Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
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.
vi @ m@nt
definition 1: intensely emotional; impassioned; heated.
example: They were surprised by her vehement refusal to answer the question.
example: The architect was vehement about the need for stronger ceiling supports.
example: The proposal was met with vehement opposition from various members of the council.
definition 2: extremely forceful, vigorous, or energetic; very strong.
example: The audience made their desire known by a vehement stomping of feet.
aed vaen teI jihs,
definition: offering benefit, gain, or profit.
example: Having experience in that particular area put her in an advantageous position.
example: Fluency in another language can be advantageous in the job market.
example: The hotel’s being near the new convention center will be extremely advantageous.
lI t@ r@l
definition: in accordance with the ordinary, exact, or primary meaning of a word or words; not figurative or metaphorical.
example: If someone is starving in the literal sense, that person is actually dying from lack of food and not simply very hungry.
example: His literal understanding of things made it difficult for him to see the humor in many jokes.