Category: Vocabulary

Aug
20
2014

dissolute

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

dI sə lut

adjective
inclined to immoral behavior or dissipation; lacking or ignoring moral restraints.

Alexander Vronsky, in spite of the dissolute life, and in especial the drunken habits, for which he was notorious, was quite one of the court circle. (Tolstoy, Anna Karenina)

 

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
Post on Twitter


Aug
19
2014

stimulate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

stIm y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to incite or rouse to activity, action, or increased action.
example:  The speech stimulated the crowd.
example:  This medicine stimulates the heart.
example:  The professor asked questions to stimulate discussion.
example:  None of the books stimulated my interest.

(more…)

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
Post on Twitter


Aug
19
2014

magisterial

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

mae jih sti ri əl
adjective
1. of the nature of an intellectual master or authority such as a professor or scholar.
She has written a magisterial treatment of modern philosophy.

2. arrogantly dominating; overbearing.
He delivers his opinions with a magisterial air that everyone resents.

 

George Crabbe on the difference between “magisterial” and “majestic”

Magisterial, from magister, a master, and majestic, from majestax, are both derived from magis, moreor major, greater, that is, more or greater than others; but they differ in this respect, that the magisterial is something assumed, and is therefore often false; external. the majestic is natural, and consequently always real: an upstart, or an intruder into any high station or office, may put on a magisterial air, in order to impose on the multitude; but it will not be in his power to be majestic, which never shows itself in a borrowed shape; none but those who have a superiority of character or birth, or outward station, can be majestic: a petty magistrate in the country may be magisterial; a king or queen cannot uphold their station without a majestic deportment. (Dictionary of English Synonymes, 1816)

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
Post on Twitter


Aug
18
2014

accord

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

@ kord

noun
definition 1:  balanced interrelationship; agreement; harmony.
example:  In accord with tradition, the bride wore white.
example:  On this point at least, we are in perfect accord.

definition 2:  compromise of conflicting opinions; concurrence; agreement.
example:  After days of meetings, the members of the two sides reached an accord.

definition 3:  an agreement between or among nations.
example:  One country refused to sign the peace accord.
(more…)

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
Post on Twitter


Aug
18
2014

subdued

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

səb dud
adjective
restrained in emotion, spirit, or intensity.
No longer denying the accusations, the mayor seemed subdued as he spoke of the scandal.
For the funeral, you should wear a black dress, or at least something in a subdued color.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Share on Facebook
Share on LinkedIn
Post on Twitter