Category: Word of the Day

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

Sep
16
2014

mystique

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mih stik

noun

an aura of mystery, power, or distinction that surrounds a particular person, thing, or activity.
The fact that his predictions have all come true has given him a certain mystique.

 

 

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Sep
15
2014

obtuse

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əb tus

adjective

1. of an angle, greater than ninety degrees and less than 180 degrees.

2. not keen or quick to notice, feel, or comprehend; dull or insensitive.
Being a bit obtuse, he failed to recognize that she was utterly annoyed with him.

3. rounded or blunt at the tip.
This plant has obtuse leaf tips.

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Sep
12
2014

slather

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slae thər

(informal) to spread or apply thickly; pile on.
The cake was slathered with whipped cream.

Word Combinations

(v.)slather + noun

butter, cream, gravy, honey, jam, ketchup, lotion, mayonnaise, moisturizer, mud, mustard, pesto, repellent,sauce, slice, spray, spread, strawberry, sunscreen, suntan

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Sep
11
2014

compunction

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kəm puhngk shən

noun

uneasiness about the propriety or suitability of an action; qualm.
He had no compunctions about stealing.

regret for doing something wrong or harmful; contrition.
He confessed to defrauding hundreds of clients, but showed no compunction.

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Sep
10
2014

foreboding

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for bo dIng

noun
a strong feeling or a portent, usually that something bad is going to happen.
She woke up in the middle of the night, filled with a terrible foreboding.

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