Category: Word of the Day

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

Jan
08
2016

glower

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glaU ər

intransitive verb
to look or stare with sullenness, anger, or animosity; scowl.
She refused to respond to the vice-principal’s accusation and only glowered at him.

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Jan
07
2016

scarify

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sker rih faI

transitive verb
1. to make shallow cuts in (the skin).
2. to loosen, break up, or stir (topsoil).
3. to attack and hurt with sharp criticism; censure.
4. to make slits or grooves in the hard covers of (seeds) in order to hasten germination.

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Jan
06
2016

succinct

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sək sIngkt

adjective
1. briefly but clearly stated; concise.
His letter of resignation was succinct and offered little rationale or apology.
After a succinct summary of the novel’s plot, the speaker began to analyze one pivotal scene at length.

2. characteristically clear and concise.
We chose the most succinct writer among us to write up the minutes for our meetings.

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Jan
05
2016

knoll

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nol
adjective
a small rounded rise of land; mound.
We had our picnic on the knoll.

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Jan
04
2016

contrite

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kən traIt
adjective
feeling deep guilt for one’s wrongdoing or shortcoming and desiring to make amends for it; remorseful; repentant.
He was contrite when he returned, and he begged for her forgiveness.

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