Monthly Archives: September 2014

Sep
30
2014

critic

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

krI tihk

noun
definition 1:  anyone who judges or evaluates.
example:   Teenagers can be tough critics of video games.
example:  My friend is a gentle but reliable critic of my writing.

definition 2:  a person whose work is to write evaluations of literary, artistic, or other cultural works
example:  Critics loved the film, but it did not attract large audiences.
example:  Did you read what the critics had to say about the new restaurant?

definition 3:  one who tends to criticize and find faults.
example:  I don’t need a critic right now; I need some sympathy.
example:  Everything has to be just right for my mother-in-law because she is such a critic.
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Sep
30
2014

drivel

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drI v@l

noun

1. foolish or silly speech or ideas.
I don’t believe a word of this drivel about instant weight loss.

2. saliva that has been allowed to fall from the mouth; drool.

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Sep
29
2014

distort

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dih stort

transitive verb
definition 1:  to twist out of shape; deform the appearance or functioning of.
example:  The uneven surface of the mirror distorted his reflection.
example:  Having the volume too loud distorts the sound.

definition 2:  to falsify or misrepresent.
example:  The actor felt the newspaper article distorted what he had said in the interview.
example:  Exaggerating is often harmless, but it does distort the truth.
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Sep
29
2014

scoff

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skaf

intransitive verb

to speak with mild scorn or derision (often fol. by at).
He scoffed at my fear of the dark.

Bart blames Milhouse for snitching on him, and when Milhouse says he feared crows pecking at his soul for eternity if he didn’t tell, Bart scoffs at the very notion of having a soul, saying there is no such thing. (http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Bart_Sells_His_Soul)

noun

an expression of mocking disapproval.
Her arrogant boss responded with a scoff when she asked for a raise.

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Sep
26
2014

conscious

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kan sh@s

adjective
definition 1:  aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, and surroundings.
example:  The fighter was no longer conscious when the referee began counting.

definition 2:  aware of or sensitive to (often followed by “of”).
example:  She competed seriously, but she was also conscious of her limitations.
example:  He gradually became conscious of someone standing behind his chair.

definition 3:  fully intended; deliberate.
example:  Moving to a faraway city was a conscious choice on his part.
example:  She made a conscious decision to lead a healthier life.
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