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“ Art for art’s sake makes no more sense than gin for gin’s sake. ”
— Somerset Maugham

"The respect of those you respect is worth more than the applause of the multitude.”
— Arnold Glasow

lap·i·dar·y
ˈlapəˌderē/
adjective

Engraved on or suitable for engraving on stone and therefore elegant and concise.

"He had lapidary tendencies when it came to the design of the new tech device, he wanted it to look insanely great!"

met·tle
ˈmetl/
noun

Ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.

"The young team showed their true mettle in the NCAA basketball tournament."

synonyms: spirit, fortitude, strength of character, moral fiber, steel, determination, resolve, resolution, backbone, grit, true grit, courage, courageousness, bravery, valor, fearlessness, daring

pal·li·a·tive
ˈpalēˌātiv,ˈpalēətiv/
adjective
1.
(of a treatment or medicine) relieving pain or alleviating a problem without dealing with the underlying cause.

"Short-term, palliative measures were taken to ease the anguish of the patient."

synonyms: soothing, alleviating, sedative, calmative

noun
noun: palliative; plural noun: palliatives
1.
a palliative remedy, medicine, etc.
synonyms: painkiller, analgesic, pain reliever, sedative, tranquilizer, anodyne, calmative, opiate, bromide

re·miss
riˈmis/
adjective
1.
lacking care or attention to duty; negligent.

"it would be very remiss of me not to pass on that information"

synonyms: negligent, neglectful, irresponsible, careless, thoughtless, heedless, lax, slack, slipshod, lackadaisical, derelict;

hav·oc ˈhavək/ noun

1. Widespread destruction

"The theft of data secrets caused havoc in the government."

synonyms: Devastation, destruction, damage, desolation, ruination, ruin;

Word of the Day
Inferior (adj) [in-feer-ee-er] /ɪnˈfɪəriər/: someone or something that is not very good, that is not as good as something else, or that is of lower quality.

She bought an inferior knock-off purse from the street vendor.

Although he was a manager, his skills and knowledge were inferior to his colleagues.



Examples of 'inferior'

Word of the Day!
Bravado (noun) [bruh-vah-doh] /brəˈvɑdoʊ/
Fake courage when someone is really frightened or scared.

Example of 'Bravado':
He was making a bravado of how he cheated on his test, when his teacher overheard him.

Word of the Day!
daunt (verb) [dawnt] /dɔnt/
To intimidate or cause fear in someone.

The army was daunted by the large enemy force.

I was daunted while preparing for the TOEFL exam, but I passed it the first time.

'Daunt' can also be used as an adjective: 'Daunting'

1. The meeting with the professor was daunting.

2. The daunting TOEFL/GRE/SAT exam.
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