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  • Word for the Day, Thursday, February 26, 2015 - captious

    02/26/2015 5:16:51 AM PST · by secret garden · 59 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 February 2015 | Thursday's sub for the last time
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". captious \KAP-shuss\ adjective 1. marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections2. calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument Example sentences:Befuddled by the captious question, the suspect broke down and confessed to the crime. "During the past 15 years Mr. Maxwell has established himself as one of the few sui generis voices in experimental theater, and like all truly original talents, he has been subject to varied and...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, February 19, 2015 - effulgent

    02/19/2015 4:09:19 AM PST · by secret garden · 68 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 19 February 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". effulgent [ih-fuhl-juh nt, ih-foo l-] adjectiveShining forth brilliantly; radiant Example sentences:Warmest climes but nurse the cruellest fangs: the tiger of Bengal crouches in spiced groves of ceaseless verdure. Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands.--Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851 I am your brother of light, and have floated with you in the effulgent valleys.--H. P. Lovecraft, "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," Pine...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 12, 2015 - inimical

    02/12/2015 4:05:39 AM PST · by secret garden · 55 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 12 February 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". inimical \in-NIM-ih-kul\ adjective1. being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence2a. having the disposition of an enemy : hostile b. reflecting or indicating hostility : unfriendly Example sentences:The mayor's proposal received an inimical response from members of the town council. "Profiling and other means of applying stereotypes to certain types of persons on the basis of how they appear, as opposed to how they behave, is inimical to the very foundations of...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, February 5, 2015 - rallentando

    02/05/2015 3:00:44 AM PST · by secret garden · 36 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 February 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". rallentando [rah-luh n-tahn-doh; Italian rahl-len-tahn-daw] adjectiveslackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction). Example sentences:Sir Norman, a marked rallentando there please, a marked rallentando there. Professor Sevchik always insisted. It is consequent and logical as well as pleasing to the ear and that passage following should be taken like this.--Ralph Cusack, Cadenza, 1958 On the other hand, he would become quite depressed if he had to stop in the middle of a verse,...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Tu quoque

    01/29/2015 5:40:04 AM PST · by secret garden · 108 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 29 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". tu quoque /too kwoh-kwee, -kwey/ interjectionYou likewise: a retort made by a person accused of a crime implying that the accuser is also guilty of the same crime. Example sentences:A good debater recognizes that resorting to a tu quoque only weakens one's position in the argument. "Thomas describes Williams's defense tactic as 'tu quoque' (you're another), basically the aggressive defense for which Williams was known, accusing the accusers." -- From Kim Eisler's 2010...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 22, 2015 pandiculation

    01/22/2015 4:25:11 AM PST · by secret garden · 96 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 22 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". pandiculation \pan-dik-yuh-LAY-shun\ nouna stretching and stiffening especially of the trunk and extremities (as when fatigued and drowsy or after waking from sleep). Example sentences:"He was coming on to yawn. His breath sucked in the draught from the window. His shoulders hunched, his legs stretched to their toes, he made claws of his fingers in his handsa fierce pandiculation of his limbs." Jamie O'Neill, At Swim, Two Boys, 2001 "Carefully orchestrated pandiculations follow...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 15, 2015 apricate

    01/15/2015 4:28:33 AM PST · by secret garden · 90 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 15 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". apricate (AP-ri-kayt) verb verb intr.: To bask in the sun.verb tr.: To expose to the sun. Example sentence:I was also biting into that part of his body that must have been fairer than the rest because it never apricated. --Andr Aciman; Call Me by Your Name; Picador; 2007 Etymology:From Latin apricari (to bask in the sun). Earliest documented use: 1691. Despite a similar spelling, the word apricot has a different origin. Its from...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, January 8, 2015 - solecism

    01/08/2015 4:30:55 AM PST · by secret garden · 94 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 8 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". solecism \SAH-luh-sih-zum\ noun1. an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; also: a minor blunder in speech2. something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order3. a breach of etiquette or decorum Example sentences: As a copyeditor, Jane has the eyes of a hawk; rarely, if ever, does she let a writer's solecism slip past her. "What [Leonard Lyons] presented in his columns was the essence of the person being reported on, and...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, New Year's Day - incunabula

