Quote Word Meanings
Quote Word Meanings to Help Understand Some Specific Quotes
Sometimes when we read quotes we’re not quite sure of quote word meanings of one or more words. As a result such situations can leave us baffled as to exactly what the quote means.
When we run across such uncommon or unusual words in the quotes we post here on the site we will sometimes add them here to clarify the meaning. Rather than guess at the meaning of the word or even the quote, we can check the meaning here on the site by clicking the link to the definition.
A Few Word Meanings to Consider
wander lust (noun)
An deep uncontrollable desire to hit the road and travel, by whatever means desired, to explore and enjoy the world.
– “After a long cold winter wander lust struck and I had to get on my bike an take a 5 day trip.”
– “He’s been backpacking in Europe for the last two months. He was struck by wander lust.”
: not remitting : constant, incessant
// unremitting pain
1. the quality of being unchanging or unwavering, as in purpose, love, or loyalty; firmness of mind; faithfulness.
2. uniformity or regularity, as in qualities or conditions; invariableness.
a quality or feature of a person or thing, esp. one that is an important part of its nature:
Self-confidence is a rare attribute in a 17-year-old.
She has the physical attributes to become a championship swimmer.
complacency noun, plural com·pla·cen·cies
a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.
ingrained adjective [ not gradable ]
(of beliefs, attitudes, or habits) so established that they are difficult to change:
Saying “Thank You” became such a deeply ingrained habit that he never forgot to do it.
Definition of persistence
1 : the action or fact of persisting
2 : the quality or state of being persistent especially : perseverance
Definition of ‘mindset’
(maɪndsɛt ) also mind-set
Word forms: mindsets
If you refer to someone’s mindset, you mean their general attitudes and the way they typically think about things.
I can’t understand the mindset of these people.
Word forms: agendas
1. You can refer to the political issues that are important at a particular time as an agenda.
Does television set the agenda on foreign policy?
2. See also hidden agenda
3. An agenda is a list of the items that have to be discussed at a meeting.
This is sure to be an item on the agenda next week.
Definition of perseverance noun
: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering : steadfastness
Examples of perseverance in a Sentence
// The great international collectors and curators, once celebrated for their perceptiveness and perseverance, are now regularly deplored as traffickers in, or receivers of, stolen goods. — Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Review of Books, 9 Feb. 2006
// … a cavalcade of black and brown and female faces spinning stories of hardship and triumph through perseverance. — Michelle Cottle, New Republic, 14 Aug. 2000
verb (used with object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.
1. to affect or influence by or as if by invocation or spell.
2. to effect, produce, bring, etc., by or as by magic: to conjure a miracle.
3. to call upon or command (a devil or spirit) by invocation or spell.
verb (used without object), con·jured, con·jur·ing.
8. to call upon or command a devil or spirit by invocation or spell.
9. to practice magic.
Definition of genre
1 : a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content a classic of the gothic novel genre
2 : kind, sort
3 : painting that depicts scenes or events from everyday life usually realistically
wow noun / exclamation
Here’s what the Cambridge Dictionary says about the word wow whose quote word meanings can seem different:
wow / exclamation
Used to show surprise and sometimes pleasure:
Wow! Did you make that cake? It looks delicious!
“Wow!” exclaimed John, “what a fantastic house.”
Wow! I wasn’t expecting such a great reception.
A hundred pounds! Wow!
Wow! What a hat.
“Wow!” said Alan excitedly.
wow / noun [ S ]
a person or thing that is very successful, attractive, or pleasant:
He’s a real wow with the girls in his class.
daft adjective \ ˈdaft also ˈdäft\
Definition of daft
1 chiefly British, informal : silly, foolish Don’t do anything daft.
2 chiefly British, informal : mad, insane … he looks at me as if I were daft.— Johanna McGeary
3 Scotland : frivolously merry