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  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 30, 2017 -- genial

    10/30/2017 6:33:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 11 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/30/17 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". genial; adj 1. warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host. 2. favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii. 3. characterized by genius. Etymology: 1560-70; < Latin geniālis festive, jovial, pleasant, equivalent to geni(us) tutelary deity, the spirit of social enjoyment + -ālis -al1 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 23, 2017 -- retinue

    10/23/2017 6:59:25 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 19 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/23/17 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". retinue; noun noun 1.a body of aides and retainers attending an important person, royalty, etc Etymology: 1325-75; Middle English retinue < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of retenir to retain Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 2, 2017-- devolve

    10/02/2017 6:33:25 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 14 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/2/17 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". devolve; verb verb (used with object), devolved, devolving. 1. to transfer or delegate (a duty, responsibility, etc.) to or upon another; pass on. 2. Obsolete. to cause to roll downward. verb (used without object), devolved, devolving. 3. to be transferred or passed on from one to another: The responsibility devolved on me. 4. Archaic. to roll or flow downward Etymology:1375-1425; late Middle English devolven < Latin dēvolvere to...
  • Word for the Day, Monday September 25, 2017-- efficaceous

    09/25/2017 6:16:29 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 70 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/25/17 ; 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". efficacious; adj. adjective 1. capable of or successful in producing an intended result; effective as a means, remedy, etc Etymology: from Latin efficāx powerful, efficient, from efficere to achieve; see effect Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 18, 2017-- mountebank

    09/18/2017 6:40:27 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 32 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/18/17 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". mountebank; noun noun 1. a person who sells quack medicines, as from a platform in public places, attracting and influencing an audience by tricks, storytelling, etc. 2. any charlatan or quack. verb (used without object) 3. to act or operate as a mountebank Etymology: 1570-1580 1570-80; (< Middle French) < Italian montimbanco one who climbs on a bench, equivalent to mont(are) to climb (see mount1) + -im-, variant...
  • Word for the Day, Monday September 11, 2017-- antinome

    09/11/2017 6:15:44 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 27 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/11/17 ; 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". antinome; noun noun 1. something that is contradictory or opposite to another; a logical contradiction. Etymology: 1860-65; from anti- + Greek nmos law, custom Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 28, 2017 -- incogitant

    08/28/2017 6:14:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 27 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/28/17 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". incogitant; adj. 1. thoughtless; inconsiderate. 2. not having the faculty of thought. Etymology: C17: from Latin incōgitāns, from in- 1 + cōgitāre to think Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.... Good Morning Class....
  • Word for the Day, Monday August 21, 2017 -- apocalyptic

    08/21/2017 6:26:59 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 18 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/21/17 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". apocalyptic; adj adjective 1. of or like an apocalypse; affording a revelation or prophecy. 2. pertaining to the Apocalypse or biblical book of Revelation. 3. predicting or presaging imminent disaster and total or universal destruction: the apocalyptic vision of some contemporary writers. Etymology: 1620-30; < Late Greek apokalptikos, equivalent to apokalpt(ein) to uncover, disclose (see apocalypse ) + -ikos -ic Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 14, 2017-- abysmal

    08/14/2017 6:36:12 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 26 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/14/17 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". adjective 1. of or like an abyss; immeasurably deep or great. 2. extremely or hopelessly bad or severe: abysmal ignorance; abysmal poverty. Etymology: 1650s, formed in English from abysm + -al (1). Weakened sense of "extremely bad" is first recorded 1904, perhaps from abysmal ignorance (suggestive of its "depth"), an expression attested from 1847. Related: Abysmally. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 7, 2017 -- fructify

    08/07/2017 6:11:35 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 46 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/7/17 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". fructify; v verb (used without object), fructified, fructifying. 1. to bear fruit; become fruitful: With careful tending the plant will fructify.verb (used with object), fructified, fructifying. 2. to make fruitful or productive; fertilize: warm spring rains fructifying the earth. Etymology: Expand v. early 14c., from Old French fructifiier (12c.) "bear fruit, grow, develop," from Late Latin fructificare "bear fruit," from Latin fructus (see fruit ) + root of...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 17, 2017-- maleficent

