Category: Vocabulary

Aug
15
2016

disadvantaged

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dIs əd vaen tihjd

adjective
suffering from unfavorable or inferior conditions or circumstances, usu. of a material or social nature.
The church helped fund a summer day camp for disadvantaged teens.

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Aug
12
2016

suspect

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

s@ spekt

transitive verb
1.  to believe to be true; to have a feeling that a certain thing is true without knowing what the facts are.
I suspect that she knows more than she admits.
I don’t know why he’s not here, but I suspect that he is too embarrassed after what happened last night.
The police suspected that the thief got in through the back window.

The researchers suspect that a flaw in their methodology caused the unexpected results of their study.

2.  to believe in the possible guilt of (someone) without knowing all the facts.
The police had suspected the neighbor all along, but there was not enough evidence to arrest him.
She suspected her brother of taking the money.

3.  to have doubts, reservations, or suspicions about.
She’s offered her assistance, but I suspect her motives.

4.  to believe in the possibility of (something) as the cause of  some event or outcome.
The entire building burned down, and the police suspect arson.
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Aug
12
2016

bourgeois

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bur zhwa

adjective
1. of, related to, or characteristic of the middle class. Bourgeois women began to emulate the manners of the upper class. Bourgeois attitudes toward extra-marital affairs tended to be more conservative.
2. marked by a concern for respectability, comfort, and material possessions. Hippies rebelled against bourgeois values.
3. lacking artistic or social refinement; philistine. An opera lover, he considered musical theater simply bourgeois.

noun
1. one who belongs to the middle class. The numbers of bourgeois increased with the expansion of trade.
2. one who possesses or exhibits values, attitudes, and behavior conventionally associated with the middle class, such as materialism.
3. in Marxist theory, a member of the capitalist class, opposed to the proletariat in the class struggle.

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Aug
11
2016

signify

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sIg nih faI

transitive verb
1.  to serve as a sign of; mean.
I’ve seen this symbol many times, but I can’t remember what it signifies.
A closed door often signifies that privacy is requested.

2.  to make known; express.
Both leaders have now signified that they are ready to negotiate.
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Aug
11
2016

elite

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ih lit
noun
1. (usu. used with a pl. verb) the best, taken collectively. The prizewinners were the elite among the competitors.
2. (used with a pl. verb) those having the greatest authority or privilege or highest status. It’s a posh restaurant and caters to the elite.
3. a type size, as on a typewriter, with twelve characters per inch.

adjective
chosen as the best.
She was proud to belong to an elite marching corps.

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