Category: Word of the Day

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

Jan
02
2017

exponent

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ihks po n@nt  [or]  eks po n@nt

noun
1.  one that expounds or interprets.
The British physicist Stephen Hawking is an exponent of cosmological theories.

2.  one that represents or advocates.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an exponent of women’s rights in the U.S.
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Dec
19
2016

wrongheaded

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rawng he dihd

adjective
1.  perversely and obstinately adhering to a wrong opinion or course of action.
It was wrongheaded of him to refuse to put on sunscreen, especially considering the cancer scare he experienced last year.

2.  contrary to sound judgment.
Her leaving school is a wrongheaded decision that she will surely regret.
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Dec
12
2016

penury

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pen y@ ri

noun
severe poverty; pennilessness.
Her paintings now sell for millions, but, during her lifetime, the artist had lived in penury.
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Dec
05
2016

feckless

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fek lihs

adjective
1.  weak or incompetent; ineffective.
His feckless efforts at appeasing her only served to anger her more.

2.  worthless or irresponsible.
That silly girl has gotten herself involved with some feckless youth.
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Nov
10
2016

flummox

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flu məks
(informal) to confuse or puzzle.
She was flummoxed by his angry reaction to her act of kindness.

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