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The Devil's Dictionary: Quorum

by Ambrose Bierce QUIXOTICQUOTATIONQUORUM -n. A sufficient number of members of a deliberative body to have their own way and their own way of having it. In the United States Senate a…

Brewer's: Quorum

Such a number of persons as are necessary to make up a committee or board; or certain justices without the presence of whom the rest cannot act. Thus, suppose the commission to be named A…

Gül, Abdullah

(Encyclopedia) Gül, Abdullah äb´do͞olä go͞ol [key], 1950–, Turkish politician, grad. İstanbul Univ. (B.A., 1971; Ph.D., 1983). An economist, he was first elected to parliament in 1991…

Reed, Thomas Brackett

(Encyclopedia) Reed, Thomas Brackett, 1839–1902, American legislator, b. Portland, Maine. A lawyer, he served in the state assembly (1868–69) and state senate (1870) and became (1870–73…

liturgy, Jewish

(Encyclopedia) liturgy, Jewish, rites, observances, and procedures of Judaism. Communal prayer, with a quorum of ten men (or in some modern communities, ten people), replaced the…

International Court of Justice (ICJ)

(Encyclopedia) International Court of Justice, principal judicial organ of the United Nations, established 1946 by chapter 14 of the UN Charter. It superseded the Permanent Court of…

The Devil's Dictionary: Quixotic

by Ambrose Bierce QUIVERQUORUMQUIXOTIC -adj. Absurdly chivalric, like Don Quixote. An insight into the beauty and excellence of this incomparable adjective is unhappily denied to him who…

The Devil's Dictionary: Quotation

by Ambrose Bierce QUORUMQUOTIENTQUOTATION -n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated. Intent on making his quotation truer, He sought…