Monthly Archives: May 2014

May
30
2014

argument

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ar gy@ m@nt

noun
definition 1:  a discussion in which there is disagreement along with presentation of various sides of an issue.
example:  The class was divided in the argument over the primary cause of the war.

definition 2:  a heated discussion; verbal quarrel.
example:  The husband and wife had had an argument and now refused to speak to each other.

definition 3:  a reason in favor of or against something.
example:  Her argument in favor of expanding the physical education program was convincing.
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May
30
2014

repine

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rih paIn
intransitive verb
1: to express or feel unhappiness; complain; fret.
She lay on the couch all day, repining over her misfortune.
2: to have a restless yearning for something; pine.
We will not prove ourselves ungrateful for the happiness we have, by repining for that which is impossible.” (James Fenimore Cooper , The Headsman)

 

 

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May
29
2014

scope

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skop

definition 1:  the breadth or range of one’s view, thoughts, operation, or the like.
example:  The clients were impressed with the scope of our vision for their project.
example:  These questions are beyond the scope of this investigation.
example:  You’ve explored your topic very narrowly, so your paper lacks scope.

definition 2:  the chance to function freely.
example:  The school encourages students to give their imaginations full scope.
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May
29
2014

plaudit

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plaw diht
noun
(often pl.) an enthusiastic show of approval, such as a round of applause or a very favorable review.
Despite plaudits from the critics, the film failed at the box office.

 

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May
28
2014

poverty

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pa v@r ti

noun
definition 1:  the condition of being poor or lacking the necessary means of support; indigence or want.
example:  Despite their work in the linen mill, the family lived in poverty.

definition 2:  scarcity or insufficiency; dearth.
example:  As there is a poverty of facts about the issue, the case cannot be argued either way.

definition 3:  lack of productiveness or fertility.
example:  The poverty of the land made it difficult to eke out a living from farming.
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