Long Definition: prag·mat·ic    Audio Help   /præg?mæt?k/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[prag-mat-ik] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective 1. of or pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations. 2. Philosophy. of or pertaining to pragmatism (def. 2). 3. of or pertaining to pragmatics (defs. 1, 2). 4. treating historical phenomena […]
Long Definition: wax      /wæks/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[waks] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –verb (used without object), waxed; waxed or (Literary) wax·en; wax·ing. 1. to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, power, etc.: Discord waxed at an alarming rate. 2. (of the moon) to increase in the extent of its illuminated portion […]
Long Definition: char·y /?t???ri/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[chair-ee] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective, char·i·er, char·i·est. 1. cautious or careful; wary: He was chary of investing in oil wells. 2. shy; timid. 3. fastidious; choosy: She is excessively chary about her friends. 4. sparing (often fol. by of): chary of his praise. […]
Long Definition: rue1 /ru/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[roo] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation, verb, rued, ru·ing, noun –verb (used with object) 1. to feel sorrow over; repent of; regret bitterly: to rue the loss of opportunities. 2. to wish that (something) had never been done, taken place, etc.: I rue the day […]
Long Definition: ob·vi·ate      /??bvi?e?t/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[ob-vee-eyt] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –verb (used with object), -at·ed, -at·ing. to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary: to obviate the risk of serious injury. [Origin: 1590–1600; < L obvi?tus, ptp. of obvi?re to act contrary […]
Long Definition: dis·pa·rate (d?s’p?r-?t, d?-sp?r’?t) Pronunciation Keyadj. Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar: “This mixture of apparently disparate materials—scandal and spiritualism, current events and eternal recurrences—is not promising on the face of it” (Gary Wills). Containing or composed of dissimilar or opposing elements: a disparate group of people who represented a cross section […]
Long Definition: he·gem·o·ny /h??d??m?ni, ?h?d???mo?ni/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[hi-jem–uh-nee, hej–uh-moh-nee] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –noun, plural -nies. 1. leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation over others, as in a confederation. 2. leadership; predominance. 3. (esp. among smaller nations) aggression or expansionism by large nations in an effort to achieve […]
Long Definition: rec·on·dite /?r?k?n?da?t, r??k?n da?t/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[rek–uh n-dahyt, ri-kon-dahyt] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective 1. dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise. 2. beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric: recondite principles. 3. little known; obscure: a recondite fact. [Origin: 1640–50; earlier recondit < […]
Long Definition: ex·tir·pate /??k st?r?pe?t, ?k?st?rpe?t/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[ek-ster-peyt, ik-stur-peyt ] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –verb (used with object), -pat·ed, -pat·ing. 1. to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate. 2. to pull up by or as if by the roots; root up: to extirpate an unwanted hair. [Origin: […]
Long Definition: sat·ur·nine /?sæt ?r?na?n/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[sat-er-nahyn] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective 1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn. 2. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person. 3. due to absorption of lead, as bodily disorders. [Origin: 1400–50; late ME < ML s?turn?nus (see Saturn, -ine1) ] —Related forms sat·ur·nine·ly, […]
Long Definition: bil·ious /?b?l y?s/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[bil-yuh s] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective 1. Physiology, Pathology. pertaining to bile or to an excess secretion of bile. 2. Pathology. suffering from, caused by, or attended by trouble with the bile or liver. 3. peevish; irritable; cranky. 4. extremely unpleasant or […]
Long Definition: lu·dic      /?lu d?k/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[loo-dik] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective playful in an aimless way: the ludic behavior of kittens. [Origin: 1935–40; < L l?d- (s. of l?dere to play) + -ic, perh. via F ludique, learned formation from same components] Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)Based on […]
Long Definition: des·ue·tude /?d?s w??tud, -?tyud/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[des-wi-tood, -tyood ] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –noun the state of being no longer used or practiced. [Origin: 1425–75; late ME < L désuét?do, equiv. to désué-, base of désuéscere to become disaccustomed to, unlearn ( dé- de- + suéscere to become […]
Long Definition: a·ver      /??v?r/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[uh–vur] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –verb (used with object), a·verred, a·ver·ring. 1. to assert or affirm with confidence; declare in a positive or peremptory manner. 2. Law. to allege as a fact. [Origin: 1350–1400; ME < MF averer < ML advér?re, equiv. to […]
Long Definition: Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source – Share This in·su·per·a·ble /?n?su p?r?b?l / Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[in-soo-per-uh-buh l] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective incapable of being passed over, overcome, or surmounted: an insuperable barrier. [Origin: 1300–50; ME < L insuper?bilis. See in-3, superable ] —Related forms in·su·per·a·bil·i·ty, […]
Long Definition: re·ful·gent /r??f?l d??nt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[ri-fuhl-juh nt] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective shining brightly; radiant; gleaming: Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball. [Origin: 1500–10; <>refulgent- (s. of refulgéns, prp. of refulgére to radiate light). See re-, fulgent ] —Related […]
Long Definition: con·tu·ma·cious      /?k?n t??me???s, -ty?-/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[kon-too–mey-shuh s, -tyoo–] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient. [Origin: 1590–1600; contumacy + -ous ] —Related forms con·tu·ma·cious·ly, adverb con·tu·ma·cious·ness, con·tu·mac·i·ty       /?k?nt??mæs ?ti, -ty?-/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[kon-too–mas-i-tee, -tyoo– ] […]
Long Definition: ad·ven·ti·tious      /?æd v?n?t???s/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[ad-vuh n-tish–uhs] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective 1. associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic. 2. Botany, Zoology. appearing in an abnormal or unusual position or place, as a root. [Origin: 1595–1605; < L advent?cius lit., coming […]
Long Definition: er·satz      /??r z?ts, -s?ts, ?r?z?ts, -?s?ts/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[er-zahts, -sahts, er-zahts, –sahts] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation –adjective 1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain. –noun 2. an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute. [Origin: […]
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