Word of the Day

Word of the Day

Word of the Day ambivalent (adj) After five days, the jury remains ambivalent regarding the defendants guilt. When it was time to choose her major for college, Eunice realized she was ambivalent about two career fields.

Word of the Day ambivalent: having opposite and conflicting feelings about someone or something being uncertain as to which path to take If you are ambivalent, you have mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about someone or something.

Word of the Day savoir-faire (noun): I avoid fancy restaurants because I dont have the savoir-faire needed to dine without embarrassing myself. Bennys savoir-faire allowed him to fit in everywhere he went.

Word of the Day savoir-faire: -the ability to say and do the right thing in any situation -knowing how to act in a variety of circumstances If you have savoir-faire, you have the ability to act and speak appropriately in social situations.

Word of the Day nepotism (noun) To avoid any accusations of nepotism, the coach refused to put his sons into the game. Sheilas husband is the mayor, so we think she gets discounts at local places because of nepotism.

Word of the Day nepotism: -the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs. -unfair use of power in order to get jobs/benefits for friends/relatives.

Word of the Day pice de rsistance (noun): The pice de rsistance of the eight course meal was the cupcake tower. The pice de rsistance of the whole concert was the moment when Ed Sheeran and Rihanna performed together onstage.

Word of the Day pice de rsistance: -the principal dish of a meal The pice de rsistance is the most standout aspect of an event, incident, item, attraction, or group. Word of the Day harbinger (noun)

The sudden drop in temperature was a harbinger of winter. Nelson took the short text as a harbinger that his relationship with Pat was about to end . Word of the Day harbinger: -a person or thing that announces

or signals the approach of another. -anything that foreshadows a future event; an omen or sign. Word of the Day ad hoc (adjective): Some of the men in our neighborhood have formed an ad hoc safety patrol to deter crime.

The mayor formed an ad hoc committee to study the projects funding. Word of the Day ad hoc: -made for a particular reason -formed, arranged, or done for a specific purpose only

Word of the Day privy: -allowed to share in confidential information. -sharing in the knowledge of something secret and private. Word of the Day

de facto (adjective): Although Wilson and Sienna never married, they considered their 30 year relationship to be a de facto marriage. With over 30 million successful downloads to date, Shockwave is becoming the de facto standard for web multimedia playback. Word of the Day

de facto: -actually existing or in effect although not legally required -existing in fact, although perhaps not intended, legal, or accepted. If you're the de facto mayor of your town, you're acting as mayor, even though you weren't legally elected. If something is de facto, it is generally accepted or agreed to without any formal decision in its favor. Translated from Latin, de facto means in fact.

Word of the Day voracious (adj) The football player was a voracious eater who easily consumed three chickens during one meal. The librarian at my school describes herself as a voracious reader who gets through several

magazines, articles, and books each week. Word of the Day voracious: -wanting or devouring great quantities of food (a voracious appetite) -having a very eager approach to an activity.

Word of the Day derring-do (noun): Im not very brave, so I could never perform a derring-do like jumping out of an airplane. When the man rushed into the burning house to save the old womans fish, he performed nothing but an act of derring-do.

Word of the Day Derring-do: -valor or heroism -daring deeds or exploits -action displaying heroic courage Word of the Day browbeat (verb)

The thief browbeat the bank teller into giving him the keys to the vault. The dissatisfied customer had to browbeat the manager into refunding his money. Word of the Day browbeat:

-to intimidate or to bully someone into doing something with stern or abusive words. -to try to force someone to do something by threats, force, or unfair persuasions Word of the Day heyday (noun):

People danced and spent money during the heyday of the 1920s before everything went downhill with the Great Depression. While bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam made the biggest waves during the grunge heyday, smaller bands were also very influential. Word of the Day heyday:

-the period of a person's or thing's greatest success or popularity -the peak time where there was great achievement and recognition -the period of greatest power, success, or influence Word of the Day protocol (noun)

What is the protocol for removing an ineffective member from the executive board? Harold broke protocol when he highfived the queen and did not bow. Word of the Day protocol: -customs and regulations dealing with official behavior and etiquette

-guidelines for conduct in specific environments as well as for diplomats and heads of state Word of the Day doppelganger (noun): Experts claim that everyone has a doppelganger somewhere in the world that looks exactly like them.

For security reasons, many celebrities have a doppelganger to pretend to be them in public. Word of the Day doppelganger: (German for

double-goer) -a double or copy of a person; an imposter -a non-biologically related lookalike or double of a living person Word of the Day

impasse (noun) When negotiations reached an impasse, the workers went out on strike. The jury ended in an impasse when the members could not break a tie vote on the defendants guilt. Word of the Day impasse:

-a position from which there is no escape -a problem in which there is no solution -a situation that prevents advancement Word of the Day non sequitur (noun):

The bank teller asked the customer what it was like outside; the customer responded with a non sequitur when she said 2:00. The politicians excuse for his lies was a non sequitur that had nothing to do with the facts. Word of the Day non sequitur:

-a statement or conclusion that does not logically follow from what was said before -a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement Word of the Day narcissism (noun)/narcissistic (adj)

Because Edna is narcissistic, she was unconcerned about her friends car crash but traumatized by her broken nail. Since the mayor has extreme narcissism, he ignores his citizens and focuses his time on his own interests. Word of the Day

narcissism: - extremely self-centered with an exaggerated sense of self-importance - arrogant and unconcerned with others - excessive self-love - absorption in oneself

Word of the Day tour de force (noun): Graham Peters continued his tour de force on the golf course when he shot his fifth hole-in-one. The gospel choirs performance coupled with the Cleveland Orchestra was a musical tour de force.

Word of the Day tour de force: (French for feat of strength) -an impressive performance or achievement that has been accomplished or managed with great skill If you call something such as a performance, speech, or production a tour de force, you are emphasizing that it is extremely good or extremely well done or made.

Word of the Day nominal (adj) Marvin did not get a lot of job applicants because he offered only a nominal salary to his employees. Despite his immense wealth, Bernard is a selfish man who gives a nominal amount to charities each year.

Word of the Day nominal: -incredibly small -far below the real value or cost Word of the Day nonpartisan (adjective/noun):

The two political parties are working on a nonpartisan agreement that would help all citizens. As a registered Republican, Noreen could not join the nonpartisan commission of citizens, legal professionals, and civic leaders. Word of the Day nonpartisan:

-neutral and not connected to any specific political group -free from party affiliation, bias, or designation Politicians are partisan when they act in favor of their party. An independent or nonpartisan politician is an individual politician who is not affiliated with any political party.

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