Category: Word of the Day

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

Apr
17
2015

macabre

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ka brə

adjective

of, pertaining to, depicting, or evoking death or the horrors of death; gruesome; ghastly.
The bloody battlefield was a macabre sight.
Macabre scenes in the graveyard terrified the film’s audiences.
American writer Edgar Allan Poe is best known for his macabre tales.

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Apr
16
2015

optimum

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ap tə məm

noun
the situation, quantity, degree, or other condition that is most desirable.
Fifteen students is the optimum for a kindergarten class.

adjective
most wanted or desirable; producing the best result; optimal.
What is the optimum temperature for most humans?

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Apr
15
2015

rapacious

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peI shəs
adjective
1. extremely greedy or ravenous; voracious.
They blamed rapacious lawyers for the high cost of malpractice insurance.
The rapacious lion devoured its prey.

2. capable of capturing and eating live prey; predacious.
A hawk is a rapacious bird.

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Apr
14
2015

relinquish

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rih ling kwihsh

transitive verb

to surrender, release, or let go of; give up.
She relinquished her control of the property.
He relinquished his rights as a citizen.
The king relinquished his throne.

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Apr
13
2015

truckle

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truh kəl

intransitive verb

to act in a servile manner; submit tamely (usu. fol. by to).
The porter receives big tips because he truckles to rich guests.

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