Vocabulary Word For The Day

Learn a new vocabulary word that you can slip into a casual conversation to sound more intelligent.

And look puzzled when no one knows what you are talking about.

Then, if anyone asks you where the word comes from, tell them you read it in a book but you can't remember which one. Because you read so many.

 

Today's Vocabulary Word.

Definition of Mercurial :

 \ˌmər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-əl \ adjectivecharacterized by rapid and unpredictable changes in mood.  Also, related to the god, planet, or element of Mercury.

"Lulu's Diner specials changed with her mercurial temperament. Monday's Happy Mac & Cheese  was a favorite, but Wednesday's Gazpacho Revenge  - not so much."

 

8-1 Word of the Day.

Definition of Efficacy :

 \ ˈe-fi-kə-sē \ noun the ability to produce a desired result or effect.

"Although the efficacy of Dr. Swanson's homemade arthritis tonic was never scientifically verified, it was agreed that two or three doses made the county health fair a much more enjoyable experience."

 

7-31 Word of the Day.

Definition of Natty :

 \ ˈna-tē adjective;  (especially of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable. Also, trimly neat and tidy.

"Natty dressers and buffalo hot wings were always the hallmark of the Chicken Shack after-hours dance party."

 

7-30 Word of the Day.

Definition of Ubiquitous :

 \ yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs adjective;  present, appearing, or found everywhere. Also, constantly encountered, widespread.

"The ubiquitous ads for the Chicken Shack's ten-meat burger were more than enough to keep Charlene on her new vegan diet."

 

7-29 Word of the Day.

Definition of Salient :

 \ ˈsā-lyənt adjective;  most noticeable or important. Also, noun; a piece of land or section of fortification that juts out to form an angle.

"Residents agreed: the salient difference between the Burger Hut and the Chicken Shack was the action going on in the parking lot."

 

7-28 Word of the Day.

Definition of Dicacity :

 \ dīˈkasətē noun, archaic;  biting wit. Also, raillery, sarcasm.

"When Chad Jr. couldn't understand the dicacity of Kyle's new knock-knock joke, he decided it was time to take a few classes at Garden City Community Clown College."

 

7-27 Word of the Day.

Definition of Quiddity :

 \ ˈkwi-də-tē noun;  the inherent nature or essence of someone or something. Also, a distinctive feature; a peculiarity.

"Chad Jr. felt like his entire quiddity could be summed up in one word: complicated."

 

7-26 Word of the Day.

Definition of Confluence :

 \ ˈkän-ˌflü-ən(t)s noun;  an act or process of merging. Also, the flowing together of two or more streams.

"The actual confluence of Garden City Community College with Garden City Clown College produced mixed results, but everyone agreed: the name of Garden City Community Clown College had a certain ring to it."

 

7-25 Word of the Day.

Definition of Farouche :

 \ fə-ˈrüsh adjective;  wild, shy of humans. Also, unsociable or  lacking in social graces.

"The farouche nature of Bang Chow the Panda led him to a landslide victory in the race for city council."

 

7-24 Word of the Day.

Definition of Neologism :

 \ nē-ˈä-lə-ˌji-zəm noun;  a newly coined word or expression.

"While no one appreciated the neologisms Dr. Swanson used to describe the invention process, they certainly enjoyed using his new virtual reality dating app."

 

7-23 Word of the Day.

Definition of Hawkshaw :

 \ ˈhȯk-ˌshȯ noun;  a detective

"Mrs. Boffo the Clown was no hawkshaw, but she did notice the makeup on her husband's collar looked suspiciously like the shade of red a certain female street performer wore."

 

7-22 Word of the Day.

Definition of Chimera :

 \ kī-ˈmir-ə noun;  capitalized a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. Also, an illusion or fabrication of the mind; especially an unrealizable dream.

"Nathan's chimera of an honor-system laundromat went horribly wrong before it even got off the ground ."

 

7-21 Word of the Day.

Definition of Concinnity :

 \ kən-ˈsi-nə-tē noun;  studied elegance of literary or artistic style. Also, a close harmony of tone as well as logic among the elements of discourse.

"As Miriam read the last chapter of her husband's jailhouse memoirs, she realized he would never be known for his concinnity, but rather for his multiple personalities."

