Category: Word of the Day

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

Aug
17
2016

privilege

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prI və lihj

noun
1. a right, immunity, benefit, or advantage belonging or granted exclusively to a person, group, social class, rank, or the like.
His immigrant parents felt that being able to live in this country was a privilege. Officers have privileges that enlisted persons do not have.

2. the principle or condition of granting and preserving such exclusive rights or advantages.
In the past, admission to the prestigious university was largely based on privilege rather than academic merit.

transitive verb
to grant a privilege, immunity, or exemption to.
His rank privileges him to secret information.

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Aug
16
2016

entitle

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ihn taI təl

transitive verb
1. to give a right or legal claim to.
The Sixth Amendment entitles individuals to a fair and speedy trial.
This coupon entitles you to one free night at our hotel.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

2. to give a title to; name.
She entitled the book after a line from Shakespeare.
His new movie is entitled Hound Dogs II.

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Aug
15
2016

disadvantaged

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dIs əd vaen tihjd

adjective
suffering from unfavorable or inferior conditions or circumstances, usu. of a material or social nature.
The church helped fund a summer day camp for disadvantaged teens.

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Aug
12
2016

bourgeois

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bur zhwa

adjective
1. of, related to, or characteristic of the middle class. Bourgeois women began to emulate the manners of the upper class. Bourgeois attitudes toward extra-marital affairs tended to be more conservative.
2. marked by a concern for respectability, comfort, and material possessions. Hippies rebelled against bourgeois values.
3. lacking artistic or social refinement; philistine. An opera lover, he considered musical theater simply bourgeois.

noun
1. one who belongs to the middle class. The numbers of bourgeois increased with the expansion of trade.
2. one who possesses or exhibits values, attitudes, and behavior conventionally associated with the middle class, such as materialism.
3. in Marxist theory, a member of the capitalist class, opposed to the proletariat in the class struggle.

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Aug
11
2016

elite

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ih lit
noun
1. (usu. used with a pl. verb) the best, taken collectively. The prizewinners were the elite among the competitors.
2. (used with a pl. verb) those having the greatest authority or privilege or highest status. It’s a posh restaurant and caters to the elite.
3. a type size, as on a typewriter, with twelve characters per inch.

adjective
chosen as the best.
She was proud to belong to an elite marching corps.

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