Category: Word of the Day

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

Apr
27
2015

tortuous

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tor chu əs
adjective
1. changing direction frequently; twisting, winding, or crooked, as a path.
The donkeys made their way down the tortuous path to the base of the canyon.

2. not easy to follow; not straightforward; devious.
I wasn’t sure whether I agreed with his tortuous argument in favor of capital punishment.

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Apr
24
2015

pundit

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puhn diht
1. a Hindu who is an expert in Indian law, culture, and religion.
2. one who is learned or expert in some field.
3. an authoritative, or purportedly authoritative, commentator or critic.
I’m no longer interested in what the political pundits have to say on these news programs.

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Apr
23
2015

puckish

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puh kihsh

(sometimes cap.) mischievous or playful; impish.
I realized he was kidding when he broke into a puckish grin.

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Apr
22
2015

indigenous

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ihn dI jə nəs

adjective

having origin in a country or locality; native (usu. fol. by to).
The turkey is indigenous to North and Central America.
The indigenous people of Hawaii suffered illnesses brought by missionaries and other settlers.

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Apr
21
2015

beatitude

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bi ae tih tud 

noun

1. absolute or supreme happiness or blessedness.

The tax-collector walked behind his wife, and watching her downcast, sorrowful, humiliated little figure, he recalled the look of beatitude which had so irritated him at the club, and the consciousness that the beatitude was gone filled his soul with triumph. (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories)

2. (often cap.) any of the nine declarations of blessedness in the Sermon on the Mount, made by Jesus Christ.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” is one of the Beatitudes.

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