Word of the day :: met.a.phor

1 : a figure of speech in which a word or phrase literally denoting one kind of object or idea is used in place of another to suggest a likeness or analogy between them (as in drowning in money); broadly : figurative language — compare simile

2 : an object, activity, or idea treated as a metaphor : symbol 2
Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metaphor

Word of the day :: de.na.ture

1 : dehumanize
2 : to deprive of natural qualities : change the nature of: as
a : to make (alcohol) unfit for drinking (as by adding an obnoxious substance) without impairing usefulness for other purposes
b : to modify the molecular structure of (as a protein or DNA) especially by heat, acid, alkali, or ultraviolet radiation so as to destroy or diminish some of the original properties and especially the specific biological activity
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Word of the day :: al.lu.sion

1 : an implied or indirect reference especially in literature; also : the use of such references
2 : the act of alluding to or hinting at something

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allusion

Word of the day :: al.le.go.ry

1 : the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence; also : an instance (as in a story or painting) of such expression
2 : a symbolic representation : emblem 2

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/allegory

Word of the day :: com.pleat

: having all necessary or desired elements or skills :

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Word of the day :: nep.o.tism

: favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship

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Word of the day :: cro.ny.ism

: partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications

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Word of the day :: ne.far.i.ous

: flagrantly wicked or impious : evil

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Word of the day :: ubiq.ui.tous

: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread

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