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Word of the Week

Robust

The word of the week for the week commencing 9th November is – Robust

Meaning 1 - Sturdy in construction

Example 1 - A robust metal cabinet

Meaning 2 - Strong and rich in flavour or smell

Example 2 - A robust mixture of fish, onions, capers and tomatoes

The word of the week is designed to enlarge and enrich our vocabulary.  We should all try to use this word at some point during the week. Previous examples of the word of the week are summarised below:

Word Definition Example
Vicarious
Experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person
This catalogue brings vicarious pleasure in luxury living
Discriminate
1. Recognise a distinction
2. Make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of different categories of people
1. Babies can discriminate between different facial expressions.
2. The company's existing employment policies discriminate against women.
Verbose
Using or expressed in more words than are needed
Much academic language is obscure and verbose
Ubiquitous
Present, appearing, or found everywhere
His ubiquitous influence was felt by all the family
Finite
Limited in size or extent
Every computer has a finite amount of memory
Plethora
A large or excessive amount of something
A plethora of committees and sub-committees
Fortuitous
Happening by chance rather than intention
The ball went into the goal because of a fortuitous ricochet
Industrious
Diligent and hard-working
Pupils and staff at this school are an industrious group of people
Tranquillity
the quality or state of being tranquil; calmness; peacefulness; quiet; serenity
I am going to enjoy the tranquillity of the summer holidays
Globalise
To put into effect or spread worldwide
A globalised strategy for dealing with poverty
Symbiotic
A relationship of mutual benefit or dependence
Many people feel the relationship between humans and dogs is symbiotic
Demeanour
Outward behaviour or bearing
The teacher's demeanour was tough and mean
Volatile
Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse; easily evaporated at normal temperatures
He was behaving in a volatile manner
Misconception
A view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding
Public misconceptions about the crime rate remain high
Emulate
To match or surpass, typically by imitation; to imitate; to reproduce the function or action of something or someone
Many people seek to emulate their favourite person
Strategy
A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim
A coherent economic strategy
Belligerent
Hostile, aggressive, eager to fight; engaged in warfare
Her manner was entirely belligerent and aggressive
Political
Of or relating to the government or public affairs of a country; relating to the ideas or strategies of a particular party or group in politics; done or acting in the interests of status or power
The decision was taken for purely political reasons
Significant
Sufficiently great or important to be worthy of attention; noteworthy
A significant moment in the history of the world
Coherent
Logical and consistent; forming a unified whole
They failed to develop a coherent plan to deal with the crisis
Implication
The conclusion that can be drawn from something even though it is not explicitly stated; the action or state of being involved in something
The implication is that no one person at the bank is responsible. We are implicated in this crime
Sustainable
Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level; able to be upheld or defended
Sustainable economic growth
Colloquial
Ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal
His choice of language was too colloquial for a formal interview
Monotony
Wearisome routine; dullness; lack of variety in pitch or cadence
She detested the monotony of his voice
Fundamental
A central or primary rule or principle on which something is based; forming a necessary base or core; of central importance
Oxygen is fundamental to human existence
Effusive
Unrestrained or excessive emotional expression; overflowing; profuse
He was effusive in his praise for the quality of her homework