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  • WORD FOR THE DAY - SCHLEMIEL

    04/24/2015 4:41:30 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 63 replies
    April 24, 2015
    Word For The Day, April 24, 2015 -SCHLEMIEL ; 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". SCHLEMIELhear it pronounced Nounan awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right. Origin: 1890-95; < Yiddish shlemil < Hebrew shəlumīʾēl Shelumiel, a Biblical and Talmudic figure, one of the Judges. Specific historical references are unclear. In contemporary Hebrew, to do something in Shelumielesque fashion means so inept as to be destined hopelessly to fail. Related formsschlemihl Rules: Everyone must leave a post...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 23, 2015-- pannier

    04/23/2015 5:32:46 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 132 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 23, 2015-- pannier ; 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". pannier [pan-yer, -ee-er]hear it pronounced noun 1. a basket, especially a large one, for carrying goods, provisions, etc. 2. a basket for carrying on a person's back, or one of a pair to be slung across the back of a beast of burden. 3. a similar type of bag, usually one of a pair, fastened over a bicycle's rear wheel. 4. (on a dress,...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Folderol

    04/22/2015 5:24:26 AM PDT · by tioga · 87 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | tioga
    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. FolderolNoun 1. Foolishness; nonsense. 2. A trifle; a gewgaw. 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 April 21, 2015

    04/21/2015 5:14:59 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 41 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday April 21, 2015 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". larrikin [lar-i-kin] Australian slang -n1. a street rowdy; hoodlum. -adj 2.disorderly; rowdy. [1865-70; origin uncertain]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 20, 2015-- minion

    04/20/2015 4:57:56 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 48 replies
    4/20/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/20/15 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". minion; noun/adj 1. a servile follower or subordinate of a person in power. 2. a favored or highly regarded person. 3. a minor official. 4. Printing. a 7-point type. adjective 5. dainty; elegant; trim; pretty. Etymology: 1490-1500; < Middle French mignon, for Old French mignot dainty < Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY - badinage

    04/17/2015 6:26:24 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 67 replies
    Word For The Day, April 17, 2015 — badinage ; 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". badinagehear it pronounced Noun, Verb1. Noun - light, playful banter or raillery. 2. Verb - (used with object), badinaged, badinaging. to banter with or tease (someone) playfully. Origin:1650-60; < French, equivalent to badin (er) to joke, trifle (verbal derivative of badin joker, banterer < Old Provençal: fool; bad (ar) to gape (< Vulgar Latin batāre; cf. bay2) + -in < Latin -īnus -ine1) +...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 16, 2015-- palliate

    04/16/2015 5:02:12 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 57 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 16, 2015-- palliate ; 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". palliate [pal-ee-eyt]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) palliated, palliating. 1. to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate. 2. to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate. Origin: 1540-50, from Late Latin palliāre to cover up, from Latin pallium a cloak, pallium Related forms palliation, noun palliator, noun nonpalliation, noun unpalliated, adjective palliative, adjective,...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Tax Day - Martinet

    04/15/2015 5:04:20 AM PDT · by tioga · 79 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | tioga
    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. MartinetNoun 1. A rigid military disciplinarian. 2. One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules. 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, Tuesday April 14, 2015

    04/14/2015 5:35:18 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 36 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday April 14, 2015 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". pickwickian [pik-wik-ee-uh n] -adj1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Mr. Pickwick, central character of The Pickwick Papers. 2. (of the use or interpretation of an expression) intentionally or unintentionally odd or unusual. 3. (of words or ideas) meant or understood in a sense different from the apparent or usual one.[1830-40; Pickwick + -ian]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 13, 2015-- repugn

    04/13/2015 5:22:51 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 85 replies
    4/13/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/13/15 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". repugn; verb verb (used with object) 1. to oppose or refute. verb (used without object) 2. Archaic. to resist. Etymology: 1325-1375 1325-75; Middle English repugnen < Middle French repugner < Latin repugnāre to resist, equivalent to re- re- + pugnāre to fight Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY - BRUME

