Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

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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May
11
2016

vehement

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vi @ m@nt

adjective
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.
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May
10
2016

advantageous

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aed vaen teI jihs,

adjective
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.
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May
09
2016

literal

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lI t@ r@l

adjective
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.
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