Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
@ kuh st@md
1. in the habit of (usually followed by “to”).
We’re accustomed to getting up early.
2. habitual; characteristic.
They’re having their accustomed drinks before dinner.
They met every night at their accustomed spot.
ih veI sihv
1. serving to allow one to avoid, escape, or fail to perform something.
She became suspicious when he gave evasive answers to her questions.
The soldiers were taught evasive driving maneuvers in case of ambush.
2. acting in a way that avoids giving a true and complete response to a question.
When they asked where the money came from, he was evasive.
I can tell you’re being evasive with me, but I’ll find out the truth eventually.
1. artfully shy or retiring; playfully but calculatingly reticent.
She was being coy, but he didn’t find it charming this time when he needed a straight answer to his question.
“I haven’t the slightest idea what you’re talking about,” he replied in a coy manner.
2. timid or modest.
He was surprisingly coy about his accomplishments.
3. unwilling to reveal one’s intentions.
Don’t be coy with me; I need to know what you plan to do.
ae d@ m@nt
unlikely to change in response to any request or argument; firmly decided or fixed; unyielding.
He was adamant in his refusal to join any political party.
I thought I could change her mind, but she was adamant about her decision.
di fen sihv
1. intended for defense or protection, or serving to defend or protect.
Defensive fortifications were built along the sea coast.
Defensive measures were taken to protect the island from invasion.
2. done in order to defend against attack.
The defensive maneuver succeeded in fending off the attack.
If your opponent brings up that matter, you’ll need to be ready with a defensive argument.
3. taking or tending to take an excessively self-protective stance when feeling as if one is being criticized or that one’s ego is being threatened.
She’s a rather defensive person and reacts angrily to even the mildest criticism.
4. reflecting a need to protect oneself from a real or perceived attack.
When I asked a question about the decision, he answered in an angry and defensive tone.