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  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, May 20, 2015-- rutilant

    05/20/2015 5:00:45 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 48 replies
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    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 5/20/15 ; 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". rutilant; adj. having a reddish glow Ex: Gerald Clarke's biography of Truman Capote (page 485 where Clarke is describing Kate McCloud, a character in Answered Prayers. "But she is a beautiful rutilant Holly [Golightly], with hair the pale red of a winter sunset and eyes as green as emeralds..." Etymology: Middle English rutilaunt, from Latin rutilant-, rutilans, past participle of rutilare to glow reddish, from rutilus ruddy;...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 11, 2015 -- frabjous

    05/11/2015 4:45:28 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 74 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 5/10/15 ; 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". frabjous; adj. 1. wonderful, elegant, superb, or delicious. Etymology: 1872; coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass; perhaps meant to suggest fabulous or joyous 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, Wednesday, May 6, 2015-- tendentious

    05/06/2015 4:34:33 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 46 replies
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    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 5/6/15 ; 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". tendentious; adj 1. having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one Derived Forms tendentiously, tendenciously, tendentially, tendencially, adverb tendentiousness, tendenciousness, noun Etymology: 1900, formed after or from German tendenziös, from tendenz, from Medieval Latin tendentia (see tendency ). 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 4, 2015-- malodorous

    05/04/2015 5:29:06 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 73 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 5/4/15 ; 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". malodorous; adj. 1. having an unpleasant or offensive odor; smelling bad: a malodorous swamp. Etymology: adj. 1832, from mal- "bad" + odorous. Related: Malodorously ; malodorousness. 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, Wednesday, April 29, 2015-- sang froid

    04/29/2015 6:18:22 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 51 replies
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    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 4/29/15 ; 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". Sang froid; noun 1. coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid. Quotes Admitting to himself that he was not possessed of genuine, innate sang-froid, he nevertheless firmly resolved to behave always as a fearless man would in his place. -- Vladimir Nabokov, Glory, translated by Dimitri Nabokov, 1971 Etymology: Sang-froid comes from the French expression of the same spelling that literally means...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 27, 2015-- sagacious

    04/27/2015 5:28:21 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 44 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, April 27, 2015 – sagacious 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". sagacious; adj. 1. having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd: a sagacious lawyer.2.Obsolete. keen of scent. • Etymology: adj. c.1600, from Latin sagacem (nominative sagax) "of quick perception;" see sagacity. Related: Sagaciously. 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, April 20, 2015-- minion

    04/20/2015 4:57:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 48 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/20/15 ; 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". minion; noun/adj 1. a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power. 2. a favored or highly regarded person. 3. a minor official. 4. Printing. a 7-point type. adjective 5. dainty; elegant; trim; pretty. Etymology: 1490-1500; < Middle French mignon, for Old French mignot dainty < Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 13, 2015-- repugn

    04/13/2015 5:22:51 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 85 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/13/15 ; 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". repugn; verb verb (used with object) 1. to oppose or refute. verb (used without object) 2. Archaic. to resist. Etymology: 1325-1375 1325-75; Middle English repugnen < Middle French repugner < Latin repugnāre to resist, equivalent to re- re- + pugnāre to fight 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 6, 2015-- velleity

    04/06/2015 4:44:21 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 55 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/6/15 ; 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". velleity; noun noun(pl) -ties 1. the weakest level of desire or volition 2.a mere wish Where there' s a will, there's velleity. Etymology: 1610s, from Medieval Latin stem of velleitas (from Latin velle "to wish, will;" see will (v.)) + -ity. 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 30, 2015-- presage

    03/30/2015 5:16:47 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 68 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/30/15 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". presage; noun, verb noun 1. a presentiment or foreboding. 2. something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication. 3. prophetic significance; augury. 4. foresight; prescience. 5. Archaic. a forecast or prediction. verb (used with object), presaged, presaging. 6. to have a presentiment of. 7. to portend, foreshow, or foreshadow: "The incidents may presage war." 8. to forecast; predict. verb (used without object),...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 23, 2015-- impervious

    03/23/2015 5:18:16 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 68 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/23/15 ; 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". impervious; adj 1. not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable: "The coat is impervious to rain." 2. incapable of being injured or impaired: "impervious to wear and tear." 3. incapable of being influenced, persuaded, or affected: "impervious to reason; impervious to another's suffering." Etymology: 1640s, from Latin impervius "that cannot be passed through," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pervius "letting things...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 16, 2015-- knackered

