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  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 16, 2016 -- accrete

    05/16/2016 6:21:59 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 48 replies
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    Word for The Day, Monday, 5/16/16 ; 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". accrete/ accretion; verb/noun verb (used without object), accreted, accreting. 1. to grow together; adhere (usually followed by to). verb (used with object), accreted, accreting. 2. to add, as by growth. adjective 3. Botany. noun 1. an increase by natural growth or by gradual external addition; growth in size or extent. 2. the result of this process. 3. an added part; addition: The last part of the legend...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, May 9, 2016-- ubiquitous

    05/09/2016 6:59:09 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 72 replies
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    Word for The Day, Monday, 5/9/16 ; 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". ubiquitous; adj. existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent: ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants. Etymology:"turning up everywhere," 1837, from ubiquity + -ous. The earlier word was ubiquitary (1580s), from Modern Latin ubiquitarius, from ubique. Related: Ubiquitously ; ubiquitousness. 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, May 2, 2016-- pillory

    05/02/2016 6:31:44 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 45 replies
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    Word for The Day, Monday, 5/2/16 ; 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". pillory; verb 1. a wooden framework into which offenders were formerly locked by the neck and wrists and exposed to public abuse and ridicule 2. exposure to public scorn or abuse verb (transitive) -ries, -rying, -ried 3. to expose to public scorn or ridicule 4. to punish by putting in a pillory Etymology: C13: from Anglo-Latin pillorium, from Old French pilori, of uncertain origin; related to Provençal...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 25, 2016 -- sinecure

    04/25/2016 5:29:46 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 70 replies
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    b>Word for The Day, Monday,4/25/16 ; 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". sinecure; noun 1. an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable returns. 2. an ecclesiastical benefice without cure of souls. Etymology: 1660s, "church benefice with an emolument but without parish duties," from Medieval Latin beneficium sine cura "benefice without care" (of souls), from Latin sine "without" (see sans ) + cura, ablative singular of cura "care" (see cure (n.1)). Rules: Everyone must leave...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 18, 2016-- premiate

    04/18/2016 6:33:53 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 31 replies
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    Word for The Day, Monday, 4/18/16 ; 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". premiate; verb to grant a prize or an award to. Etymology:Premiate stems from the Latin term praemiāre meaning "to reward." It entered English in the mid-1500s. 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, April 11, 2016-- ersatz

    04/11/2016 5:47:44 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 118 replies
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    Word for The Day, Monday,4/11/13 ; 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". ersatz; adj. 1. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial: an ersatz coffee made from grain. noun 2. an artificial substance or article used to replace something natural or genuine; a substitute. Etymology: 1875, from German Ersatz "units of the army reserve," literally "compensation, replacement, substitute," from ersetzen "to replace," from Old High German irsezzen, from ir-, unaccented variant of ur- + setzen "to set" (see set (v.)). As...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 28, 2016-- cognomen

    03/28/2016 6:28:50 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 34 replies
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    Word for The Day, Monday, 3/28/16 ; 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". cognomen; noun any name, especially a nickname. 2.a surname. 3.the third and commonly the last name of a citizen of ancient Rome, indicating the person's house or family, as “Caesar” in “Gaius Julius Caesar.” Compare agnomen. Etymology: from Latin: additional name, from co- together + nōmen name; influenced in form by cognōscere to learn She inquired my name, and I repeated the plain, homely Scotch-Irish cognomen that...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 21, 2016-- renascent

    03/21/2016 5:09:28 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 64 replies
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    Word for The Day, Monday, 3/21/16 ; 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". renascent; adj. adjective 1. becoming active or vigorous again; reviving: renascent nationalism Etymology:1727, from Latin renascentem (nominative renascens), present participle of renasci "be born again" (see renaissance ). 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, March 14, 2016 -- saturnine

    03/14/2016 5:53:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 71 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/14/16 ; 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". saturnine; adj. adjective 1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn. 2. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person. Etymology: Saturnine derives from the name of the planet Saturn, which in turn was named after the Roman god Saturnus. The original sense of the word had an astrological meaning, and referred to a person who was born under the influence of Saturn. Saturnine entered English early 1400s. Rules: Everyone...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 7, 2016 --