    01/01/2015 6:24:08 AM PST · by secret garden · 44 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 1 January 2015 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".incunabula \in-kyoo-NAB-yuh-luh, ing-\ noun1. the earliest stages or first traces of anything. 2. extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type. Example sentence:Similarly, as considered from the entelechial point of view, the "principles" of Greek tragedy would be sought not in the incunabula of tragedy, but in late developments -- Kenneth Burke, "Myth, Poetry, and Philosophy," Language as Symbolic Action, 1966 Gifted with an extraordinary eye...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Christmas Day, 2014 pericope

    12/25/2014 5:19:39 AM PST · by secret garden · 23 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 25 December 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".pericope \puh-RIK-uh-pee\ noun1. a selection or extract from a book. 2. a portion of sacred writing read in a divine service; lesson; lection. Example sentence: ...a single verse (and, in some cases, even a pericope) is too small a unit to split analytically into fragments. -- Donald Harman Akenson, Surpassing Wonder: the Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds, 1998 Etymology: Pericope came to English in the mid-1600s, and is ultimately derived from the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 18, 2014 fustian

    12/18/2014 5:41:08 AM PST · by secret garden · 50 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 18 December 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".fustian \ FUHS-chuhn \ , noun A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc.2. An inflated style of writing or speech; pompous or pretentious language.adjective: 1. Made of fustian.2. Pompous; ridiculously inflated; bombastic. Example sentences: Apparel made of fustian, canvas, leather, and wool is always deemed appropriate for those of the inferior sort. Don't squander the court's patience puffing your cheeks up on stately bombast and lofty...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 11, 2014 calumny

    12/11/2014 4:25:03 AM PST · by secret garden · 48 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 11 December 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". calumny \KAL-um-nee\ noun 1. a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation 2. the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another's reputation Example sentences: The notion that the mayor knew about the problem before the newspaper broke the story is nothing but calumny. "Some say that showing respect for your opponent after heaping disrespect upon him and having disrespect heaped upon you civilizes our politics. In truth, however,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, December 4, 2014 caitiff

    12/04/2014 4:22:14 AM PST · by secret garden · 69 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 4 December 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". caitiff \KAY-tif\ adjective cowardly, despicable Example sentences: "Oh, horrible wretch! a murderer! unmanly murderer!a defenceless woman smothered by caitiff hands!" Edward Bulwer-Lytton, What Will He Do With It?, 1858 " the Vichy cabinet accepted the German offer of air support from Sicily and Sardinia. This caitiff decision enabled the Germans to take the quick, decisive action of occupying airfields in Tunisia, with all its costly consequences upon our campaign." Winston Churchill,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014, Thanksgiving Day pabulum

    11/27/2014 5:41:29 AM PST · by secret garden · 25 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 27 November 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". pabulum \ PAB-yuh-luhm\ noun 1. material for intellectual nourishment. 2. something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment.3. something (as writing or speech) that is insipid, simplistic, or bland Example sentences:He had two papers to provide for; papers diverse in character, papers published a hundred and fifty miles apart, papers to which expectant thousands looked for their weekly supply of mental pabulum.-- James Parton, The Life of Horace Greeley, 1868 The...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 20, 2014

    11/20/2014 4:21:47 AM PST · by secret garden · 56 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 20 November 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".chiaroscuro \kee-ahr-uh-SKYOOR-oh\ noun1. the distribution of light and shade in a picture. 2. Painting. the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect: Rembrandt is a master of chiaroscuro. Example sentences:film noir genealogies usually reduce Weimar cinema to German expressionism and German expressionism in turn to a catalogue of techniques including: 'foregrounded oblique objected, unbalanced compositions, irregular spatial...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 13, 2014 anodyne

    11/13/2014 4:35:46 AM PST · by secret garden · 48 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 13 November 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".anodyne \AN-uh-dyne\ adjective 1. serving to alleviate pain 2. not likely to offend or arouse tensions Example sentences:The group's latest album is a fairly anodyne affair; it contains a number of lively tunes that are easy on the ears, but which play it far too safe to ever be anything more than passing amusements. "British comics in the 1950s were pale imitations of American ones. Many were anodyne: the first two prosecutions under a...
  • Word For The Day, Friday, November 7, 2014 trenchant

    11/07/2014 4:14:56 AM PST · by secret garden · 87 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 7 November 2014 | Friday's sub for the sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". trenchant \TREN-chunt\ adjective 1. keen, sharp2. vigorously effective and articulate; also : caustic3. a : sharply perceptive : penetratingb : clear-cut, distinct. Example sentences: The daily news satire show not only offers a healthy dose of laughs but also trenchant commentary on the current events of the day. "Nowhere was hayseed dialect better used to deliver trenchant truths than in 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.' Through the voice of an uneducated river-town boy,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, November 6, 2014 exiguous

