Category: Word of the Day
tor chu əs
1. changing direction frequently; twisting, winding, or crooked, as a path.
The donkeys made their way down the tortuous path to the base of the canyon.
2. not easy to follow; not straightforward; devious.
I wasn’t sure whether I agreed with his tortuous argument in favor of capital punishment.
1. a Hindu who is an expert in Indian law, culture, and religion.
2. one who is learned or expert in some field.
3. an authoritative, or purportedly authoritative, commentator or critic.
I’m no longer interested in what the political pundits have to say on these news programs.
(sometimes cap.) mischievous or playful; impish.
I realized he was kidding when he broke into a puckish grin.
ihn dI jə nəs
having origin in a country or locality; native (usu. fol. by to).
The turkey is indigenous to North and Central America.
The indigenous people of Hawaii suffered illnesses brought by missionaries and other settlers.
bi ae tih tud
1. absolute or supreme happiness or blessedness.
The tax-collector walked behind his wife, and watching her downcast, sorrowful, humiliated little figure, he recalled the look of beatitude which had so irritated him at the club, and the consciousness that the beatitude was gone filled his soul with triumph. (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories)
2. (often cap.) any of the nine declarations of blessedness in the Sermon on the Mount, made by Jesus Christ.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” is one of the Beatitudes.