    03/07/2016 5:38:44 AM PST · by xsmommy · 58 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday,3/7/16 ; 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". donnybrook; noun 1. an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all. Etymology: A riotous scene, esp a general and energetic brawl; brannigan: A donnybrook began when police arrested the operators [1852+; fr the reputation of a fair held annually at the Dublin suburb of Donnybrook] 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, Monday, February 29, 2016-- calumniate

    02/29/2016 5:58:07 AM PST · by xsmommy · 143 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/29/16 ; 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". calumniate; verb 1. to make false and malicious statements about; slander. Etymology: 1545-55; < Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick), equivalent to calumni (a) calumny + -ātus -ate1 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, February 22, 2016

    02/22/2016 5:40:26 AM PST · by xsmommy · 113 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, February 22, 2015— passel ; 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”. passel noun 1. a group or lot of indeterminate number: a passel of dignitaries. origin:1825-35; alteration of parcel 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, February 18, 2016 -- alacrity

    02/18/2016 5:52:36 AM PST · by xsmommy · 101 replies
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    Word For The Day, Thursday, 2/18/16 ; 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". alacrity; noun 1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity. 2. liveliness; briskness Etymology: n. mid-15c., from Latin alacritatem (nominative alacritas) "liveliness, ardor, eagerness," from alacer (genitive alacris) "cheerful, brisk, lively;" of uncertain origin, perhaps cognate with Gothic aljan "zeal," Old English ellen "courage, zeal, strength," Old High German ellian. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 8, 2016-- convivial

    02/08/2016 5:07:27 AM PST · by xsmommy · 125 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/8/16 ; 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: 1660s, "pertaining to a feast," from Late Latin convivialis, from Latin convivium "a feast," from convivere "to carouse together," from com- "together" (see com- ) + vivere "to live" (see vital ). Meaning "sociable" is from 18c. Related: Conviviality. Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, February 2, 2016--nimiety

    02/02/2016 6:31:25 AM PST · by xsmommy · 32 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – nimiety 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". Word Origin noun, plural nimieties. 1. excess; overabundance: nimiety of mere niceties in conversation. 2. an instance of this."excess, redundancy," from Latin nimietas "excessiveness," from nimius "beyond measure, excessive," from nimis (adv.) "too much, beyond measure, excessively."
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 1, 2016 -- nonce

    02/01/2016 5:22:35 AM PST · by xsmommy · 63 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/1/16 ; 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". nonce; noun 1. the present, or immediate, occasion or purpose (usually used in the phrase for the nonce). Etymology: abstracted from phrase for þe naness (c.1200) "for a special occasion, for a particular purpose," itself a misdivision (see N for other examples) of for þan anes "for the one," in reference to a particular occasion or purpose, the þan being from Middle English dative definite article þam...
  • Word for the Day, January 11, 2016-- inveigle

    01/11/2016 5:53:46 AM PST · by xsmommy · 53 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/11/16 ; 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". inveigle; verb verb (used with object), inveigled, inveigling. 1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge. 2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from or away): to inveigle a theater pass from a person Etymology: 1485-95; variant of envegle < Anglo-French enveogler, equivalent to...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, January 4, 2016-- epiphany

    01/04/2016 5:11:42 AM PST · by xsmommy · 73 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 1/4/16 ; 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". epiphany; noun (initial capital letter) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day. 2. an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity. 3. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. 4. a literary work...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, December 29, 2015-- shibboleth

    12/29/2015 5:56:12 AM PST · by xsmommy · 52 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 12/29/15 ; 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". shibboleth; noun 1.a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons. 2.a slogan; catchword. 3.a common saying or belief with little current meaning or truth. Etymology: late 14c., the Hebrew word shibboleth, meaning "flood, stream," also "ear of corn;" in Judges xii:4-6. It was the password used by the Gileadites to distinguish their own men from fleeing Ephraimites,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 28, 2015-- munificence

