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Word of the Day Archives

A list of the past entries in our "Word of the Day" feature:

22-May-18 Kibitz
verb
[kib-its]

Look on and offer unwelcome advice, especially at a card game; speak informally; chat

example:

I often kibitz with my colleagues who play bridge during our lunch hour.
Credit: Oxford English Dictionary
18-May-18 Converse
adjective
[kuh n-vurs]

opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around

example:

He was surprised when a converse response resulted from his comments, than what he actually expected would occur.

Credit: Dictionary.com
17-May-18 Vertiginous
adjective
[ver-tij-uh-nuh s]

whirling; spinning; rotary; affected with vertigo; dizzy; apt to change quickly; unstable

example:

When the fire alarm sounded the room suddenlty became a frenzied, vertiginous whirlwind of people rushing for the nearest exit.  
Credit: Dictionary.com
16-May-18 Twitter
verb
[twit-er]

to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird; to talk lightly and rapidly, especially of trivial matters; chatter

example:

Why use Twitter the app when you can twitter directly, person to person?
Credit: Dictionary.com
15-May-18 Risible
adjective
[riz-uh-buh l]

causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous

example:

I spent hours assembling the bicycle only to have it fall apart during my first risible attempt to ride it.
Credit: Dictionary.com
14-May-18 Google
verb
[goo-guh l]

Search for information about (someone or something) on the Internet using the search engine Google; the [trademark] brand name of a leading Internet search engine, founded in 1998.

Example:

I use both the Library's resources and Google when researching.
Credit: Oxford English Dictionary / Dictionary.com
11-May-18 Thingamabob
noun
[thing-uh-muh-bob]

Used to refer to or address a person or thing whose name one has forgotten, does not know, or does not wish to mention

example:

I didn't remember who thingamabob was but I knew he is related to us somehow.
Credit: Oxford English Dictionary
10-May-18 Vestige
noun
[ves-tij]

a mark, trace, or visible evidence of something that is no longer present or in existence; a surviving evidence or remainder of some condition, practice, etc.

example:

So hungry was I that not even bread crumbs remained as a vestige of the sandwich I devoured.
Credit: Dictionary.com
09-May-18 Conspicuous
adjective
[kuh n-spik-yoo-uh s]

easily seen or noticed; readily visible or observable; attracting special attention, as by outstanding qualities or eccentricities

example:

Despite his conspicuous effort to conceal a cell phone during the exam, it was still noticed.
Credit: Dictionary.com
08-May-18 Artisanal
adjective
[ahr-tuh-zuh-nl]

pertaining to or noting a person skilled in an applied art; (of a product, especially food or drink) made in a traditional or non-mechanized way

example:
The artisanal quality of the sculptures made it hard to believe they were mass produced.
Credit: Dictionary.com / Oxford English Dictionary
07-May-18 Miserabilist
noun

a person who appears to enjoy being depressed, especially a performer of or listener to gloomy music

example:

Only a miserabilist would completely reject musical theatre.

Credit: Dictionary.com
04-May-18 Eschew
verb (used with object) [es-choo]

to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid:

example:

Sadly, despite a constant struggle to eschew candy, he often succumbs.
Credit: Dictionary.com
03-May-18 Bane
noun
[beyn]

a person or thing that ruins or spoils; death; destruction; ruin

example:

Enduring their poor behavior was more than a hardship, it was an absolute bane of normal everyday life.
Credit: Dictionary.com
02-May-18 Trivium
noun [triv-ee-uh m]

the lower division of the seven liberal arts, comprising grammar, rhetoric, and logic

example:

She wrote a strong paper despite little formal training in the trivium.
Credit: Dictionary.com
01-May-18 Epistolary
adjective [ih-pis-tl-er-ee]

contained in or carried on by letters; of, relating to, or consisting of letters

example:

Forsaking email, they preferred instead the slower pace of an epistolary romance.
Credit: Dictionary.com
30-Apr-18 Prodigious
pruh-dij-uh s / adjective

Definition:
Extraordinary in size, amount, extent, degree, force, etc.

Example:
The prodigious number of cats in the house resulted in it becoming well known throughout the neighbourhood.
Credit: Dictionary.com
27-Apr-18 Prehensile
pri-hen-sahyl / adjective

Definition:
Adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around.

Example:
The whale's prehensile tail grabbed the boat and flipped it over in the water.
Credit: Merriam Webster.com
26-Apr-18 Anathema
uh-nath-uh-muh / noun

Definition:
- A person or thing detested or loathed.
- A curse.

Example:
Mushrooms were anathema to him and he refused to eat them.

Credit: Dictionary.com
25-Apr-18 Vicissitude
vi-sis-i-tood / noun

Definition:
- A change or variation occurring in the course of something.
- Changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs.

Example: 
Through the vicissitudes of marriage the couple remained together for 60 years.
Credit: Dictionary.com
24-Apr-18 Nonce
nons / noun

Definition:
The present, or immediate, occasion or purpose.

Example:
For the nonce we will clean with a broom not a mop.
Credit: Dictionary.com
23-Apr-18 Unctuous
uhngk-choo-uh s / adjective

Definition:
-  Revealing or marked by a smug, ingratiating, and false earnestness.
-  Smooth and greasy in texture or appearance.

Example:
Fish have an unctuous coating that makes them slippery and difficult to catch by hand.
Credit: Merriam Webster.com
20-Apr-18 Capricious
kuh-prish-uh s / adjective

Definition:
Subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic.

Example:
Her capricious attitude led her to make unwise decisions.
Credit: Dictionary.com
19-Apr-18 Impetus
im-pi-tuh s / noun

Definition:
A moving force, impulse, stimulus.

Example:
The noisy neighbors were the impetus behind their search for a new home.
Credit: Dictionary.com
18-Apr-18 Freshet
fresh-it / noun

Definition:
A sudden rise in the level of a stream, or a flood, caused by heavy rains or the rapid melting of snow and ice.

Example:
Each spring a freshet appeared in the ravine behind their house as melting snow caused the level of the creek to rise.
Credit: Dictionary.com
17-Apr-18 Ligature
lig-uh-cher / noun

Definition:
- Something that is used to bind.
- The action of binding or tying.

Example:
She found a piece of string to use as a ligature to tie up the branches.

Credit: Merriam Webster.com
16-Apr-18 Interregnum
in-ter-reg-nuh m / noun

Definition:
A period during which the normal functions of government or control are suspended.

Example:
After the mayor died an interregnum occurred until a new election was held.
Credit: Merriam Webster.com
13-Apr-18 Impunity
im-pyoo-ni-tee / noun

Definition:
Exemption from punishment.

Example:
With the city in revolt criminals were able to steal with impunity.
Credit: Dictionary.com
12-Apr-18 Rapacious
ruh-pey-shuh s / adjective

Definition:
Given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.

Example:
His rapacious need to always be right caused distress for those around him.
Credit: Dictionary.com
11-Apr-18 Insatiate
in-sey-shee-it / adjective

Definition:
Insatiable.

Example:
He had an insatiate need to eat potatoes and could not stop.
Credit: Dictionary.com
10-Apr-18 Poniard
pon-yerd / noun

Definition:
A small, slender dagger.

Example:
She pulled out a poniard and cut the sandwich into equal portions.
Credit: Dictionary.com
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