    04/10/2015 4:51:58 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 38 replies
    Word For The Day, April 10, 2015— BRUME ; 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". BRUMEhear it pronounced Noun1.mist; fog. Origin: Brume entered English in the 1800s. By way of French and Provençal, it stems from the Latin word brūma, which means "winter" and is a contraction of brevima diēs meaning "shortest day." 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, Thursday, April 9, 2015-- cachet

    04/09/2015 5:15:23 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 52 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 9, 2015-- cachet ; 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". cachet [ka-shey, kash-ey; French ka-she]plural cachets [ka-sheyz, kash-eyz; French ka-she] hear it pronounced noun 1. an official seal, as on a letter or document. 2. a distinguishing mark or feature; stamp: Courtesy is the cachet of good breeding. 3. a sign or expression of approval, especially from a person who has a great deal of prestige. 4. superior status; prestige: The job has a...
  • Word for the Day, Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - Acerbic

    04/08/2015 5:40:23 AM PDT · by tioga · 62 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | tioga
    hr noshade=1 size=1> 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. AcerbicAdjective 1. Sour or bitter tasting; acid. See Synonyms at bitter, sour. 2. Sharp or biting, as in character or expression 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...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday April 7, 2015

    04/07/2015 4:14:41 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday April 7, 2015 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". megalothymia -nMegalothymia is a term coined by Francis Fukuyama. Its a common mistake to think Fukuyama simply took Platos concept of thumos or thymos and put a mega in front of it because we all know from the Transformers and Toho Productions that mega makes everything more cool. But thats not the case. Megalothymia is a neologism of megalomania (an obsession with power and the ability...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, April 6, 2015-- velleity

    04/06/2015 4:44:21 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 55 replies
    4/6/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 4/6/15 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". velleity; noun noun(pl) -ties 1. the weakest level of desire or volition 2.a mere wish Where there' s a will, there's velleity. Etymology: 1610s, from Medieval Latin stem of velleitas (from Latin velle "to wish, will;" see will (v.)) + -ity. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY

    04/03/2015 5:44:29 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 60 replies
    Friday, April 3, 2015
    Word For The Day, Friday, April 3, 2015 — profligate ; 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". profligate[prof-li-git, -geyt]hear it pronounced adjective, noun 1. utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute. 2. recklessly prodigal or extravagant. Origin: 1525-35; < Latin prōflīgātus broken down in character, degraded, orig. past participle of prōflīgāre to shatter, debase, equivalent to prō- pro-1+ -flīgāre, derivative of flīgere to strike; see inflict, -ateRelated forms: profligately, adverb profligateness, noun Rules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, April 2, 2015-- via dolorosa

    04/02/2015 5:18:41 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 53 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, April 2, 2015-- via dolorosa ; 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". via dolorosa [dol-uh-roh-suh, doh-luh-]hear it pronounced noun 1. (initial capital letters) Christ's route to Golgotha. 2. a trying, painful, or sorrowful course or series of experiences. Origin: Latin via dolōrōsa literally, sorrowful road 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, Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - Venal

    04/01/2015 4:50:45 AM PDT · by tioga · 74 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | tioga
    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. VenalAdjective 1. a. Open to bribery; mercenary: a venal police officer. b. Characterized by corrupt dealings, especially bribery: a venal arrangement between the police and the drug dealers. 2. Archaic Obtainable for a price. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-) Practice makes...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 31, 2015

    03/31/2015 5:17:50 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 41 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 31, 2015 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". paramnesia [par-am-nee-zhuh] -n1. Psychiatry. a distortion of memory in which fact and fantasy are confused. 2. the inability to recall the correct meaning of a word.[1885-90; < New Latin; see par-, amnesia]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 30, 2015-- presage

    03/30/2015 5:16:47 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 68 replies
    3/30/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/30/15 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". presage; noun, verb noun 1. a presentiment or foreboding. 2. something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication. 3. prophetic significance; augury. 4. foresight; prescience. 5. Archaic. a forecast or prediction. verb (used with object), presaged, presaging. 6. to have a presentiment of. 7. to portend, foreshow, or foreshadow: "The incidents may presage war." 8. to forecast; predict. verb (used without object),...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY: Friday - dissemble