    12/28/2015 5:58:46 AM PST · by xsmommy · 52 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/28/15 ; 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". munificence; n. the quality of being munificent, or showing unusual generosity: The museum's collection was greatly increased by the munificence of the family's gift. Etymology: n. early 15c., from Middle French munificence, from Latin munificentia "bountifulness, liberality, generosity," from stem of munificus "generous, bountiful, liberal," literally "present-making," from munus "gift or service, duty, office" (see municipal ) + unstressed stem of facere "to do" (see factitious )....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 21, 2015-- lugubrious

    12/21/2015 5:10:49 AM PST · by xsmommy · 53 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/21/15 ; 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". lugubrious; adj. Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner Etymology: Lugubrious comes from Latin lugubris, from lugere, to mourn. 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, December 14, 2015-- paroxysm

    12/14/2015 6:12:10 AM PST · by xsmommy · 61 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 12/14/15 ; 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". paroxysm; noun 1. any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion: paroxysms of rage. 2. Pathology. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically. Etymology: "sudden attack, convulsion," early 15c., from Middle French paroxysme (16c.), earlier paroxime (13c.), from Medieval Latin paroxysmus "irritation, fit of a disease," from Greek paroxysmos "irritation, exasperation," from paroxynein "to irritate, goad,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, December 7th, 2015-- bombinate

    12/07/2015 5:31:57 AM PST · by xsmommy · 65 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday,12/7/15 ; 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". bombinate; v intransitive verb 1. To buzz; to hum; to drone. 2. to make a humming or buzzing noise Quotes Like his co-workers he had been somewhat stampeded by Dorn's imitative faculties, faculties which enabled the former journalist to bombinate twice as loud in a void three times as great as any of his colleagues. -- Ben Hecht, Erik Dorn, 1921 Origin Bombinate derives from the Latin verb...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 30, 2015-- reprise

    11/30/2015 5:20:09 AM PST · by xsmommy · 37 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/30/15 ; 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". reprise; noun, verb with object noun 1. Usually, reprises. Law. an annual deduction, duty, or payment out of a manor or estate, as an annuity or the like. 2. Music. a.a repetition. b.a return to the first theme or subject. verb (used with object), reprised, reprising. 3. to execute a repetition of; repeat: They reprised the elaborate dance number in the third act. Etymology: early 15c., from...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 23, 2015-- insuperable

    11/23/2015 6:03:27 AM PST · by xsmommy · 40 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/23/15 ; 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". insuperable; adj. incapable of being passed over, overcome, or surmounted: an insuperable barrier Etymology: mid-14c., "unconquerable," from Latin insuperabilis "that cannot be passed over, unconquerable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + superabilis "that may be overcome," from superare "to overcome," from superus "one that is above," from super "over" (see super- ). Figurative use from 1650s. Related: Insuperably. Rules: Everyone must leave a post...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 16, 2015-- hortatory

    11/16/2015 5:58:50 AM PST · by xsmommy · 76 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/16/15 ; 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". hortatory; adj. urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging: a hortatory speech. Examples: He had assumed a very pompous, hortatory manner, and I could well believe he held a prominent position in Asbury class. Stories by American Authors, Volume 6 Various Allowing for its standpoint the book is not virulent, and is a respectable piece of hortatory divinity on its own side. Minor Poets...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, November 9, 2015 -- frangible

    11/09/2015 5:11:25 AM PST · by xsmommy · 92 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/9/15 ; 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". frangible; adj. 1. easily broken; breakable: Most frangible toys are not suitable for young children. Etymology: early 15c., from Middle French frangible, from Medieval Latin frangibilis, from Latin frangere "to break" (see fraction ). 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, November 2, 2015-- imbroglio

    11/02/2015 6:07:00 AM PST · by xsmommy · 51 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 11/2/15 ; 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". imbroglio; noun. Also, embroglio 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 Etymology: 1750, from Italian imbroglio, from imbrogliare "confuse, tangle," from assimilated form of in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + brogliare "embroil," probably from Middle French brouiller "confuse"...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 26, 2015-- tremulous

    10/26/2015 5:31:58 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 45 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/26/15 ; 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". tremulous; adj. 1. (of persons, the body, etc.) characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness. 2. timid; timorous; fearful. 3. (of things) vibratory, shaking, or quivering. 4. (of writing) done with a trembling hand. Etymology: 1610s, from Latin tremulus "shaking, quivering," from tremere (see tremble ). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October, 19, 2015 -- mawkish

