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

  • Word of the Day
    carouse

    k@ raUz

    intransitive verb
    to revel in a boisterous and drunken manner.
    They’d been carousing in the bar and were now staggering home, still singing and shouting.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    notify

    no tih faI

    transitive verb
    to give notice to; tell or inform, esp. formally.
    The contest judges notified the winners by mail.
    Who should we notify in case of an emergency?
    The landlord notified the tenants that the water would be shut off in the morning.

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Sep
24
2013

skepticism

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

skep tih sih zəm

noun

1. distrust or disbelief, or a general tendency to doubt and question.
example: The nutritionist’s claim of finding a cure for the disease was met with intense skepticism in the medical community.

2. doubt of the possibility of real or absolute knowledge, especially as a philosophical doctrine.
example: Descartes confronts skepticism and then defeats it with his conclusion that because he thinks, he must exist.

3. doubt or disbelief of religious claims to truth; agnosticism or atheism.
example: Religious skepticism produced philosophies based in reason.