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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Mar
21
2014

undermine

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

uhn d@r maIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to weaken the foundations of.
example:  The dike is being undermined by water.

definition 2:  to gradually, secretly, or imperceptibly weaken and destroy.
example:  Her mother-in-law undermined her relationship with her husband.
example:  The rumors undermined the candidate’s credibility.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb undermine (definition 2)

undermine + NOUN:    ~ authority, ~ efforts, ~ confidence, ~ credibility, ~ morale, ~ support, ~ security, ~ stability, ~ legitimacy, ~ regime,  ~ policies, ~ attempts, ~ values, ~ goals, ~ independence, ~ peace, ~ trust, ~ belief, ~ principals, ~ viability, ~ ability, ~ democracy, ~ government, ~ autonomy, ~ alliance, ~ sovereignty