Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
1. danger or risk.
Ice poses the greatest hazard for winter driving.
2. something that causes a danger or risk.
The trek through the jungle was full of hazards.
3. the operation of chance or accident in events.
He left his fate to hazard.
1. the seed contained within the husk of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
The monkey broke into the fruit with its teeth and pulled out the kernel.
2. a grain of wheat, corn, or the like.
The chickens pecked at the hard kernels of corn scattered on the ground.
3. the most central part of something; core; nucleus.
That all humans deserve forgiveness was the kernel of the minister’s sermon for that day.
I understand the kernel of your argument, but your essay needs greater development.
4. a tiny but significant element of something.
I noted a kernel of disgust in his voice when he told us what he’d found out.
We had to admit there was a kernel of truth in what she said.
an official and authoritative order or decision, esp. by a ruler or government.
He and all of his followers were banished by the king’s decree.
to order, decide, or ordain officially and authoritatively.
The government decreed a temporary ban on shrimp fishing.
The king decreed that his daughter should inherit the throne after his death.
The ruler decreed that this day be celebrated with a feast.
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1. the act of abolishing or state of being abolished
In his speeches, he called for the abolition of slavery.
2. (cap.) the end of slavery in the United States.
After Abolition in 1865, many former slaves moved to the North.
1. an agreement, esp. a sworn promise.
My friend and I made a pact never to tell what we saw that day.
2. a formal compact or set of accords between or among nations; treaty.
Nazi Germany had signed a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union, but it violated that pact when it invaded the Soviet Union in 1941.