Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jul
22
2016

ubiquitous

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yu bI kwih t@s

being or appearing to be in all places at the same time; omnipresent.
The war was a time of ubiquitous fear; even those living in the countryside did not feel safe.
His mother-in-law seemed to him to be ubiquitous; everywhere he turned, there she would be.

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Jul
21
2016

fallacious

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f@ leI sh@s

adjective
based on unsound logic; in error; illogical.
Unfortunately, you’ve based your essay on a fallacious argument.
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Jul
20
2016

agnostic

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aeg na stihk

noun
one who believes it is impossible to know anything about the existence or nonexistence of God or about the essential nature of things beyond the material universe.
He’d grown up in a religious family, but he later became an agnostic.

adjective
1.  of or pertaining to agnostics or their beliefs.
His attitude toward religion is agnostic; he takes the stance that one cannot know whether God exists or not.

2.  having a noncommittal or skeptical opinion about something.
I have firm opinions about political questions in general, but I’m agnostic about this particular issue.
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Jul
19
2016

grandiose

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graen di os

adjective
1.  pretentious, pompous, or ridiculously grand.
With his enormous wealth, he had a grandiose mansion constructed that not only looked like a castle but was surrounded by a moat.

She had grandiose plans to become a famous novelist, but she lacked the discipline to write.

2.  exceptionally grand or impressive; imposing.
The museum visitors were delighted by the grandiose display of royal jewelry.
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Jul
18
2016

mandatory

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maen d@ tor i

adjective
ordered as though by a mandate; obligatory.
There is a mandatory waiting period before one can purchase a gun in some states.
A physical exam is mandatory for all entering students.

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