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

Category: Vocabulary

Sep
22
2017

landlocked

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laend lakt

adjective
lacking access to the sea.
Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries in South America; all the other countries border the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, or both in the case of Colombia.
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Sep
22
2017

labyrinthine

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lae b@ rIn thihn  [or]  lae b@ rIn thin

adjective
1.  of, resembling, or forming a labyrinth.
We followed our guide through the labyrinthine catacombs.
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Sep
21
2017

pathetic

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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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Sep
21
2017

gratuitous

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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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Sep
20
2017

balmy

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bal mi

adjective
1.  gentle, mild, and soothing.
They prefer the balmy climate of the South Sea Islands.

2.  fragrant, like a balm.
The tropical air was balmy with the scent of gardenias.
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