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u·ni·ver·sal sol·vent

a substance sought by the alchemists, and claimed by some to have been found, supposedly capable of dissolving all substances; sometimes, in a physiologic sense, applied to water.
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Second, we have to see what has been lost, dissolved by the universal solvent of indiscriminate choice.
Singer's "universal solvent" is an example of such an encroachment.
Baha'is would suggest, however, that religion is the "universal solvent," and that it can and must become the basis for a new global ethic.
I complained, quoting the sentence directly from the textbook: "There is no universal solvent." No luck.
Johann Gottlieb Fichte heralded the modern nation as a sort of universal solvent, in which "each single person becomes part of an organized whole and melts into one with it." In uber-philosopher Hegel's view, the nation "must be apprehended as an organism," making diversity of any kind the equivalent of disease.
Is the term "culture" becoming such a universal solvent that it's losing its usefulness?
Coursen ironically praises TV culture as that in which our dissatisfaction 'is easily dissolved in the universal solvent, another beer' (p.
AEC's Davis points out that water is "a universal solvent that tries to dissolve nearly everything it comes into contact with," including your cooling equipment.
For example, they have learned that their favored universal solvent cleaning agent, 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methyl chloroform), would carry an increased tax of 21.1 cents per pound in 1993, escalating to 53.5 cents per pound in 1995.
"It's a story", writes Siva Vaidhyanathan in this excellent critique, "of the hubris of good intentions, a missionary spirit and an ideology that sees computer code as the universal solvent for all human problems.
Sun Chemical's performance pigments group has introduced the Surpass line of easily dispersible products for universal solvent systems.

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