Category: Word of the Day

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

Jan
15
2016

visceral

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vI sə rəl
adjective
1. of, concerning, or affecting the viscera.
The patient complained of visceral pain that was felt as an aching in the lower abdomen.

2. stemming from instinct or intuition rather than the intellect.
The detective tended to act on his visceral responses to information.

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Jan
14
2016

virtu

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vər tu
noun
1. an appreciation for or knowledge of fine objects of art, antiques, or the like.

“Here,” he resumed, arising and leaning on my arm as he sauntered around the apartment, “here are paintings from the Greeks to Cimabue, and from Cimabue to the present hour. Many are chosen, as you see, with little deference to the opinions of virtu. They are all, however, fitting tapestry for a chamber such as this.” (E.A. Poe, “The Assignation”)

2. merit or value inherent in such objects.
What virtu is evident in that crystal piece!

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Jan
13
2016

pressgang

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pres gaeng

noun
a group of men under the command of an officer who round up other men and force them to enter military service.

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Jan
12
2016

desperado

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de spə ra do
noun
a daring or dangerous outlaw.

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Jan
11
2016

foreclose

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for kloz

transitive verb
1. to take away the right to redeem (a mortgage) or to take that right away from (the mortgagor), esp. for failure to make timely payments.
2. to bar or rule out.
Let’s not foreclose any possibilities.
3. to close or resolve beforehand.
Her speech foreclosed all my objections.

intransitive verb
to foreclose a mortgage.

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