Category: Word of the Day

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

Apr
02
2015

volatile

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va lə tihl or vataIl

adjective
1. rapidly changeable, esp. tending to become violent.
His volatile temper put everyone on edge.
Stay tuned to this channel for updates on this volatile situation.

2. evaporating rapidly, or capable of doing so, without much change in temperature or pressure.
Ammonia is a volatile substance.

3. highly changeable or inconsistent.
The housing market tends to be volatile.

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Apr
01
2015

antagonism

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aen tae gə nih zəm

a state of being opposed; hostility.
There had always been antagonism between the two men, so few were surprised that they had finally come to blows.
The issue of the property line sparked antagonism between the neighbors.

 

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Mar
31
2015

disquiet

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dIs kwaI iht

noun
lack of mental calm or peace; anxiety; uneasiness.
The protests evidence the growing disquiet over the new, harsher regime.

transitive verb
to make anxious or uneasy; disturb; worry.
The announcement of possible layoffs at the factory disquieted the workers.

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Mar
30
2015

culpable

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kuhl pə bəl

adjective

guilty of a mistake or fault; blameworthy.
It is not the child who is culpable in this case; it is the parent.

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Mar
27
2015

behemoth

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hi məth

1. a huge beast, perhaps a hippopotamus, mentioned in the Book of Job in the Old Testament.
2. any enormous or powerful creature or thing.

America’s second largest tobacco company, Reynolds American, acquired its competitor Lorillard for $27.4 billion, creating a $58 billion tobacco behemoth.”

The retail behemoth might not feel much pain from a wage hike, but some of its competitors would.”

 

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