Category: Word of the Day

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

Apr
03
2014

blackguard

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blae gərd

noun
an unprincipled, dishonest person; scoundrel.

“More than once I have chanced to hear bits of talk, when either Mabel or Lily was in his sitting-room, and didn’t like the tone of it. In plain English, the man is a blackguard. ” Mrs. Turpin gasped. “But, miss, you forget what family he belongs to. ” “Don’t be a simpleton, Mrs. Turpin. The blackguard is found in every rank of life.” (George Gissing, The House of Cobwebs and Other Stories)

transitive verb
to speak to or about abusively; revile.

“Do you know you have been blackguarded in the papers lately, and that there is a violent article against you in the Critic, and all on account of some unwise utterances?” Lewis flushed deeply. “That is the worst thing I have done, and I feel horribly penitent. “ (John Buchan, The Half-Hearted)

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Apr
02
2014

desultory

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de səl tor i

adjective

1: disordered, disconnected, or unmethodical; aimless.
The inexperienced sheriff conducted a desultory investigation that produced few clues.
2: occurring at random, by chance, or as a digression.
A few desultory comments were made during the question period, but there was little discussion of the large issues raised in the meeting.

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Apr
01
2014

temperate

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tem pə riht [or] tem priht

adjective

definition 1: characterized by moderation or self-control; restrained.
We hoped her roommate’s temperate lifestyle would be a positive influence on her.
definition 2: moderate in amount or quality; not excessive.
He may not give your book a good review, but his criticism will be fair and temperate.
definition 3: characterized by moderate temperatures and relatively mild weather.
Buried vegetable matter, which would have become peat, and finally brown coal, in a temperate climate, becomes, under the hot tropic soil, asphalt and oil, continually oozing up beneath the pressure of the strata above it. (Charles Kingsley, At Last)
definition 4: not overindulging in alcoholic drink.
Leading a temperate life became the law during Prohibition.

 

 

 

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Mar
31
2014

agreeable

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ə gri ə bəl

adjective

1. pleasing or likable.

Solomon Whapple soon became used to the rapid motion of the coach, and entered into conversation with an agreeable gentleman on the same seat, who was kind enough to answer all his inquiries connected with the wonders of the road.

2. ready to concur or consent.

She turned from the window and got him to talk a little. He seemed agreeable to the idea of talking.

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Mar
28
2014

blatant

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bleI tənt

adjective

1. completely obvious or undisguised, sometimes offensively so.
examples: The politician’s response showed a blatant disregard for the truth. The hostility between the two women was blatant. He resented their blatant attempt to win him over. His blatant adoration of her made her uncomfortable.

2. conspicuous, often vulgarly so.
example: This blatant show of wealth impressed most of the guests.

 

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