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Love Literacy

Word of the week - implicit

The word of the week for the week commencing 19th March 2018 is – Implicit

Meaning - Suggested though not directly said.

Example - It was implicit that she was angry!

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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. Examples of the word of the week from the academic year 2017 - 2018 are summarised below:

Word Definition Example
Impede
Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder.
She didn’t let her nerves impede her performance
Hyperbole
Obvious and intentional exaggeration
The writer employs hyperbole to engage the reader
Gullible
Easily deceived or cheated
He is extremely gullible
Futile
Incapable of producing any result; ineffective; useless; not successful
All our efforts proved futile
Distil
To purify a liquid. First by heating it so that it vaporises. Then cooling and condensing the vapour and collecting the liquid that’s left
They managed to distil a small quantity of water
Diverge
To move lie, or extend in different directions from a common point; branch off
Their ways had diverged after school
Resolution
A firm decision to do or not to do something
His new year's resolution was to read more regularly
Defuse
Remove the fuse from (an explosive device) in order to prevent it from exploding. Make (a situation) less tense or dangerous.
The policeman tried to defuse the situation
Deterrent
A thing that discourages or is intended to discourage someone from doing something
Cameras are a major deterrent to crime
Deference
Polite submission and respect.
He addressed her with the deference due to her age
Capricious
Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood and behaviour. Changing according to no discernible rules; unpredictable
We put up with a capricious climate!
Banal
So lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring
Pop songs have banal, repeated words!
Approach
 Move towards. Unemployment in Spain is approaching 50%
She felt nervous on the approach to the exam hall
Austere
Severe or strict
Conditions in the prison were austere
Arduous
Involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring
An arduous journey
Apathy
Lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern
John had a lack of apathy for the situation
Abate
Become less in amount or frequency.
We are waiting for the rain to abate
Appease
Pacify or placate (someone) by giving in to their demands.
Changes have been made to appease pressure groups
 Anomalous
Deviating from what is standard, normal or expected
An anomalous situation
Antipathy
A feeling of strong dislike, opposition or anger
Despite the deep antipathies between them, the two sides have managed to  negotiate an agreement

Previous examples of word of the week:

