Category: Word of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information for all who want to increase and hone their vocabulary.

Dec
19
2014

curt

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kuhrt

adjective

1. unpleasantly abrupt; brusque.
a curt greeting

2. short; terse.
a curt speech

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Dec
18
2014

debility

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dih bI lih ti
noun

a state of unusual physical weakness, esp. as the result of disease.
His debility prevents him from working.

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Dec
17
2014

besot

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sat
transitive verb

to confuse or make foolish with, or as if with, strong drink (sometimes used reflexively).
He was besotted by love.

As long as they faithfully discharge their obligations to the paramount power, they are permitted to dispose of large revenues, to fill their palaces with beautiful women, to besot themselves in the company of their favourite revellers, and to oppress with impunity any subject who may incur their displeasure. (Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England, from the Accession of James II: Volume 1)

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Dec
16
2014

sortie

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sor ti

noun

1. an assault made by a besieged military force against its attackers.

2. the flying of an aircraft on a combat mission.

intransitive verb

to go on a sortie.

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Dec
15
2014

loophole

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lup hol

noun
1. a way of avoiding or escaping a requirement, regulation, or the like, esp. by taking advantage of an omission or ambiguity in the written text of a legal contract or other document.
Google used loopholes to cut their taxes by 3.1 billion dollars.

She glanced around her in an agony of despair, saw no loophole of escape, and gathering up the unlucky sketch, she stumbled up the aisle to the desk, still holding her scarlet-tipped paint brush in her hand. (Ruth Brown MacArthur, The Lilac Lady)

2. a small slit, hole, or opening, esp. one in the walls of a fort, for the discharge of firearms.

He pulled away a small sandbag that blocked a loophole, and, holding his rifle by the butt at arm-length, poked the muzzle out slowly. (Boyd Cable, Between the Lines)

transitive verb
to construct or fashion loopholes in.

The Mexicans increased their fortifications, preparing for a desperate combat on the morrow. They threw up new earthworks, and they loopholed many of the houses that they held. (Joseph A. Altshuler, The Texan Star: The Story of a Great Fight for Liberty)

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