Category: Word of the Day

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

Mar
28
2014

blatant

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bleI tənt

adjective

1. completely obvious or undisguised, sometimes offensively so.
examples: The politician’s response showed a blatant disregard for the truth. The hostility between the two women was blatant. He resented their blatant attempt to win him over. His blatant adoration of her made her uncomfortable.

2. conspicuous, often vulgarly so.
example: This blatant show of wealth impressed most of the guests.

 

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Mar
27
2014

flagrant

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fleI grənt

adjective

1. exceptionally and openly bad or offensive; disgraceful; scandalous.
example: The government was condemned for its flagrant violation of international law and human rights.

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Mar
25
2014

scathe

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skeIth

transitive verb

1. to injure with criticism.
example: He had heard of the sardonic, the cruel humour with which the writer scathed his contemporaries.

2. to injure or damage by, or as if by, fire.
example: But when the flames vanished, Jason still stood there, barely singed or scathed.

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Mar
24
2014

scintilla

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sihn tI
noun
a tiny amount; trace.
example: There was not a scintilla of truth in the rumor.

Note: “Scintilla” is usually used in negative constructions, as in “not a scintilla of…,” and frequently to convey a complete lack of truth, evidence, or proof.
“Scintilla” is a Latin word meaning “spark, particle of fire, atom.”  The English verb “scintillate” retains the fiery element and can mean “to give off sparks” (literally) or “to sparkle intellectually.” 548225_3d_spichka_iskryi_ogon_1920x1200_(www.GdeFon.ru)

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Mar
21
2014

fantast

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faen taest
noun
one given to fanciful, impractical dreams; visionary.

“To come down to earth” is, in ordinary speech, to get to reality, to face the facts, and to be practical. On the other hand, “to have your head in the clouds” is to be a dreamer and a fantast, though oddly and curiously, the Christian notion of heaven, the abode of God and therefore the seat of ultimate reality, is traditionally symbolized as a situation where everyone floats in the sky. (Alan Watts, Cloudhidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal)

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