dispirit

Definition: (verb) Lower someone's spirits; make downhearted.
Synonyms: cast down, deject, depress, dismay, demoralize.
Usage: I try to maintain a positive outlook, but the sad stories that are often featured on the nightly news inevitably dispirit me.
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magician

magus – A person regarded as having great wisdom or powers likened to those of a magician. More…

archimage – A great magician, from Greek archi-, "chief, principal," and Latin magus, "magician." More…

fascinate, fascinator – Fascinate is derived from Latin fascinare, "to bewitch or enchant," and a fascinator was a magician. More…

mage, magian – Mage and magian are two other ways to say magician. More…

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hoist by (one’s) own petard

To be injured, ruined, or defeated by one’s own action, device, or plot that was intended to harm another; to have fallen victim to one’s own trap or schemes. (Note: “hoist” in this instance is the simple past-tense of the archaic form of the verb, “hoise.”) Watch the video

The Giant Weta

One of the heaviest insects in the world, the giant weta is an example of island gigantism—the phenomenon in which isolated species evolve to become unusually large in the absence of restraints such as predators. Giant wetas are found primarily on New Zealand’s offshore islands, having been driven almost to extinction elsewhere in New Zealand by introduced mammalian predators. They are fairly tame, passive insects that resemble giant grasshoppers. How heavy are the largest wetas?
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