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  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 23, 2014 – pavonine

    10/23/2014 4:11:26 AM PDT · by secret garden · 31 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 23 October 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". pavonine \PAV-uh-nahyn, -nin\ adjective 1. of or like a peacock. 2. resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring. Example sentences: In her hands the curtains rustle; she hangs silks purchased this morning on Princess Road, color stirring pavonine in the lamplight of her bedroom.-- Kate Moses, Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath, 2003 "The artists were attacked for being a narcissistic, pavonine, and self-regarding group."--Arifa Akbar; The Cult of Beauty; The...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 22, 2014-- pecuniary

    10/22/2014 4:57:20 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 57 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 22, 2014-- pecuniary ; 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". pecuniary [pi-kyoo-nee-er-ee]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of or pertaining to money: pecuniary difficulties. 2. consisting of or given or exacted in money or monetary payments: pecuniary tributes. 3. (of a crime, violation, etc.) involving a money penalty or fine. Origin: c.1500, from Latin pecuniarius "pertaining to money," from pecunia "money, property, wealth," from pecu "cattle, flock," from PIE root *peku- "wealth, movable property, livestock"...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday October 21, 2014

    10/21/2014 5:03:48 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 65 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday October 21, 2014 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". pasquinade [pas-kwuh-neyd] -n1. a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place. -vt 2. to assail in a pasquinade or pasquinades.[1585-95; Pasquin (< Italian Pasquino, name given an antique Roman statue unearthed in 1501 that was annually decorated and posted with verses) + -ade1; replacing pasquinata < Italian]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 20, 20144-- aporetic

    10/20/2014 6:33:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 54 replies
    10/20/14 | xs
    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"...
  • An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words

    10/18/2014 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 10/16/2014 | Paul Anthony Jones
    October 16 is World Dictionary Day, marking the birthday of the great American lexicographer Noah Webster. Born in Connecticut in 1758, Webster published his first dictionary, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, in 1806, but it was his two-volume American Dictionary of the English Language published in 1828 (when he was 70 years old) that earned him his place in history as the foremost lexicographer of American English. The statistics alone speak for themselves: Webster's American Dictionary took him 28 years to complete. In preparation he learned 26 languages, including Old English, Ancient Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit. The final...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, October 17, 2014 - Megillah

    10/17/2014 6:07:26 AM PDT · by tioga · 84 replies
    Merriam-Webster Online ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. MegillahNoun, Slang a long involved story or account 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 16, 2014 – hypocorism

    10/16/2014 4:41:10 AM PDT · by secret garden · 71 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 16 October 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". hypocorism \ hahy-POK-uh-riz-uhm, hi- \ , noun1. a pet name.2. the practice of using a pet name.3. the use of forms of speech imitative of baby talk, especially by an adult. Example sentences:This must be an offshoot of my brother's enthusiasm for hypocorism. He was always inventing idiotic nicknames for people.-- Adam Davies, Goodbye Lemon , 2006 Powsoddy, a now obsolete name for a pudding, was also used as a hypocorism in the...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014-- maieutic

    10/15/2014 5:05:04 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 108 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 15, 2014-- maieutic ; 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". maieutic [mey-yoo-tik]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of or pertaining to the method used by Socrates of eliciting knowledge in the mind of a person by interrogation and insistence on close and logical reasoning. Origin: 1645-55; < Greek maieutikós of, pertaining to midwifery, equivalent to maieú(esthai) to serve as a midwife (akin to maîa midwife) + -tikos -tic Related forms maieutics, noun Rules: Everyone must...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday October 14, 2014

    10/14/2014 5:05:26 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 90 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday October 14, 2014 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". doleful [dohl-fuh l] -adjsorrowful; mournful; melancholy[1225-75; Middle English dol-ful. See dole2, -ful] el más o menos [mahs oh MEHN-ohs] -advmore or less, approximately El envío llevará más o menos diez días. The shipment will take approximately ten days.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, october 13, 2014-- discordant

    10/13/2014 10:04:51 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 51 replies
    10/13/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, October 10, 2014 - Satori

    10/10/2014 6:09:59 AM PDT · by tioga · 139 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Friday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. SatoriNoun The state of sudden indescribable intuitive enlightenment. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, Rocktober 9, 2014 – obloquy