    10/19/2015 6:08:53 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 66 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/19/15 ; 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". mawkish; adj. 1. characterized by sickly sentimentality; weakly emotional; maudlin. 2. having a mildly sickening flavor; slightly nauseating. Etymology: 1660-70; obsolete mawk maggot ( late Middle English < Old Norse mathkr maggot) + -ish1. See maggot 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 5, 2015-- iracund

    10/05/2015 6:19:42 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 45 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 10/5/15 ; 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". iracund; adj. prone to anger; irascible. Etymology: from Latin īrācundus, from īra anger 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 28, 2015-- fractious

    09/28/2015 6:19:19 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 75 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/28/15 ; 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". fractious; adj. 1. refractory or unruly: a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness. 2.readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome: an incorrigibly fractious young man. NOTE: Fractious is sometimes wrongly used where factious is meant: this factious (not fractious) dispute has split the party still further Etymology: 1725, from fraction in an obsolete sense of "a brawling, discord" (c.1500) + -ous; probably on model of captious....
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 21, 2015-- bereft

    09/21/2015 5:38:31 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 55 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/21/15 ; 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". bereft; adj. simple past tense and past participle of bereave. adjective 2. deprived: They are bereft of their senses. He is bereft of all happinessverb (used with object), bereaved or bereft, bereaving. 1. to deprive and make desolate, especially by death (usually followed by of): Illness bereaved them of their mother. 2. to deprive ruthlessly or by force (usually followed by of): The war bereaved them of...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 14, 2015-- puerile

    09/14/2015 6:06:54 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 78 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 9/14/15 ; 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". puerile; adj adjective 1. of or relating to a child or to childhood. 2. childishly foolish; immature or trivial: a puerile piece of writing. Etymology: 1660s, "youthful, boyish," a back-formation from puerility, or else from French puéril (15c.), from Latin puerilis "boyish; childish," from puer "boy, child" (see puerility ). Disparaging sense, "juvenile, immature," is from 1680s. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 31, 2015-- soporific

    08/31/2015 5:31:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 125 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/31/15 ; 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". soporific; adj. 1.Causing sleep; tending to cause sleep. 2.Of, relating to, or characterized by sleepiness or lethargy. 3.A medicine, drug, plant, or other agent that has the quality of inducing sleep Etymology: "tending to produce sleep," 1680s, from French soporifique (17c.), formed in French from Latin sopor (genitive soporis) "deep sleep" (see sopor ). As a noun from 1722. Earlier as an adjective was soporiferous (1580s as...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 24, 2015-- suffuse

    08/24/2015 5:52:57 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 86 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/24/15 ; 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". suffuse; ;verb verb (used with object), suffused, suffusing. 1. to overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc Synonyms cover, pervade, diffuse, bathe, flood. Etymology: C16: from Latin suffūsus overspread with, from suffundere, from sub- + fundere to pour 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, August 17, 2015-- ephemeral

    08/17/2015 5:31:19 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 45 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/17/15 ; 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". ephemeral; adj. adjective 1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood. 2. lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower. noun Synonyms 1. fleeting, evanescent, transient, momentary, brief. 3. anything short-lived, as certain insects Etymology: 1560s; see ephemera + -al (1). Related: Ephemerality. Originally of diseases and lifespans; extended sense of "transitory" is from 1630s Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday August 10, 2015 -- risible

    08/10/2015 5:54:43 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 95 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/10/15 ; 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". risible; adj 1. causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous. 2. having the ability, disposition, or readiness to laugh. 3. pertaining to or connected with laughing. Etymology: 1550s, "given to laughter," from Middle French risible (14c.) and directly from Late Latin risibilis "laughable, able to laugh," from Latin risus, past participle of ridere "to laugh." Meaning "capable of exciting laughter, comical" is from 1727. Rules: Everyone...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, August 3, 2015-- screed

    08/03/2015 5:06:07 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 44 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 8/3/15 ; 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". screed; noun/verb 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 the...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 20, 2015-- timorous

