Tag: WVI level 5

Jul
08
2013

insouciant

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in·sou·ci·ant

ihn su si ənt

adjective

having no cares or anxieties; light-hearted; carefree.
example: She dismissed our accusations with an insouciant laugh and continued to dance.
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Jul
02
2013

conclave

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conclave

kan kleIv
kang kleIv

noun

1. a secret, private, or confidential meeting or gathering.
example: Some of the ship’s officers met in a conclave to discuss the competence of the captain.

2. the private meeting of the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church for the purpose of electing the pope.

3. a meeting of associated people.

 

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Jun
27
2013

scion

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scion

saI ən

noun

1. an offspring or heir.
example: To everyone’s astonishment, the art thief was revealed to be the scion of a wealthy banking family.

2. a budding shoot that is cut from a plant and used in grafting.

 

 

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Jun
26
2013

lapidary

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lapidary

lae pih deI ri

noun

1. one whose work is to cut, polish, or engrave gemstones, or the work itself.

2. an expert on or dealer in gemstones.
example: She consulted a lapidary about the value of her engagement ring.

quotation: “People that had lighted on a new thought or a thought that they fancied new, came to Emerson, as the finder of a glittering gem hastens to a lapidary, to ascertain its quality and value. (Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Mosses from an Old Manse”)

 

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Jun
25
2013

peremptory

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peremptory

remp tə ri

adjective

1. not permitting refusal or disobedience.
example: A peremptory order from the captain put a stop to our idling.

2. expressive of a command; imperative.
example: a peremptory tone of voice.

3. having an arrogant or imperious quality; dictatorial.
example: He speaks in an offensive, peremptory way.

4. in law, not allowing for debate or argument.
example: a peremptory challenge.

 

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