Category: Word of the Day

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

Jul
06
2016

probity

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pro bih ti

noun
proven trustworthiness; honesty; integrity.
The judge was incorruptible; his probity was well-known.

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Jul
04
2016

vista

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vI stə
noun
1. a view or scene, esp. as beheld through a framelike opening, as between buildings or borders of trees.
We walked through the alpine village delighting in the beautiful mountain vistas.
Our hotel rooms offer spectacular vistas of the sea.

2. a wide-ranging mental view of past or future experiences or possibilities.
The discovery opened up new vistas for the scientists.

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Jul
01
2016

recant

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rih kaent

transitive verb
to withdraw from commitment to (a former position or statement), especially publicly; retract.
Galileo was forced to recant his views because they were unacceptable to the Church.
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Jun
30
2016

obfuscate

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ab f@ skeIt

transitive verb
to make (something) seem or be difficult to understand; obscure or darken.
The meaning of the  proposed amendment was obfuscated by bureaucratic language.
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Jun
29
2016

impinge

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ihm pInj

intransitive verb
1.  to strike or collide with something (usually followed by “on” or “upon”).
A blaring car horn impinged on my thoughts.

2.  to encroach (usually followed by “on” or “upon”).
We do not want the school policy to impinge on our parental authority.

3.  to have an effect or influence (usually followed by “on” or “upon”).
His opinion impinged on her choice.
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