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The violence is also amplified by being culturally informed about what signifies the most serious transgressions (the most humiliating, desecrating, obscene), what terrifies, what is culturally most abject.
Being a seventh son becomes a curse insofar as it alienates and renders black Americans invisible and unseen (the "veil" signifies the color line), yet it also constitutes a blessing in that it bestows a measure of clairvoyance and "second-sight"--i.
This literalist claim by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, complements his earlier denial that est in the same instance signifies "a resemblaunce, (& not the beynge, as the verbe substantiue properly doth signifie).
Musician may groove and toke in order to "escape," but the flat, no-nonsense, nonillusionistic way he's painted signifies he's stuck struggling with the real.
Odysseus' "cross" meant freedom from the passions; Jesus' cross signifies freedom from sin and from death.
This milestone signifies that banking/ATM card usage is changing the way Americans pay for goods and services.
Our exponential growth in activity signifies substantial validation for the firm's activities as a leader in the direct secondary market," said Kenneth Sawyer, managing director of Saints Capital.
Feasting is an integral part of the holiday, which signifies a new beginning with the hopes of good luck and prosperity for family and friends.
A linguistic unit signifies only by its difference from other linguistic signifiers; but beyond (and before) signification there is perhaps an ontological sameness.
The couple's reciprocal gaze foregrounds the conjugal as if their appearance on the map signifies a replication of the family structure at the political level.
The Latin phrase `non constat de supernaturalitate' signifies that at the present stage of investigation, it is not yet possible to declare the supernatural reality of the phenomena, but that such a possibility remains open for the future.
A written authorization from a government agency signifies that the funds have been allocated in their annual budget for the specific project and the authorization is the commitment to proceed with the work under the terms of a negotiated contract between the parties.