    03/16/2015 4:57:13 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 87 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/16/15 ; 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". knackered;past participle adjective from knacker (v. adjective (Brit, slang) 1. exhausted; tired out 2. worn out; no longer working, esp after long or hard use Etymology: 1885-90; knacker to tire (attenuation of earlier sense “to kill”; cf. knacker def. 1) + -ed2 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 9, 2015-- insouciant

    03/09/2015 5:11:16 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 67 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/9/15 ; 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". insouciant; adj. adjective 1. free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant. Etymology: 1829, from French insouciant "careless, thoughtless, heedless," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + souciant "caring," present participle of soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit ). Related: Insouciantly. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate...
  • Word for the Day, Friday, March 6, 2015-- circumvolve

    03/06/2015 6:55:07 AM PST · by xsmommy · 57 replies
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    Word For The Day, Friday, March 6, 2015 – circumvolve 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". Circumvolve; verb; to revolve or wind about. Upon my soul, I believe there is not a Letter in those words, round which a world of imagery does not circumvolve … Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Sir Humphrey Davy, October 9, 1800, in Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Volume 1, 1895 Hope not in mortal things!—so years do say, / So warn the hours, which circumvolve...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 23, 2015-- augur

    02/23/2015 5:48:30 AM PST · by xsmommy · 83 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/23/15 ; 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; noun 1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. 2. soothsayer; prophet. verb (used with object) 3. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: "Mounting sales augur a profitable year." verb (used without object) 5. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict. 6....
  • Word for the day, Monday, February 16, 2015--

    02/16/2015 6:10:50 AM PST · by xsmommy · 45 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, February 16, 2015-- sangfroid 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". noun 1. coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid. Origin Expand 1740-17501740-50; < French: literally, cold blood Synonyms Expand self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness. • The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. Practice makes perfect.....post on.... >>
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 9, 2015-- overweening

    02/09/2015 6:12:46 AM PST · by xsmommy · 52 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, February 9, 2015 – overweening 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". overweening; adjective 1. presumptuously conceited, overconfident, or proud: a brash, insolent, overweening fellow. 2. exaggerated, excessive, or arrogant: overweening prejudice; overweening pride.1300-50; Middle English overwening (e) (gerund); see overween, -ing2 Related forms Expand overweeningly, adverb overweeningness, noun • 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, February 2, 2015-- ineluctable

    02/02/2015 7:03:26 AM PST · by xsmommy · 65 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/2/15 ; 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". ineluctable; adj. incapable of being evaded; inescapable: "an ineluctable destiny." Synonyms: inevitable, unavoidable, irrevocable, unpreventable, unstoppable, inexorable. Antonyms: certain, sure, fated. Etymology: 1615-25; < Latin inēluctābilis, equivalent to in- in-3+ ēluctā (rī) to force a way out or over, surmount ( ē- e-1+ luctārī to wrestle) + -bilis -ble Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 26, 2015-- irascible

    01/26/2015 6:00:42 AM PST · by xsmommy · 70 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/26/15 ; 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". irascible; adj marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger — iras·ci·bil·i·ty noun — iras·ci·ble·ness noun — iras·ci·bly adverb Etymology: Middle French, from Late Latin irascibilis, from Latin irasci to become angry, be angry, from ira First Known Use: circa 1530 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 29, 2015-- inexorable

    01/19/2015 4:28:30 AM PST · by xsmommy · 50 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, January 19, 2015 – inexorable 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". inexorable; adjective 1. unyielding; unalterable: inexorable truth; inexorable justice. 2. not to be persuaded, moved, or affected by prayers or entreaties: an inexorable creditor. • 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, January 12, 20015-- apocryphal

    01/12/2015 6:27:55 AM PST · by xsmommy · 135 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/12/15 ; 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". apocryphal; adj. 1. of doubtful authorship or authenticity. 2.Ecclesiastical. a.(initial capital letter) of or relating to the Apocrypha. b.of doubtful sanction; uncanonical. 3. false; spurious: "He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed." Etymology: 1580s, "of doubtful authenticity," from Apocrypha + -al (1). Middle English had apocrive (late 14c.) in same sense. Pronounced apocryphal. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 5, 2015-- bombastic

