Monthly Archives: November 2013
pra dih gəl
1. imprudent and excessive in spending; extravagant.
The prodigal young man had squandered the money his father had given him to start up his business.
2. giving profusely or abundantly; lavish or bountiful (often followed by of or with).
definition 1: the organized system of written symbols and vocal sounds with which humans communicate thoughts, ideas, or emotions.
example: It surprises adults that children can learn language so quickly.
definition 2: a particular such system whereby people of the same nationality, region, or culture communicate with one another.
example: Much of the academic vocabulary of the English language derives from Latin.
definition 3: a style of writing or speaking, especially with respect to the particular type of words chosen.
example: The young poet’s language is vivid and powerful.
example: The boy’s mother scolded him for using profane language.
pro kruh sti ən
(often capitalized) pertaining to the forcing of someone or something into conformity with preconceptions.
It was pleasant to me to look on an ordinary face, and see it light up into a smile, and think with myself: “there is one heart that will judge of me by what I am, and not by a Procrustean dogma.”
steI t@s [or] stae t@s
definition 1: a person’s position or rank in relation to others or in the view of others.
example: He feels that his status, now that he is a limousine driver, is higher than it was when he was driving a taxi.
example: The report suggested that male police officers are granted a higher status by society than women police officers.
definition 2: a person’s condition as determined by law.
example: According to his immigration status as a refugee, he is allowed to work in this country.
example: Her marital status changed last year when she got a divorce.
definition 3: state of affairs; stage of development or progress.
example: She called to find out the status of her job application.
example: The new government hoped to change the status of the poor.
example: After he abandoned his family, he rarely thought about the status of his children.
pro ti ən
1. easily changing form or character; variable or versatile.
example: Plastic is a protean substance.
2. (cap.) of, concerning, or resembling Proteus. (Who is Proteus? –>) (more…)