    11/06/2014 4:14:38 AM PST · by secret garden · 70 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 6 November 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". exiguous \ ig-ZIG-yoo-uhs, ik-SIG-yoo-uhs\ adjective Scanty; meager; small. Example sentences: His exiguous nautical pension is hardly enough to pay for the one cockroach infested room which he inhabits in the slum area behind Tatwig Street...-- Lawrence Durrell, Justine , 1957 There is an exiguous anthropological plot, concerning some papers improperly filched from a dying missionary, and an even more exiguous adulterous plot.-- A.S. Byatt, "Barbara Pym," Passions of the Mind,1991 Etymology:Exiguous is related...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 30, 2014 antimetabole

    10/30/2014 4:22:59 AM PDT · by secret garden · 52 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 30 October 2014 | Thursday's sub
    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".antimetabole (AN-ti-muh-TAB-uh-lee) , noun A repetition of words or an idea in a reverse order. Example: "To fail to plan is to plan to fail." Example sentence:"Carl Sagan's antimetabole 'absence of evidence is not evidence of absence' immediately comes to mind."--Dieter Hartmann; A Multi-Messenger Story; Nature (London, UK); Jul 21, 2011. Etymology:From Greek antimetabole, from anti- (opposite) + metabole (change), from meta- (after, along) + bole (a throw). Earliest documented use: 1589. The sentence...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 23, 2014 pavonine

    10/23/2014 4:11:26 AM PDT · by secret garden · 63 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 23 October 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". pavonine \PAV-uh-nahyn, -nin\ adjective 1. of or like a peacock. 2. resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring. Example sentences: In her hands the curtains rustle; she hangs silks purchased this morning on Princess Road, color stirring pavonine in the lamplight of her bedroom.-- Kate Moses, Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, 2003 "The artists were attacked for being a narcissistic, pavonine, and self-regarding group."--Arifa Akbar; The Cult of Beauty; The...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 16, 2014 hypocorism

    10/16/2014 4:41:10 AM PDT · by secret garden · 71 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 16 October 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". hypocorism \ hahy-POK-uh-riz-uhm, hi- \ , noun1. a pet name.2. the practice of using a pet name.3. the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult. Example sentences:This must be an offshoot of my brother's enthusiasm for hypocorism. He was always inventing idiotic nicknames for people.-- Adam Davies, Goodbye Lemon , 2006 Powsoddy, a now obsolete name for a pudding, was also used as a hypocorism in the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 9, 2014 obloquy

    10/08/2014 11:18:06 PM PDT · by secret garden · 75 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 9 Rocktober 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". obloquy \AH-bluh-kwee\ , noun 1. a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language2. the condition of one that is discredited : bad repute Example sentences:The manager walked quickly back to the dugout as insults and obloquy rained down from the stands. "Because of the stigma associated with drug convictions, such an indictment could be tantamount to a life sentence of obloquy in terms of future employment."--Floral Park Dispatch, January 15, 2014 Etymology:English speakers can...
  • Word For The Day, Tuesday, Rocktober 2, 2014 coxcomb

    10/02/2014 4:19:01 AM PDT · by secret garden · 56 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 2 October 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". coxcomb \ KOKS-kohm \ , noun 1. a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.2. Archaic. head; pate.3. Obsolete. cockscomb Example sentences:In a country where intellect and action are trammelled and restrained, men of rank and fortune may become idlers and triflers with impunity; but an English coxcomb is inexcusable-- Washinton Irving, Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists, A Medley , 1821 The comet is predicted to reach aphelion a mere 22 years from now. "...He...
  • Word For The Day, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 aphelion

    09/23/2014 4:44:58 AM PDT · by secret garden · 113 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 23 September 2014 | Tuesday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". aphelion \a-FEEL-yun\ noun the point in the path of a celestial body (such as a planet) that is farthest from the sun Example sentences:The comet is predicted to reach aphelion a mere 22 years from now. "Although this seems somewhat counter-intuitive for those of us in the northern hemisphere, Earth is actually at perihelion in early January each year, and at aphelion? in early July." — Alan Hale, Alamo Gordo News, August 14,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 18, 2014 hegemony

