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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Dec
19
2016

wrongheaded

Posted in Word of the Day by Lynn

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adjective
1.  perversely and obstinately adhering to a wrong opinion or course of action.
It was wrongheaded of him to refuse to put on sunscreen, especially considering the cancer scare he experienced last year.

2.  contrary to sound judgment.
Her leaving school is a wrongheaded decision that she will surely regret.
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Dec
16
2016

evasive

ih veI sihv

adjective
1.  serving to allow one to avoid, escape, or fail to perform something.
She became suspicious when he gave evasive answers to her questions.
The soldiers were taught evasive driving maneuvers in case of ambush.

2.  acting in a way that avoids giving a true and complete response to a question.
When they asked where the money came from, he was evasive.
I can tell you’re being evasive with me, but I’ll find out the truth eventually.

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Dec
15
2016

coy

koI

adjective
1.  artfully shy or retiring; playfully but calculatingly reticent.
She was being coy, but he didn’t find it charming this time when he needed a straight answer to his question.
“I haven’t the slightest idea what you’re talking about,” he replied in a coy manner.

2.  timid or modest.
He was surprisingly coy about his accomplishments.

3.  unwilling to reveal one’s intentions.
Don’t be coy with me; I need to know what you plan to do.
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Dec
14
2016

adamant

ae d@ m@nt

adjective
unlikely to change in response to any request or argument; firmly decided or fixed; unyielding.
He was adamant in his refusal to join any political party.
I thought I could change her mind, but she was adamant about her decision.

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Dec
13
2016

defensive

di fen sihv

adjective
1.  intended for defense or protection, or serving to defend or protect.
Defensive fortifications were built along the sea coast.
Defensive measures were taken to protect the island from invasion.

2.  done in order to defend against attack.
The defensive maneuver succeeded in fending off the attack.
If your opponent brings up that matter, you’ll need to be ready with a defensive argument.

3.  taking or tending to take an excessively self-protective stance when feeling as if one is being criticized or that one’s ego is being threatened.
She’s a rather defensive person and reacts angrily to even the mildest criticism.

4.  reflecting a need to protect oneself from a real or perceived attack.
When I asked a question about the decision, he answered in an angry and defensive tone.
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