Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $30,557
35%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 35% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Word For The Day (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, August 1, 2014 - Concinnity

    08/01/2014 6:53:17 AM PDT · by tioga · 37 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. ConcinnityNoun 1. Harmony in the arrangement or interarrangement of parts with respect to a whole. 2. Studied elegance and facility in style of expression: "He has what one character calls 'the gifts of concinnity and concision,' that deft swipe with a phrase that can be so devastating in children" (Elizabeth Ward). 3. An instance of harmonious arrangement or studied elegance and facility. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 31, 2014 celerity

    07/31/2014 4:40:20 AM PDT · by secret garden · 39 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 31 July 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". celerity \suh-LAIR-uh-tee\ nounrapidity of motion or action : swiftness Example sentences:Monica was impressed by the ease and celerity with which the new waiter she had hired could wipe down and set up a table. "The Common Core entered public discourse suddenly this year, due in large part to the celerity with which the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financed and coordinated its implementation in 2010." Micah Meadowcroft, The American Spectator, June 9,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2014-- abrogate

    07/30/2014 5:24:42 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 63 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2014-- abrogate ; 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". abrogate [ab-ruh-geyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) ab•ro•gat•ed, ab•ro•gat•ing. 1. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal: to abrogate a law. 2. to put aside; put an end to. Origin: 1520-30 from Latin abrogātus repealed, from ab- 1 + rogāre to propose (a law)] Related forms ab•ro•ga•ble [ab-ruh-guh-buh l], adjective ab•ro•ga•tion, noun ab•ro•ga•tive, adjective ab•ro•ga•tor, noun...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 29, 2014

    07/29/2014 5:07:48 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 61 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 29, 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". gibbosity [gi-BOS-i-tee] -n 1. a protuberance or swelling. 2. the state of being gibbous..[00; Middle English < Middle French gibbosite < Medieval Latin gibbōsitāt- (stem of gibbōsitās ). See gibbous, -ity]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 28, 2014 -- behoove

    07/28/2014 5:04:40 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 75 replies
    7/28/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, July 25, 2014 - Redolent

    07/25/2014 9:11:50 AM PDT · by tioga · 51 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. RedolentAdjective 1. Having or emitting fragrance; aromatic. 2. Suggestive; reminiscent: a campaign redolent of machine politics. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 24, 2014 mot juste

    07/24/2014 4:57:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 43 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 24 July 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". mot juste \ moh ZHYST \ , noun French . the exact, appropriate word. Example sentences: I felt very bad because here was the man I liked and trusted the most as a critic then, the man who believed in the mot juste the one and only correct word to usethe man who had taught me to distrust adjectives as I would later learn to distrust certain people in certain given situations...-- Ernest...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014-- potentate

    07/23/2014 5:23:13 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 49 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 23, 2014-- potentate ; 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". potentate [poht-n-teyt]hear it pronounced noun a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler. Origin: [1350-1400: from Late Latin potentātus ruler, from Latin: rule, command, from potens powerful, from posse to be able] 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, Tuesday July 22, 2014

    07/22/2014 5:09:56 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 55 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 22, 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". cunctation [kuhngk-tey-shuhn] -n delay; tardiness.[1575–85; < Latin cunctātiōn- (stem of cunctātiō ) delay, equivalent to cunctāt ( us ) (past participle of cunctārī to delay) + -iōn- -ion] la pesadilla [pehs-ah-DEE-yah ] -n nightmare El tráfico de las 5:00 es habitualmente una pesadilla. The traffic at 5:00 is usually a nightmare.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 21, 2014-- succor

    07/21/2014 6:40:37 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 66 replies
    7/21/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, July 18, 2014 - Eclat

    07/18/2014 11:07:07 AM PDT · by tioga · 36 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. EclatNoun 1. brilliant or conspicuous success, effect, etc 2. showy display; ostentation 3. social distinction 4. approval; acclaim; applause 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 17, 2014 factitious

    07/17/2014 4:44:15 AM PDT · by secret garden · 79 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 17 July 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".factitious (fak-TISH-uhs) adjective1. Artificial.2. Sham. Example sentence:"'For me, this is the only real place,' David says in the novel, but for the reader the city remains disappointingly factitious."--Say Nice Things About Detroit; The New Yorker; Aug 27, 2012. Etymology:From Latin facticius (artificial), past participle of facere (to do). Earliest documented use: 1646. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 16, 2014-- oriflamme

