Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jun
19
2013

nature

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neI ch@r

noun

definition 1:   the essential character or quality of a person or thing.
example:  Need for control is an aspect of human nature.
example:  It’s not in her nature to forgive easily.
example:  I was not aware of the illicit nature of their dealings.

definition 2:   the physical world and living things as they exist apart from the activity or intervention of human beings.
example:  Animals, plants, and mountains are part of nature.
example:  We need to preserve the wonders of nature.
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Jun
19
2013

nepotism

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nepotism

netih zəm

noun

favoritism shown to a near relative, as in preferential hiring or patronage.
example: The governor was accused of nepotism after he hired his mother to fill a top position.

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Jun
18
2013

endeavor

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ihn de v@r

noun
definition:  a strenuous or conscientious attempt to accomplish something.
example:  Building the bridge was a huge endeavor.

intransitive verb
definition:  to make an earnest effort; strive.
example:  The settlers endeavored to get their crops planted in time for the growing season.
example:  He endeavored to find a new a job, but it was difficult with little experience.
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Jun
18
2013

austere

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austere

aw stir

adjective

1. having a stern or solemn appearance or personality.
example: The austere clergyman was somewhat frightening to the children.

2. having nothing more than what is strictly necessary; very simple or plain.
example: The doctor put her on an austere diet.
example: Her room in the hospital was austere, and this made her appreciate the flowers even more. (more…)

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Jun
17
2013

pelf

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pelf

noun

money or wealth, usually regarded with disapproval or contempt.
example: The robbers were discovered in a barn, huddled over their pelf. (more…)

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