Category: Word of the Day

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

Dec
05
2016

feckless

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fek lihs

adjective
1.  weak or incompetent; ineffective.
His feckless efforts at appeasing her only served to anger her more.

2.  worthless or irresponsible.
That silly girl has gotten herself involved with some feckless youth.
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Nov
10
2016

flummox

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flu məks
(informal) to confuse or puzzle.
She was flummoxed by his angry reaction to her act of kindness.

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Nov
09
2016

mandate

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maen deIt

noun
1. a commission given to a country to administer territory on behalf of an international body such as, formerly, the League of Nations. Britain was given a mandate over Palestine after World War I.
2. the territory subject to such an order. Palestine was a British mandate from 1920 until 1948.
3. a directive given or implied by the vote of an electorate. The government must now act on its mandate to deal with the problem of unemployment.
4. an authoritative order or directive, as from a sovereign or from a higher court to a lower one. Many of the nobles refused to obey the king’s mandate.
transitive verb
1. to consign (territories or colonies) to the care and authority of a specified nation by mandate. The League of Nations mandated Palestine to Britain.
2. to authorize or require, as by law or popular vote. The new law mandates the recycling of glass and paper by all local businesses. The Surgeon General mandated that cigarette packaging display health warnings.

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Nov
08
2016

popinjay

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pap ihn jeI
noun
a vain, frivolous, and talkative person.

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Nov
07
2016

foist

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foIst

transitive verb

1. to pass off (a false or worthless article) as authentic, valuable, or worthy (usu. fol. by off).
He foisted off several counterfeit bills on the clerk.

2.to impose or force (an undesirable person or thing) upon another.
She found her date boring, so she tried to foist him off on her sister.
She resented having to work on a project that had been foisted upon her.

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