Category: Word of the Day

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

Aug
05
2015

righteous

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raI chəs

adjective
1. morally upright.
They believed their leaders to be righteous men who were above corruption.

2. justifiable or morally right.
The strikers acted out of righteous anger.

3. displaying an attitude of moral correctness or virtuousness. (Cf. self-righteous.)
Don’t be so righteous; I can see right through you.

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Aug
04
2015

unconscionable

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uhn kan shə nə bəl

adjective
1. not restrained or guided by conscience; unprincipled.
For a contractor to overcharge elderly customers is truly unconscionable.

2. not reasonable; excessive.
Fifteen dollars is an unconscionable price to pay for something like this.

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Aug
03
2015

indifferent

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ihn dI frənt

1. lacking interest or concern; not caring.
He’d always been a renegade, indifferent to the opinions of others.
She was madly in love with him, but he was indifferent to her.

2. without preference or prejudice; impartial; neutral.
Jurors need to remain indifferent and should therefore not be exposed to opinions expressed in the media.

3. not particularly good or bad; mediocre.
The inexperienced cast gave an indifferent performance last night.

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Jul
31
2015

intervention

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In tər ven shən

1. the act of intervening.
He married her despite his parents’ attempt at intervention.

2. an intervening or interference by one nation in the affairs of another, as with military force.
If the civil conflict continues to escalate in that country, a military intervention may be the only way to stop the slaughter of civilians.

3. a planned attempt, in the form of a surprise confrontation, to convince someone to stop, or seek help for, a self-destructive behavior, such as addiction.

 

 

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Jul
30
2015

diaspora

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daI ae spər ə

1. the scattering of Jews among the Gentiles after the Babylonian exile.
2. the body of Jews living outside of Israel.
3. a scattering of any people with a common culture, or the body of people thus scattered.
These former Soviet Republics reduced corruption by appointing members of the diaspora to leadership positions.

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