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  • 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 irascibility noun irascibleness noun irascibly 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 worda 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, halcyonian [hal-see-oh-nee-uhn] halcyonic [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, succour. Origin: 12501300; (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;...
  • Word for the Day, Friday, June 20, 2014-- flummox

    06/20/2014 4:41:47 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 79 replies
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    b>Word For The Day, Friday, June 20, 2014 flummox 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". flummox; verb (used with object) Informal. to bewilder; confound; confuse. 1837, cant word, origin uncertain, probably from some forgotten British dialect. Candidates cluster in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, southern Cheshire and also in Sheffield. "The formation seems to be onomatopoeic, expressive of the notion of throwing down roughly and untidily." Never let it be said that the OED editors lacked imagination. Related: Flummoxed. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 16, 2014-- febrile

    06/16/2014 5:19:06 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 61 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/16/14 ; 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". febrile; adj. pertaining to or marked by fever; feverish. Etymology:1645–55; < Neo-Latin, Medieval Latin febrīlis. See fever, -ile 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, June 9, 2014-- maleficent

    06/09/2014 5:02:40 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 52 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, June 9, 2014 maleficent 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.doing evil or harm; harmfully malicious: maleficent destroyers of reputations. Etymology:167080; back formation from Latin maleficentia maleficence; see -ent Hailing from the Latin word meaning "the dice" or "chance" alea, aleatory first surfaced in English in the late seventeenth century. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 2, 2014-- perfidious

    06/02/2014 4:57:49 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 90 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/2/14 ; 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". perfidious; adj. deliberately faithless; treacherous; deceitful: a perfidious lover.Synonyms false, disloyal; unfaithful, traitorous. Etymology: 1590–1600; < Latin perfidiōsus faithless, dishonest. See perfidy, -ous 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, May 19, 2014-- connubial

    05/19/2014 5:29:22 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 127 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 5/19/14 ; 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". connubial; adj. of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal: connubial love. Etymology: 1650–60; < Medieval Latin connūbiālis, Latin cōnūbiālis, equivalent to cōnūbi ( um ) ( cō- co- + nūb ( āre ) to marry + -ium -ium) + -ālis -al1 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 12, 2014-- screed

    05/12/2014 5:33:22 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 134 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 5/12/14 ; 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". screed; noun 1. a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe. 2. an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing. 3. Building Trades. a. a strip of plaster or wood applied to a surface to be plastered to serve as a guide for making a true surface. b. a wooden strip serving as a guide for making a true level surface on a concrete pavement or...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 5, 2014-- coterie

    05/05/2014 4:59:33 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 91 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". coterie; noun 1. a group of people who associate closely. 2. an exclusive group; clique. 3. a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow. Etymology: 173040; < French, Middle French: an association of tenant farmers < Medieval Latin coter ( ius ) cotter2 + -ie -y3 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 28, 2014-- imbroglio

    04/28/2014 4:55:13 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 108 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/28/14 ; 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". imbroglio; noun noun, plural imbroglios. 1. a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations. 2. an intricate and perplexing state of affairs; a complicated or difficult situation. 3. a confused heap. Also, embroglio. Etymology: 1750, from It. imbroglio, from imbrogliare "confuse, tangle," from in- "in" + brogliare "embroil," probably from M.Fr. brouiller "confuse" (see broil (2)). Rules: Everyone must leave...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, April 22, 2014-- frivol

    04/22/2014 5:31:08 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 80 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 4/22/14 ; 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". frivol; verb verb (used without object), frivoled, frivoling or ( especially British ) frivolled, frivolling. 1. to behave frivolously; trifle. verb (used with object), frivoled, frivoling or ( especially British ) frivolled, frivolling. 2. to spend frivolously (usually followed by away ): to frivol away one's time. Etymology: 186570; back formation from frivolous Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 21, 2014-- iteration

