Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
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definition 1: resulting from whim or caprice instead of from a rule or reason.
example: The committee’s decision seemed completely arbitrary.
definition 2: exercising power with no legal restrictions; despotic.
example: One arbitrary leader after another ruled the country during this period of instability.
definition: to gain possession of; acquire.
example: He obtained his college degree in just three years.
example: The police asked him where he had obtained the stolen property.
definition: to be customary; prevail.
example: The traditional values of the founders of this community still obtain here.
definition 1: anyone who judges or evaluates.
example: Teenagers can be tough critics of video games.
example: My friend is a gentle but reliable critic of my writing.
definition 2: a person whose work is to write evaluations of literary, artistic, or other cultural works
example: Critics loved the film, but it did not attract large audiences.
example: Did you read what the critics had to say about the new restaurant?
definition 3: one who tends to criticize and find faults.
example: I don’t need a critic right now; I need some sympathy.
example: Everything has to be just right for my mother-in-law because she is such a critic.
definition 1: to twist out of shape; deform the appearance or functioning of.
example: The uneven surface of the mirror distorted his reflection.
example: Having the volume too loud distorts the sound.
definition 2: to falsify or misrepresent.
example: The actor felt the newspaper article distorted what he had said in the interview.
example: Exaggerating is often harmless, but it does distort the truth.
definition 1: aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, and surroundings.
example: The fighter was no longer conscious when the referee began counting.
definition 2: aware of or sensitive to (often followed by “of”).
example: She competed seriously, but she was also conscious of her limitations.
example: He gradually became conscious of someone standing behind his chair.
definition 3: fully intended; deliberate.
example: Moving to a faraway city was a conscious choice on his part.
example: She made a conscious decision to lead a healthier life.