Category: Word of the Day

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

Feb
06
2015

forbearance

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for beI rəns

  noun

1. the act or capability of refraining or holding back.
He had always had a habit of yelling, but his wife’s recent threat to leave him had taught him some forbearance.

2. the quality or an instance of enduring patiently or being tolerant.
My request is unusual, so I ask for your forbearance.

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Feb
05
2015

consternation

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kan stər neI shən

noun

surprise and alarm, leading to panic, deep disappointment, or total confusion.
To the consternation of some conservative groups, it was announced that women would no longer be banned from Navy submarines.

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Feb
02
2015

conundrum

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k@ nuhn dr@m

noun

a puzzle or problem with a difficult or impossible solution.
Who or what produced these mysterious crop circles is still a conundrum for scientists.
How to continue to provide necessary services to the people without raising taxes has always been a conundrum for the city government.

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Jan
30
2015

duplicity

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du plI sih ti
noun
deceitful speech or action.
She was more hurt by her husband’s duplicity–his lying and covering up–than she was by his desire for a divorce.

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Jan
29
2015

grimace

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grI məs
noun
a twisting of the face to show pain, disgust, or anger.
He took a sip of the medicine with a grimace.

intransitive verb
to make a grimace.
She grimaced as I pulled the splinter from her finger.

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