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

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Jun
19
2013

nature

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

neI ch@r

noun

definition 1:   the essential character or quality of a person or thing.
example:  Need for control is an aspect of human nature.
example:  It’s not in her nature to forgive easily.
example:  I was not aware of the illicit nature of their dealings.

definition 2:   the physical world and living things as they exist apart from the activity or intervention of human beings.
example:  Animals, plants, and mountains are part of nature.
example:  We need to preserve the wonders of nature.

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Collocations:  Words frequently used in combination with the noun “nature” (definition 1)

ADJECTIVE + nature:     human ~ ,  true  ~ , very ~ (e.g., By their very nature, humans are egocentric),  complex  ~ (e.g., the complex nature of higher mathematics),  serious  ~ ,  technical  ~ ,  competitive  ~ (e.g., It was not in his competitive nature to give up without a fight),  fundamental ~ ,  sexual ~ , changing ~ , divine ~ ,  violent ~ (e.g., the violent nature of the films the children are exposed to), aggressive ~ (e.g., the aggressive nature of the boys’ interaction with each other),  dual ~ ,  multidimensional ~ , interdisciplinary ~