Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
1. in a state of having been legally declared incapable of paying off one’s debts and having one’s assets administered by a court to compensate creditors.
After years of struggling and being unable to pay back investors, the small company went bankrupt.
2. impoverished or unable to pay debts.
Most of the former employees became bankrupt, not being able to sell their homes or find other jobs in the area.
3. lacking in some quality.
The prison guards seemed bankrupt of all human feelings.
widely known and acclaimed; famous.
We were fortunate to have a renowned author speak at our graduation.
The restaurant serves excellent steaks, but it is mainly renowned for its seafood dishes.
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completely disordered or disorganized; in a state of utter confusion.
The children searched for their parents in the chaotic aftermath of the war.
1. occurring in or pertaining to the past; previous.
He’s a sports announcer now, but he was a star in his former career as a player.
I sent the letter to her former address by mistake.
2. being the first of two, or the first mentioned of two.
I prefer the former proposal to the latter.
3. having once been.
The senator is a former history professor.
Bill Clinton is a former U.S. president.
1. the second of two mentioned.
I like the taste of both red wine and white wine, but the latter makes me sleepy.
Now that I’ve heard both of them again, I’m sure I prefer the latter song to the former.
2. more advanced in time or sequence.
Latter fashions in the 19th century included a cinched waist.
The latter chapters of the text deal with prevention of disease.
3. in the later portion or toward to the end.
He became well-known as a painter in the latter part of his life.