Category: Vocabulary

Apr
04
2014

endemic

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ihn de mihk

adjective
common in, native to, or restricted to a given place or population.
example: Because of air travel, what was once an endemic disease can more easily spread to other countries.
example: These plants are endemic to this region.

antonym: pandemic

noun
something peculiar to a locality, such as a plant or animal, or a disease.
example: Almost all the reptile and mammal species of Madagascar are endemics.

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Apr
03
2014

blackguard

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blae gərd

noun
an unprincipled, dishonest person; scoundrel.

“More than once I have chanced to hear bits of talk, when either Mabel or Lily was in his sitting-room, and didn’t like the tone of it. In plain English, the man is a blackguard. ” Mrs. Turpin gasped. “But, miss, you forget what family he belongs to. ” “Don’t be a simpleton, Mrs. Turpin. The blackguard is found in every rank of life.” (George Gissing, The House of Cobwebs and Other Stories)

transitive verb
to speak to or about abusively; revile.

“Do you know you have been blackguarded in the papers lately, and that there is a violent article against you in the Critic, and all on account of some unwise utterances?” Lewis flushed deeply. “That is the worst thing I have done, and I feel horribly penitent. “ (John Buchan, The Half-Hearted)

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Apr
03
2014

inquire

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ihn kwaIr

transitive verb
definition:  to seek to find out or learn.
example:  Her father inquired what future plans the young man had.
example:  ”How soon will the apartment be vacant?” she inquired of the landlord.

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to seek to learn by asking (often followed by “about” or “as to”).
example:  I’m inquiring about the apartment you advertised in the newspaper.
example:  The boss inquired as to the reason for her frequent absences.

definition 2:   to investigate (usually followed by “into”).
example:  The police are inquiring into the death of the famous author.
example:  Investigators for the airline are inquiring into the cause of the accident.

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Apr
02
2014

profound

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pr@ faUnd [or] pro faUnd

adjective
definition 1:  located at, reaching to, or coming from a great depth; deep.
example:  The ship was lost in the profound sea.

definition 2:  having intellectual insight and depth.
example:  Critics praised the novel as being filled with profound thought.
example:  The film is very entertaining but not profound in any way.

definition 3:  going to, or as though to, a great depth; penetrating; intense.
example:  The survivors experienced profound anxiety in the aftermath of the attack.
example:  The death of his mother had a profound effect on him.
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Apr
02
2014

desultory

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de səl tor i

adjective

1: disordered, disconnected, or unmethodical; aimless.
The inexperienced sheriff conducted a desultory investigation that produced few clues.
2: occurring at random, by chance, or as a digression.
A few desultory comments were made during the question period, but there was little discussion of the large issues raised in the meeting.

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