    07/16/2014 5:15:38 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 78 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 16, 2014-- oriflamme ; 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". oriflamme [awr-uh-flam, or-]hear it pronounced noun 1. the red banner of St. Denis, near Paris, carried before the early kings of France as a military ensign. 2. any ensign, banner, or standard, especially one that serves as a rallying point or symbol. Origin 142575; late Middle English oriflam < Middle French oriflamme, Old French, equivalent to orie golden (< Latin aurea, feminine of aureus,...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 15, 2014

    07/15/2014 6:11:24 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 70 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 15, 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". Coxcomb [KOKS-kohm] -n 1.a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop 2. Archaic head; pate.[Coxcomb is a corrupted spelling of cock's comb , the comb of a rooster, hence the badge resembling it that was worn in the cap of a professional fool or jester, hence the wearer of the cap, hence a fool or a vain and silly man.]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, July 14, 2014-- suppurate

    07/14/2014 5:08:13 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 127 replies
    7/14/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, July 11, 2014 - Verklempt

    07/11/2014 5:36:25 AM PDT · by tioga · 38 replies
    yuordictionary ^ | 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. VerklemptAdjective a Yiddish word that describes a person who is too emotional to speak. 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 10, 2014 epenthesis

    07/10/2014 5:16:40 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 10 July 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". epenthesis \ih-PEN-thuh-sis\noun the insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of a word. Example sentences:The "b" in the adjective "nimble" is the result of epenthesis; in Middle English, the word was spelled "nimel." "When Yogi Bear talks about swiping 'pick-a-nick' baskets in Jellystone Park, it sounds as if he's just having fun, but he's also demonstrating 'epenthesis,' inserting a vowel to avoid the consonants bumping up against each other."...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 9, 2014-- philology

    07/09/2014 5:07:36 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 54 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 9, 2014-- philology ; 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". philology [fi-lol-uh-jee]hear it pronounced noun 1. the study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning. 2. (especially in older use) linguistics, especially historical and comparative linguistics. 3. Obsolete . the love of learning and literature. Origin: Origin: 13501400; Middle English philologie < Latin philologia < Greek philologa love of...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, July 8, 2014-- convivial

    07/08/2014 4:53:57 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 59 replies
    7/8/14 | xs
    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
    7/7/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, July 4, 2014 - Jollification

    07/04/2014 6:14:40 AM PDT · by tioga · 40 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. JollificationNoun Festivity; revelry. 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 For...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, July 3, 2014 chivy

    07/03/2014 4:38:40 AM PDT · by secret garden · 46 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 3 July 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". chivy \CHIV-ee\ verb1. to tease or annoy with persistent petty attacks2. to move or obtain by small maneuvers. Example sentence: "After chivvying a batch [of whirligig beetles] into a food storage box, Lemann, manager of animal and visitor programs [at the Audubon Insectarium], sniffed his fingers. The beetles emit a chemical to deter predators, but they're no stink bugs: 'It smells like sour apple candy. I love it.'" Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 2, 2014-- plonk

    07/02/2014 4:35:01 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 67 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, July 2, 2014-- plonk ; 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". plonk [plɒŋk]hear it pronounced noun (Chiefly British) inferior or cheap wine. Origin: 1925–30; perhaps alteration of French ( vin ) blanc white (wine) — verb 1. ( often foll by down ) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly: he plonked the money on the table — noun 2. the act or sound of plonking — interjection 3. an exclamation imitative of...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday July 1, 2014

    07/01/2014 6:12:22 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 83 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday July 1, 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". Yawp [yawp, yahp] -vi 1.to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl. 2. Slang. to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly. -n 1. a harsh cry. 2. Slang. a. raucous or querulous speech. b. a noisy, foolish utterance.[130050; Middle English yolpen; akin to yelp] no importa [noh eem-POHR-tah ] -phrase it doesnt matter No importa si llegamos tarde. It doesnt matter if we...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 30, 2014 -- rident

    06/30/2014 5:09:10 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 81 replies
    6/30/14 | xs
    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, Friday, June 27, 2014-- decant

    06/27/2014 5:00:20 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 43 replies
    Word For The Day, Friday, June 27, 2014-- decant ; 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". decant [dih-kant]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) 1. to pour (wine or other liquid) gently so as not to disturb the sediment. 2. to pour (a liquid) from one container to another. 3. to rehouse (people) while their homes are being rebuilt or refurbished Origin: 1625–35; < Medieval Latin dēcanthāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + Medieval Latin canth ( us )...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 26, 2014 canaille

