Category: Vocabulary

Jul
21
2016

miscreant

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mI skri ənt 

noun
an evil, villainous person; wrongdoer.
The miscreant was caught and punished.
adjective
evil or malevolent; villainous.
He’s been arrested several times for miscreant behavior such as vandalism and robbery.

His sister, Darlene, has taken on a new leadership role within the hacktivist organization, using her newfound respect to build their army of miscreant engineers and unleash new attacks around the city. http://www.polygon.com/tv/2016/7/14/12187108/mr-robot-season-2-premiere-review

 

 

 

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Jul
20
2016

agnostic

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aeg na stihk

noun
one who believes it is impossible to know anything about the existence or nonexistence of God or about the essential nature of things beyond the material universe.
He’d grown up in a religious family, but he later became an agnostic.

adjective
1.  of or pertaining to agnostics or their beliefs.
His attitude toward religion is agnostic; he takes the stance that one cannot know whether God exists or not.

2.  having a noncommittal or skeptical opinion about something.
I have firm opinions about political questions in general, but I’m agnostic about this particular issue.
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Jul
20
2016

factotum

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faek to təm

noun
one employed to do a wide variety of tasks.

After I gave up my dream of being an actor I got a job for five years at ParamountPictures in the 1980s working as a highfalutin factotum in the marketing department for an executive vice president… (Kevin Sessums, I Left it on the Mountain: A Memoir)

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Jul
19
2016

grandiose

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graen di os

adjective
1.  pretentious, pompous, or ridiculously grand.
With his enormous wealth, he had a grandiose mansion constructed that not only looked like a castle but was surrounded by a moat.

She had grandiose plans to become a famous novelist, but she lacked the discipline to write.

2.  exceptionally grand or impressive; imposing.
The museum visitors were delighted by the grandiose display of royal jewelry.
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Jul
19
2016

vignette

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vin yet

noun
1. a brief written or musical sketch, or brief film scene, that describes or characterizes a person, incident, situation, or the like. The little book is a collection of vignettes describing each small town the author visited as she traveled through France.
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