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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Mar
31
2015

tradition

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tr@ dI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the process of handing down a culture’s beliefs, customs, and mores from one generation to the next.
example:  Tradition has preserved many of our ancient customs.

definition 2:  the beliefs, customs, and mores of a culture or group handed down from one generation to the next, or any one of these.
example:  Tradition calls for the bride to wear white on her wedding day.
example:  She is bound by tradition to live with her husband’s family.
example:  He accused his father of being blinded by tradition.
example:  It is a tradition in our family to open presents on Christmas Eve.
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Mar
31
2015

disquiet

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dIs kwaI iht

noun
lack of mental calm or peace; anxiety; uneasiness.
The protests evidence the growing disquiet over the new, harsher regime.

transitive verb
to make anxious or uneasy; disturb; worry.
The announcement of possible layoffs at the factory disquieted the workers.



Mar
30
2015

speculate

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spek y@ leIt

intransitive verb
definition:  to wonder or make a guess or guesses with respect to something.
example:  We have no facts, so we can only speculate as to her motives.
example:  I don’t want to speculate about the nature of their relationship.
example:  Would you like to speculate on the possibility of her running for governor next year?

transitive verb
definition:  to put forward (a guess or a theory) despite lack of complete evidence (followed by a clause).
example:  The press is speculating that the bomb blast was carried out by terrorists.
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Mar
30
2015

culpable

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kuhl pə bəl

adjective

guilty of a mistake or fault; blameworthy.
It is not the child who is culpable in this case; it is the parent.



Mar
27
2015

behemoth

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hi məth

1. a huge beast, perhaps a hippopotamus, mentioned in the Book of Job in the Old Testament.
2. any enormous or powerful creature or thing.

America’s second largest tobacco company, Reynolds American, acquired its competitor Lorillard for $27.4 billion, creating a $58 billion tobacco behemoth.”

The retail behemoth might not feel much pain from a wage hike, but some of its competitors would.”