Category: Word of the Day

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

Aug
29
2016

infidel

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Indel

noun
one who does not believe in or accept a religious faith, esp. that of Christianity or Islam. They set off to conquer and convert the infidels.

adjective
unbelieving, esp. unaccepting of the Christian or Muslim faith. infidel nations.

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Aug
26
2016

posterity

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pa ste rih ti
noun
1. all generations to come.
Their subhuman living conditions would have remained unknown had not one photographer recorded them for posterity.
The monument was to last for posterity.

2. all of one person’s descendants.
“It was all over; that old maid and that aged Cardinal could leave no posterity. They remained face to face like two withered oaks, sole remnants of a vanished forest, and their fall would soon leave the plain quite clear.” (Émile Zola, The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome, Complete)

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Aug
24
2016

easement

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iz mənt

noun
in law, a relaxation of or exception to real property laws, as to allow a person or agency a right of way through another’s property, or to allow a person or agency to build a structure not normally permitted.

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Aug
23
2016

insular

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In syə lər

adjective
1. of or relating to an island or the formation of an island.
2. physically isolated; standing alone.
an insular structure.
3. closed to new ideas; narrow-minded.
Their insular attitudes kept them from seeing any value in new art forms.
4. characteristic of the inhabitants of an island.

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Aug
22
2016

cosmopolitan

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kazpa lih tən

adjective
1. of, drawn from, or common to all the world or all the peoples of the world.
Tehran was a cosmopolitan city before the revolution toppled the Shah.
Our university is a cosmopolitan institution.
This cosmopolitan plant species grows in wetlands.

2. not encumbered by local prejudices or customs; at ease in most areas and countries.
The cosmopolitan outlook of our new classmate enlivened American History class.

noun

one who is not bound by local prejudices and customs and is at ease in most areas and countries; cosmopolite.

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