    01/05/2015 4:58:50 AM PST · by xsmommy · 63 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/5/15 ; 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". bombastic; adj. (of speech, writing, etc.) high-sounding; high-flown; inflated; pretentious. Bombastic suggests language with a theatricality or staginess of style far too powerful or declamatory for the meaning or sentiment. Examples: They are quite traditionally liberal in their views--optimistic and indeed bombastic in their beliefs. When her narrators are bombastic, they are usually winningly bombastic. You are correct that my analogy was a little too bombastic. Etymology:...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 22, 2014-- portend

    12/22/2014 5:15:15 AM PST · by xsmommy · 57 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/22/14 ; 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". portend; verb verb (used with object) 1. to indicate in advance; to foreshadow or presage, as an omen does: "The street incident may portend a general uprising."2 to signify; mean. Etymology: 1400-50; late Middle English < Latin portendere to point out, indicate, portend, variant of prōtendere to extend. Synonyms:foretell, forecast, augur, promise, forebode. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 15, 2014-- quale

    12/15/2014 5:17:15 AM PST · by xsmommy · 55 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/15/14 ; 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". quale; noun noun, plural qualia [kwah-lee-uh, kwey-] 1: a property (as redness) considered apart from things having the property : universal 2: a property as it is experienced as distinct from any source it might have in a physical object Qualia is a term used in philosophy to refer to individual instances of subjective, conscious experience. The term derives from the Latin adverb quālis (Latin pronunciation: [ˈkwaːlis])...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 8, 2014-- bonhomie

    12/08/2014 5:04:01 AM PST · by xsmommy · 61 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/8/14 ; 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". bonhomie; noun frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality Etymology: 1795-1805; < French, equivalent to bonhomme good-natured man (see boon2, Homo ) + -ie -y3 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 1, 2014-- jocund

    12/01/2014 4:55:52 AM PST · by xsmommy · 111 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/1/14 ; 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". jocund; adj adjective 1. cheerful; merry; gay; blithe; glad: "a witty and jocund group." Etymology: 1350-1400; Middle English jocound < Late Latin jocundus, alteration of Latin jūcundus pleasant, equivalent to ju (vāre) to help, benefit, please, delight + -cundus adj. suffix Related forms jocundly, adverb quasi-jocund, adjective Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 24, 2014-- propinquity

    11/24/2014 5:12:22 AM PST · by xsmommy · 84 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/24/14 ; 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". propinquity; noun 1. nearness in place; proximity. 2. nearness of relation; kinship. 3. affinity of nature; similarity.4. nearness in time Etymology: 1350-1400; Middle English propinquite < Latin propinquitās nearness, equivalent to propinqu (us) near ( prop (e) near (see pro-1) + -inquus adj. suffix) + -itās -ity Examples from the web for pro-pin-qui-ty: Residents tolerate--even welcome--human propinquity. We have no idea what makes them friends other than...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 17, 2014-- lagniappe

    11/17/2014 5:43:14 AM PST · by xsmommy · 118 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/17/14 ; 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". lagniappe 1. Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas . a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus. 2. a gratuity or tip. 3. an unexpected or indirect benefit. Etymology: Quotes: We picked up one excellent word—a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word—' lagniappe .' -- Mark Twain, Life...
  • Monday, November 10, 2014-- hoyden

    11/10/2014 5:18:17 AM PST · by xsmommy · 65 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/10/14 ; 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". hoyden; noun 1. a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy. adjective: 1. boisterous; rude. Also, hoiden . Etymology: At seven Juliet was an elfish creature… A hoyden who cuffed her duller witted brothers impartially and cursed her parents with shocking fluency. -- William Faulkner, "Adolescence," Uncollected Stories of William Faulkner , edited by Joseph Blotner, 1979 Miss Matilda, a strapping hoyden of about fourteen, with a...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, October 28, 2014-- cliquy

    10/28/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 41 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 10/28/14 ; 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". cliquy; noun/verb 1. a small, exclusive group of people; coterie; set. verb (used without object), cliqued, cliquing. 2. Informal. to form, or associate in, a clique Etymology: 1705-15; < French, apparently metaphorical use of Middle French clique latch, or noun derivative of cliquer to make noise, resound, imitative word parallel to click1 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 27, 2014-- mythomane

    10/27/2014 5:58:23 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 83 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/27/14 ; 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". mythomane noun 1. a person with a strong or irresistible propensity for fantasizing, lying, or exaggerating. adjective 2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a mythomane. Etymology: 1950-55; perhaps back formation from mythomania 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 20, 20144-- aporetic