    10/08/2014 11:18:06 PM PDT · by secret garden · 75 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 9 Rocktober 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". obloquy \AH-bluh-kwee\ , noun 1. a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language2. the condition of one that is discredited : bad repute Example sentences:The manager walked quickly back to the dugout as insults and obloquy rained down from the stands. "Because of the stigma associated with drug convictions, such an indictment could be tantamount to a life sentence of obloquy in terms of future employment."--Floral Park Dispatch, January 15, 2014 Etymology:English speakers can...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 8, 2014-- Pavlovian

    10/08/2014 5:25:53 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 88 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 8, 2014-- Pavlovian ; 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". Pavlovian [pav-loh-vee-uh n]hear it pronounced adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Pavlov or his work, especially of experiments in which he elicited predictable responses from laboratory animals. 2. (of a reaction or response) automatic; involuntary Origin: 1931, from the theories, experiments, and methods of Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936), especially in connection with the salivary reflexes of dogs in response to...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday October 7, 2014

    10/07/2014 7:38:09 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 42 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday October 7, 2014 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". debacle [dey-bah-kuh l, -bak-uh l, duh-] -n1. a general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout: 2. a complete collapse or failure. 3. a breaking up of ice in a river. Compare embacle. 4. a violent rush of waters or ice.[1795-1805; < French débâcle, derivative of débâcler to unbar, clear, equivalent to dé- dis-1+ bâcler to bar ≪ Latin baculum stick, rod]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, October 6, 2014-- williwaw

    10/06/2014 6:10:50 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 91 replies
    10/6/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, October 3, 2014 - Panoply

    10/03/2014 5:20:41 AM PDT · by tioga · 66 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. PanoplyNoun, pl - panoplies. A splendid or striking array. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this...
  • Word For The Day, Tuesday, Rocktober 2, 2014 – coxcomb

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

    10/01/2014 5:39:56 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 133 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, October 1, 2014-- lapidary ; 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". lapidary [lap-i-der-ee]hear it pronounced noun, plural lapidaries. 1. Also, lapidist [lap-i-dist] a worker who cuts, polishes, and engraves precious stones. 2. Also, lapidarist [luh-pid-er-ist] an expert in precious stones and the art or techniques used in cutting and engraving them. 3. the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving precious stones. 4. an old book on the lore of gems. adjective, Also, lapidarian [lap-i-dair-ee-uh n]...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 30, 2014

    09/30/2014 5:55:31 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 72 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 30, 2014 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". wan [won] -adj1. of an unnatural or sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color: 2. showing or suggesting ill health, fatigue, unhappiness, etc.: 3. lacking in forcefulness, competence, or effectiveness:4. Archaic. a. dark or gloomy. b. pale in color or hue.[before 900; Middle English; Old English wann dark, gloomy] el embotellamiento [ehm-boh-TEH-yah-mee-EHN-toh] -ntraffic jam Ella dice que está atascada en un embotell She says she’s stuck in a...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 29, 2014-- animus

    09/29/2014 5:01:00 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 58 replies
    9/29/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, September 26, 2014 - Tenebrous

    09/26/2014 5:08:55 AM PDT · by tioga · 43 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. TenebrousAdjective Dark and gloomy. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!) Review Thread Two: Word...
  • Word for the Day, Thursday September 25, 2014

    09/25/2014 5:39:10 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 27 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday September 25, 2014 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". diffident [dif-i-duh nt] -adj1. lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy. 2. restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc. 3. Archaic. distrustful.[1425-75; late Middle English < Latin diffīdent- (stem of diffīdēns mistrusting, despairing present participle of diffīdere), equivalent to dif- dif- + fīd- trust + -ent- -ent]
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 24, 2014-- impalpable

    09/24/2014 5:22:57 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 80 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 24, 2014-- impalpable ; 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". impalpable [im-pal-puh-buh l]hear it pronounced adjective 1. not palpable; incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch; intangible. 2. abstruse, difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily: impalpable distinctions. 3. (of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt. Origin: c.1500, from French impalpable, from Medieval Latin impalpabilis, from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of"...
  • Word For The Day, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – aphelion

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

    09/22/2014 5:55:36 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 88 replies
    9/22/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, September 19, 2014 - Effluvium

