Category: Word of the Day

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

May
21
2015

prescient

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pre shənt

adjective

having or exhibiting knowledge of events before they take place.
The old science fiction novel now seems remarkably prescient about the role that computers would come to play in our century.

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May
20
2015

facetious

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si shəs
not serious; humorous or frivolous.
This is a grave matter, so I don’t appreciate your facetious comments.

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May
19
2015

clarion

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kleI ri ən

adjective
1. clear and sharp or shrill, as a call.

Listen to the clarion cry of a red-shouldered hawk:
http://www.audubon.org/sites/default/files/RESHHA_1.typicalcallsnum1_FLle.mp3?uuid=555a2d5c1d19b

2. a medieval trumpet with a high clear tone.
3. the sound of this trumpet, esp. as a call to action, or any similar sound.
“At last came a letter from Madeline that aroused them as the clarion stirs those arrayed for battle.” (Lawrence L. Lynch – Madeline Payne, the Detective’s Daughter)
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May
18
2015

ambivalence

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aem bI və ləns

noun

1. the presence of conflicting feelings, such as love and hate, toward a person, thing, or situation.
She had always thought she would be overjoyed at being offered such an opportunity; therefore, she was surprised at her own ambivalence.

2. the uncertainty or indecision produced by such conflicting feelings.
Ambivalence prevented him from pursuing the matter further.

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May
15
2015

tweak

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twik

transitive verb

1. to pull, pinch, or pluck with a sudden, often sharp, twisting movement.
Teasingly, she tweaked his nose.
2. to make a small adjustment or adjustments to; fine-tune.
They tweaked their algorithm so that searching is now more efficient. (more…)

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