    04/21/2014 5:17:40 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 136 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/21/14 ; 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". iteration; noun 1. the act of repeating; a repetition. 2. Mathematics . a. Also called successive approximation. a problem-solving or computational method in which a succession of approximations, each building on the one preceding, is used to achieve a desired degree of accuracy. b. an instance of the use of this method. 3. Computers. a. a repetition of a statement or statements in a program. b. a...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 14, 2014-- bien-pensant

    04/14/2014 4:58:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 161 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/14/14 ; 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". bien-pensant; noun; adj. 1.Right-thinking, orthodox, conformist; conservative.  [quotations ▼] 2010, Bagehot, The Economist, 23 Aug 2010: He hopes Mr Abbott wins the election in part because it would, he says, annoy bien-pensant British journalists and Leftists who oppose the Australian's positions on things like abortion, gay marriage or climate change. 2.Someone who accepts and/or espouses a fashionable idea after it has been established and maintains it without...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 7, 2014-- iniquity

    04/07/2014 5:42:40 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 124 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/7/14 ; 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". iniquity; noun noun, plural in·iq·ui·ties. 1. gross injustice or wickedness. 2. a violation of right or duty; wicked act; sin. Can be confused with INEQUITY. in'iquitous — adj in'iquitously — adv in'iquitousness — n Synonyms 1. evildoing, infamy, depravity, knavery. Etymology: 1300–50; Middle English < Latin inīquitās unevenness, unfairness, equivalent to inīqu ( us ) uneven, unfair ( in- in-3 + -īquus, combining form of aequus even,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 31, 2014-- rapacious

    03/31/2014 5:28:02 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 125 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/31/14 ; 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". rapacious; adj. 1. given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed. 2. inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate: a rapacious disposition. 3. (of animals) subsisting by the capture of living prey; predacious. Synonyms ravenous, voracious, grasping; preying. "Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 24, 2014-- abnegation

    03/24/2014 5:59:17 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 98 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/24/14 ; 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". abnegation; noun noun 1. the act or an instance of abnegating, or denying oneself some rights, conveniences, etc.: It was a time of austerity and abnegation. 2. the act of reliquishing or giving up a right, possession, etc.: abnegation of parental responsibilities. Etymology: 1550s, from L. abnegationem (nom. abnegatio) "refusal, denial," noun of action from abnegatus, pp. of abnegare, from ab- "off, away from" + negare "to...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 17, 2014-- blarney

    03/17/2014 5:55:41 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 90 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, March 14, 2014 blarney 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". blarney; noun noun 1. flattering or wheedling talk; cajolery. 2. deceptive or misleading talk; nonsense; hooey: a lot of blarney about why he was broke. verb (used with object), verb (used without object), blarneyed, blarneying. 3. to flatter or wheedle; use blarney: He blarneys his boss with the most shameless compliments. Origin: 176070; after the hamlet Blarney, in Ireland; see Blarney stone 1796 (which...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, March 12, 2014-- eschaton

    03/12/2014 5:29:05 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 128 replies
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    Word For The Day, Wednesday, 3/12/14 ; 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". eschaton; noun end of the world, end of time, climax of history Etymology: Etymology: "divinely ordained climax of history," 1935, from Gk. eskhaton, neut. of eskhatos (see eschatology). 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 3, 2014-- salvo

    03/03/2014 4:30:57 AM PST · by xsmommy · 105 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, March 3, 2014 – salvo 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". salvo; noun • Etymology: 1. a. a simultaneous discharge of two or more guns in military action or as a salute b : the release all at one time of a rack of bombs or rockets (as from an airplane) c : a series of shots by an artillery battery with each gun firing one round in turn after a prescribed interval d :...
  • Word for the Day-- Monday, February 24, 2014-- malinger

    02/24/2014 4:58:34 AM PST · by xsmommy · 57 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, D2/24/14 ; 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". malinger; verb to pretend illness, espeically in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc. Etymology: Malinger derives from French malingre , "sickly," perhaps from Old French mal , "badly" + heingre , "lean, thin." Because he twice slapped battle-stressed soldiers in Sicily who, he thought, were merely malingering , he was denied a major command in the Normandy landings. -- Bernard Knox, "Scorched Earth," The New...