    07/20/2015 6:06:47 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 64 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/20/15 ; 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". timorous; adj. adjective 1. full of fear; fearful: The noise made them timorous. 2. subject to fear; timid. 3. characterized by or indicating fear: a timorous whisper. Etymology: mid-15c., from Old French temeros (14c.), from Medieval Latin timorosus "fearful," from Latin timor "fear," from timere "to fear." Some early sense confused by mistaken identification with Middle English temerous "rash" (see temerity ). Related: Timorously ; timorousness Rules:...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 13, 2015-- jackanapes

    07/13/2015 5:31:06 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 62 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/13/15 ; 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". jackanapes; noun noun 1. an impertinent, presumptuous person, especially a young man; whippersnapper. 2. an impudent, mischievous child. 3. Archaic. an ape or monkey. Etymology: 1400-50; late Middle English Jakken-apes, literally, jack (i.e., man) of the ape, nickname of William de la Pole (1396-1450), Duke of Suffolk, whose badge was an ape's clog and chain Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, July 7, 2015-- madcap

    07/07/2015 5:14:11 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 43 replies
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    Word For The Day, Tuesday, 7/7/15 ; 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". madcap; adj. adjective 1. wildly or heedlessly impulsive; reckless; rash: a madcap scheme. noun 2. a madcap person. mad-cap in Technology Expand Math and set problems, for the Maniac II and CDC 6600. "MADCAP - A Scientific Compiler for a Displayed Formula Texbook Language", M.B. Wells, CACM 4(1):31-36 (Jan 1961). Sammet 1969, pp.271-281. Versions: Madcap 5 (1964), Madcap 6. "The Unified Data Structure Capability in Madcap 6",...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 6,2015-- mien

    07/06/2015 5:48:38 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 63 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 7/6/15 ; 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". mien; noun 1. (literary) a person's manner, bearing, or appearance, expressing personality or mood: a noble mien Etymology: "facial expression," 1510s, probably a shortening of Middle English demean "bearing, demeanor" (see demeanor ) and influenced by Middle French mine "appearance, facial expression," which is of unknown origin, possibly Celtic (cf. Breton min "beak, muzzle, nose," Irish men "mouth"). Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 29, 2015-- obdurate

    06/29/2015 5:14:07 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 85 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/29/15 ; 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". obdurate, adj. 1. unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding. 2. stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitent: an obdurate sinner Etymology: 1400-1450 1400-50; late Middle English obdurat < Latin obdūrātus (past participle of obdūrāre to harden), equivalent to ob- ob- + dūr (us) hard + -ātus -ate1 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 22, 2015- surplusage

    06/22/2015 5:12:28 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 57 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/22/15 ; 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". surplusage; noun 1. (law) (in pleading, etc) irrelevant matter, such as a superfluous allegation 2. an excess of words 3. a less common word for surplus Etymology: 1375-1425; late Middle English; see surplus, -age 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, June 15, 2015-- descant

    06/15/2015 5:15:17 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 86 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/15/15 ; 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". descant; noun and v 1. Music. a.a melody or counterpoint accompanying a simple musical theme and usually written above it. b.(in part music) the soprano. c.a song or melody. 2. a variation upon anything; comment on a subject. adjective 3. Music ( chiefly British) a.soprano: a descant recorder.b.treble: a descant viol.verb (used without object) 4. Music. to sing. 5. to comment or discourse at great length. Also,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 8, 2015 -- veridical

    06/08/2015 4:56:44 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 47 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/8/15 ; 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". veridical; adj. 1. truthful; veracious. 2. corresponding to facts; not illusory; real; actual; genuine. 1650s, from Latin veridicus, from verum "truth," neuter of verus "true" (see very ) + dic-, stem of dicere "to speak" (see diction ). 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...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 1, 2015-- filial

    06/01/2015 4:57:29 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 73 replies
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    Word For The Day, Monday, 6/1/15 ; 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". filial; adj. 1. of, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter: filial obedience. 2. noting or having the relation of a child to a parent. 3. Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations following the parental generation, each generation being designated by an F followed by a subscript number indicating its place in the sequence Etymology: adj. late 14c., from Middle French filial, from Late Latin...
  • 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....