Tag: etymology

Aug
13
2013

incursion

in·cur·sion

ihn kuhr zhən

noun

1. a raid or sudden invasion.
example: Our troops led an incursion on the small village.

2. an encroachment or inroad.
example: She resented this incursion on her privacy. (more…)

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May
29
2013

meretricious

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

meretricious

me rih trI shəs

adjective

1. appealing or attracting in a cheap, showy, or shallow way.
example: Some chandeliers convey opulent elegance, while others can be as meretricious as disco balls.
example: He succumbed to the meretricious charms of Parisian nightclubs.

2. lacking truth or sincerity; deceptive; spurious.
example: meretricious praise; a meretricious way of debating; a meretricious assertion.
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May
02
2013

dissemble

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dih sem b@l
transitive verb
definition 1: to disguise or hide behind a false semblance; conceal the true nature or state of.
example: She dissembled her real motives for visiting her dying uncle.
definition 2: to pretend of make a false show of; feign.
example: She dissembled madness to escape punishment.

intransitive verb
definition: to conceal one’s true motives, opinions, or feelings by a pretense.
example: The spy must dissemble, must pretend to embrace a different opinion, laugh about a forbidden joke, must tell one himself.”

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