    09/18/2014 4:15:50 AM PDT · by secret garden · 90 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 18 September 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". hegemony \hih-JEM-uh-nee\ noun1. dominant influence or authority over others2. the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group Example sentences:Consumers welcomed the diversification of the software market as smaller innovators challenged the hegemony of the large companies. "In the novel, a United States aircraft carrier group is sunk in the Pacific Ocean by a mysterious wing of fighter jets, later revealed to bear the red star of the Soviet forces...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 11, 2014 promulgate

    09/11/2014 4:34:51 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 11 September 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". promulgate (PROM-uhl-gayt, pro-MUHL-) verb, tr.1. To make a law, rule, etc. known by public declaration.2. To make publicly known an idea, belief, etc. Example sentence:"In recent years the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has also promulgated rules limiting the release of mercury and other toxins from power plants."--Appalachian Fall; The Economist (London, UK); Sep 28, 2013. Etymology:From Latin promulgare (to make known), from pro- (forward) + mulgere (to milk, to cause to come out)....
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 4, 2014 consonance

    09/04/2014 4:43:16 AM PDT · by secret garden · 66 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 4 September 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". consonance (KON-suh-nuhns) noun1. Agreement or accord.2. A combination of sounds pleasing to the ear.3. The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the ends of words, such as st in the phrase first and last. Example sentences:"Chin said the stance was in full consonance with the policy of the party."--Jacob Achoi; SUPP Reconciliation 'Bright'; The Borneo Post (Malaysia); Mar 23, 2014. "The show felt like the sweetest kind of chamber music, with perfectly satisfying...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 28, 2014 prorogue

    08/28/2014 4:25:53 AM PDT · by secret garden · 118 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 28 August 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". prorogue (pro-ROHG) verb, transitive1. To discontinue a session of something, for example, a parliament.2. To defer or to postpone. Example sentence:"This sitting will be the last one before Parliament is prorogued."--Lee U-Wen; Cost of Catching Sports on TV a Hot House Topic; The Business Times (Singapore); Apr 12, 2014. Etymology:From French proroger (to adjourn), from Latin prorogare (to prolong or defer), from pro- (before) + rogare (to ask). Ultimately from the Indo-European root...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 21, 2014 lambent

    08/21/2014 4:29:04 AM PDT · by secret garden · 148 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 21 August 2014 | Thursday's sub
    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". lambent \ LAM-buhnt \ , adjective1. dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful: lambent wit.2. running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.3. softly bright or radiant: a lambent light. Example sentences: American Literature would surely be the poorer if the great Boston Brahmin had not enlivened it with his rich humor, his lambent wit and his sincere pathos -- William Lyon Phelps (18651943), edited by Harold Bloom,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 14, 2014 desiderium

    08/14/2014 4:12:02 AM PDT · by secret garden · 59 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 14 August 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". desiderium \des-i-DEER-ee-uhm\ noun1. an ardent longing, as for something lost. Example sentence:I think as seldom as I can of what I loved or esteemed in it, to avoid the desiderium which of all things makes life most uneasy.— Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), Letter to Alexander Pope on June 28, 1715, The Works of Jonathan Swift, 1859 Etymology:Desiderium comes from the Latin verb dēsīderāre meaning "to long for; require." It entered English in the early...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 7, 2014 balkanize

    08/07/2014 4:29:59 AM PDT · by secret garden · 53 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 7 August 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". balkanize \BAWL-kuh-nyze\ verb1. to break up (as a region or group) into smaller and often hostile units2. divide, compartmentalize Example sentences:"Even if Richards wanted to balkanize his life into personal and professional spheres, he would have had difficulty, for his private life resounds with his public concerns, often in disturbing ways." Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times Magazine, November 22, 1987 "And such are the gifts of diplomatic nicety still being bestowed...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 31, 2014 celerity

    07/31/2014 4:40:20 AM PDT · by secret garden · 39 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 31 July 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". celerity \suh-LAIR-uh-tee\ nounrapidity of motion or action : swiftness Example sentences:Monica was impressed by the ease and celerity with which the new waiter she had hired could wipe down and set up a table. "The Common Core entered public discourse suddenly this year, due in large part to the celerity with which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financed and coordinated its implementation in 2010." Micah Meadowcroft, The American Spectator, June 9,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 24, 2014 mot juste