    07/17/2017 6:22:09 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 35 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/17/17 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". maleficent; adj. adjective 1. doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious: maleficent destroyers of reputations. Etymology: adj. 1670s, from Latin maleficent-, altered stem of maleficus (see malefic ). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes perfect.....post on.......
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 10, 2017 -- propitiate

    07/10/2017 6:22:46 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 32 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/10/17 ; 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". propitiate; transitive verb to appease or make well disposed; conciliate Etymology: 1580s, a back-formation from propritiation and in part from propitiate (adj.), from Latin propitiatus, past participle of propitiare "appease, propitiate" (see propitiation ). Related: Propitiated ; propitiating ; propitiatingly ; propitiable (1550s). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 26, 2017 - indefatigable

    06/26/2017 6:54:32 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 18 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/26/17 -- indefatigable ; 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". adjective 1. incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring. Etymology: C16: from Latin ind ē fat ī g ā bilis, from in- 1 + d ē fat ī g ā re, from fat ī g ā re to tire Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 19, 2017-- remonstrate

    06/19/2017 6:25:21 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 35 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/19/17 ; 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". remonstrate; verb verb (used with object), remonstrated, remonstrating. 1. to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval. 2. Obsolete. to show. verb (used without object), remonstrated, remonstrating. 3. to present reasons in complaint; plead in protest. Etymology: <1590-1600; < Medieval Latin rem ō nstr ā tus (past participle of rem ō nstr ā re to exhibit, demonstrate), equivalent to re- re- + mōnstrā(re) to show +...
  • Word for the day, Monday, June 12, 2017-- ineffable

    06/12/2017 6:27:14 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 45 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/12/17 ; 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". ineffable; adj. adjective 1.incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy. 2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity. Etymology: First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Latin word ineff ā bilis. See in-3, effable Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 6, 2017-- labyrinthine

    06/05/2017 7:05:45 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 33 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/6/17 ; 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". labyrinthine; adj 1. of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth. 2. complicated; tortuous: the labyrinthine byways of modern literature.Also, labyrinthian.In Greek mythology, the labyrinth (Greek: λαβύρινθος labyrinthos) was an elaborate structure designed and built by the legendary artificer Daedalus for King Minos of Crete at Knossos. Its function was to hold the Minotaur eventually killed by the hero Theseus. Daedalus had so cunningly made the Labyrinth that...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 22, 2017 -- hellacious

    05/22/2017 6:14:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 21 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 5/22/17 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". hellacious; adj. adjective, Slang. 1. remarkable; astonishing: They're raising a hellacious amount of money in taxes.2. formidably difficult: We had a hellacious time getting here in the blizzard. Etymology: adj. 1930s, college slang, from hell + fanciful ending (cf. bodacious ). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 15, 2017 -- caterwaul

    05/15/2017 6:41:08 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 13 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 5/15/17 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". caterwaul; verb/caterwauling;noun verb (used without object) 1. to utter long wailing cries, as cats in rutting time. 2. to utter a similar sound; howl or screech. 3. to quarrel like cats. noun, Also, caterwauling 4. the cry of a cat in rutting time. 5. any similar sound. Etymology: late 14c., caterwrawen, perhaps from Low German katerwaulen "cry like a cat," or formed in English from cater, from Middle...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 8, 2017-- abstemious

    05/08/2017 6:49:44 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 21 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 5/8/17 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". abstemious; adj. 1. sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet. 2. characterized by abstinence: an abstemious life. 3. sparing: an abstemious diet. Etymology: 1615-25; < Latin abst ē mius, equivalent to abs- abs- + t ē m - (base of t ē m ē tum intoxicating drink) + -ius -ious Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 1, 2017 -- ruction

    05/01/2017 5:56:41 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 43 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 5/1/17 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". ruction; noun 1. an uproar; noisy or quarrelsome disturbance 2. (pl) a violent and unpleasant row; trouble: there'll be ructions when she finds out Etymology: n. "disturbance," 1825, dialectal or colloquial, of unknown origin. Perhaps from eruption or an altered shortening of insurrection. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news...