Category: Word of the Day

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

Sep
27
2016

debacle

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 ba kəl

noun
1. a sudden collapse into disaster; downfall.
The stock market crash of 1929 caused an economic debacle.

2. a complete failure, often deserving ridicule; fiasco.
He was so nervous that his first concert was a debacle.

3. a torrent of rushing water or broken-up ice, as on a river; flood.
The poor animals were caught up in the debacle and drowned.

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Sep
26
2016

predetermine

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pri dih tuhr mihn

transitive verb
1. to form or set (a decision, course of action, or the like) ahead of time. The computer’s price was predetermined by foreign competition.
2. to set unalterably; predestine.
One’s genes predetermine one’s skin color.
3. to influence one in the direction of; incline one toward.
Her father’s work as a biologist predetermined her interest in nature.

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Sep
21
2016

ameliorate

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ə mil  reIt

transitive verb
to make better; improve.
The measures taken did little to ameliorate the situation.
intransitive verb
to become better; improve.
His condition had ameliorated to the point that we could bring him home from the hospital. 
Her tense relationship with her mother-in-law ameliorated over time.

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Sep
20
2016

irreverent

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ih re 0v@ 0r@nt

adjective
1. not having or showing reverence or respect.
She considered it irreverent for anyone to call the pastor by his first name.
2. having or showing a humorously critical attitude toward institutions, beliefs, or people that others may revere.
The irreverent comic strip is always poking fun at governmental institutions.

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Sep
19
2016

ratiocination

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rae shi a sih neI shən

noun
the process of thinking logically; reasoning.
Sherlock Holmes uses his exceptional powers of ratiocination to solve mysteries.
In unfamiliar territory, he proceeds by instinct while she she relies on ratiocination.

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