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

  • Word of the Day
    gratuitous

    gr@ tu ih t@s  [or]  grae tu ih t@s

    adjective
    1.  given or done without sufficient reason or justification; unwarranted.
    The movie’s gratuitous violence earned it low ratings from critics.

    2.  given or received without charge or cost.
    The company offers gratuitous shipping with large orders.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    pathetic

    p@ the tihk

    adjective
    1.  arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, or tender concern.
    The baby’s pathetic crying was due to both hunger and cold.
    The limping dog was a pathetic sight.

    2.  miserably ineffective or inadequate; worthy of arousing scorn or ridicule.
    You did a pathetic job of fixing this–look! It’s still leaking!
    I’ve always been a pathetic housekeeper, so I finally hired a cleaner.
    Your attempts to get our sympathy is pathetic!
    He’s pathetic at playing tennis; he’s always hitting the ball straight over the fence.

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Oct
14
2013

travesty

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

trae vih sti

noun
1. an exaggerated or grotesque imitation or parody, as of a literary work or serious subject, made to ridicule the original.
example: His symphonies are a hilarious travesty of classical music.

2. something so grotesque or inferior as to seem a parody.
example: The unethical, self-serving practices of these reporters represent a travesty of honest journalism.

transitive verb
to make a travesty of; ridicule, mock, or parody.
example: A sketch that travestied university professors angered some and delighted others.