Category: Word of the Day

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

Nov
13
2014

motif

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noun

mo tif
1. a distinct formal unit such as a design, theme, or musical phrase that may repeat in, dominate, characterize, or be a prominent feature of an aesthetic or decorative work.
We see the artist’s wave motif in many of her paintings.

2. a similar dominant or recurring element in folk tales, advertising or political campaigns, or the like.
The theft of fire is a common motif in folklore and myth.

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Nov
12
2014

ambiance (or) ambience

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aem bi əns
noun

1. the distinctive character or mood of an environment; atmosphere.
The restaurant creates a relaxing ambiance with its soft lighting.

2. environment; surroundings.
She’d been fearful of going away to college, but she blossomed in this new ambiance.

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Nov
11
2014

callow

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kae lo
adjective

lacking adult sophistication or judgment; inexperienced; immature.
Some of the more experienced workers were happy to take advantage of the callow young lad.

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Nov
10
2014

bumptious

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buhmp shihs
adjective

obnoxiously assertive; pushy.

“The Liberians have been trained in freedom. They are called bumptious and given a bad name by their English and French neighbors but this is merely because they have successfully resisted the encroachment of whites and have tried to rule their own land.” (W.E.B. Dubois in Letters from Black America, ed. Pamela Newkirk, 2009)

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Nov
06
2014

snide

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snaId
adjective
insulting in a derisive way; maliciously sarcastic.
I will not tolerate her snide comments about my friend.

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