Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
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.
be n@ faek t@r
definition: one who benefits or helps an individual or an institution, usu. by giving money.
example: The university library is named after one of the school’s benefactors.
example: The painter suffered much hardship after his benefactor withdrew his support.
definition: enthusiastic approval as by loud applause.
example: The end of the third act met with thunderous acclaim from the audience.
example: The restaurant received considerable acclaim from food critics, but customers felt the food was overpriced.
definition: to approve enthusiastically with or as if with loud applause or shouts.
example: Critics have acclaimed the author’s new novel, and many assert it to be her best.
a mih n@s
definition: indicating or threatening future evil or unpleasantness.
example: The black clouds looked ominous, so we paddled toward the shore.
example: The messenger conveyed an ominous warning.
definition 2: of or serving as an omen, esp. a bad omen.
example: The appearance of the comet was considered ominous.
wIm zih k@l
definition 1: characterized by or resulting from a whim or fancy.
example: He had to admit that it was a whimsical decision, not based on any clear logic or need.
example: The design of this vast mansion was whimsical, with its numerous odd turrets, balconies, and towers.
example: Punishments meted out by the tyrant were whimsical and had little to do with the severity of the crime.
definition 2: slightly odd or amusing in a uniquely imaginative way; fanciful; quaint.
example: This whimsical teapot in the shape of a bunny holding a carrot was her favorite.