Category: Word of the Day
pra dih gəl
1. imprudent and excessive in spending; extravagant.
The prodigal young man had squandered the money his father had given him to start up his business.
2. giving profusely or abundantly; lavish or bountiful (often followed by of or with).
pro kruh sti ən
(often capitalized) pertaining to the forcing of someone or something into conformity with preconceptions.
It was pleasant to me to look on an ordinary face, and see it light up into a smile, and think with myself: “there is one heart that will judge of me by what I am, and not by a Procrustean dogma.”
pro ti ən
1. easily changing form or character; variable or versatile.
example: Plastic is a protean substance.
2. (cap.) of, concerning, or resembling Proteus. (Who is Proteus? –>) (more…)
sa lihp sih zəm
definition 1: in philosophy, the theory that the self is the only verifiable reality.
definition 2: the self-centered habit of interpreting and judging all things exclusively according to one’s own concepts of meaning and value.
example: He knew his wife’s solipsism would prevent her from regarding his injury as anything but an infringement on her freedom to do what she liked.
derivations: solipsist (adj.), solipsistic (adj.), solipsist (n.)
ka lə kwi
a conversation or written dialogue, especially one with a formal setting and purpose.
quotation: The hearing ended…with an extraordinary colloquy between Senator Kerry and Ms. Rice in which the senator, the recent Democratic presidential nominee, alternatively asked sharp questions and offered lectures about various themes from his campaign. (The New York Times, May 1, 2005)