Useful Word of the Day 2020

An online resource to enrich English vocabulary, its words are selected from news, TV, and the Internet, you can study with flexible review patterns.
 Word of the Day
China is proposing to introduce a new security law in Hong Kong that could ban sedition, secession, and subversion. - BBC
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sedition   Speak
n.  conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch

secession   Speak
n.  action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body

subversion   Speak
n.  undermining of the power and authority of an established system or institution
Added on: 2020-05-23
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30 Words list: 2020-05-16, 2020-03-26
vulnerable   Speak
a. susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm
fallout   Speak
n. adverse side effects or results of a situation
Until Covid-19 struck, most of the sector was booming; now it's reeling as the city is vulnerable to the fallout of the pandemic.
complacency   Speak
n. a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements
brace   Speak
v. support an object in order to stop it from falling down
grueling   Speak
a. extremely tiring and demanding
Moscow's mayor cautioned against complacency, saying Russians to brace for a grueling phase of the pandemic in the weeks ahead.
craftspeople   Speak
n. workers who practice a trade or craft
resilience   Speak
n. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness
Though many fear the impact of coronavirus may be the end of craftspeople, it is their creativity and resilience that could save them.
brawl   Speak
n. a rough or noisy fight or quarrel
elbow out of   Speak
v. pressure someone to depart something
The billionaire entrepreneur is sending face masks and ventilators to many places that have been elbowed out of the global brawl over life-saving equipment.
phony   Speak
n. a fraudulent person or thing
surreptitious   Speak
a. kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of
Julia sat down at her laptop and logged into a phony Facebook account, which was opened in middle school to surreptitiously monitor boys she had crushes on.
concur   Speak
v. be of the same opinion; agree
level off   Speak
v. approach or reach a steady rate, volume, or amount
Dr. Anthony Fauci concurred that the US was starting to see the leveling off and coming down of cases and deaths.
furlough   Speak
v. grant a leave of absence to
grapple   Speak
v. engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons; wrestle
People who would have been furloughed in their old jobs are facing uncertain futures and grappling with the benefits system for the first time.
ventilator   Speak
n. an appliance for artificial respiration, a respirator
stage   Speak
v. evaluate a patient to determine the phase, severity, or progression of a disease
The man's condition, doctors told the BBC deteriorated briefly and he had to be put on a ventilator for 24 hours, before staging a remarkable recovery.
communal   Speak
a. shared by all members of a community, for common use
proximity   Speak
n. nearness in space, time, or relationship
They often use communal prayer mats, shake hands and pray in close proximity; women, children, the sick or disabled are not obliged to attend.
abet   Speak
v. encourage or assist someone to do something wrong
Some are failing to heed the calls to avoid close social contact, sometimes abetted by local officials who have been reluctant to order businesses to shutter.
flout   Speak
v. openly disregard a rule, law or convention
stroll   Speak
n. walk in a leisurely way
stand   Speak
n. a small often open-air structure for a small retail business
Some people flouted the lockdown by reopening shops and taking family strolls; some grocery stands and bakeries stayed open.
diocese   Speak
n. a district under the pastoral care of a bishop in the Christian Church
vicar   Speak
n. a representative or deputy of a bishop
The vicar for the diocese of Rome, Angelo De Donatis, has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first known Catholic cardinal to do so.
mortuary   Speak
n. a place in which dead bodies are kept until burial
makeshift   Speak
a. serving as a temporary substitute; sufficient for the time being
ready   Speak
v. prepare someone or something for an activity or purpose
Since the 9/11 attacks, New York City has been preparing makeshift mortuary space, readying refrigerated lorries to help hospitals as the death toll rises.
by far   Speak
ad. far and away, much more of a particular quality than anything else
depict   Speak
v. show or represent by a drawing, painting, or other art forms