Category: Vocabulary

Jul
22
2014

“shrive” and “short shrift”

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shrive

shraIv
transitive verb
inflections: shrived, shriven, shrives, shriving, shrove

of a priest, to hear the confession of, assign penance to, or give absolution to (someone).

 

short shrift

short shrIft
noun

1: a brief or perfunctory attention given to a person or topic.
2: a brief time granted a condemned prisoner for confession or absolution before his or her execution.

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Jul
22
2014

imperative

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ihm per @ tihv

adjective
definition 1:  extremely important; urgent; unavoidable.
example:  It is imperative that these peace efforts succeed.
example:  It is imperative that the town be evacuated immediately.
example:  Getting the burn victims to a hospital is imperative.

definition 2:  in grammar, of or denoting the mood of the verb used in making demands, giving orders, or the like.
example:  In the sentence, “Come here!” the verb “come” is in the imperative form.
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Jul
21
2014

strive

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straIv

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to try or work hard; exert oneself.
example:  She’s striving to reach the top in her profession.
example:  The athletes strove to improve their performance before the next Olympics.
example:  Leaders on both sides have been striving for a peaceful end to the conflict.
example:  He continues to strive toward his goal of entering politics.

definition 2:  to struggle, usually against something or someone.
example:  His father and mother had striven against poverty in the old country.
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Jul
18
2014

sentence adverb: ideally

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aI di ə li
adverb
1: in conformance with an ideal; perfectly.
They were ideally suited to each other.
2: in ideal but improbable circumstances; in theory.
Ideally, we should get a share of the profits.

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Jul
18
2014

terminology

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tuhr mih na l@ ji

noun
definition:  the specialized vocabulary and expressions used in a particular field or subject; nomenclature.
example:  This course introduces the student to the most important concepts and terminology of the field of economics.
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