Monthly Archives: July 2013

Jul
29
2013

truculent

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truhk yə lənt

adjective

1. extremely hostile or belligerent; inclined to fight.
example: The prisoner’s truculent attitude made a bad impression on the parole board.

2. savagely and fiercely cruel or harsh; brutal.
example from literature: On the other hand, if a murderous brute with truculent eyes and gnashing teeth attempts to disembowel me with a butcher’s knife, the instinct of self-preservation comes out in all its old original ferocity, inspiring the heart with such implacable fury that after spilling his blood I could spurn his loathsome carcass with my foot.  (W.H. Hudson, The Purple Land)

 

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Jul
26
2013

sciolism

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sciolism

saI ə lih zəm
noun
superficial knowledge or familiarity, used as a basis for scholarly pretensions.

I myself prize classes far higher than I do lectures. From my own experience, a lecture is often a very dangerous method of teaching; it is apt to engender in the mind of men ungrounded conceit and sciolism, or the bad habit of knowing about subjects without really knowing the subject itself.(Charles Kingsley, Scientific Essays and Lectures)

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Jul
26
2013

issue

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I shu

noun
definition 1:  a point or matter that is of concern, in question, or under discussion.
example:  The citizens discussed various issues at the town meeting.
example:  The issue of whether or not to build a new stadium was hotly debated.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause to flow, move, or go out.
example:  The factory issued its waste into the river.
example:  Rockets were issued into the skies.

definition 2:  to give out, publish, circulate, or produce.
example:  A new edition of the book was issued by the publishers in August.
example:  The city will begin issuing parking permits for the new lot next week.
example:  The government issued new five-dollar bills.
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Jul
25
2013

smattering

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smattering

smae tə rIng
noun
a small or inadequate amount, especially of knowledge of a subject.
example: I know only a smattering of German.

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Jul
25
2013

phenomenon

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f@ na m@ n@n [or] f@ na m@ nan

noun
definition 1:  a perceptible occurrence or fact.
example:  We witnessed the phenomenon of the aurora borealis when we were visiting Alaska.
example:  Tornadoes and hurricanes are severe weather phenomena.

definition 2:  an unusual or rare occurrence or fact, often one that cannot be explained; marvel.
example:  The popularity of the British rock group the Beatles was a phenomenon in the 1960s.
example:  The growing of a 1500-pound pumpkin was a phenomenon.
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