Category: Word of the Day

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

Oct
27
2016

cadre

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ka drə
noun
1. in the military, a core group of experienced personnel who can set up and train a new unit.
2. a group of trained people who can get new projects and organizations started.
A cadre of scientists was selected to begin the moon-landing project.

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Oct
26
2016

germinal

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juhr m@ n@l

adjective
1. of, concerning, or like a germ or germ cell.
2. of, concerning, or at a rudimentary level of growth or development.
The proposal is in its germinal stages and will not soon be ready for submission.

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Oct
25
2016

raffish

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rae fihsh

adjective
1. carelessly unconventional or disreputable, sometimes appealingly so.
Two raffish sorts sauntered into the rustic tavern, wearing well-made Italian suits.
2. low-class or common; cheaply gaudy; vulgar.
It was perhaps the raffish green imitation-velours Homburg hat which did most to alter Dick Bellamy’s aspect.” (Ambrotox and Limping Dick by Oliver Fleming)

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Oct
24
2016

raillery

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reI lə ri
noun
good-natured ridicule or a remark featuring such ridicule; teasing.
He received much raillery in the locker room after he admitted that he was in love.

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Oct
20
2016

inviolable

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ihn vaI ə lə bəl
adjective
1. absolutely not to be violated or profaned.
The brothers made an inviolable agreement never to tell what they saw that day.
2. incapable of being harmed, as by attack.
On its high rocky hill, the castle was inviolable.

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