1934 Definitions

Complete List

All definitions are from 1934 Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition (©G.&C. Merriam Co.)

This source is gratefully acknowledged by twelvedrawings@gmail.com


From the Twelve Steps


Powerless  adj. Destitute of the ability (whether physical, mental, or moral) to act

Restore  v. To give back something which has been lost or taken

Decision  n. The act of terminating by giving judgment on

Inventory  n. An account, catalog, or schedule made by the executor of all the goods and chattels, and sometimes the real estate, of a deceased person

Admit  v. To suffer to enter

Ready  adj. Prepared for what one is about to do or experience

Remove  v. To change or shift the location, position, station, or residence of

Harm  v. To hurt

Amends  n. Compensation for a loss or injury

Continue  v. To remain in a given place or condition

Conscious (1 of 2)  n. Sharing knowledge

Contact (2 of 2)  n. A union or junction of bodies

Spiritual  adj. Of, pertaining to, or consisting of the breath of life


From the Twelve Traditions


Welfare  n. State of faring, or doing, well (in such a manner as is desirable or pleasing) [parentheses are original]

Conscience  n. Sense of awareness, especially of something within oneself, of right or wrong

Membership  n. State or status of being one of the persons composing a society, community, or party

Affecting   v.t. To lay hold of or attack (as a disease does) [parentheses are original]

Message  n. Any notice, word, or communication, written or oral, sent from one person to another.

Endorse  v. To write on the back of (a check, bill, note, or other commercial document) [parentheses are original]

Self Supporting   adj. Having a singularity in holding up or in position.

Non-professional  adj. Not of or pertaining to a profession, esp. a learned or skilled profession

Responsible  adj. Liable [liable = “bound or obliged in law or equity”] to respond

Controversy  n.  Acts of disputing or contending

Attraction  n.  Act, process, or power of drawing to, or causing to tend to

Anonymity  n.  Quality or state of bearing or giving no name


From the Serenity Prayer


God  n. A being of more than human attributes and powers

Grant  v. To agree or assent to

Serenity  n. The quality of being bright, clear, and calm

Accept  v. To receive with an assenting mind

Thing  n. A matter of concern

Can  v. To know how to

Not  adv. Makes negative a word or group of words

Change  v. To alter by substituting something for

Courage  n. The heart as the seat of intelligence, or feeling

Wisdom  n. The quality of judging soundly concerning what is true or false

Difference  n. The quality of being partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality


From the Twelve Promises


Freedom  n. Not being subject to an arbitrary external power.

Past  n. A former time or state

Comprehend  v. To take into the mind.

Peace  n. A pact or agreement to end hostilities or to come together in amity

Scale  n. Anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure.

Disappear  v. to cease to come or be in sight.

Interest  n. A right, title, share, or participation in a thing.

Self-seeking  v. To go in search of the entire person of an individual.

Outlook  n. A careful looking or watching for anyobject or event.

Fear  n. Painful emotion marked by alarm, extreme awe, or anticipation of danger.

Baffle  v. To check or defeat by perplexing.

Realize  v. To convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual.


The Insanities – from page 37 of the Big Book

[Sometimes a definition itself would contain a word with uncertain meaning. In those instances, I looked up the additional word in Webster’s 1934 and placed it in brackets.]


Insanity  adj.  The state of being unsound [unsound = “flawed, defected, or decayed.]

Proportion  n.  The relation of one portion to another, or to the whole, or of one thing to another, as respects magnitude, quantity, or degree.

Straight  adj.  Having an invariable direction

Reflect  v.  To turn or direct

Consequence  n.  That which follows something on which it depends

Reasoning  n.  The drawing of inferences [inferences = “passing from one judgment to another, or from a belief or cognition to a judgment”]

Excuse  n.  The act of excusing [excusing = “excepting”], apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like

Deliberately  adv.  Done or offered with deliberation [deliberation = “weighing and examining the reasons for an against a choice or measure”]

Justified  adj.  To prove or show to be just [just = “confirming to the spiritual law”]

Casually  adv.  Without design [for example”accidentally, fortuitously, by chance, incidentally”]

Absurd  adj.  Contrary to reason or propriety [propriety = “quality or status of being proper or fitting”]

Incomprehensible  adj.   Not capable of being taken into the mind.


Religious or Not?

Service n. – the occupation, condition, or status of a servant, now esp. a domestic servant.

Adoration  n. – act of paying honor to a divine being

God (or a god) n. – the Supreme Being (or a being of more than human attributes)

Express v. – to force out by pressure

Worship n. – courtesy or reverence paid to merit or worth

Command n. – act of directing authoritatively

Writings n. – specif., act, art, or product of forming letters and characters on paper, wood, stone, etc. to record the ideas which characters and words express, or to communicate them by words or sounds.

Teacher n. – one who makes to know how

Pursuit v. – to seek

Way n. – direction of motion, progress, facing, pointing, etc.

Incumbent n. – one who is in present possession of a benefice (note: “benefice”is a temporary land holding) or of any office

True adj. – steady in adhering to friends, promises, allegiances, or the like



All definitions are from 1934 Webster’s New International Dictionary,

Second Edition (©G.&C. Merriam Co.)

This source is gratefully acknowledged by twelvedrawings@gmail.com