You Can Say That Again: Dic and Dict – 24 Words

abdicate

give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors

After the uprisings, Qatar’s emir abdicated, replaced by his younger, less experienced son.Los Angeles Times (Jun 15, 2017)
addict

someone who is physiologically dependent on a substance

If you were an addict, the advice would be to get clean by seeking professional help and staying away from the addictive substance.Washington Post (Jun 26, 2017)
addiction

being dependent on something habit-forming

He had been fond of apple pie all his life, and it certainly seemed like an innocent enough addiction.Various
benediction

a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection

We waited for him to speak, like a congregation expecting the minister’s benediction.Fever 1793
contradict

prove negative; show to be false

It would appear to contradict earlier evidence suggesting a much more ancient origin for many key frog groups.BBC (Jul 3, 2017)
contradiction

opposition between two conflicting forces or ideas

There are many versions of this paradox but they are essentially equivalent: one would get contradictions if one were free to change the past.A Brief History of Time: And Other Essays
dictate

determine, order, or control how something is done

Maryland law dictates that car windows should be no more than 65% opaque.Economist (Jun 22, 2017)
dictator

a ruler who is unconstrained by law

The starkest difference between dictatorships and democracies is that democracies are ruled by laws, and dictatorships are ruled by dictators.Salon (Apr 15, 2017)
dictatorship

a form of government in which the ruler is unconstrained

“This is a democracy. It’s not a dictatorship and it never will be.”The House of the Spirits: A Novel
diction

the manner in which something is expressed in words

Bergquist was friendly and talkative, with an above-normal interest in Norway, where he had roots, and pronounced every Norwegian place name with careful diction.New York Times (Mar 11, 2015)
dictionary

a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words

They consulted dictionaries to look up correct information about word meanings and grammatical constructions.The Sense of Style
dictum

an authoritative declaration

You have probably often heard this business dictum: “Time is money!”Forbes (Jul 18, 2014)
edict

a formal or authoritative proclamation

The good thing about being a CEO is that you get to issue edicts and let people know you are in charge.The Guardian (Sep 2, 2015)
indicate

give evidence of

Research strongly indicates that exposure to arts, science, and heritage programming provides students a path toward greater academic and life success.Seattle Times (Jul 28, 2017)
indict

accuse formally of a crime

He was indicted in March on 23 charges including bribery and fraud.Reuters (Jun 29, 2017)
indictment

an accusation of wrongdoing

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” an indictment of slavery published before the Civil War, was a culture-bearing book, he said.New York Times (Apr 24, 2017)
interdict

command against

Be sure not to carry any of these books up-stairs, as they are intended solely for the drawing-room; and their removal from thence is interdicted.Leslie, Eliza
jurisdiction

the territory within which power can be exercised

“Gentlemen,” she announced to the troopers, “this is my jurisdiction and I’ll take charge of the examination.”Dead End in Norvelt
malediction

the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil

For every man who tried to rub her head, there were three who muttered maledictions under their breath when she went by.A Dance with Dragons
predict

tell in advance

I stare at the board and try to predict the outcome of each match.Divergent
prediction

a statement made about the future

Once an aged prophetess arrived in Rome and offered to sell its monarch nine books containing predictions about the future.Washington Post (May 1, 2017)
valedictorian

the student with the best grades

A valedictorian is usually the highest-performing student in a class who gives a farewell address at graduation.The Guardian (Jun 11, 2016)
verdict

findings of a jury on issues submitted to it for decision

He imagined attending a trial and hearing the verdict: guilty.Touching Spirit Bear
vindictive

disposed to seek revenge or intended for revenge

Translation: “Are you vindictive enough to see your brother not just disbarred, but imprisoned?”New York Times (Apr 11, 2016)

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