Monthly Archives: March 2014
1. exceptionally and openly bad or offensive; disgraceful; scandalous.
example: The government was condemned for its flagrant violation of international law and human rights.
rae dih k@l
definition 1: of or relating to roots, origins, or fundamental characteristics; basic.
example: There are radical differences between these two systems of government.
definition 2: extreme or complete, as a particular action or behavior.
example: The parents’ divorce brought about a radical change in the lives of the children.
example: His ideas were considered radical, and few people took him seriously.
definition 3: advocating drastic changes in laws, government, or society.
example: The government tried to suppress all radical groups.
example: Some professors were fired because of their radical political activities.
1. to injure with criticism.
example: He had heard of the sardonic, the cruel humour with which the writer scathed his contemporaries.
2. to injure or damage by, or as if by, fire.
example: But when the flames vanished, Jason still stood there, barely singed or scathed.
definition: only; simply; nothing more than.
example: He’s merely a child, and he won’t understand these adult matters.
example: I merely wanted your opinion; I’m not asking for your advice.
example: The student’s knowledge of Blake’s poetry was merely superficial.
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sihn tI lə
a tiny amount; trace.
example: There was not a scintilla of truth in the rumor.
Note: “Scintilla” is usually used in negative constructions, as in “not a scintilla of…,” and frequently to convey a complete lack of truth, evidence, or proof.
“Scintilla” is a Latin word meaning “spark, particle of fire, atom.” The English verb “scintillate” retains the fiery element and can mean “to give off sparks” (literally) or “to sparkle intellectually.”