equivocate (intransitive verb): to use vague or unclear language in order to deceive or mislead someone Examples: 1. Analysts accused the president of using equivocation when he was asked tough questions regarding foreign policy. 2. Don’t equivocate or make excuses when you turn in an assignment after the deadline.
debunk (transitive verb): to show that something is not true; to prove something is false Examples: 1. The show MythBusters tries to debunk theories that have no scientific basis. 2. The witness debunked the defendant’s story and opened the jury’s eyes to the truth of the situation.
bourgeois (adjective): of or relating to the middle class of society; also could describe someone who is overly concerned with wealth, possessions, and respectable behavior Examples: In his work The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx addressed the tensions between the bourgeois class, (middle-class and affluent members of society) and the proletariat class (working-class members of society). Jane’s […]
acrid (adjective): violently unpleasant in taste or smell Examples: 1. His least favorite thing about living in the city was the acrid smell of car exhaust fumes filling the air. 2. She left her bread in the toaster for too long, and the black, burned edges left an acrid taste in her mouth.
resolution (noun): determination, a quality that makes you keep trying to do or achieve something Examples: 1. I worked hard and saved my paychecks with great resolution until I had enough money to buy a plane ticket. 2. Whenever the team started to lose hope their coach pushed them to maintain their resolution.
The word of the day today comes from an article on “Using Undicitonaried Words“. Madeupical (N as an ADJ) -related to being made up. Example: Do you use madeupical words in your daily vocabulary? Example: Crafty writers like words that are madeupical in their creative writing. Example: Don’t use madeupical words on your exams! (Your […]
objective (adjective): based on facts, not opinions or feelings; unbiased Examples: 1. The professor asked the group to be objective when reviewing data from the survey. 2. Although she had strong political views, the professor was objective when giving lectures to the class.
lachrymose (adjective): tending to cause tears, or easily made to cry Examples: 1. I became lachrymose after the death of my grandfather, and it seemed that even the littlest of things could make me weep. 2. The professor showed clips from a lachrymose film which illustrated the heartbreaking effects of the war.
hasten (verb): to move or act quickly or to cause something to move quickly Examples: 1. I should hasten to finish my homework so I can go to the party. 2. Some would argue that the instant popularity of Facebook hastened the death of other social networking sites like MySpace.
enigma (noun): something hard to understand or explain Examples: 1. The professor’s lecture was an enigma to the class. 2. I always feel very sleepy in my 6:20pm class, but then I go home and play video games for hours afterward. It’s the greatest enigma of my life!
cower (intransitive verb): to shrink away or crouch down because you are scared Examples: 1. I cowered away when I saw the man was carrying a knife. 2. When you have a big exam, don’t cower in fear; instead, study hard and face it with courage!
bilk (transitive verb): to cheat or trick, often in terms of money Examples: 1. The jeweler bilked the couple into paying thousands of dollars for a cheap gemstone. 2. The mechanic often bilks customers into paying for unnecessary repairs.