    09/19/2014 7:33:14 AM PDT · by tioga · 65 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. EffluviumNoun n. pl. ef·flu·vi·a (-v-) or ef·flu·vi·ums 1. A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of vapor or gas. 2. a. A byproduct or residue; waste. b. The odorous fumes given off by waste or decaying matter. 3. An impalpable emanation; an aura. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 18, 2014 – hegemony

    09/18/2014 4:15:50 AM PDT · by secret garden · 90 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 18 September 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". hegemony \hih-JEM-uh-nee\ noun1. dominant influence or authority over others2. the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group Example sentences:Consumers welcomed the diversification of the software market as smaller innovators challenged the hegemony of the large companies. "In the novel, a United States aircraft carrier group is sunk in the Pacific Ocean by a mysterious wing of fighter jets, later revealed to bear the red star of the Soviet forces...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014-- toff

    09/17/2014 5:42:19 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 47 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 17, 2014-- toff ; 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". toff [tof]hear it pronounced noun, British Informal. A stylishly dressed, fashionable person, especially one who is or wants to be considered a member of the upper class. Origin: 1850-55 perhaps variant of tuft, nickname for a titled student at Oxford University, wearing a cap with a gold tasselWord Origin and History for toff lower-class British slang for "stylish dresser, member of the smart set,"...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 16, 2014

    09/16/2014 4:12:39 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 39 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 16, 2014 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". hypnopompic [hip-nuh-pom-pik] -adjPsychology relating to the state existing between sleep and full waking, characterized by the persistence of dreamlike imagery.[1900-05; hypno- + Greek pomp (ḗ) sending away (see pomp ) + -ic] las noticias [noh-TEES-ee-ahs] -nnews Ellos siempre ven las noticias por la tarde. They always watch the news in the evening.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, Sept 15, 2014-- impuissant

    09/15/2014 4:57:11 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 180 replies
    9/15/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, September 12, 2014 - Scaremonger

    09/12/2014 5:18:27 AM PDT · by tioga · 65 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. ScaremongerNoun One who spreads frightening rumors; an alarmist. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 11, 2014 – promulgate

    09/11/2014 4:34:51 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 11 September 2014 | Thursday's sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". promulgate (PROM-uhl-gayt, pro-MUHL-) verb, tr.1. To make a law, rule, etc. known by public declaration.2. To make publicly known an idea, belief, etc. Example sentence:"In recent years the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] has also promulgated rules limiting the release of mercury and other toxins from power plants."--Appalachian Fall; The Economist (London, UK); Sep 28, 2013. Etymology:From Latin promulgare (to make known), from pro- (forward) + mulgere (to milk, to cause to come out)....
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 10, 2014-- ne plus ultra

    09/10/2014 5:05:34 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 60 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 10, 2014-- ne plus ultra ; 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". ne plus ultra [ne ploo s oo l-trah]hear it pronounced noun Latin 1. the highest point; acme. 2. the most intense degree of a quality or state. 3. the extreme or perfect point or state Origin: literally: not more beyond (that is, go no further), allegedly a warning to sailors inscribed on the Pillars of Hercules at Gibraltar Rules: Everyone must leave...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 9, 2014

    09/09/2014 5:05:16 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 87 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 9, 2014 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". flexuous [flek-shoo-uh s] -adjfull of bends or curves; sinuous.[1595-1605; < Latin flexuōsus full of turns, winding, crooked, equivalent to flexu (s) (see flex1) + -ōsus -ous] en cambio [ehn KAHM-bee-oh] however; on the other hand En cambio, podríamos ir más bien mañana. On the other hand, we could go tomorrow instead.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 8, 2014-- panegyric

    09/08/2014 5:37:23 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 64 replies
    8/8/14 | xs
    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 of the Day - FRiday, September 5, 2014 - Restive

    09/05/2014 8:40:25 AM PDT · by tioga · 76 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | FRiday | FRiday's Sub
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of “Word for the Day”. RestiveAdjective 1. Uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay. 2. Resisting control; difficult to control. 3. Refusing to move. Used of a horse or other animal. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One:...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, September 4, 2014 – consonance

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

    09/03/2014 5:48:32 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 71 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, September 3, 2014-- patina ; 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". patina [pat-n-uh, puh-tee-nuh]hear it pronounced noun 1. a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value. 2. a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance. 3. a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age. Origin: Patina is adopted from Italian, from Latin patina, a dish (from...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday September 2, 2014

