Monthly Archives: April 2013

Apr
19
2013

reprieve

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rih priv
 transitive verb
to release (someone) temporarily or permanently from planned or impending punishment, pain, or difficulty.
example: Just two years ago, the new Constitution notwithstanding, an Afghan man was sentenced to death for converting – and was only reprieved, on grounds of insanity, after a massive international campaign. (more…)

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Apr
19
2013

overview

pronunciation:  o v@r vyu
part of speech:  noun

definition:           a general review, summary, or survey, as of a subject or situation.
example:             Before assigning the chapter in the text, the professor gave an overview of its main ideas.

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Apr
18
2013

vigilante

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vI j@ laen ti
noun
one who seeks to avenge a crime or injury or punish a criminal without legal authority or due process.
example: As the Cold War was replaced by America’s ongoing wars on crime and drugs, Hollywood embraced the armed vigilante as a heroic  icon. (Patrick McCormick, “How the West Wasn’t,” US Catholic, March 2011) (more…)

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Apr
18
2013

rationale

pronunciation: rae shə nael
part of speech: noun
definition 1
. a fundamental reason for doing or being; basis.
example: The attack on the naval base provided the rationale for going to war.
definition 2
. an argument, statement, or sequence of logical steps amounting to an explanation or justification.
example: Is there a rationale for this law?

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Apr
17
2013

tar and feather

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transitive verb
definition 1: to punish or humiliate by coating with tar and feathers.
definition 2: to punish with vicious criticism.
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