Category: Word of the Day

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

Aug
11
2016

elite

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ih lit
noun
1. (usu. used with a pl. verb) the best, taken collectively. The prizewinners were the elite among the competitors.
2. (used with a pl. verb) those having the greatest authority or privilege or highest status. It’s a posh restaurant and caters to the elite.
3. a type size, as on a typewriter, with twelve characters per inch.

adjective
chosen as the best.
She was proud to belong to an elite marching corps.

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Aug
10
2016

bumpkin

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buhmp kihn
noun
an ignorant, clumsy, uncultured person from a rural area; yokel.
After she started college in the city, she began to regard her friends back home as country bumpkins.

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Aug
09
2016

proletariat

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prateI ri ət
noun
the working class, esp. those who lack capital and must sell their usu. unskilled labor in order to survive.
The revolutionaries declared that factories and other means of production should be handed over to the proletariat.

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Aug
08
2016

plebeian

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plə bi ən

adjective
1. in ancient Roman society, of or belonging to the class of commoners; not patrician.
Although patricians had higher social standing, plebeian citizens owned land and often had substantial wealth and power.
2. pertaining to or characteristic of the common people; commonplace; crude.

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Aug
05
2016

profligate

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pra flə giht
adjective
1. totally given over to immoral and shameful pursuits; dissolute.
The profligate son spent most of his time drinking and seducing the young servants.
2. spending imprudently and excessively; extravagant.
Her profligate habits left the family destitute.

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