Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
aed hir @nt
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.
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.
re klus [or] rih klus
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.
mae st@r maInd
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.
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.
maeg nih tud
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.