    06/26/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT · by secret garden · 56 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 June 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". canaille (kuh-NAYL, -NY) nounThe common people; the masses; riffraff. how it sounds Example sentence: "The gang in the alley was not canaille; fine gentlemen from the court were raging here." --Isak Dinesen; Last Tales; Random House; 1957. Etymology:From French canaille (villain, rabble), from Italian canaglia (pack of dogs, rabble), from cane (dog), from Latin canis (dog). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwon- (dog), which is also the source of canine, chenille (from French...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 25, 2014-- barefaced

    06/25/2014 5:03:53 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 72 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 25, 2014-- barefaced ; 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". barefaced [bair-feyst]hear it pronounced adjective 1. with the face uncovered. 2. shameless; impudent; audacious: a barefaced lie. 3. without concealment or disguise; boldly open: a barefaced approach. Origin: 1580s, "with face uncovered or shaven;" see bare + face. Thus, in a bad sense, "shameless" (1670s). Cf. effrontery. Related forms barefacedly [bair-fey-sid-lee, -feyst-lee] , adverb barefacedness, noun Bald-faced, boldfaced or barefaced? Rules: Everyone must leave...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday June 24, 2014

    06/24/2014 5:46:06 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 73 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday June 24, 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". Dint [dint] -n 1.force; power 2.a dent. 3. Archaic. a blow; stroke. -vt 4. to make a dent or dents in. 5. to impress or drive in with force.[before 900; Middle English; Old English dynt; cognate with Old Norse dyntr] la cascada [kahs-KAH-dah] -nwaterfall Estas fotos no captan el color azul de la cascada. These photos dont capture the waterfalls blue color.
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 23, 2014-- jettison

    06/23/2014 5:06:08 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 108 replies
    6/23/14 | xs
    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
    6/20/14 | xs
    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, Thursday, June 19, 2014 strident

    06/19/2014 4:38:49 AM PDT · by secret garden · 63 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | Juneteenth 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". strident \STRAHYD-nt \ adjective1. making or having a harsh sound; grating; creaking: strident insects; strident hinges. 2.having a shrill, irritating quality or character: a strident tone in his writings.3.Linguistics . (in distinctive feature analysis) characterized acoustically by noise of relatively high intensity, as sibilants, labiodental and uvular fricatives, and most affricates. Example sentences: Only the parasites seemed to live there in a sinuous rush upwards into the air and sunshine, feeding onthe dead...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 18, 2014-- skulduggery

    06/18/2014 5:35:18 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 65 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 18, 2014-- skulduggery ; 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". skulduggery [skuhl-duhg-uh-ree]hear it pronounced noun 1. dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery: bribery, graft, and other such skulduggery. 2. an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick. Origin: 1856, apparently an alteration of Scottish sculdudrie "adultery" (1713), sculduddery "bawdry, obscenity" (1821), a euphemism of uncertain origin. Related forms: Alternate spellings: skullduggery, sculduggery, scullduggery. Plural: skulduggeries. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday june 17, 2014

    06/17/2014 4:10:04 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 102 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday June 17, 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". Expatiate [ik-spey-shee-eyt] -vi 1. to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion. 2. Archaic. to move or wander about intellectually, imaginatively, etc., without restraint.[1530–40; < Latin expatiātus past participle of ex ( s ) patiārī to wander, digress, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + spatiārī to walk about, derivative of spatium space; see -ate1 ] el asiento [ahs-ee-EHN-toh] -advscreen, monitor Su asiento en...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 16, 2014-- febrile

    06/16/2014 5:19:06 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 61 replies
    6/16/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, June 13, 2014 - Necromancy

    06/13/2014 5:22:58 AM PDT · by tioga · 88 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. NecromancerNoun 1. The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future. 2. Black magic; sorcery. 3. Magic qualities. noun - necormanceradjective - necromantic 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...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, June 12, 2014 meta

    06/12/2014 6:33:43 AM PDT · by secret garden · 64 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 12 June 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".meta \ MET-uh \ , adjective1. pertaining to or noting a story, conversation, character, etc., that consciously references or comments upon its own subject or features, often in the form of parody: A movie about making movie is just so metaespecially when the actors criticize the acting.2. pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type. noun 1. a consciously and playfully self-referential...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 11, 2014-- calumniate

    06/11/2014 4:30:50 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 25 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 11, 2014-- calumniate ; 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, [kuh-luhm-nee-eyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) ca•lum•ni•at•ed, ca•lum•ni•at•ing. to make false and malicious statements about; slander. Origin: 1545–55; < Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick), equivalent to calumni ( a ) calumny + -ātus -ate Related forms ca•lum•ni•a•tion, noun ca•lum•ni•a•tor, noun non•ca•lum•ni•at•ing, adjective Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday June 10, 2014

