By Norman W. Schur
1983 Ballantine Books Publishing Paperback
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If it assents, it gives its assent. " The philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), in his Essay on Miracles, discussing Christian faith, wrbte that "whoever is moved by faith to assent to it" must believe in miracles. Assent is a bit weaker than consent. " Do not confuse assent with ascent. If you are brave (or PRACTICAL ENGLISH: 1000 MOST EFFECTIVE WORDS/33 foolhardy) enough to accept an invitation to go up in a balloon, you will assent to the ascent. assess (;} ses') vb. Apart from tax usage, to assess is to evaluate, to judge the value, nature, or character of someone or something.
A person so deciding, or forming part of such a board, is an arbitrator (ar' ba tray t:>r). Arbitration is common in collective bargaining negotiations. The American Arbitration Association is an institution which many prefer to the courts, and contracts often contain a clause requiring the submission of controversies to that body. The United Nations was formed as a forum for the airing and arbitration of grievances as an alternative to force or war. " wrote Robert Browning (1812-1889) in his poem "Rabbi Ben Ezra," about the confusion caused by men's differences of opinion and taste: "...
There shall your swords and lances arbitrate/The swelling difference of your settled hate.... ) arid (ar' id-a as in hat) adj. This is the word commonly used to describe dry, barren land having insufficient moisture for agricultural use. In its figurative sense, it means "uninteresting, dull, monotonous," and can be used in the way we use dry in its figurative sense. Some lectures are interesting, some are arid and dry. Long legal documents are, to the layman, arid, dull, uninteresting, dry. To one person, etymology, the study of the origins of words, may be fascinating; to others it may be the most arid subject in the world.