Word Definition Example
Parliament
(In the UK) the highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons
He was determined to uphold the supremacy of parliament
Synaesthesia
The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.
Authors use synesthesia as a rhetorical device in their works for many reasons
Piece de resistance
(especially with reference to creative work) the most important or remarkable feature
The pièce de résistance of the whole concert was when the two bands came onstage to perform together
Déjà vu
A feeling of already having experienced the present situation
When he read the text he had a feeling of déjà vu
Rendezvous
A meeting at an agreed time and place
Pupils' were to rendezvous at the cafe
Ambiguous
Open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning.  Not clear or decided.
Her songs are intentionally ambiguous
Acceleration
Increase in speed
The acceleration of the internet
Refrain
1. Stop oneself from doing something
2. A repeated line/number of lines from a poem or song
1. She refrained from talking during the lesson
2. The refrain was catchy
Ambiguous
Open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning
The writer is deliberately ambiguous
Qualitative
Relating to, measuring, or measured by the quality of something rather than its quantity
Qualitative research is much more in depth
Narrative
A spoken or written account of connected events; a story
A gripping narrative
Interplay
The way in which two or more things have an effect on each other
The subtle interplay of tastes was delicious
Allegory
A story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
'Animal Farm' is an allegory
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
Strategy
A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim
A coherent economic strategy
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
1. The conclusion that can be drawn from something although it is not explicitly stated
2. The action or state of being involved in something.
The implication is that no one person at the bank is responsible
Government
The group of people with the authority to govern a country or state; a particular ministry in office
The government's economic record
Parliament
The highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons
The Secretary of State will lay proposals before Parliament
Magnitude
The great size of extent of something
They may feel discouraged at the magnitude of the task before them
Seismic
Of enormous proportions or effect
There are seismic pressures threatening American society
Gradient
The slope of the land
There was a steep gradient to the hill
Concept
An idea
It was a diffcult concept to understand
Emotive
Creating or able to create intense feeling
The writer used emotive language to make us feel sympathy for the children
Equilibrium
A state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced
Equilibrium was finally restored
Epicentre
All buildings at the epicentre of the earthquake were destroyed
All buildings at the epicentre of the earthquake were destroyed
Predator
An animal that naturally preys on others
Wolves are major predators of small mammals
Malleable
(Of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed into shape without breaking or cracking.
A malleable metal can be beaten into a sheet
Neutralise
Make (something) ineffective by applying an opposite force or effect
Impatience at his frailty began to neutralize her fear
Antithesis
A person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else
The antithesis highlights the conflict in society
Conscience
A person's moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one's behaviour
His conscience prevented him from carrying out the act
Soliloquy
An act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play
Romeo's soliloquy betrays his true feelings
Coerced
Persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats
Persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats
Oxymoron
A phrase containing two or more contradictory words
There was a deafening silence
Protagonist
The leading character or one of the major characters in a play, film, novel, etc.
The novel's main protagonist is an American intelligence officer
Feud
A prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute
His long standing feud with Universal Pictures
Exhilaration
A feeling of excitement, happiness, or elation
When we think about the summer holidays we are left with a sense of exhilaration!
Altruistic
Showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish
It was an entirely altruistic act
Quixotic
Extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
The project is vast and quixotic
Radiant
Sending out light; shining or glowing brightly
A bird with radiant green and red plumage
Superfluous
Unnecessary, especially through being more than enough
The purchaser should avoid asking for superfluous information
Paradox
A statement that seems to contradict itself but may nonetheless be true
The statement "I never tell the truth" is a paradox
Ambiguous
Open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning
Her words are often ambiguous
Concept
A general notion or idea
The concept of free will
Abstract
Existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence
Abstract concepts such as love or beauty
Comprehensive
Including or dealing with all or nearly all elements or aspects of something
A comprehensive list of sources
Parliament
The highest legislature, consisting of the Sovereign, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons
The Secretary of State will lay the proposals before Parliament
Foist
To force upon or impose something unnecessary or unwelcome
She had no desire to have an elderly relative foisted on her
Schedule
A plan for carrying out a process or procedure, giving lists of intended events and times
We have drawn up a schedule of events
Cathartic
Providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions
Crying is a cathartic release
Coax
Persuade someone gradually or gently to do something
The trainees were coaxed into doing boring work
Laborious
Requiring considerable time and effort
Years of laborious training
Intolerance
1. Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behaviour that differ from one's own.
2. An inability to eat a food or take a medicine without adverse effects
1. The struggle against intolerance and bigotry
2. Young children with lactose intolerance
Sumptuous
Splendid and expensive-looking
The banquet was a sumptuous meal
Manoeuvre
A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care
Snowboarders performed daring manoeuvres on the slopes
Complacent
Showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements
You can't afford to be complacent about security
Alienate
Make (someone) feel isolated or estranged
It is an urban environment which would alienate its inhabitants
Enigma
A person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand
She remained an enigma to him
Conscience
A person's moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one's behaviour
His conscience prevented him from carrying out the act
Reciprocate
Respond to a gesture or action by making a corresponding one
The favour was reciprocated
Herculean
Requiring great strength or effort
It was a Herculean task (to make it to the end of term)
Penultimate
Last but one in a series of things
The penultimate week of the school term
Crux
The decisive or most important point at issue
The crux of the matter is that attitudes have changed
Gravitas
Dignity, seriousness or solemnity of manner
She has the expertise and gravitas for this job
Omnipotent
Having very great, unlimited or universal power
An omnipotent deity
Robust
1 - Sturdy in construction
2 - Strong and rich in flavour or smell
1 - A robust metal cabinet
2 - A robust mixture of fish, onions, capers and tomatoes
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