Monthly Archives: July 2014

Jul
31
2014

lugubrious

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gu bri əs
adjective
sad or mournful, especiallyt in an exaggerated way; gloomy.
He’s been walking around with that lugubrious expression ever since his girlfriend left.

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Jul
31
2014

trauma

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

traw m@ [or] tra m@

noun
definition 1:  a wound or injury to the body, or the resulting condition of the body or damaged body part.
example:  The emergency room doctors see various types of trauma every day.
example:  The accident resulted in trauma to the driver’s neck and spine.

definition 2:  an emotional shock that has a deep and lasting effect on one’s mental and emotional life.
example:  The trauma caused by seeing her parents murdered remained with her all her life.

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Jul
30
2014

erode

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ih rod

transitive verb
definition 1:  to slowly wear away, eat into, or destroy by the action of friction or as if by friction.
example:  Wind erodes the unprotected topsoil.
example:  The river eroded the limestone and created a gorge.
example:  Peer pressure eroded her resistance.
example:  Jealousy eroded their friendship.

definition 2:  to form (a geological feature) by wearing away, esp. by the action of water, ice, or wind.
example:  The river eroded a deep channel for itself over the years.
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Jul
30
2014

Pollyanna

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pa li ae
noun
1. in an early twentieth-century novel by Eleanor H. Porter, the heroine and title character, who is always happy and optimistic.
2. (sometimes l.c.) a naively or persistently optimistic person.
She is too much of a Pollyanna to really help me find my way out of this mess. 

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Jul
29
2014

inchoate

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ihn ko iht

adjective
1.  in an early stage of existence.
example:  The inchoate government dealt with the most pressing problems first.

2.  partially or imperfectly developed.
example:  Their inchoate plan overlooks a number of potentialities.

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