    07/24/2014 4:57:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 43 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 24 July 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". mot juste \ moh ZHYST \ , noun French . the exact, appropriate word. Example sentences: I felt very bad because here was the man I liked and trusted the most as a critic then, the man who believed in the mot juste the one and only correct word to usethe man who had taught me to distrust adjectives as I would later learn to distrust certain people in certain given situations...-- Ernest...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 17, 2014 factitious

    07/17/2014 4:44:15 AM PDT · by secret garden · 79 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 17 July 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".factitious (fak-TISH-uhs) adjective1. Artificial.2. Sham. Example sentence:"'For me, this is the only real place,' David says in the novel, but for the reader the city remains disappointingly factitious."--Say Nice Things About Detroit; The New Yorker; Aug 27, 2012. Etymology:From Latin facticius (artificial), past participle of facere (to do). Earliest documented use: 1646. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 10, 2014 epenthesis

    07/10/2014 5:16:40 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 10 July 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". epenthesis \ih-PEN-thuh-sis\noun the insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of a word. Example sentences:The "b" in the adjective "nimble" is the result of epenthesis; in Middle English, the word was spelled "nimel." "When Yogi Bear talks about swiping 'pick-a-nick' baskets in Jellystone Park, it sounds as if he's just having fun, but he's also demonstrating 'epenthesis,' inserting a vowel to avoid the consonants bumping up against each other."...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 3, 2014 chivy

    07/03/2014 4:38:40 AM PDT · by secret garden · 46 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 3 July 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". chivy \CHIV-ee\ verb1. to tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks2. to move or obtain by small maneuvers. Example sentence: "After chivvying a batch [of whirligig beetles] into a food storage box, Lemann, manager of animal and visitor programs [at the Audubon Insectarium], sniffed his fingers. The beetles emit a chemical to deter predators, but they're no stink bugs: 'It smells like sour apple candy. I love it.'" Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 26, 2014 canaille

    06/26/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT · by secret garden · 56 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 June 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". canaille (kuh-NAYL, -NY) nounThe common people; the masses; riffraff. how it sounds Example sentence: "The gang in the alley was not canaille; fine gentlemen from the court were raging here." --Isak Dinesen; Last Tales; Random House; 1957. Etymology:From French canaille (villain, rabble), from Italian canaglia (pack of dogs, rabble), from cane (dog), from Latin canis (dog). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwon- (dog), which is also the source of canine, chenille (from French...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 19, 2014 strident

    06/19/2014 4:38:49 AM PDT · by secret garden · 63 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | Juneteenth 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". strident \STRAHYD-nt \ adjective1. making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges. 2.having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.3.Linguistics . (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates. Example sentences: Only the parasites seemed to live there in a sinuous rush upwards into the air and sunshine, feeding onthe dead...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 12, 2014 meta

    06/12/2014 6:33:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 12 June 2014 | Thursday's sub
    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".meta \ MET-uh \ , adjective1. pertaining to or noting a story, conversation, character, etc., that consciously references or comments upon its own subject or features, often in the form of parody: A movie about making movie is just so metaespecially when the actors criticize the acting.2. pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type. noun 1. a consciously and playfully self-referential...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 5, 2014 verbicide

    06/05/2014 6:02:06 AM PDT · by secret garden · 119 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 June 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". verbicide \ VUR-buh-sahyd \ , noun1.the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word.2.a person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word. Example sentences: Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide --that is, violent treatment of a word withfatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life--are alike forbidden.-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table," The Atlantic Monthly , 1857 Men often commit verbicide...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 29, 2014 meliorism

    05/29/2014 4:52:58 AM PDT · by secret garden · 72 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 29 May 2014 | Thursday's sub
    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". meliorism \MEEL-yuh-riz-uhm, MEE-lee-uh- \ , noun The doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort. Example sentences: For a life worthy to be lived is one that is full of active aspiration, for something higher and better; andsuch a contemplation of the world we call meliorism . -- Paul Carus, Monism and Meliorism , 1885 The leaders rejected the soft meliorism of more secular activists,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 22, 2014 Ophelian

    05/22/2014 7:09:39 AM PDT · by secret garden · 68 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 22 May 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".Ophelian (o-FEE-lee-uhn) adjective Displaying madness, suicidal tendencies, and similar characteristics. Example sentence: "She had an Ophelian streak of potential craziness that he had, since day one, deemed wiser to steer clear of."--Jean-Christophe Valtat; Aurorarama; Melville House; 2010. Etymology:After Ophelia, a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet, who is driven to insanity and kills herself. Earliest documented use: 1903. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 15, 2014 eidetic

