Category: Word of the Day

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

Apr
15
2014

raconteur

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rae kan tuhr

noun
one who is talented in storytelling.
example: He was not only a comedian; he was a raconteur who could captivate his audience with a tale.

 

 

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Apr
14
2014

nascent

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 nae sənt [or] neI sənt

adjective

coming into being or starting to develop.
Since the cease-fire, people’s hearts have been filled with nascent hope for a complete end to the war.

 

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Apr
11
2014

nuance

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nu ans

noun

a subtle quality or difference in tone, meaning, color, or the like; shade.
example: He didn’t grasp the man’s true intentions because he failed to understand the nuances of what he was saying.
synonyms: gradation, shade, shading, subtlety

 

 

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Apr
10
2014

clement

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kle mənt

adjective

1. inclined to be merciful or forgiving; lenient.
He was a clement man, but this was beyond his ability to forgive.

2. not very hot, cold, or stormy; mild; temperate.
They took advantage of the clement weather.

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Apr
09
2014

anomaly

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ə na mə li

noun

1. an act or instance of differing from the usual pattern, form, or type; peculiarity; abnormality.
The fact that our family did not own a car was an anomaly in the context of the neighborhood we lived in.

2. something that differs in this way.

“We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.” (Margaret Atwood)

“…I am an anomaly in the system, living proof of how grotesque it is, and every day I mock it gently, deep within my impenetrable self.”  (Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog)

 

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