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AVARICE    ˈa-və-rəs,

Avarice n.

Immoderate desire, greed for wealth: an unreasonably strong desire to obtain and keep money.

“His life was consumed by ambition and avarice.”


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SPECIFICITY

Specificity n.

1. The condition or state of being specific rather than general.

“His input added a desirable note of specificity to the discussion.”
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PRECIPITOUS

Precipitous adj.

Done rashly: acting too quickly and without sufficient thought.

“Excessive spending caused the precipitous demise of the company.”
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Learn the Difference Between
Imply and  Infer


All this week I have run into the word infer mistakenly used to mean imply.  I'd like to help everyone get those two words straightened out.

INFER vs. IMPLY

The best way to remember the difference between these two words is to think in terms of the model used by communications theorists. Communication consists of a message, a sender, and a receiver. The sender can imply, but the receiver can only infer. The error that usually occurs is that the word infer is mistakenly used for imply.


WRONG:  Are you inferring that I am a fool?
RIGHT:   Are you implying that I am a fool?


If someone gets the idea from your behavior that you are a fool, then he is inferring that you are a fool. But if he is subtly letting you know that he thinks so, then he is implying that you are a fool. You, of course, can infer from his implication that he thinks you are a fool.

To imply is to express something indirectly. For example, you might imply that it’s time for a guest to leave by saying that you are getting tired. To infer is to surmise or conclude, especially from indirect evidence. For example, if you were to tell a guest that you’re getting tired, the guest might infer that it’s time to leave.

More broadly, infer means to deduce. For example, when the sky grows dark in the middle of the day, you might infer that it’s probably going to storm.

Infer has been used in place of imply so often and for so long that some dictionaries now list it as a synonym of imply in a secondary sense. In edited writing, however, the traditional distinction is usually kept intact.



IMPLY = to put the suggestion into the message (sender implies)

INFER = to take the suggestion out of the message (receiver infers)

IMPLICATION = what the sender has implied

INFERENCE = what the receiver has inferred


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HUBRIS   ˈhyü-brəs

Hubris n.

a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence


1. Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.


2. A strong belief in a person’s own importance.


“He was disciplined for his hubris.”


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Mendacious   men·da·cious

Mendacious adj

Not telling the truth; lying:

“A mendacious politician;”

“A mendacious defendant.”
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