Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
pae r@ saIt
1. an animal or plant that lives on or in another organism and draws sustenance from it.
Several diseases are caused by parasites that can live in the human intestine.
2. a person who receives benefits or hospitality from others but does not give anything in return.
My brother-in-law is an unemployed parasite who lives with us and never bothers to look for a job.
1. a particular quality or trait that distinguishes a person or thing from others.
The film had all the earmarks of a blockbuster.
The man’s death had the earmarks of a suicide.
Although he could be charming, he had the earmarks of a violent man.
2. an identifying mark made on the ear of an animal such as a cow.
Judging by the earmark, he thought the cow belonged to the neighboring herd.
ae pri hen sh@n
1. anxiety about future events.
Thoughts of the surgery filled her with apprehension.
2. the act or condition of understanding intuitively.
Their immediate apprehension of the seriousness of the problem was critical to solving it.
He has little apprehension of how children learn.
3. the act of catching and placing under arrest.
The apprehension of the suspect took place this morning.
1. to pursue or follow relentlessly.
The sheriff hounded the bandits through the desert.
2. to continuously harass or nag.
He got his driver’s license and now he’s hounding his parents to buy him a car.
The collection agency keeps hounding us for money.
The princess felt she was being hounded by the press wherever she went.
puhr s@ kyut
1. to subject (especially those belonging to a different political, religious, or racial group) to persistent harassment, punishment, or ill-treatment.
Among those persecuted by the Nazis were Jews, Romanies, Poles, and political opponents, as well as people with disabilities.
2. to annoy or bother persistently; pester.
The bullies persecuted the new boy.