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noun (DESCRIPTION)    /tɜːm/ US  /tɝːm/
B2 [C] a word or expression used in relation to a particular subject, often to describe something official or technical: 'Without let or hindrance' is a legal term that means 'freely'.Terminology and vocabulary term of abuse an unkind or unpleasant name to call someoneInsults and abuseTreating people or animals badly term of endearment a kind or friendly name to call someoneAffectionate terms of addressShowing affectionTouching and feeling in terms of/in ... terms B2 used to describe which particular area of a subject you are discussing: In financial terms, the project was not a success. In terms of money, I was better off in my last job.Topics and areas of interest in no uncertain terms C2 in a very clear way: She told him what she thought of his behaviour in no uncertain terms (= she made her disapproval very clear).Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly in strong, etc. terms using language that clearly shows your feelings: He complained in the strongest terms. She spoke of his achievements in glowing terms (= in a very approving way).Terminology and vocabulary
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