Category: Word of the Day

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

May
17
2016

quid pro quo

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kwId pro kwo

noun
(Latin) one thing in return for another.
He expects a quid pro quo after helping with my legislation.
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May
16
2016

spoliation

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spo li eI shən
noun
1. the act or practice of seizing others’ goods, such as the plundering of neutral ships by the navy of a warring nation.

2. in law, the altering or destroying of a document or other evidence.
The committee deemed her deletion of email relevant to their investigation as spoliation of evidence.

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May
13
2016

sacrosanct

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sae kro saengkt
adjective
1:  regarded as dedicated to holy use or as so sacred as to be immune to desecration; inviolable; consecrate.
    The tomb is considered sacrosanct.

2:  so important or revered as to be beyond any alteration or criticism.
    Their yearly Super Bowl ritual is sacrosanct, so there is no use suggesting doing anything different.
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May
12
2016

bawdy

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baw di
adjective
coarsely or indecently humorous; risqué.
Burlesque shows featured popular music, bawdy comedy acts, and sometimes striptease.
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May
11
2016

iconoclastic

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aI ka n@ klae stihk
adjective
attacking or breaking away from established traditions, beliefs, or values.
Jackson Pollock’s splatter paintings were iconoclastic in the world of fine art.
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