    03/27/2015 5:11:23 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 46 replies
    Word For The Day, Friday March 26 — dissemble ; 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". dissemble [dih-sem-buh l] hear it pronounced Verb 1. to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of: 2. to put on the appearance of; feign: 3. Obsolete. to let pass unnoticed; ignore. Origin: 1490-1500; alteration (by association with obsolete semble to resemble ) of Middle English dissimulen < Latin dissimulāre. See dis-1, simulate Related forms dissembler, noun dissemblingly,...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 26, 2015-- hogshead

    03/26/2015 5:20:54 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 26, 2015-- hogshead ; 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". hogshead [hawgz-hed, hogz-]hear it pronounced noun 1. a large cask, especially one containing from 63 to 140 gallons (238 to 530 liters). 2. any of various units of liquid measure, especially one equivalent to 63 gallons (238 liters). Abbreviation: hhd.British Dictionary definitions for hogshead: 1. a unit of capacity, used especially for alcoholic beverages. It has several values, being 54 imperial gallons in the...
  • Word of the Day, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - Draffish

    03/25/2015 5:09:07 AM PDT · by tioga · 43 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | tioga
    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. DraffishAdjective Worthless; draffy. 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, Tuesday March 24, 2015

    03/24/2015 5:21:03 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 55 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 24, 2015 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". caudillo [kaw-deel-yohz, -dee-ohz; Spanish kaw-th ee-lyaws, -th ee-yaws] -n(in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, especially a military dictator.[1850-55; < Spanish < Late Latin capitellum, equivalent to Latin capit- (stem of caput) head + -ellum diminutive suffix; see -elle]
  • The Power To Hold On (vanity post)

    03/24/2015 5:00:24 AM PDT · by austinaero · 8 replies
    An Iron Will (book) ^ | 03/24/2015 | Orison Swett Marden
    THE POWER TO HOLD ON The power to hold on is characteristic of all men who have accomplished anything great; they may lack in some other particular, have many weaknesses or eccentricities, but the quality of persistence is never absent from a successful man. No matter what opposition he meets or what discouragement overtakes him, drudgery cannot disgust him, obstacles cannot discourage him, labor cannot weary him; misfortune, sorrow, and reverses cannot harm him. It is not so much brilliancy of intellect, or fertility of resource, as persistency of effort, constancy of purpose, that makes a great man. Those who...
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 23, 2015-- impervious

    03/23/2015 5:18:16 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 68 replies
    3/23/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/23/15 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". impervious; adj 1. not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable: "The coat is impervious to rain." 2. incapable of being injured or impaired: "impervious to wear and tear." 3. incapable of being influenced, persuaded, or affected: "impervious to reason; impervious to another's suffering." Etymology: 1640s, from Latin impervius "that cannot be passed through," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + pervius "letting things...
  • WORD FOR THE DAY - picaresque

    03/20/2015 5:17:51 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 56 replies
    Word For The Day,Friday, March 20— picaresque ; 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". picaresquepi-kə-ˈresk,hear it pronounced adjective 1. The picaresque novel is a genre of prose fiction which depicts the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. 2. of, relating to, or resembling rogues. Origin: Spanish - "picaresca," from "pícaro," for "rogue" or "rascal" Related forms: unpicaresque Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 19, 2015-- subsume

    03/19/2015 5:07:05 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 19, 2015-- subsume ; 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". subsume [suh b-soom]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object) 1.to consider or include (an idea, term, proposition, etc.) as part of a more comprehensive one. 2. to bring (a case, instance, etc.) under a rule. 3. to take up into a more inclusive classification. Origin: From Latin subsumere, from sub- (under) + sumere (to take). Ultimately from the Indo-European root em- (to take...
  • Word of the Day, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Acidulous

    03/18/2015 4:43:07 AM PDT · by tioga · 57 replies
    FR ^ | Wednesday | tioga
    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. AcidulousAdjective Slightly sour in taste or in manner. 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, St. Patrick's Day 2015

    03/17/2015 4:58:53 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 50 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 17, 2015 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". collywobbles [kol-ee-wob-uh lz] -n1. intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances. 2. a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness.[1815-25; coinage presumably based on colic, wobble; see -s3]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 16, 2015-- knackered