    05/15/2014 4:28:12 AM PDT · by secret garden · 89 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 15 May 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".eidetic \eye-DET-ik\ adjectivemarked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images Example sentences:Thanks to her eidetic memory, Kirsten was able to recall every last detail of what happened that night, including the colors of each person's outfit. "Jason Bateman, making his feature directing debut after directing episodes of his 'Arrested Development' series, plays an adult who uses a loophole to enter a spelling bee and whose eidetic memory all but...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 8, 2014 augur

    05/08/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by secret garden · 65 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 8 May 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".augur /ˈôgər/ noun 1. an official diviner of ancient Rome2. one held to foretell events by omens. transitive verb1. to foretell especially from omens 2. to give promise of : presage intransitive verb to predict the future especially from omens Example sentences:Indeed, to have an operation begin with a helicopter crash does not augur well for its outcome. In the case of the augurs or haruspices of Rome, the animal was sacrificed to permit...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, May 1, 2014 fissiparous

    05/01/2014 4:27:25 AM PDT · by secret garden · 51 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 1 May 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". fissiparous \fih-SIP-uh-rus\ adjective 1. tending to break up into parts.2. creating disunity or dissension : divisive. Example sentences:The election for class president had a fissiparous effect on the school as students took sides for their favorite candidate. "In Calvinism: A History, D.G. Hart shows how Protestantism's fissiparous nature has allowed it to adapt and, in some instances, transmogrify to fit local and personal needs." From a book review by Michael P....
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 24, 2014 pusillanimous

    04/24/2014 4:38:00 AM PDT · by secret garden · 86 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 24 April 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". pusillanimous [pyoo-suh-lan-uh-muhs] adjective 1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.2. proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit. Example sentence:It takes a lot to make Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill. But President Obama, who bats not an eye as a Russian warplane buzzes a U.S. warship in the Black Sea, has accomplished that with his pusillanimous policy regarding Moscow's creeping anschluss in Ukraine.-- What Would Reagan Do: Revive Europe Missile Defense, Investors...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 17, 2014 recondite

    04/17/2014 4:44:20 AM PDT · by secret garden · 103 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 17 April 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".recondite \REK-un-dyte\ adjective 1. hidden from sight; concealed2. difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend : deep3. of, relating to, or dealing with something little known or obscure Example sentence:"We hear from mathematicians that bees have practically solved a recondite problem, and have made their cells of the proper shape to hold the greatest possible amount of honey, with the least possible consumption of precious wax in their construction."...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 10, 2014 mordant

    04/10/2014 6:12:41 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 10 April 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".mordant [mawr’ dnt] adjective 1. sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting.2. burning; corrosive.3. having the property of fixing colors, as in dyeing. noun 4. a substance used in dyeing to fix the coloring matter, especially a metallic compound, as an oxide or hydroxide, that combines with the organic dye and forms an insoluble colored compound or lake in the fiber.5. an adhesive substance for binding gold or silver leaf to...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 3, 2014 basilic

    04/03/2014 4:35:17 AM PDT · by secret garden · 91 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 3 April 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".basilic (buh-SIL-ik, -ZIL-) adjective Kingly; royal. Example sentence:"The fair Prince Filiberto solemnly approached the Pope. ... 'Are You quite good now?' the boy continued, with great black basilic eyes." -- Frederick Rolfe; Hadrian the VII; 1904. Etymology: From Latin basilicus, from Greek basilikos (royal). Earliest documented use: 1727. Many things are named after this kingly word: plants, animals, architecture, and more. Basil, the aromatic herb of the mint family, is named so because it...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 27, 2014 infix

    03/27/2014 4:38:23 AM PDT · by secret garden · 138 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 27 March 2014 | Thursday's sub
    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".infix \IN-fiks\ noun a derivational or inflectional affix appearing in the body of a word Example sentences:The Philippine language of Tagalog adds infixes such as "-um-" and "-su-" to verbs to convey different tenses and voices. "As Mark Peters writes, [The Simpsons character Ned] Flanders is 'hyper-holy,' and his infixes sanctify a typically profane process. He is also gratingly cheerful and diddly perfectly conveys his sunny attitude: murder and dilemma sound a lot...