Emily Dickinson Lexicon
Lexicon: avarice – awake
avarice, n. [OFr < L. 'greedy'.] (webplay: covet, gaining, sweetest).
Possessiveness; jealousy; vigilance; watchfulness; desire to keep for oneself; hope of hoarding something valuable; [fig.] emotional attachment; sorrow of parting; reluctance to let someone go.
avenge, v. [OFr < L. vindicāre, to claim as one's own; see vindicate, v.] (webplay: revenge).
Retaliate; counter; strike back; punish justly; gain satisfaction from inflicting justice.
avenging, verbal adv. [see vindicate, v.]
In retaliation; with a vengeance; [fig.] forcefully; with intensity.
aver (averring), v. [Fr. < L. vērus, true.]
Confirm; affirm; prove; substantiate; declare the truth.
averse, adj. [L. a, from + vertěre, turn.] (webplay: abhorrence, water).
Unwilling; disinclined; reluctant; not interested in.
avocation, n. [L. ab, off + vocāre, call.] (webplay: life).
Hobby; recreation; diversion of thoughts.
avoid (avoided), v. [OFr vuit, empty.] (webplay: death, escape, evade).
- Elude; run away from; prevent the arrival of.
- Eschew; refuse; shun; resist; abstain from; refrain from.
avowing, verbal n. [OFr; see vow, v.]
Courting; wooing; pledging; declaration; confession; open promise; acknowledging one's own; [fig.] singing; birdsong.
await (awaited, awaiting), v. [ONFr 'lie in wait for, watch, observe'; see wait, v.] (webplay: night).
- Anticipate; expect; look forward to.
- Be available to; be ready for; be in store for.
- Abide; continue; linger; remain; stay; tarry; keep vigil.
awake, adj. [see wake, v.] (webplay: arise, bestir, dead, life, light, rise, sleep).
- Fully conscious; totally aware; not dreaming; [fig.] fixed in a permanent state; not in a temporary state.
- Living; physically functioning.
- Sentient; moveable; able to feel; capable of movement; subject to sensation.
- Active; stimulated; in motion.
- Not sleeping; [fig.] vigilant.
- Resurrected; renewed; revived from death.