Category: Word of the Day

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

Jun
24
2016

harbinger

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har bihn j@r

noun
someone or something that signals or foreshadows a later arrival or occurrence; herald; forerunner.
The robin is a harbinger of spring.
The closing down of several newspapers was a harbinger of the dictatorship that was to come.

transitive verb
to give an early sign of (an approaching person or event)
Tremors in the preceding weeks harbingered the massive earthquake.
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Jun
23
2016

libertine

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lI b@r tin

noun
a person who acts without moral restraint or conscience, esp. in sexual behavior.
The pirates were known to be libertines.

adjective
acting without restraint; dissolute; amoral.
The behavior of the hippies was considered libertine by members of the surrounding community.
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Jun
22
2016

neophyte

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ni @ faIt

noun
a beginner or novice at any activity.
She admitted to being a neophyte at fund-raising and had a lot to learn.
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Jun
21
2016

cognoscente

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kag n@ shen ti   [or]  kag n@ sen ti  [or] kan ya shen ti

noun
someone who has exceptional knowledge in a given area, esp. of fashion, literature, or the fine arts; connoisseur.
The jazz cognoscenti revere his recordings, but most people have never heard of him.
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Jun
20
2016

aberration

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ae b@ reI sh@n

noun
a deviation from what is considered normal or right; irregularity.
The success of the treatment for these particular patients appears to have been an aberration as no other studies have shown such positive effects.
They detected aberrations in the airplane’s path of flight.
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