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Jan 15, 2002
This week's theme
Words to describe people

This week's words
opsimath
hellkite
hangdog
winebibber
cruciverbalist

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hellkite

(HEL-kyt) Pronunciation

noun: An extremely cruel person.

[From Middle English hell (a place of misery) + kite (a person who preys on others).]

"So the old hellkite, Charlie's ex-wife Sarabeth, is in for a surprise visit in the middle of her holiday dinner."
Janet Maslin; One Cold Night of Broken Neon and Shady Dives; The New York Times; Nov 6, 2000.

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Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. -Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet and artist (1883-1931)

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