Category: Word of the Day

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

Feb
25
2015

figment

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fIg mənt

noun

something imaginary or invented.
The whole affair was just a figment of his imagination.

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Feb
24
2015

precocious

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prih ko shəs

adjective

1. having the skills or mental capacity of a much older person.
Her precocious daughter found schoolwork unchallenging.

2. demonstrating such skills or capacity.
His precocious musical ability made him the darling of his teachers.

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Feb
23
2015

crestfallen

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krest faw lən

adjective

downcast or depressed; dejected.
She looked utterly crestfallen, and I gathered the audition had not gone well.

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Feb
20
2015

pedigree

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pe dih gri

noun

documented descent from distinguished ancestors, esp. of an animal.
The dog that won the show has an impressive pedigree.

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Feb
19
2015

lofty

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lawf ti
1. of great height; high.
From a great distance, they spotted the castle’s lofty towers.

This evening they sit beneath the lofty palm trees, where the crane flutters round them with its long wings, and the pelican watches them from the branches of the mimosa. The luxuriant herbage is trampled down, crushed by the feet of elephants. (Hans Christian Andersen, Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen)

2. superior, noble, or exalted.
She had lofty goals of bettering mankind.

Not a few men who cherish lofty and noble ideals hide them under a bushel for fear of being called different. (Martin Luther King Jr.)

3.showing a belief that one is superior to other people; proud; arrogant.
The boss’s son strode past our desks with a lofty air.

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