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Aug
08
2014

sesquipedalian

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ses kwih pə deI li ən

adjective

1: inclined to use long words.
2: of words and expressions, having many syllables.

 noun
a word with many syllables.

Word Parts
The word sesquipedalian contains the following part:
ped1, pedi, -pede –Latin root that means foot, feet

 

 

 

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Aug
07
2014

surrogate

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suh rə giht [or] suhgeIt

noun
1. one that acts in another’s place, esp. in an official capacity; substitute.
2. a judge, in some states in the United States, who presides over the settlement of wills and estates

adjective
acting as, or considered to be, a substitute or replacement.
His aunt acted as a surrogate parent while his mother was spending time in jail.

transitive verb   (suhgeIt)
to appoint as a substitute, replacement, or deputy.

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Aug
06
2014

perverse

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pər vuhrs

adjective

1: stubbornly opposed to what is expected or requested of one, or marked by or inclined toward such an attitude.
Knowing how perverse he can be, I’m not surprised he refused to wear a tie to the funeral.
She seems to take perverse pleasure in disappointing her parents.

2: stubbornly directed toward wickedness or evil; corrupt or sinful.
The leader treated his people with perverse cruelty.

3: irritable or peevish.
He didn’t sleep well last night, so he’s liable to be perverse this morning.

How does this image illustrate the word "perverse"?

How does this image illustrate the word “perverse”?

 

 

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Aug
05
2014

cloak-and-dagger

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klok ənd dae gər
adjective
definition: involving espionage, esp. viewed as being overly dramatic.
The office had a cloak-and-dagger atmosphere.

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Aug
04
2014

part and parcel

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phrase

an integral or necessary part of something.
“Suffering is part and parcel of extensive intelligence and a feeling heart.” Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

 

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