Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

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

mastermind

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mae st@r maInd

noun
definition:  a clever and intelligent person, esp. one who develops and directs plans, projects, or the like.
example:  We consider her the mastermind of our department; she oversees our projects and finds solutions to problems that arise.

transitive verb
definition:  to cleverly plan and supervise the development of.
example:  The army leaders masterminded the plot to depose the president.
example:  It was she who masterminded the plan to free the laboratory animals.
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May
20
2016

magnitude

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maeg nih tud

noun
definition 1:  size, extent, or dimension.
example:  The magnitude of a galaxy is difficult to fathom.

definition 2:  greatness or importance.
example:  The first moon landing was an event of great magnitude.

definition 3:  the measure of brightness of a celestial body.
example:  The sun has an apparent magnitude of -26.74.
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May
19
2016

jeopardy

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je p@r di

noun
definition:  danger, as of harm, death, or loss; peril.
example:  Smoking puts one’s health in jeopardy.
example:  The team’s perfect record was in jeopardy when its star player became injured.
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May
18
2016

facet

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fae siht

noun
definition 1:  one of the small, flat, polished faces of a cut gemstone.
example:  The many facets of this diamond make it sparkle in the light.

definition 2:  an angle, aspect, or phase, as of a problem or situation
example:  She shows different facets of her personality in different social contexts.
example:  Poverty is only one facet of the problem of homelessness.
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