(noun) impressive but meaningless language
Please, professor, no more bombast; just give me the facts.
(bōʹ nǝ fīd)
(adj.) in good faith
We made a bona fide offer for the property.
syn: legitimate, genuine
ant: fraudulent, phony
(noun) a rude or impolite person
My brother was acting like a boor.
syn: buffoon, clown
(adj.) pertaining to cows or cattle
The critic described the large figures in the painting as bovine.
(boudʹ lĕr īz)
(verb) to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.
If the editors bowdlerize much more of the book, there won't be anything left to read.
syn: to censor
(brĕvʹ ĭ tē)
(noun) briefness; short duration
The brevity of the candidate's speech surprised everyone.
syn: terseness, conciseness
(byōō kŏlʹ ĭk)
(adj.) pertaining to the countryside; rural, rustic
Jim wanted to find an old inn in a bucolic setting in which to have lunch.
(verb) to coax, to persuade, to wheedle
Tim tried to cajole his parents into letting him use the new car.
(adj.) young and inexperienced
Although he was not the typical callow youth, he was not as experienced as he pretended.
ant: mature, sophisticated
(kär sĭnʹ ǝ jǝn)
(noun) causing cancer
It is widely believed that nicotine is a carcinogen.
(adj.) sensual, sexual
Even though Evelyn didn't understand the painting, she knew it had a carnal feeling about it.
syn: erotic, voluptuous
ant: chaste, modest
(kărʹ ē ǝn)
(noun) decaying flesh
The vultures circling in the sky led the border patrol to the carrion they had been seeking since the report of the disaster.
(kătʹ ǝ klĭz ǝm)
(noun) a violent change
The earthquake in Mexico was a cataclysm which no one could have foreseen.
syn: disaster, catastrophe
ant: triumph, boon
(kătʹ ǝ răkt)
(noun) 1. large waterfall; abnormality of the eye
Because of the cataracts in that part of the river, you can't put a canoe in the water.
My grandmother had to have a cataract surgically removed from her eye.
(kāʹ vi ăt)
(noun) a warning
John did not heed that old caveat about swimming alone because he had such confidence in his own ability.