Category: Word of the Day

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Dec
16
2014

sortie

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sor ti

noun

1. an assault made by a besieged military force against its attackers.

2. the flying of an aircraft on a combat mission.

intransitive verb

to go on a sortie.

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Dec
15
2014

loophole

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lup hol

noun
1. a way of avoiding or escaping a requirement, regulation, or the like, esp. by taking advantage of an omission or ambiguity in the written text of a legal contract or other document.
Google used loopholes to cut their taxes by 3.1 billion dollars.

She glanced around her in an agony of despair, saw no loophole of escape, and gathering up the unlucky sketch, she stumbled up the aisle to the desk, still holding her scarlet-tipped paint brush in her hand. (Ruth Brown MacArthur, The Lilac Lady)

2. a small slit, hole, or opening, esp. one in the walls of a fort, for the discharge of firearms.

He pulled away a small sandbag that blocked a loophole, and, holding his rifle by the butt at arm-length, poked the muzzle out slowly. (Boyd Cable, Between the Lines)

transitive verb
to construct or fashion loopholes in.

The Mexicans increased their fortifications, preparing for a desperate combat on the morrow. They threw up new earthworks, and they loopholed many of the houses that they held. (Joseph A. Altshuler, The Texan Star: The Story of a Great Fight for Liberty)

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Dec
12
2014

garrulous

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gae rə ləs

adjective

1.given to talking excessively.
He was in a hurry this morning and hoped to avoid his garrulous neighbor.

2. exceptionally wordy; verbose.
That garrulous introduction was unnecessary.

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Dec
11
2014

froward

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fro wərd

adjective

unwilling to agree or obey; stubborn; perverse.
Her froward children would not sit down to dinner if the menu was not to their liking.

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Dec
10
2014

anoint

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ə noInt

1. to put oil or ointment on.
The Egyptian mummies were anointed with perfumed oils.
I will now anoint myself with my new, expensive suntan lotion.

2. to confer high status or sacredness on by applying oil, as in a religious ritual.
The queen was anointed before being crowned.
The priests anointed him king.

3. to confer high status on or name to an important role.
The media have anointed her the Republican frontrunner.

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