Category: Word of the Day

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

Nov
06
2014

snide

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snaId
adjective
insulting in a derisive way; maliciously sarcastic.
I will not tolerate her snide comments about my friend.

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Nov
05
2014

sedate

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sih deIt

 adjective

1. composed and dignified.
The police had prepared for a disruptive protest, not this sedate gathering of concerned citizens.
The bride’s father is normally a boisterous character, but he was quite sedate throughout the wedding today.

2. slow-paced.
The coffin is borne to the burial ground in a sedate procession.

 transitive verb

to give a drug to so as to tranquilize or cause a sleeping state.
The patient was sedated before she was brought into the operating room.
The veterinarian sedated the lion so that it could be tagged with a radio collar.

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Nov
04
2014

impartial

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ihm par sh@l
not partial or prejudiced; even-handed or objective.
The Sixth Amendment guarantees those accused of a crime the right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury.

“None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.” (Thoreau)

“A historian ought to be exact, sincere and impartial; free from passion, unbiased by interest, fear, resentment or affection; and faithful to the truth, which is the mother of history, the preserver of great actions, the enemy of oblivion, the witness of the past, the director of the future.” (B.R. Ambedkar, Writings And Speeches)

 

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Nov
03
2014

parsimonious

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parmo ni əs

excessively frugal; stingy.
My father was as parsimonious with his praise as he was with his pennies.

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Oct
31
2014

masquerade

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mae skə reId

noun

1. a party or ball at which the guests wear costumes and masks.
She wanted to find out the identity of her intriguing dance partner at the masquerade.

2. an outward pretense; false outward appearance.
No one was fooled by her masquerade of humility.

3. activity or existence under false pretenses or false identity.

 intransitive verb

1. to purposely assume the identity or appearance of another person.
She gained access to high society by masquerading as a member of the royal family.

2. to wear a costume or disguise.

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