Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Category: Word of the Day

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

Sep
08
2017

alfresco

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ael fre sko

adverb
in the open air; outside.
If the weather is fine, we shall dine alfresco.
In warm weather, some professors teach alfresco.

adjective
outdoor.
Fortunately, the weather was fine for the alfresco art exhibit.
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Sep
07
2017

facile

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fae sihl  [or]  fae saIl

adjective
1.  acting or working in an easy manner.
She had a facile mind and all subjects came easily to her.

2.  achieved with little or no effort.
The flawless performance appeared facile, but it had required months of intense practice.

3.  marked by superficiality; simplistic.
You didn’t give the article any real thought, and therefore you reached a facile conclusion.
The textbook’s facile explanation was more confusing than helpful.

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Sep
06
2017

hedonistic

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hi d@ nI stihk

adjective
adhering to or characterized by the principle that pleasure should be the primary aim in life.
The young men’s hedonistic lifestyle ended abruptly when they were sent to war.
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Sep
05
2017

ramshackle

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raem shae k@l

adjective
poorly constructed or in disrepair; rickety.
The refugees were living in ramshackle huts along the border.

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Sep
04
2017

absolutist

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aeb s@ lu tihst

adjective
1.  of or relating to government by total, unrestrained power.
For a decade, the population endured the absolutist reign of a tyrant.

2.  characterized by ideas, or a belief in ideas, whose truth is unconditional and not subject to any external standard.
The group has absolutist views on the differences between humans and animals.

noun
one who regards certain ideas as being unconditionally true.
He is an absolutist when it comes to freedom of speech.
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