    10/20/2014 6:33:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 54 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/20/14 ; 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". aporetic;. adj. adjective tending to doubt Examples The aporetic voice is that which expresses wonder and perplexity. Word Origin from a Greek word meaning 'to be at a loss' Etymology: c.1600, from French aporetique, from Greek aporetikos, from aporeein "to be at a loss," from aporos "impassable, impracticable, very difficult; hard to deal with; at a loss," from a-, privative prefix (see a- (3)), + poros "passage"...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, october 13, 2014-- discordant

    10/13/2014 10:04:51 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 51 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, October 13, 2014 – discordant 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. being at variance; disagreeing; incongruous: discordant opinions. 2. disagreeable to the ear; dissonant; harsh. 3. Geology. (of strata) structurally unconformable. •If a song ends in one key and the next song starts in a discordant key, it psychologically jars the audience. But these two discordant personalities did make their peace. But a minister can be ruined in his calling by a discordant...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 6, 2014-- williwaw

    10/06/2014 6:10:50 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 91 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/6/14 ; 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". williwaw; n 1. a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands. Definition of williwaw| See synonyms| Comment on today's word| Suggest tomorrow's word Quotes: Outside, a new note has crept into the wind, a black williwaw sound straight from the terrible wastes to the north. -- Walker Percy, The Moviegoer , 1961 There was a big...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 29, 2014-- animus

    09/29/2014 5:01:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 58 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/29/14 ; 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". animus; noun 1. intense dislike; hatred; animosity 2. motive, intention, or purpose 3. (in Jungian psychology) the masculine principle present in the female unconscious See also anima Etymology: 1820, "temper" (usually in a hostile sense), from Latin animus "rational soul, mind, life, mental powers; courage, desire," related to anima "living being, soul, mind, disposition, passion, courage, anger, spirit, feeling," from PIE root *ane- "to blow, to breathe"...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 22, 2014-- fugacious

    09/22/2014 5:55:36 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 88 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/22/14 ; 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". fugacious; adj. 1. fleeting; transitory: "a sensational story with but a fugacious claim on the public's attention." 2. Botany. falling or fading early. Etymology: 1625-35; < Latin fugāci- (stem of fugāx apt to flee, fleet, derivative of fugere to flee + -ous Related forms Expand fugaciously, adverb fugaciousness, fugacity [fyoo-gas-i-tee] Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, Sept 15, 2014-- impuissant

    09/15/2014 4:57:11 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 180 replies
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    Word For The Day, Day, Date ; 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". impuissant; adj. adjective 1. lacking strength; feeble; weak. Examples from the web for im-pu-is-sant Expand To the extent that they are non-facts, they are equally impuissant. The evidence was similarly impuissant to show intent. The double-counting claim is, therefore, impuissant Etymology: 1620-30; < Middle French; see im-2, puissant Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 8, 2014-- panegyric

    09/08/2014 5:37:23 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 64 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/8/14 ; 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". panegyric; noun 1. a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy. 2. formal or elaborate praise. Etymology: 1590-1600; < Latin, noun use of panēgyricus of, belonging to a public assembly < Greek panēgyrikós, equivalent to panḗgyr (is) solemn assembly ( pan- pan- + -ēgyris, combining form of ágyris gathering; cf. category ) + -ikos -ic panegyrical, adjective panegyrically, adverb self-panegyric, adjective Rules:...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 1, 2014,LABOR DAY-- pernicious

    09/01/2014 7:22:48 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 47 replies
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    b>Word For The Day, Mondday, September 1, 2014 – pernicious 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". pernicious; adj. causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful: pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie. 2. deadly; fatal: a pernicious disease. 3. Obsolete. evil; wicked.Related forms perniciously, adverb perniciousness, noun unpernicious, adjective unperniciously, examples for pernicious But a bias can be real, and pernicious, without being legally actionable. But a more pernicious problem is the impact upon incentives of all firms. In the end,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 25, 2014-- incubus

    08/25/2014 5:34:03 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 121 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/25/14 ; 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". incubus; noun 1. An evil spirit believed to have sexual intercourse with women as they sleep.2.A nightmare. 3.An oppressive or nightmarish burden. Etymology: c.1200, from L.L. (Augustine), from L. incubo "nightmare, one who lies down on (the sleeper)," from incubare "to lie upon" (see incubate ). Plural is incubi. In the Middle Ages, their existence was recognized by law. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 11, 2014-- cat's-paw

