Category: Vocabulary

Jan
05
2017

opposition

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a p@ zI sh@n

noun
1.  the act or state of opposing, or the state of being opposed.
The mayor’s plan was met with strong opposition from many citizens.
Those who were in opposition to the proposal voiced their disapproval at the town meeting.
He thought he would encounter opposition from his family when he announced his decision to quit his high-paying job.

2.  one or more persons who oppose; something that opposes.
Members of the opposition staged a protest outside the Parliament.

3.  an opposing political party, usually the one not in power.
The opposition blocked the passage of the bill in the Congress.
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Jan
04
2017

personnel

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puhr s@ nel

noun
1.  all of the employees of a business, the armed forces, or other organization.
The boss always gives a year-end party to thank the personnel for their work.
The company expanded its personnel by over twenty percent in the last two years.
The army keeps confidential files on its personnel.

2.  that division of a business or other organization which is concerned with the hiring of employees and related matters.
You should talk to someone in personnel about benefits and company policies.
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Jan
03
2017

martyr

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mar t@r

noun
1.  a person who chooses to die or be killed rather than renounce his or her religious beliefs.
She died as a martyr after being tortured under the new regime for her belief in Christianity.

2.  a person who suffers greatly or is killed for some belief, cause, or principle.
Jailed for nearly thirty years, he was a martyr in the cause of justice.

3.  a person who suffers greatly under some affliction.
The poor woman was a martyr to her debilitating disease.

4.  a person who pretends great suffering in order to gain sympathy or attention.
She would rather continue being a martyr than accept our apology and rejoin the group.
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Jan
02
2017

humanity

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hyu maen ih ti

noun
1.  the race of human beings; mankind.
All of humanity has the same need for food, water, and clean air.

2.  the condition or quality of being human.
We make mistakes as part of our humanity.

3.  compassion, sympathy, or humane concern.
It was his humanity that brought about his efforts to end the suffering of others.
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Jan
02
2017

exponent

Posted in Word of the Day by admin2

ihks po n@nt  [or]  eks po n@nt

noun
1.  one that expounds or interprets.
The British physicist Stephen Hawking is an exponent of cosmological theories.

2.  one that represents or advocates.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an exponent of women’s rights in the U.S.
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