Category: Word of the Day
1. an attempt to get something, esp. money, by threat of violence or of revealing a discrediting secret; instance of blackmail or extortion.
Immigrants were subjected to harassment and shakedowns and restrictive new laws.
2. a complete, intensive search of a person or place.
3. a process or period of preliminary testing, as of a new machine or system.
I rə pre sə bəl
impossible to restrain, suppress, or keep under control.
He was seized by an irrepressible urge to laugh.
She was a lively and irrepressible child.
raep sə di
1: a musical composition having an irregular form suggesting improvisation.
George Gershwin’s famous rhapsody is an extremely inventive piece that combines jazz and classical elements.
2: a state of intense or exaggerated enthusiasm, or an expression of this in speech or writing.
The candidate’s promises filled the crowd with rhapsodies of joy.
Do we have to listen to another rhapsody of his on the subject of baseball?
prə vaI zo
1. a clause that stipulates a condition or restriction in a document, such as a legal agreement or contract.
“The law enforcement proviso extends to law enforcement officers’ acts or omissions that arise within the scope of their employment, regardless of whether the officers are engaged in investigative or law enforcement activity, or are executing a search, seizing evidence, or making an arrest.”
2. a condition, restriction, or stipulation.
He agreed to come with the proviso that he pay for himself.
a private meeting of leaders of a political party to choose candidates or determine policy, or such a group itself.
The candidate chosen at the caucus was the one that everyone expected.
He switched parties and joined the Democratic caucus.
to meet in a caucus.
They will discuss their strategy when they caucus next week.