Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    gratuitous

    gr@ tu ih t@s  [or]  grae tu ih t@s

    adjective
    1.  given or done without sufficient reason or justification; unwarranted.
    The movie’s gratuitous violence earned it low ratings from critics.

    2.  given or received without charge or cost.
    The company offers gratuitous shipping with large orders.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    pathetic

    p@ the tihk

    adjective
    1.  arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, or tender concern.
    The baby’s pathetic crying was due to both hunger and cold.
    The limping dog was a pathetic sight.

    2.  miserably ineffective or inadequate; worthy of arousing scorn or ridicule.
    You did a pathetic job of fixing this–look! It’s still leaking!
    I’ve always been a pathetic housekeeper, so I finally hired a cleaner.
    Your attempts to get our sympathy is pathetic!
    He’s pathetic at playing tennis; he’s always hitting the ball straight over the fence.

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Aug
22
2014

diminish

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih mIn ihsh

intransitive verb
definition:  to decrease or abate; dwindle.
example:  As the daylight began to diminish, we headed back to camp.
example: The pain diminished somewhat after taking the medication.
example:  The volume of the trumpets should diminish gradually in this section.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to decrease or cause to appear decreased in size, prestige, or importance.
example:  He felt his wife’s success in show business diminished his own achievements.

definition 2:  to detract from the honor or reputation of; disparage; belittle.
example:  His cowardice diminished him in his son’s eyes.
example:  The accusation of tax evasion diminished her reputation as an honest politician.

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