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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Sep
30
2015

weaken

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

wi k@n

transitive verb
definition:  to make weak or weaker; to cause to lose strength.
example:  The illness had weakened her a great deal, and it still took great effort to walk.
example:  He added some water to weaken the taste of the lemonade.

intransitive verb
definition:  to become weak or weaker; to lose strength.
example:  Without exercise, your muscles will weaken.
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Sep
30
2015

florid

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

flo rihd
adjective
1. of the skin, red or ruddy in color.
He was a man of florid complexion.
2. highly ornamented; flowery; elaborate.
She finds his writing lush and poetical, but I find it too florid and keep wishing he’d move the story along.



Sep
29
2015

prolix

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pro lIks or pro lIks

1. wordy and boringly long.
I skipped over the more prolix descriptive passages.

2. inclined to lengthy speech or writing.
His prolix tendencies make me impatient.



Sep
29
2015

stymy

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

staI mi

transitive verb
definition:  throw an obstacle in the way of (something or someone); to impede or thwart.
example:  The town council stymied the developer’s plans.
example:  She had ability as a skater, but she was stymied by lack of money to pay an expert coach.
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Sep
28
2015

malefactor

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

mae lih faek t@r

noun
definition:  one who commits a crime or does evil; criminal or wrongdoer.
example:  The police were eager to bring the malefactor to justice.
example:  Society does not easily forgive violent malefactors.
example:  Some of the malefactors were imprisoned for little more than stealing bread.
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