I just watched House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy give a speech at noon today. Watching that display inspired me to read:
From the Washington Post
Opinion by Greg Sargent and Paul Waldman
Opinion columnists covering national politics – July 21 at 5:08 p.m. EDT
…. And then to look up the definition of the words House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy represented in that speech…..
According to WEBSTERS NEW WORLD COLLEGIATE DICTIONARY, the definition of
LIE – a) To make a statement that one knows is false, esp. with intent to deceive.
b) to make such statements habitually
To give a false impression; be deceptive, to bring, put, accomplish, etc. by lying
A false statement or action, esp. one made with intent to deceive
Anything that gives or is meant to give a false impression
To charge with telling a lie
To prove to be false; belie or to tell afoul or outrageous lie
SYNONYM – lie is the simple direct word meaning to make a deliberately false statement; prevaricate strictly means to quibble or confuse the issue in order to evade the truth, but is loosely used as a formal or affected substitute for lie; equivocate implies the deliberate use of ambiguity in order to deceive or mislead; fabricate suggest the invention of a false story, excuse, etc. intended to deceive and is, hence, sometimes used as a somewhat softer equivalent for lie; fib implies the telling of a falsehood about something unimportant and is sometimes a euphemism for lies.
And then I was further inspired to look up the definition of PARTISAN
According to WEBSTERS NEW WORLD COLLEGIATE DICTIONARY, the definition of:
PARTISAN – A person who takes the part of or strongly supports one side, party, or person; often specif., an unreasoning, emotional adherent
Any of a group of guerrilla fighters; esp., a member of an organized civilian force fighting covertly to drive out occupying enemy troops
Of, like, or characteristic of a partisan
Blindly or unreasonably devoted
Of, or having to do with military partisans
SYNONYM – FOLLOWER – partisanship