Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

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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May
17
2016

benefactor

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be n@ faek t@r

noun
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.
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May
16
2016

acclaim

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@ kleIm

noun
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.

transitive verb
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.
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May
13
2016

ominous

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a mih n@s

adjective
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.
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May
12
2016

whimsical

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wIm zih k@l

adjective
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.
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