    08/11/2014 4:56:41 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 89 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/11/14 ; 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". cat's-paw; noun 1. a person used to serve the purposes of another; tool. 2. Nautical . a. a hitch made in the bight of a rope so that two eyes are formed to hold the hook of one block of a tackle. b. a light breeze that ruffles the surface of the water over a comparatively small area. c. the small area ruffled by such a breeze....
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, August 5, 2014-- lollygag

    08/05/2014 6:32:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 56 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 8/5/14 ; 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". lollygag; verb to loiter aimlessly Etymology: of unknown origin 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.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 4, 2014-- halcyon

    08/04/2014 5:49:21 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 93 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/4/14 ; 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". halcyon;adjective Also, hal·cy·o·ni·an [hal-see-oh-nee-uhn] hal·cy·on·ic [hal-see-on-ik] 1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather. 2. rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace. 3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth. 4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher. noun 5. a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 28, 2014 -- behoove

    07/28/2014 5:04:40 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 75 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/28/14 ; 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". Behoove; verb (used with object), be·hooved, be·hoov·ing. 1. to be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations; be incumbent on: It behooves the court to weigh evidence impartially. 2. to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage: It would behoove you to be nicer to those who could help you. verb (used without object), be·hooved, be·hoov·ing. 3. Archaic. to be needful, proper,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 21, 2014-- succor

    07/21/2014 6:40:37 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 66 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, July 21, 2014 – succor; noun/verb 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". noun 1. help; relief; aid; assistance. 2. a person or thing that gives help, relief, aid, etc. verb (used with object) 3. to help or relieve. Also, especially British, suc·cour. Origin: 1250–1300; (v.) Middle English sucuren < Old French suc ( c ) urre, socorre < Latin succurrere to go beneath, run to help, equivalent to suc- suc- + currere to run (see...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 14, 2014-- suppurate

    07/14/2014 5:08:13 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 127 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/14/14 ; 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". suppurate; verb (used without object), sup·pu·rat·ed, sup·pu·rat·ing. to produce or discharge pus, as a wound; maturate. Etymology: 1555–65; < Latin suppūrātus (past participle of suppūrāre ), equivalent to sup- sup- + pūr- (stem of pūs ) pus + -ātus -ate1 "I'm glad I can't explain Just in what jaws you were to suppurate: You may have thought things would come right again If you could only keep...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, July 8, 2014-- convivial

    07/08/2014 4:53:57 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 59 replies
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    Word For The Day, Day, 7/8/14 ; 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". convivial; adj. 1. friendly; agreeable: a convivial atmosphere. 2. fond of feasting, drinking, and merry company; jovial. 3. of or befitting a feast; festive. Etymology: 1660–70; < Late Latin convīviālis festal, equivalent to Latin convīvi ( um ) feast ( convīv ( ere ) to live together, dine together ( con- con- + vīvere to live) + -ium -ium) + -ālis -al1 Rules: Everyone must leave a...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 7, 2014-- truculent

    07/07/2014 5:27:21 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 75 replies
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    Word For The Day, monday, 7/7/14 ; 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". truculent; adj. 1. fierce; cruel; savagely brutal. 2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: his truculent criticism of her work. 3. aggressively hostile; belligerent. Etymology: c.1540, from L. truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (gen. trucis) "fierce, wild." 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 30, 2014 -- rident

    06/30/2014 5:09:10 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 81 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/3/14 ; 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". rident; adj. laughing; smiling; cheerful. He flashed her a smile, but she didn't miss the fact that this rident expression did nothing to alter the bleakness in his eyes. -- Elizabeth George, Deception on His Mind , 1997 Hetty was radiant and rident . It was quite like an evening at home at Oakhurst. Never for months past, never since that fatal cruel day, that no one...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 23, 2014-- jettison

    06/23/2014 5:06:08 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 108 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/23/14 ; 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". JETTISON; verb (used with object) 1. to cast (goods) overboard in order to lighten a vessel or aircraft or to improve its stability in an emergency. 2. to throw off (something) as an obstacle or burden; discard. 3. Cards. to discard (an unwanted card or cards). noun 4. the act of casting goods from a vessel or aircraft to lighten or stabilize it. 5. jetsam. Etymology: 1375–1425;...