    09/02/2014 4:10:51 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 76 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday September 2, 2014 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". aeolian [ee-OH-lee-uhn] -adj1.of or caused by the wind; wind-blown. 2. pertaining to Aeolus, or to the winds in general.[1595-1605; Aeoli(us) pertaining to Aeolus + -an -an] la propina [proh-PEEN-ah] -n tip Dejamos propinas generosas en los hoteles y restaurantes. We leave generous tips at hotels and restaurants.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, September 1, 2014,LABOR DAY-- pernicious

    09/01/2014 7:22:48 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 47 replies
    9/1/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, August 29, 2014 - Aloof

    08/29/2014 5:52:43 AM PDT · by tioga · 153 replies
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    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”. AloofAdjective Distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote. 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 28, 2014 – prorogue

    08/28/2014 4:25:53 AM PDT · by secret garden · 118 replies
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    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". prorogue (pro-ROHG) verb, transitive1. To discontinue a session of something, for example, a parliament.2. To defer or to postpone. Example sentence:"This sitting will be the last one before Parliament is prorogued."--Lee U-Wen; Cost of Catching Sports on TV a Hot House Topic; The Business Times (Singapore); Apr 12, 2014. Etymology:From French proroger (to adjourn), from Latin prorogare (to prolong or defer), from pro- (before) + rogare (to ask). Ultimately from the Indo-European root...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 27, 2014-- bum-rush

    08/27/2014 5:56:18 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 72 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 27, 2014-- bum-rush ; 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". bum-rush [buhm-ruhsh] verb, transitive to force one's way into; crash: to bum-rush a rap concert.From the Urban Dictionary: 1. To run full speed into somebody and body slam them into a brick wall, chain link fence, or similar immovable object. "Dude, I just got bum rushed on the corner of E.9th and Euclid Avenue." 2. The act of attacking someone or something (usually by...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday August 26, 2014

    08/26/2014 4:13:37 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 108 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday August 26, 2014 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". wistful [wist-fuh l] -adj1.characterized by melancholy; longing; yearning. 2. pensive, especially in a melancholy way.[1605-15; obsolete wist quiet, silent, attentive (variant of whist2) + -ful] la duda [DOO-dah] -n doubt Existe una duda acerca de su edad. There is some doubt about her age.
  • 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, FRiday, August 22, 2014 - Bricolage

    08/22/2014 5:56:00 AM PDT · by tioga · 77 replies
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    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”. BricolageNoun Something made or put together using whatever materials happen to be available: 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.... Review Threads: Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, August 21, 2014 – lambent

    08/21/2014 4:29:04 AM PDT · by secret garden · 148 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 21 August 2014 | Thursday's sub
    > In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". lambent \ LAM-buhnt \ , adjective1. dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful: lambent wit.2. running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.3. softly bright or radiant: a lambent light. Example sentences: American Literature would surely be the poorer if the great Boston Brahmin had not enlivened it with his rich humor, his lambent wit and his sincere pathos… -- William Lyon Phelps (1865–1943), edited by Harold Bloom,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 20, 2014-- amphigory

    08/20/2014 4:59:20 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, August 20, 2014-- amphigory ; 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". amphigory [am-fi-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee]hear it pronounced noun 1. a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody. 2. a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose. Origin: Related forms amphigories, pluralAlso, amphigouri. amphigoric [am-fuh-gawr-ik, -gor-] Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday August 19, 2014

    08/19/2014 5:07:17 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 64 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday August 19, 2014 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". wunderkind [voo n-der-kind, wuhn-; German voo n-duh r-kint] -n1. a wonder child or child prodigy. 2. a person who succeeds, especially in business, at a comparatively early age.[1890-95; < German, equivalent to Wunder wonder + Kind child] salvaje [sahl-BAH-heh ] -adj wild Él ha estado actuando como un animal salvaje. He’s been acting like a wild animal.
  • Word for the Day, Monday August 18, 2014

    08/18/2014 5:09:15 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 49 replies
    Word For The Day, Monday August 18, 2014 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". schmaltz [shmahlts, shmawlts] -n1. Informal. exaggerated sentimentalism, as in music or soap operas. 2. fat or grease, especially of a chicken.[1930-35; < Yiddish shmalts or German Schmaltz; cognate with smelt1]