    03/16/2015 4:57:13 AM PDT · by xsmommy · 87 replies
    3/16/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 3/16/15 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". knackered;past participle adjective from knacker (v. adjective (Brit, slang) 1. exhausted; tired out 2. worn out; no longer working, esp after long or hard use Etymology: 1885-90; knacker to tire (attenuation of earlier sense to kill; cf. knacker def. 1) + -ed2 Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news...
  • Word for the Day

    03/13/2015 5:01:08 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 108 replies
    Word For The Day, March 13, 2015 -- cataract ; 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". cataract kætəˌrækthear it pronounced noun 1. a descent of water over a steep surface; a waterfall, especially one of considerable size. 2. any furious rush or downpour of water; deluge. 3. a -partial or total opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye b - the opaque area Origin: from Latin catarracta, from Greek katarrhaktēs, from katarassein to dash down, from arassein to strike...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015-- comminute

    03/12/2015 5:14:56 AM PDT · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 55 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 12, 2015-- comminute ; 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". comminute [kom-uh-noot, -nyoot]hear it pronounced verb, transitive (used with object), comminuted, comminuting. 1. to pulverize; triturate. adjective 2. comminuted; divided into small parts. 3. powdered; pulverized. Origin: Related forms comminution, noun uncomminuted, adjective 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, Wednesday, March 11, 2012 - Mooncalf

    03/11/2015 4:09:05 AM PDT · by tioga · 68 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Wednesday | tioga
    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. MooncalfNoun 1. A fool. 2. A freak. 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...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 10, 2015

    03/10/2015 5:08:39 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 51 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 10, 2015 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". sastruga [sas-truh-guh, sah-struh-, sa-stroo-, sah-] -n, plural sastrugi also, zastrugaUsually, sastrugi. ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind.[1830-40; < German < dialectal Russian zastrúga, noun derivative of zastrugátʾ, zastrogátʾ to plane, shave down (wood), equivalent to za- perfective v. prefix + strugátʾ, strogátʾ to plane, smooth (wood)]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 9, 2015-- insouciant

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

    03/06/2015 6:55:07 AM PST · by xsmommy · 57 replies
    3/6/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Friday, March 6, 2015 circumvolve In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". Circumvolve; verb; to revolve or wind about. Upon my soul, I believe there is not a Letter in those words, round which a world of imagery does not circumvolve Samuel Taylor Coleridge to Sir Humphrey Davy, October 9, 1800, in Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Volume 1, 1895 Hope not in mortal things!so years do say, / So warn the hours, which circumvolve...
  • Word For The Day, Thursday, March 5, 2015-- escarp

    03/05/2015 5:29:15 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 53 replies
    Word For The Day, Thursday, March 5, 2015-- escarp ; 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". escarp [ih-skahrp]hear it pronounced noun 1. Fortification. the inner slope or wall of the ditch surrounding a rampart. 2. any similar steep slope. verb (used with object) 3. to make into an escarp; give a steep slope to; furnish with escarps. Origin: "steep slope," 1680s, from French escarpe (16c.), from Italian scarpa (see scarp). Related forms escarpment, noun 1. Geology. a long, precipitous, clifflike...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 4, 2015-- repletion

    03/04/2015 6:06:54 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 79 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, March 4, 2015-- repletion ; 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". repletion [ri-plee-shuh n]hear it pronounced noun 1. the state or condition of being replete; fullness, especially excessive fullness due to overeating 2. the satisfaction of a need or desire Origin: 1350-1400; Middle English replecioun surfeit (< Middle French) < Late Latin replētiōn- (stem of replētiō), equivalent to Latin replēt(us) (see replete) + -iōn- -ion Related forms replete, adjectiveRules: Everyone must leave a post using...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 3, 2015

    03/03/2015 4:21:57 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 3, 2015 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". harridan [hahr-i-dn] -na scolding, vicious woman; hag; shrew.[1690-1700; perhaps alteration of French haridelle thin, worn-out horse, large, gaunt woman (compared with the initial element of haras stud farm, though derivation is unclear)]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, March 2, 2015 - Cajole

