Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jun
24
2016

zenith

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zi nihth

noun
definition 1:  the point in the sky that is directly over the head of the observer. (Cf. nadir.)
example:  She looked up at the zenith, and the stars seemed to form an umbrella over the earth.

definition 2:  the highest point; climax; peak.
example:  The popularity of the band was at its zenith in the late sixties.
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Jun
23
2016

caprice

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k@ pris

noun
definition:  a sudden, impulsive change of mind or direction, or an unpredictable action.
example:  On one of his caprices, he bought himself a yacht, but he’s never gotten around to sailing it.
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Jun
22
2016

echelon

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esh @ lan

noun
definition:  a level of authority or rank, as in an organization.
example:  She overcame numerous obstacles to reach the top echelon in her company.
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Jun
21
2016

abhorrence

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aeb hor @ns

noun
definition:
 a feeling of complete loathing, repulsion, or horror.
example:  Her abhorrence of snakes made a visit to the reptile house unlikely.
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Jun
20
2016

melancholy

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me l@n ka li

noun
definition:  a sad, gloomy, or depressed state or quality.
example:  Melancholy overcame her as her thoughts turned to lost opportunities.
example:  He’s fallen into melancholy since his wife’s death
example:  A feeling of melancholy pervaded the household during those difficult times.

adjective
definition:  suffering from or tending to suffer from sadness, gloominess, or depression.
example:  He was melancholy that evening, thinking of pleasant times in the past.
example:  She is a melancholy young woman who would benefit from having friends but seems to prefer solitude.
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