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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Oct
31
2014

phantom

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

faen t@m

noun
definition 1:  an unreal or illusory figure, such as a ghost or specter; apparition.
example:  She believed it was a phantom she’d seen at the top of the stairs, illumined by an eerie light.

definition 2:  a mental image that has no physical reality.
example:   She wrestled with these fearful phantoms in her mind.

adjective
definition 1:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a ghost or phantom; unreal.
example:  Many sailors claimed that they’d seen the phantom ship afloat in the moonlight.

definition 2:  seemingly real but actually nonexistent.
example:  The pitiable man was in terror of his phantom persecutors.

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Oct
31
2014

masquerade

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

mae skə reId

noun

1. a party or ball at which the guests wear costumes and masks.
She wanted to find out the identity of her intriguing dance partner at the masquerade.

2. an outward pretense; false outward appearance.
No one was fooled by her masquerade of humility.

3. activity or existence under false pretenses or false identity.

 intransitive verb

1. to purposely assume the identity or appearance of another person.
She gained access to high society by masquerading as a member of the royal family.

2. to wear a costume or disguise.



Oct
30
2014

inform

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ihn form

transitive verb
definition 1:  to communicate knowledge to; tell.
example:  The doctor informed us that the surgery went well.
example:  No one informed me of these changes.
example:  Have you informed the landlord about this problem?

definition 2:  to pervade or be instilled in.
example:  Caustic wit informs this new play.

intransitive verb
definition:  to provide incriminating knowledge about someone, usually in secret.
example:  It was the gangster’s girlfriend who eventually informed on him.
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Oct
30
2014

gullible

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

adjective
readily believing and thus easily tricked or deceived.
They convinced the gullible younger kids that the house was haunted.



Oct
29
2014

counteract

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

kaUn t@r aekt

transitive verb
definition:  to overcome or lessen the effect of through opposition or opposite action.
example:  The antidote counteracted the poison.
example:  He counteracted their stubborn refusal with clever persuasion.
example:  Coffee doesn’t actually counteract the effects of alcohol.
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