Category: Word of the Day

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

Apr
18
2014

plutocrat

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plukraet

noun

1: a member of a wealthy ruling class.
2: anyone having great influence because of wealth.

 

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Apr
17
2014

increment

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In krə mənt

noun

1: a rise or addition in number or value, often small.
Every year the employees receive a wage increment.

2: one of several successive increases or movements forward.
The weight is increased in precise increments.

3: something received or added.
And every year, every month, came some new increment to human achievement, a new country opened up, new mines, new scientific discoveries, a new machine!
(The War in the Air, Wells, H.G.)

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Apr
16
2014

vacuous

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vaek yu əs

adjective
1. lacking any content; empty.

The only solution was to try to unmake the world, to make it black and silent and uninhabited again, to return to the moment before the Big Bang, in the beginning when there was the Word, and to live in that vacuous uncreated space alone with the Word.  (John Green, The Fault in Our Stars)

2. characterized by lack of intelligence or serious intent; devoid of ideas or emotion.

Could men with such vacuous grins, such an air of imbecile good-nature, be capable of acting wisely in any terrible crisis? (M. E. Braddon, Phantom Fortune, a Novel

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Apr
15
2014

raconteur

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rae kan tuhr

noun
one who is talented in storytelling.
example: He was not only a comedian; he was a raconteur who could captivate his audience with a tale.

 

 

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Apr
14
2014

nascent

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 nae sənt [or] neI sənt

adjective

coming into being or starting to develop.
Since the cease-fire, people’s hearts have been filled with nascent hope for a complete end to the war.

 

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