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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Apr
08
2014

obscurantism

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

əb skyuh rən tih zəm [or] ab skyə raen tih zəm

noun

1: active opposition to intellectual enlightenment, especially by withholding knowledge from the public.
The New York Times published an editorial condemning the Republican Party’s obscurantism on climate change.

2: a deliberate lack of clarity or directness of expression, as in certain styles of art or literature.
Many regard academic jargon as a form of obscurantism intended to maintain the exclusivity of the professorial class.