Category: Vocabulary

May
20
2015

facetious

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si shəs
not serious; humorous or frivolous.
This is a grave matter, so I don’t appreciate your facetious comments.

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May
19
2015

confer

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@n fuhr

transitive
definition:  award or bestow.
example:  For this act of courage, the President conferred the Medal of Honor upon him.

intransitive verb
definition:  to deliberate together; hold a discussion.
example:  Members of the committee must confer before a decision can be made.
example:  It’s a difficult question, so I’ll need to confer with my colleagues.
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May
19
2015

clarion

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kleI ri ən

adjective
1. clear and sharp or shrill, as a call.

Listen to the clarion cry of a red-shouldered hawk:
http://www.audubon.org/sites/default/files/RESHHA_1.typicalcallsnum1_FLle.mp3?uuid=555a2d5c1d19b

2. a medieval trumpet with a high clear tone.
3. the sound of this trumpet, esp. as a call to action, or any similar sound.
“At last came a letter from Madeline that aroused them as the clarion stirs those arrayed for battle.” (Lawrence L. Lynch – Madeline Payne, the Detective’s Daughter)
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May
18
2015

ambivalence

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aem bI və ləns

noun

1. the presence of conflicting feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, thing, or situation.
She had always thought she would be overjoyed at being offered such an opportunity; therefore, she was surprised at her own ambivalence.

2. the uncertainty or indecision produced by such conflicting feelings.
Ambivalence prevented him from pursuing the matter further.

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May
18
2015

infinite

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In f@ niht

adjective
definition 1:  having no bounds or limits; not measurable; limitless.
example:  Outer space appears infinite to us.
example:  One’s imagination is infinite.

definition 2:  in mathematics, incapable of being completely counted or measured; not finite.
example:  A line consists of an infinite number of points.
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