    06/10/2014 4:17:24 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 101 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday June 10, 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". rem-er-uhflak] -n 1. any of several fishes of the family Echeneididae, having on the top of the head a sucking disk by which they can attach themselves to sharks, turtles, ships, and other moving objects. 2. Archaic. an obstacle, hindrance, or obstruction.[1560–70; < Latin: literally, delay, hindrance, derivative of remorārī to linger, delay, equivalent to re- re- + morārī to delay ] la pantalla [pahn-TAH-yah] -advscreen,...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 9, 2014-- maleficent

    06/09/2014 5:02:40 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 52 replies
    6/9/14 | xs
    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, Thursday, June 5, 2014 verbicide

    06/05/2014 6:02:06 AM PDT · by secret garden · 119 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 5 June 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". verbicide \ VUR-buh-sahyd \ , noun1.the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word.2.a person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word. Example sentences: Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide --that is, violent treatment of a word withfatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life--are alike forbidden.-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table," The Atlantic Monthly , 1857 Men often commit verbicide...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 4, 2014-- hidebound

    06/04/2014 5:03:55 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 59 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, June 4, 2014-- hidebound ; 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". hidebound [hahyd-bound]hear it pronounced adjective 1. narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible: a hidebound pedant. 2. oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative: a hidebound philosopher. 3. (of a horse, cow, etc.) having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide. Origin: 155060; hide + -bound Related forms hideboundness, noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    06/03/2014 4:05:17 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 63 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday June 3, 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". flak [flak] -n 1. antiaircraft fire, especially as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed. 2. criticism; hostile reaction; abuse[193540; < German Fl ( ieger ) a ( bwehr ) k ( anone ) antiaircraft gun, equivalent to Flieger aircraft (literally, flyer) + Abwehr defense + Kanone gun, cannon ] en seguida [ehn seh-GEE-dah] -advimmediately Debemos llamarla en seguida. We...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, June 2, 2014-- perfidious

    06/02/2014 4:57:49 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 90 replies
    6/2/14 | xs
    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, FRiday, May 30, 2014 - Neoteric

    05/30/2014 6:44:26 AM PDT · by tioga · 83 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. NeotericAdjective Of recent origin; modern. 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 For The Day, Thursday, May 29, 2014 meliorism

    05/29/2014 4:52:58 AM PDT · by secret garden · 72 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 29 May 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". meliorism \MEEL-yuh-riz-uhm, MEE-lee-uh- \ , noun The doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort. Example sentences: For a life worthy to be lived is one that is full of active aspiration, for something higher and better; andsuch a contemplation of the world we call meliorism . -- Paul Carus, Monism and Meliorism , 1885 The leaders rejected the soft meliorism of more secular activists,...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 28, 2014-- veisalgia

    05/28/2014 5:58:41 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 67 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, May 28, 2014-- veisalgia ; 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". veisalgia [vye-SAL-juh]hear it pronounced An alcohol-induced hangover. noun Origin: It's from the Norwegian kveis or "uneasiness following debauchery," and the Greek algia, which means "pain," as in the pain-reliever called an analgesic. From: Martha Barnette: Buff Up Your Brain Incidentally, the Norwegians have an even more colorful word for this condition: if you have a hangover in Norway, you're said to have toemmermenn, or...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday May 27, 2014

    05/27/2014 4:28:30 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 82 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday May 27, 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". otiose [oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee-] -adj 1. being at leisure; idle; indolent. 2. ineffective or futile. 3. superfluous or useless.[1785–95; < Latin ōtiōsus at leisure, equivalent to ōti ( um ) leisure + -ōsus -ose1 ] el camino [kah-MEEN-oh] -npath, road, journey, way Este camino conduce a una playa solitaria. This road leads to a secluded beach.
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, May 23, 2014 - Torrefy

    05/23/2014 6:37:25 AM PDT · by tioga · 74 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. TorrefyVerb to dry by subjection to intense heat; roast 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, Thursday, May 22, 2014 Ophelian

    05/22/2014 7:09:39 AM PDT · by secret garden · 68 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 22 May 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".Ophelian (o-FEE-lee-uhn) adjective Displaying madness, suicidal tendencies, and similar characteristics. Example sentence: "She had an Ophelian streak of potential craziness that he had, since day one, deemed wiser to steer clear of."--Jean-Christophe Valtat; Aurorarama; Melville House; 2010. Etymology:After Ophelia, a character in Shakespeare's Hamlet, who is driven to insanity and kills herself. Earliest documented use: 1903. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked...