Category: Word of the Day

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

Aug
06
2014

perverse

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pər vuhrs

adjective

1: stubbornly opposed to what is expected or requested of one, or marked by or inclined toward such an attitude.
Knowing how perverse he can be, I’m not surprised he refused to wear a tie to the funeral.
She seems to take perverse pleasure in disappointing her parents.

2: stubbornly directed toward wickedness or evil; corrupt or sinful.
The leader treated his people with perverse cruelty.

3: irritable or peevish.
He didn’t sleep well last night, so he’s liable to be perverse this morning.

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Aug
05
2014

cloak-and-dagger

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klok ənd dae gər
adjective
definition: involving espionage, esp. viewed as being overly dramatic.
The office had a cloak-and-dagger atmosphere.

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Aug
04
2014

part and parcel

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phrase

an integral or necessary part of something.
“Suffering is part and parcel of extensive intelligence and a feeling heart.” Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

 

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Aug
01
2014

stilted

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stIl tihd

adjective

artificially or stiffly formal; pompous; affected.
It’s not enjoyable to read such stilted prose.
She sounds awfully stilted in her letters.

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Jul
31
2014

lugubrious

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gu bri əs
adjective
sad or mournful, especiallyt in an exaggerated way; gloomy.
He’s been walking around with that lugubrious expression ever since his girlfriend left.

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