Category: Vocabulary

May
26
2016

adherent

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aed hir @nt

noun
definition:  one who supports or follows a person, party, principle, or the like (usually followed by “of”)
example:  The new faith quickly gathered adherents.
example:  Bach was a strong adherent of the Lutheran Church.
example:  As a youth, he was an adherent of Marxism, but he later became a capitalist.
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May
25
2016

novice

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na vihs

noun
definition 1:  a person with little or no experience, esp. in a work situation; beginner.
example:  The job was a tricky one and the boss didn’t want to risk handing it over to a novice.
example:  I could use some help because I’m still a novice at using this machine.

definition 2:  a new member of a religious order who is undergoing a period of testing before taking vows.
example:  Some of the rules that the nuns lived by were difficult for her when she’d been a young novice.
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May
24
2016

untenable

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

uhn te nə bəl
adjective
1. of an argument, position, or the like, incapable of being defended or maintained.
Refusing to comment on her lengthy absence from the House is an untenable strategy for the congresswoman, as the media attention is becoming a distraction for her colleagues.
Payday loans lend low-income borrowers temporary cash at untenable interest rates.

2. of a building or the like, incapable of being occupied or lived in.

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May
24
2016

recluse

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re klus  [or]  rih klus

noun
definition:  a person who lives in voluntary isolation from others.
example:  The billionaire Howard Hughes spent the last years of his life as an ailing and eccentric recluse.
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May
23
2016

parley

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par li
noun
a discussion, esp. between opponents or enemies, as to establish terms of truce. The general called for a parley to discuss a truce.

intransitive verb
to engage in a discussion with an opponent or enemy, as to arrange a truce. The leaders parleyed but neither were satisfied with the other’s terms.

transitive verb
to build on or take advantage of (something) so that it becomes something greater or yields a desired object. He parleyed his good looks and charm into a successful career as an actor. She parleyed her idea into a national chain of salons.

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