Category: Word of the Day

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

Jun
26
2015

militant

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mI lə tənt

adjective

1. aggressive or combative in attitude or actions, especially in defense of a cause.
Many people feared violence as the anti-government protesters were becoming more militant.

2. waging war; fighting; warring.
The two countries had been militant enemies for four long years.

noun

1. a person who is aggressive or combative in defense of a cause.
Militants are preparing to stage violent protests in the capital city.

2. a person engaged in fighting or warfare.
Both militants and civilians were killed in the bombing attack.

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Jun
25
2015

cavil

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kae vəl

intransitive verb

to make petty criticisms or objections; carp (usu. fol. by at or about).
He tried to discuss his plans with his father in private, knowing his mother’s tendency to cavil.
Senators of the opposite party caviled at the plan put forward by the junior senator.

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Jun
24
2015

slur

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sluhr

transitive verb

1. to speak of disparagingly; belittle.
She would not allow her late husband’s reputation to be slurred, and she demanded that the newspaper print a retraction.

2. to run (sounds or words) together; pronounce indistinctly.
She’d drunk quite a lot of wine and was slurring her words.

3. to treat without due appreciation; pass by (often fol. by over).
The article slurred over his role in the scandal.

4. in music, to run (notes) together without a pause between them.
Most of the notes are slurred during the legato section.

noun

1. a remark that belittles or condemns.
“The Times, like many news organizations, generally avoids repeating racial slurs, obscenities and other potentially offensive language.”

2. a slurred sound or word.

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Jun
23
2015

gabble

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gae bəl

intransitive verb

1. to speak rapidly and unclearly; jabber; babble.
He had no experience speaking in public and just stood there gabbling for ten minutes.

2. to make a rapid cackling or quacking noise, as geese or ducks do.

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Jun
22
2015

frenetic

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frə ne tihk
adjective

frantic; frenzied.
The atmosphere in the emergency room became even more frenetic when victims of a shooting incident were wheeled in.

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