Category: Word of the Day

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

Oct
29
2014

sable

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seI b@l

noun
1. a weasel-like mammal of the cold regions of Eurasia that has very dark, valuable fur.
2. the fur of this mammal.
3. in heraldry, the color black.

adjective
sable-colored; very dark; black.

 

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Oct
28
2014

resplendent

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rih splen d@nt

adjective

full of splendor; radiant; shining.
The fall leaves glowed in the resplendent light of the sunset.
The great hall was resplendent with its gilt walls and ceiling and magnificent chandeliers.

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Oct
27
2014

plagiarize

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pleI j@ raIz

transitive verb

to wrongfully and deliberately claim as one’s own (the ideas, words, or the like) of someone else.
The professor recognized several passages in the student’s paper and knew that they had been plagiarized.

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Oct
24
2014

enterprise

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en t@r praIz

1. an undertaking, esp. one characterized by complexity, risk, or wide scope; venture.
The expedition to the south pole was a complicated enterprise.

2. a business entity.
Their software enterprise made huge profits last year.

3. initiative; ingenuity.
Her project showed real enterprise.

 

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Oct
23
2014

authoritarian

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ə tho rih teI ri ən
of, pertaining to, or advocating complete obedience or subjection to authority, esp. political authority, without concern for individual rights.
Czar Alexander II was less authoritarian in his views than his father, and this led him to eventually free the serfs.
The European monarchs had been authoritarian rulers for centuries.

demanding obedience; domineering.
Her authoritarian father controlled nearly every aspect of her life.

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