Category: Word of the Day

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Jul
10
2015

carom

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kae rəm

intransitive verb

to strike and rebound from another object or surface (usu. fol. by off).
The baseball caromed off the wall.

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Jul
09
2015

bastion

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baes chən

noun

1. a pentagon-shaped portion of a rampart or fortification that projects outward.
From the bastion of the castle, they could see the army advancing.

2. a fortified or well-protected position or area.
From their bastion, the armed prisoners fired on police.

3. something that acts as a safeguard for a principle or idea.
We consider our Constitution a bastion of justice.
Bastion_(PSF) (more…)

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Jul
08
2015

mesmerize

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mezraIz

verb

to induce a hypnotic trance in; hypnotize.
The psychiatrist spoke in a lulling voice when he mesmerized his patients.

to hold the attention or compel the obedience of, as though by hypnotism; fascinate; enthrall.
The children were mesmerized by the magic show.

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Jul
07
2015

utopia

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yu to pi ə

noun

(often cap.) an imagined or proposed place or society that is ideal, esp. in its laws, ethics, and customs.
In his vision of utopia, there would be no inequality or poverty.

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Jul
06
2015

quixotic

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kwihk sa tihk

adjective

absurdly and impractically gallant or idealistic.
His quixotic plan to become the hero of the people by establishing farms in the desert was ill-conceived.

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