Category: Vocabulary

Sep
23
2016

hazard

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hae z@rd

noun
1.  danger or risk.
Ice poses the greatest hazard for winter driving.

2.  something that causes a danger or risk.
The trek through the jungle was full of hazards.

3.  the operation of chance or accident in events.
He left his fate to hazard.
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Sep
22
2016

kernel

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kuhr n@l

noun
1.  the seed contained within the husk of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
The monkey broke into the fruit with its teeth and pulled out the kernel.

2.  a grain of wheat, corn, or the like.
The chickens pecked at the hard kernels of corn scattered on the ground.

3.  the most central part of something; core; nucleus.
That all humans deserve forgiveness was the kernel of the minister’s sermon for that day.
I understand the kernel of your argument, but your essay needs greater development.

4.  a tiny but significant element of something.
I noted a kernel of disgust in his voice when he told us what he’d found out.
We had to admit there was a kernel of truth in what she said.
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Sep
21
2016

decree

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dih kri

noun
an official and authoritative order or decision, esp. by a ruler or government.
He and all of his followers were banished by the king’s decree.

transitive verb
to order, decide, or ordain officially and authoritatively.
The government decreed a temporary ban on shrimp fishing.
The king decreed that his daughter should inherit the throne after his death.
The ruler decreed that this day be celebrated with a feast.
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Sep
21
2016

ameliorate

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ə mil  reIt

transitive verb
to make better; improve.
The measures taken did little to ameliorate the situation.
intransitive verb
to become better; improve.
His condition had ameliorated to the point that we could bring him home from the hospital. 
Her tense relationship with her mother-in-law ameliorated over time.

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Sep
20
2016

irreverent

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ih re 0v@ 0r@nt

adjective
1. not having or showing reverence or respect.
She considered it irreverent for anyone to call the pastor by his first name.
2. having or showing a humorously critical attitude toward institutions, beliefs, or people that others may revere.
The irreverent comic strip is always poking fun at governmental institutions.

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