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creature feature

A horror film in which the central focus is on one or more monsters. I miss the creature features of the '50s and '60s—they were so campy and fun, unlike the dull CGI films of today.
See also: creature, feature

creature of habit

One who prefers the comfort and reliability of routine and habitual behavior. My brother is far too much a creature of habit to be up for something like backpacking across Europe. I know we're told to shuck our routines and live spontaneously, but I'm a creature of habit—it's just easier when you know exactly how each day will pan out.
See also: creature, habit, of

creature comforts

Things that one needs in order to feel happy and comfortable. I have a hard time abandoning my creature comforts to go hiking and camping. At a minimum, I need running water!
See also: comfort, creature

put (someone or something) out of its/(one's) misery

1. To kill someone or something as a means to ending suffering. Considering the dog's extensive wounds, the vet encouraged us to put him out of his misery.
2. To quell one's curiosity. Oh, just put me out of my misery and tell me how the movie ends!
See also: misery, of, out, put

crawl with (someone or something)

To be filled or covered with people or things in motion. Ugh, the mall is crawling with teenagers tonight—let's get out of here. We took off running when we realized that the tree stump was crawling with bugs.
See also: crawl

out in the cold

Ignored, forgotten, or excluded, as from a group, activity, benefit, etc. You have to make sure you stand out in a company, or you might be left in the cold when it comes time to hand out promotions. Our constituency feels it has really been kept out in the cold during the debate around this topic. I felt a bit out in the cold at Janet's party last night.
See also: cold, out

crawling with some kind of creature

[of a surface] covered with insects or animals, moving about. The basement was crawling with rats! We came home and found the kitchen floor crawling with ants.
See also: crawl, creature, kind, of

creature comforts

things that make people comfortable. The hotel room was a bit small, but all the creature comforts were there.
See also: comfort, creature

inject (something) into (someone, something, or some creature)

 and inject (someone, something, or some creature) with (something)
to give a hypodermic injection of something to someone or an animal. The nurse injected the medicine into my arm. He injected a very large dose into the patient.
See also: inject

inject something into something

 
1. Lit. to squirt something, such as oil, water, etc., into something. The pump injected the oil into the wheel bearings when I squeezed the lever. The mechanic injected a solvent into the lock.
2. Fig. to put something, such as humor, excitement, etc., into a situation. Let's inject a little humor into this dismal affair. She likes to inject a lot of excitement into her books.
See also: inject

leave (someone, something, or some creature) alone

 and let (someone, something, or some creature) alone; leave (someone, something, or some creature) be; let (someone, something, or some creature) be
to stop bothering someone or something. Don't torment the cat. Leave it alone. I don't want your help. Let me alone. Don't argue about it. Let it be!
See also: alone, leave

*out in the cold

 
1. Lit. outdoors where it is cold. (*Typically: be ~; keep someone or some creature ~; leave someone or some creature ~; put someone or some creature ~.) Open the door! Let me in! Don't keep me out in the cold! Who left the dog out in the cold all night?
2. Fig. not informed about what is happening or has happened. (*Typically: be ~; keep someone ~; leave someone ~.) Don't keep your supervisor out in the cold. Tell her what's going on. Please don't leave me out in the cold. Share the news with me!
3. Fig. excluded. (*Typically: be ~; keep someone ~; leave someone ~.) There was a party last night, but my friends left me out in the cold. When it came to the final prizes in the dog show, they left our animals out in the cold.
See also: cold, out

put some creature out of its misery

to kill an animal in a humane manner. (See also put one out of one's misery.) The vet put that dog with cancer out of its misery. Please, put my sick goldfish out of its misery.
See also: creature, misery, of, out, put

someone's time has come

 and some creature's time has come
Euph. someone or some creature is about to die. The poor old dog's time has come. My time has come. I'm ready to go.
See also: come, time

creature comfort

Something that contributes to physical comfort, such as food, clothing, or housing. For example, Dean always stayed in the best hotels; he valued his creature comforts. This idiom was first recorded in 1659.
See also: comfort, creature

out in the cold

Excluded from benefits given to others, neglected, as in Her stand on abortion left her out in the cold with the party. This idiom alludes to being left outdoors without shelter. [Mid-1800s] Also see come in from the cold.
See also: cold, out

creature comforts

Creature comforts are all the modern sleeping, eating, and washing facilities that make life easy and pleasant. Each room has its own patio or balcony and provides guests with all modern creature comforts. I'm not a camper — I like my creature comforts too much. Note: An old meaning of `creatures' is material comforts, or things that make you feel comfortable.
See also: comfort, creature

