Category: Vocabulary

Sep
20
2016

irreverent

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ih re 0v@ 0r@nt

adjective
1. not having or showing reverence or respect.
She considered it irreverent for anyone to call the pastor by his first name.
2. having or showing a humorously critical attitude toward institutions, beliefs, or people that others may revere.
The irreverent comic strip is always poking fun at governmental institutions.

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Sep
20
2016

abolition

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ae b@ lI sh@n

noun
1.  the act of abolishing or state of being abolished
In his speeches, he called for the abolition of slavery.

2.  (cap.) the end of slavery in the United States.
After Abolition in 1865, many former slaves moved to the North.
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Sep
19
2016

pact

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paekt

noun
1.  an agreement, esp. a sworn promise.
My friend and I made a pact never to tell what we saw that day.

2.  a formal compact or set of accords between or among nations; treaty.
Nazi Germany had signed a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union, but it violated that pact when it invaded the Soviet Union in 1941.
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Sep
19
2016

ratiocination

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rae shi a sih neI shən

noun
the process of thinking logically; reasoning.
Sherlock Holmes uses his exceptional powers of ratiocination to solve mysteries.
In unfamiliar territory, he proceeds by instinct while she she relies on ratiocination.

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Sep
16
2016

recede

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rih sid

intransitive verb
1.  to move back to a previous low level or point, as water.
After days of flooding, the rain stopped and the river water finally began to recede.

2.  to move away or back, either in physical reality or in the mind.
The hills receded as we drove away.
The incident was traumatic at the time, but it is receding in my memory now.
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