Category: Word of the Day

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

Sep
05
2016

bevel

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be vəl

noun
1. the angle, other than a right angle, at which one line or surface intersects another.
He held the saw at a steep bevel as he sawed through the plank.
2. an instrument with an adjustable arm used for drawing angles or setting a surface at an angle.

verb
to cut or slant at an angle other than a right angle.
The carpenter beveled the edges of the table.

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Sep
02
2016

blasphemy

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blaes fə mi

noun
disrespect or irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable, esp. God.
The notion that the earth is not the center of the solar system was at one time considered blasphemy.
They think it blasphemy to question the existence of God. The rogue priest was chastised for his blasphemy.
To suggest that the standard treatment for the disease might be doing more harm than good was blasphemy in the medical community.

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Sep
01
2016

charismatic

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kae rihz mae tihk
adjective
1. having unusually strong personal allure or appeal; marked by charisma.
The charismatic leader charmed and enthralled his audience.
2. of, relating to, or pertaining to any of several religious sects that emphasize direct communication with God, or God-given powers.
But for every Anglican church that has closed over the past six years, more than three Pentecostal or charismatic churches have taken their place, according to an analysis by The Times of London.” http://religionnews.com/2016/03/29/charismatic-movement-gains-church-england-sputters/

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Aug
31
2016

infallible

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In fae lih bəl
adjective
1. incapable of error.
The computer’s calculation is considered infallible.
You are wrong if you think you’re infallible; you’re bound to make a mistake one day that you’ll seriously regret.
2. not liable to error or failure; extremely reliable.
I will rely on your infallible judgment.
The book is an infallible guide to travel in Italy.
3. of the pope, incapable of fallacy or error in expounding Roman Catholic doctrine on faith or morals.

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Aug
30
2016

apostasy

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ə pa stə si
noun
abandonment of one’s religion, principles, loyalties, or the like.

“Israel worshipped a God who could grow angry, who changed his mind, a God involved in history, who cared so much about one group of people that their apostasies drove him to fits of impatience.” William C. Placher, A History of Christian Theology

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