Category: Word of the Day
de səl tor i
1: disordered, disconnected, or unmethodical; aimless.
The inexperienced sheriff conducted a desultory investigation that produced few clues.
2: occurring at random, by chance, or as a digression.
A few desultory comments were made during the question period, but there was little discussion of the large issues raised in the meeting.
tem pə riht [or] tem priht
definition 1: characterized by moderation or self-control; restrained.
We hoped her roommate’s temperate lifestyle would be a positive influence on her.
definition 2: moderate in amount or quality; not excessive.
He may not give your book a good review, but his criticism will be fair and temperate.
definition 3: characterized by moderate temperatures and relatively mild weather.
Buried vegetable matter, which would have become peat, and finally brown coal, in a temperate climate, becomes, under the hot tropic soil, asphalt and oil, continually oozing up beneath the pressure of the strata above it. (Charles Kingsley, At Last)
definition 4: not overindulging in alcoholic drink.
Leading a temperate life became the law during Prohibition.
ə gri ə bəl
1. pleasing or likable.
Solomon Whapple soon became used to the rapid motion of the coach, and entered into conversation with an agreeable gentleman on the same seat, who was kind enough to answer all his inquiries connected with the wonders of the road.
2. ready to concur or consent.
She turned from the window and got him to talk a little. He seemed agreeable to the idea of talking.
1. completely obvious or undisguised, sometimes offensively so.
examples: The politician’s response showed a blatant disregard for the truth. The hostility between the two women was blatant. He resented their blatant attempt to win him over. His blatant adoration of her made her uncomfortable.
2. conspicuous, often vulgarly so.
example: This blatant show of wealth impressed most of the guests.
1. exceptionally and openly bad or offensive; disgraceful; scandalous.
example: The government was condemned for its flagrant violation of international law and human rights.