Category: Word of the Day
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.
ə na mə li
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)
əb skyuh rən tih zəm [or] ab skyə raen tih zəm
1: active opposition to intellectual enlightenment, especially by withholding knowledge from the public.
The New York Times published an editorial condemning the Republican Party’s obscurantism on climate change.
2: a deliberate lack of clarity or directness of expression, as in certain styles of art or literature.
Many regard academic jargon as a form of obscurantism intended to maintain the exclusivity of the professorial class.
In kre jə ləs
1: in a state of skepticism, wonder, or disbelief.
He was incredulous when he heard that he had won the lottery.
2: demonstrating such a state.
Judging by her incredulous expression, she had never seen an adult behave that way before.
ihn de mihk
common in, native to, or restricted to a given place or population.
example: Because of air travel, what was once an endemic disease can more easily spread to other countries.
example: These plants are endemic to this region.
something peculiar to a locality, such as a plant or animal, or a disease.
example: Almost all the reptile and mammal species of Madagascar are endemics.