

    Another point, the word ‘touchstone’ linking ‘calamity’ is a good quote and it can find many similar uses; as:
    Qualities of courage and vision are the touchstones of leadership

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