Monthly Archives: May 2013

May
29
2013

meretricious

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meretricious

me rih trI shəs

adjective

1. appealing or attracting in a cheap, showy, or shallow way.
example: Some chandeliers convey opulent elegance, while others can be as meretricious as disco balls.
example: He succumbed to the meretricious charms of Parisian nightclubs.

2. lacking truth or sincerity; deceptive; spurious.
example: meretricious praise; a meretricious way of debating; a meretricious assertion.
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May
28
2013

measure

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

me zh@r

noun
definition 1:  calculation of exact dimensions within time or space, such as length, quantity, duration, weight, or capacity.
example:  She made a careful measure of the distance.

definition 2:  (often plural) something done to achieve an end.
example:  The state government passed a new measure to curb air pollution.
example:  The school is taking new measures to prevent students from dropping out.
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May
28
2013

augury

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awg yə ri

noun

definition 1: the art or practice or an instance of predicting the future or obtaining hidden knowledge by interpreting omens.
example: The soothsayer’s augury of death and misfortune was soon fulfilled.
example: I refuse to invest my money based on the auguries of stockbrokers.
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May
27
2013

reprobate

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re prə beIt

noun

definition: an evil or lawless person, often beyond hope of redemption.
example: He was considered a reprobate who deserved to spend his life in prison.
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May
24
2013

cynosure

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 saI nə shuhr or  sI nə shuhr

noun

definition: a thing or person that attracts attention and admiration.
example: At the after party, the beautiful actress was the cynosure of all eyes.

 

 

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