Category: Word of the Day

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Nov
21
2014

in extremis

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In ihk stre mis
adverb
in extremity (Latin); under extreme circumstances or at the point of death.

“The eyeballs had rolled up and back somewhat, as they mostly do when a hound is in extremis.” (A.J. Dawson, Jan, a Dog and a Romance)

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Nov
20
2014

extremity

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ihk stre mih ti

noun

1. the farthest reach or point of a thing.
The extremities of the field were marked by a fence.
2. the greatest degree or utmost extreme.
At that moment, they felt the extremity of fear.
3. (usu. pl.) the parts of the body extending from the limbs; hands and feet.
Blood circulation in her extremities is rather poor.
4. a condition of extreme danger or distress.
He didn’t understand the extremity of the situation.

 

 

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Nov
18
2014

extremist

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ihk stri mihst
noun
1. a person who takes a radical stand and encourages radical action or thinking, esp. in politics.
The extremists wish to destroy the republic and bring about a return of the monarchy.
2. a person who is a member of an organization that advocates extreme acts or policies.


adjective
of or pertaining to extremists or extreme actions.
Extremist factions are eroding the party’s popularity.

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Nov
17
2014

extreme

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ihk strim

1. at the most distant point or outer limit of.
Her office was at the extreme end of the hall.
These stars are at the extreme edge of our galaxy.

2. well beyond what is considered moderate, reasonable, or within the norm.
Her political ideas were extreme.
His drinking had become extreme by this point.

3. of a kind or degree well beyond the ordinary.
Extreme measures will have to be taken to prevent this crisis.
The situation was one of extreme urgency at this point.

The planet’s extreme temperatures would make life as we know it impossible.

4. of the highest degree, or of a very high degree; utmost.
She was in extreme pain while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
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Nov
14
2014

dissident

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dI s@ dihnt
adjective

disagreeing with, dissenting from, or opposing (the opinions or doctrines of others or the authority of some group or institution).
Dissident writers, whose books had been banned by the government, found ways to publish their books outside the country.

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