Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a jaded perspective”
2. After a linking verb, as in “The perspective was jaded.”)
A jaded person has experienced something so much that he or she is really tired of it and doesn’t care about it anymore.
How to use it:
Talk about a jaded person, or a person being jaded by something, as in “students jaded by months and months of dull test preparation.” Figuratively, you might talk about a jaded place, a jaded relationship, and so on, but it’s usually a person or a group of people who are jaded (or a person’s view of something, as in “her jaded feelings toward romance.”)
It’s common for a teacher to get jaded by years of harsh treatment from students, parents, and administration; there’s even a term for that feeling: “teacher burnout.”
In his story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” Dr. Seuss tells how the jaded heart of the Grinch is softened when he learns the true meaning of the holiday.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "jaded" means when you can explain it without saying "bitter" or "exhausted."
Think of a time you got really annoyed and tired of having to deal with the same thing again and again, and fill in the blanks: “I got so jaded by _____ that I finally _____.”
Example: “I got so jaded by rude customers that I served while working as a cashier that I finally came to believe that ‘common decency’ is actually rare.”
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Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"time/season" + "related to" = ?
Try this one today:
"to" + "fall" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Louis Pasteur: "Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world."
1. The opposite of JADED is
2. Jaded television audiences _____ when they view car commercials with thumping music, wealthy men, and impossibly beautiful women.
A. sit up and pay attention
B. merely roll their eyes
C. reluctantly consider buying the product
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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