thick terms

Term coined by Williams for those expressions in ethics that carry a descriptive as well as an evaluative component. Common examples include derogatory racial and sexist epithets, but terms denoting the virtues are also often argued to carry both kinds of meaning. The notion is often associated with the view that such terms are learned as a unity, so that the two components cannot be factored out separately, and this puts pressure on the fact/value distinction.

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  • thick — ► ADJECTIVE 1) with opposite sides or surfaces relatively far apart. 2) (of a garment or fabric) made of heavy material. 3) made up of a large number of things or people close together: thick forest. 4) (thick with) densely filled or covered with …   English terms dictionary

  • thick and fast — ► thick and fast rapidly and in great numbers. Main Entry: ↑thick …   English terms dictionary

  • thick as a plank — ► (as) thick as two short planks (or as a plank) Brit. informal very stupid. Main Entry: ↑thick …   English terms dictionary

  • thick as two short planks — ► (as) thick as two short planks (or as a plank) Brit. informal very stupid. Main Entry: ↑thick …   English terms dictionary

  • thick as thieves — ► (as) thick as thieves informal very close or friendly. Main Entry: ↑thick …   English terms dictionary

  • Thick And Thin Places — Faults in cloth due to irregular delivery of the warp and most in evidence at places where the loom has been stopped …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • thick — adjective 1》 with opposite sides or surfaces relatively far apart.     ↘(of a garment or similar item) made of heavy material. 2》 made up of a large number of things or people close together.     ↘(thick with) densely filled or covered with.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • thick and fast — rapidly and in great numbers. → thick …   English new terms dictionary

  • thick with — densely filled or covered with. → thick …   English new terms dictionary

  • thick-skulled — (also thick witted) adjective dull and stupid …   English new terms dictionary

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