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  1. the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply.
mid 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek nekrōsis (see necro-, -osis).

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vexes (third person present) · vexed (past tense) · vexed (past participle) · vexing (present participle)
  1. make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, especially with trivial matters.
    “the memory of the conversation still vexed him”
late Middle English: from Old French vexer, from Latin vexare ‘shake, disturb’.

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  1. another term for perk.
    • a thing regarded as a special right or privilege enjoyed as a result of one’s position.
      “the wife of a president has all the perquisites of stardom”
      benefit · value · reward · merit · good point · strong point · asset · plus · bonus · boon · blessing · virtue · privilege · perk · fringe benefit · additional benefit · added extra · attraction · desirability · beauty · usefulness · helpfulness · convenience · advantageousness · expedience · expediency · profit · profitability · advisability · perquisite
      disadvantage · drawback · handicap
    • historical
      a thing that has served its primary use and is then given to a subordinate or employee as a customary right.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin perquisitum ‘acquisition’, from Latin perquirere ‘search diligently for’, from per- ‘thoroughly’ + quaerere ‘seek’.

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sublimates (third person present) · sublimated (past tense) · sublimated (past participle) · sublimating (present participle)
  1. (in psychoanalytic theory) divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity.
    “libido must be sublimated into productive work activities” · “he sublimates his hurt and anger into humor”
    channel · control · divert · transfer · redirect · convert · refine · purify · transmute
  2. chemistry
    another term for sublime.
sublimates (plural noun)
  1. a solid deposit of a substance which has sublimed.
late Middle English (in the sense ‘raise to a higher status’): from Latin sublimat- ‘raised up’, from the verb sublimare.

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Brit. /bʌdˈmɑːʃ/


U.S. /ˈbədˌmɑʃ/

Forms:  18– badmaash, 18– badmash, 18– budmaash, 18– budmash, 19– badmaas, 19– … (Show More)

Frequency (in current use):  

Origin: Of multiple origins. Partly a borrowing from Urdu. Partly a borrowing from Persian. Etymons: Urdu badmaʿāš; Persian badmaʿāš.

Etymology: < (i) Urdu badmaʿāš and its etymon (ii) Persian badmaʿāš villain, rascal <bad… 

S. Asian.


  A scoundrel, a rogue;iscreant; a hooligan, a ruffian.

1843   F. Skipwith Magistrate’s Guide 17   Budmash… On written charges or credible information being given to the Darogah..he shall make private enquiries regarding him, and, should he see fit, shall apprehend him.

1855   in Select. Rec. Bengal Govt. No. 21. 58   The Magistrate said I was a badmash, and could not remain at Moyakool unless I gave a ‘mochulka’ for Rupees 100.

1864   G. O. Trevelyan Competition Wallah xii. 428   The sepoys were budmashes, Sahib. They used to take goods worth six annas, and only give four annas in payment.

1907   Times 30 July 4/3   Unruly schoolboys and hired budmashes no longer answer to the Arya’s word of command.

1971   Illustr. Weekly India 11 Apr. 44/3   Bir Singh Deva Bandela, undoubted badmash though he was, certainly had the command of some excellent designers.

2005   Indian Express (Nexis) 8 May   We have not learnt anything from the Metropolitan Magistrate or the government. We maintain that Rafiq was killed by some badmash.

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relating to or inserted as a parenthesis.
“ignore the parenthetical remarks that pockmark every page”
incidental · supplementary · by-the-way · by-the-by · in parentheses · parenthetic · in brackets · explanatory · qualifying · inserted · interposed · extraneous

late 18th century: from parenthesis, on the pattern of pairs such as synthesis, synthetic.