creature of habit

a person who follows an unvarying routine.
See also: creature, habit, of

a creature of ˈhabit

a person who always does certain things at certain times: My grandfather is a real creature of habit — he likes his meals at the same time every day.
See also: creature, habit, of

out in the cold

Lacking benefits given to others; neglected.
See also: cold, out

creature comforts

Life’s material amenities. The term dates from the seventeenth century; it appears in Thomas Brooks’s Collected Works (1670), and again in Matthew Henry’s 1710 Commentaries on the Psalms (“They have . . . the sweetest relish of their creature comforts”).
See also: comfort, creature
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Asi, la co-luz cognoscente activa en tanto que intellectus ut co-actus trascendental se trueca en busqueda-aceptante de un tema superior, es decir, el ambito de co-luz intimo libre trocado por el intellectus ut co-actus en busqueda-aceptante trascendental busca la Luz Originaria, aceptandola, lo cual refiere a un dinamismo luminoso de sentido que, por una parte, no se desfuturiza (34) por ser inagotable orientado a su tema, el Sentido Originario; y, por otra, indica que ser aceptante del Sentido Originario significa apertura amorosa donal, pues la aceptacion creatural es ya ofrecimiento en correspondencia desigual de su sentido a modo de don de la propia luz.
For the creatural and social man, his social position and his being human generally constitute an elementary role.
Alfred Kazin once called him "the most solitary character in American fiction" (253), but his alienation cuts deeper still: neither white with blacks nor black with whites, he is also unmoored in a creatural sense, victimized by the somatic and neurological equipment that constitutes him, slated for a drastic weaning late in the book as he loses his sense of day and night, sleeping and wakefulness, directionality, numbers, names.
"Job of Athens, Timon of Uz" traces Timon and his biblical forbear to their abject residence at the "deserted margin between politics and life," finding there, again, the traumatic presence of the creatural as both condition and remainder of social existence.
Su musica, sentenciara Adorno, se orienta a la liberacion efectiva del <<sonido creatural>> de normas historicamente impuestas, una liberacion, pero, que solo sera posible desde la sujecion de un principio formal: <<El sonido desasido, no deformado, puramente creatural: esa es la idea de su musica, y la consecuencia de esta no quiera otra cosa que descender hasta el y sumergir toda forma en el, bajo la constriccion de su propia ley formal>> (8).
La participacion es la presencia helena en la especulacion cristiana, que hace posible discernir el ente en el complejo creatural, tan comprometido con la especulacion semitica, pero que no logro dominarlo del todo y sustraerlo a la esencia entitativa.
El trabajo de duelo que conlleva este transito supone una purificacion de los imaginarios que el deseo de existir inventa respecto a las formas de vida-despues-deesta vida y, junto con ello, una confrontacion con los imaginarios sobrios que al respecto ofrecen los relatos neotestamentarios sobre la resurreccion de Jesus y en el, la condicion humana y creatural, resucitada.
And in restraining him in his ethical hostility to God, God releases his creatural powers so that he can make positive contributions to the field of knowledge and art.
The nine pieces here run the gamut of social commentary, but one theme dominates: the "chaos and blur" of contemporary lives, despite our having "invented logic to beat back our creatural selves." And how we keep our "creatural selves" at bay remains life's biggest challenge for DeLillo's characters.
En ultima instancia a que la criatura no es la causa voluntaria de la desviacion actual de su propia voluntad (61), como no lo es de los errores que la determinan y que provienen de la limitacion creatural (62).
Se pueden mencionar los siguientes: la condicion creatural buena de los entes, la asimetria entre el bien y el mal, el libre albedrio, y la nocion de gobierno y providencia divina.
Several pieces contain kinetic elements which serve only to highlight their creatural qualities, rendering them something like rather absurd, high art versions of those kitsch Kit-Cat Klocks*, with rolling eyes and gently buzzing electronic innards.
Embodiment and education: Exploring creatural existence.
"A figure like Shylock," with his distant setting, his Jewish identity, his creatural appearance, "raises through its mere existence problems outside the sphere of the classical drama." Earlier in the chapter, Auerbach had seen him as a "borderline case," one straddling the tragic and the comic.
No tiene bastante en cuenta que la Iglesia es "mundo", que la mundanidad indica la realidad creatural mas fundamental de la Iglesia; olvida, en ultima instancia, que el Hijo de Dios se hizo hombre para salvar al mundo y no para salvar esta institucion.