Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jan
20
2017

monstrous

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man str@s

adjective
1.  frighteningly hideous; frightfully ugly.
They screamed as they saw the monstrous creature emerge from the lagoon.

2.  shocking, horrible, or atrocious.
He received the death penalty for the monstrous crime he committed.
The guards’ monstrous brutality provoked a riot in the prison.

3.  extraordinarily or abnormally large; oversize; huge.
After the game, they ate a monstrous meal of burgers, pizza, and barbecued ribs.
Cleaning up after the parade was a monstrous job for the sanitation department.
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Jan
19
2017

harsh

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harsh

adjective
1.  rough and unpleasant to the senses, esp. hearing.
The branches made a harsh screeching noise as they scraped the window.
Cherry flavoring covers up the harsh taste of the medicine.

2.  rough and unpleasant in effect or action.
Flogging was a harsh but common punishment aboard ship.
I turned my collar up against the harsh wind.
It was a harsh remedy, but it achieved good results.

3.  severe or demanding.
The sergeant was a harsh taskmaster.
If you continue to be so harsh with the child, he will grow up to resent you.
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Jan
18
2017

equivalent

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ih kwI v@ lihnt

adjective
the same as or equal to another in force, value, measure, or meaning.
Her punishment didn’t seem equivalent to mine.
Do you think the education you would receive at the state school would be equivalent to what you would receive at this private school?
An inch is equivalent to 2.54 centimeters.
“House” in English is usually equivalent to Spanish “casa.”
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Jan
17
2017

destructive

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dih struhk tihv

adjective
causing chaos or destruction.
1.  Tornadoes and hurricanes can be terribly destructive events.
The deer have been very destructive of our garden in recent years.

2.  tending to destroy or discredit.
This sarcastic criticism is destructive rather than helpful to the students.
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Jan
16
2017

incongruous

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ihn kang gru @s

adjective
1.  not suitable or fitting; out of place.
Shorts were incongruous attire for this formal occasion.

2.  not blending together harmoniously.
He and she had incongruous tastes, and deciding on furnishings was always a difficult business.

3.  not consistent.
This statement was incongruous with his previous remarks.
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