    03/02/2015 7:28:58 AM PST · by tioga · 36 replies
    FRee Dictionary ^ | Monday | tioga
    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. CajoleVerb 1. To persuade by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: "He knew how she cajoled him into getting things for her and then would not even let him kiss her" (Theodore Dreiser). 2. To elicit or obtain by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language: The athlete cajoled a signing bonus out of the team's owner. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence...
  • Word for the Day, FRiday, February 27, 2015 - Vilipend

    02/27/2015 5:18:11 AM PST · 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. VilipendTr. Verb 1. To view or treat with contempt; despise. 2. To speak ill of; disparage. 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, February 26, 2015 - captious

    02/26/2015 5:16:51 AM PST · by secret garden · 59 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 26 February 2015 | Thursday's sub for the last time
    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". captious \KAP-shuss\ adjective 1. marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections2. calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument Example sentences:Befuddled by the captious question, the suspect broke down and confessed to the crime. "During the past 15 years Mr. Maxwell has established himself as one of the few sui generis voices in experimental theater, and like all truly original talents, he has been subject to varied and...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015-- hormesis

    02/25/2015 4:54:33 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 77 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 25, 2015-- hormesis ; 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". hormesis [hor-me-sis]hear it pronounced noun a theoretical phenomenon of dose-response relationships in which something (as a heavy metal or ionizing radiation) that produces harmful biological effects at moderate to high doses may produce beneficial effects at low doses Origin: Hormesis (from Greek hórmēsis "rapid motion, eagerness," from ancient Greek hormáein "to set in motion, impel, urge on") is the term for generally favorable biological...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 24, 2015

    02/24/2015 5:04:32 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 45 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 24, 2015 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". demassify [dee-mas-uh-fahy] -vt1.to cause (society or a social system) to become less uniform or centralized; diversify or decentralize: 2. to break (something standardized or homogeneous) into elements that appeal to individual tastes or special interests:[de- + mass + -ify]
  • Word for the Day, Monday, February 23, 2015-- augur

    02/23/2015 5:48:30 AM PST · by xsmommy · 83 replies
    2/23/15 | xs
    Word For The Day, Monday, 2/23/15 ; In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". augur; noun 1. one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs. 2. soothsayer; prophet. verb (used with object) 3. to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate. to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: "Mounting sales augur a profitable year." verb (used without object) 5. to conjecture from signs or omens; predict. 6....
  • Word of the Day, FRiday, February 20, 2015 - Lout

    02/20/2015 5:05:12 AM PST · by tioga · 99 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. LoutNoun An awkward and stupid person; an oaf. 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, February 19, 2015 - effulgent

    02/19/2015 4:09:19 AM PST · by secret garden · 68 replies
    dictionaries ad nauseam | 19 February 2015 | 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". effulgent [ih-fuhl-juh nt, ih-foo l-] adjectiveShining forth brilliantly; radiant Example sentences:Warmest climes but nurse the cruellest fangs: the tiger of Bengal crouches in spiced groves of ceaseless verdure. Skies the most effulgent but basket the deadliest thunders: gorgeous Cuba knows tornadoes that never swept tame northern lands.--Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, 1851 I am your brother of light, and have floated with you in the effulgent valleys.--H. P. Lovecraft, "Beyond the Wall of Sleep," Pine...
  • Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015-- akimbo

    02/18/2015 5:15:52 AM PST · by TruthShallSetYouFree · 97 replies
    Word For The Day, Wednesday, February 18, 2015-- akimbo ; 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". akimbo [uh-kim-boh]hear it pronounced adjective, adverb 1. with hand on hip and elbow bent outward: to stand with arms akimbo. Origin: 1375-1425; late Middle English in kenebowe < Old Norse *i keng boginn bent into a crook (i in, keng accusative of kengr hook, boginn past participle of bjūga to bend) Additional Word Origin and History: c.1400, in kenebowe, of unknown origin, perhaps from...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday February 17, 2015

    02/17/2015 5:14:53 AM PST · by SoothingDave · 41 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday February 17, 2015 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". demimonde [dem-ee-mond; French duh-mee-mawnd] -n1.(especially during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity. 2. a demimondaine. 3. prostitutes or courtesans in general. 4. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: 5. a group characterized by lack of success or status:[1850-55; < French, equivalent to demi-...