Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

May
26
2016

adherent

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aed hir @nt

noun
definition:  one who supports or follows a person, party, principle, or the like (usually followed by “of”)
example:  The new faith quickly gathered adherents.
example:  Bach was a strong adherent of the Lutheran Church.
example:  As a youth, he was an adherent of Marxism, but he later became a capitalist.
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May
25
2016

novice

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na vihs

noun
definition 1:  a person with little or no experience, esp. in a work situation; beginner.
example:  The job was a tricky one and the boss didn’t want to risk handing it over to a novice.
example:  I could use some help because I’m still a novice at using this machine.

definition 2:  a new member of a religious order who is undergoing a period of testing before taking vows.
example:  Some of the rules that the nuns lived by were difficult for her when she’d been a young novice.
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May
24
2016

recluse

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re klus  [or]  rih klus

noun
definition:  a person who lives in voluntary isolation from others.
example:  The billionaire Howard Hughes spent the last years of his life as an ailing and eccentric recluse.
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May
23
2016

mastermind

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mae st@r maInd

noun
definition:  a clever and intelligent person, esp. one who develops and directs plans, projects, or the like.
example:  We consider her the mastermind of our department; she oversees our projects and finds solutions to problems that arise.

transitive verb
definition:  to cleverly plan and supervise the development of.
example:  The army leaders masterminded the plot to depose the president.
example:  It was she who masterminded the plan to free the laboratory animals.
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May
20
2016

magnitude

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maeg nih tud

noun
definition 1:  size, extent, or dimension.
example:  The magnitude of a galaxy is difficult to fathom.

definition 2:  greatness or importance.
example:  The first moon landing was an event of great magnitude.

definition 3:  the measure of brightness of a celestial body.
example:  The sun has an apparent magnitude of -26.74.
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