Sometimes we forget the real meanings of words. Sometimes, we think we know what a word means, but we’re slightly off the mark. Just so you don’t forget … and for those of you who never quite knew in the first place. In alphabetical order (just as you’d find them in the dictionary):
burnout, n. 1. A failure in a device attributable to burning, excessive heat, or friction. 2. Aerospace a. The termination of rocket or jet-engine operation because of fuel exhaustion or shutoff. b. The point at which this termination occurs. 3. a. Physical or emotional exhaustion, especially as a result of long-term stress or dissipation. b. One who is worn out physically or emotionally, as from long-term stress.
cad, n. A man whose behavior is unprincipled or dishonorable.
callous, adj. 1. Having calluses; toughened: callous skin on the elbow.
2. Emotionally hardened; unfeeling: a callous indifference to the suffering of others.
cuckold, n. A man married to an unfaithful wife.
friendship, n. 1. The quality or condition of being friends.
2. A friendly relationship: formed many new friendships over the summer.
3. Friendliness; good will: a policy of friendship toward other nations.
honesty, n. 1. The quality or condition of being honest; integrity.
2. Truthfulness; sincerity: in all honesty.
integrity, n. 1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.
lie, n. 1. A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood. 2. Something meant to deceive or give a wrong impression.
vindicate, tr.v. 1. To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof: “Our society permits people to sue for libel so that they may vindicate their reputations” (Irving R. Kaufman). 2. To provide justification or support for: vindicate one’s claim. 3. To justify or prove the worth of, especially in light of later developments. 4. To defend, maintain, or insist on the recognition of (one’s rights, for example). 5. To exact revenge for; avenge.