Category: Word of the Day
pri tens [or] prih tens
1. an act or instance of pretending; sham or fiction.
Her tearful apology was just a pretense since she actually felt no regret for what she had done.
2. a false or deceptive show, claim, or excuse.
He made a pretense of caring in order to gain her trust.
sihn tI lə
a tiny amount; trace.
There was not a scintilla of truth in the rumor.
ihm brol yo
a difficult, confused, or complicated situation, often involving a misunderstanding, disagreement, or quarrel.
The proposed building of a mosque on Ground Zero caused an imbroglio.
“The imbroglio of events into which it is unnecessary for us to enter grew more and more complicated year by year, until at length it came to be a struggle between France and England for the ally who could be of most assistance to the one in the special way of injuring the other, and whom it was of the first advantage to both to secure.”
(Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant, Royal Edinburgh: Her Saints, Kings, Prophets and Poets)
pa sti ri ər
1. located behind or toward the back of something. (Cf. anterior.)
The pituitary gland consists of two lobes, a larger front lobe and a smaller posterior lobe.
This insect’s posterior legs are shorter than its medial and front legs.
2. coming after in time or order (sometimes fol. by to).
3. pertaining to the tail end of an animal or the dorsal side of a human.
the hind end of the body in man; buttocks.
While you’re just sitting here on your posterior, the others are out working!
aen ti ri ər
1. located near or at the front. (Cf. posterior.)
The sternum is anterior to the spine.
2. earlier in time.
“Damascus dates back anterior to the days of Abraham, and is the oldest city in the world.” (Twain, The Innocents Abroad)