 

7-20 Word of the Day.

Definition of Rede :

 \ ˈrēd  \ verb;  give advice, counsel, or interpretation. Also, noun;  advice or counsel given.

"The best rede Crystal's lawyer could give her was to wear something different to court."

 

7-19 Word of the Day.

Definition of Tergiversate :

 \ ˈtər-jə-vər-ˌsāt \ verb;  make conflicting or evasive statements. Also, change one's loyalties; be apostate.

"Five-year-old Timmy tergiversated so cutely about where he got the ten thousand dollars in cash, his parents let him keep it."

 

7-18 Word of the Day.

Definition of Mendacious :

 \ men-ˈdā-shəs \ adjective;  given to or characterized by deception of falsehood or divergence from absolute truth. Also, fraudulent, duplicitous, lying. 

"We were disappointed to learn that the star witness against our parents had recanted their mendacious testimony. We were no longer the children of anyone famous."

 

7-17 Word of the Day.

Definition of Equivocal :

 \ i-ˈkwi-və-kəl \ adjective;  open to more than one interpretation; ambiguous. Also, uncertain or questionable in nature.

"The equivocal statements made to the press by Bang Chow the Panda, as to why the police had found a dead body in his basement, diverted the reporters' attention long enough to allow for his escape."

 

7-16 Word of the Day.

Definition of Truculent :

 \ ˈtrə-kyə-lənt \ adjective;  eager or quick to fight; aggressively self-assertive; feeling or displaying ferocity. Also, antagonistic, defiant, cruel, savage, belligerent, combative.

"The fourth grade girls hopscotch team agreed they would no longer be the 'Truculent Turtles' as their new name 'Rabid Ninja Death Squad' would send a clearer message to their rivals."

 

7-15 Word of the Day.

Definition of Misocainea :

 \ misōˈkīnēə \ noun;  an abnormal hatred of new ideas. Also, an abnormal aversion to anything new. 

"Our bulldog's chronic misocainea reared its ugly head when we replaced his red water dish with a blue one."

 

7-14 Word of the Day.

Definition of Propitious :

 \ prə-ˈpi-shəs \ adjective; giving or indicating a good chance of success. Also, being a good omen, favorably disposed.

"The ten-dollar bid on the tasteful nude of Mr. Sniffles was a propitious start to the Garden City Clown Art Auction."

 

7-13 Word of the Day.

Definition of Vaticinal :

\ və-ˈti-sə-nəl , va- \ adjective; having the nature of, or characterized by prophecy. Also, prophetic.

"Since we all had bets favoring the jilting of Chad Jr. on his wedding day, it was disappointing that the gypsy's vaticinal vision of his future nuptials came to pass."

 

7-12 Word of the Day.

Definition of Labile :

ˈlā-ˌbī(-ə)l , -bəl adjectivesomething that is constantly undergoing change. Unstable. Also, readily open to change.

"While the Botox injections allowed Edna to maintain a poker-face facade, her labile mood swings gave everything else away."

 

7-11 Word of the Day.

Definition of Crepuscular :

 \ kri-ˈpə-skyə-lər \ adjective;  of, relating to, or resembling twilight: dim. Also, occurring or active during twilight. 

"The crepuscular light emanating from the UFO highlighted the most appealing aspects of our trailer park."

 

7-10 Word of the Day.

Definition of Laconic :

/ləˈkänik/ adjective; (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words. Also - brief, concise, terse, succinct, short, pithy.

 "The evil spirits' laconic phrase, 'Get Out!' left us wondering if they meant the entire mansion - or just the room."

 

7-9 Word of the Day.

Definition of Invective :

 \ in-ˈvek-tiv noun;  insulting, abusive, or highly critical language. Also, expletives, curses, swear words.

"At age nine, as Emily was unaware of the right invective to stop the neighborhood pool bully, she used her fists instead."

 

7-8 Word of the Day.

Definition of Fulminate :

 \ˈfu̇l-mə-ˌnāt \ verb;  express vehement protest. Also, noun; a salt or ester of fulminic acid.

"Chad Jr. fulminated against the curriculum of his mandatory summer school classes, which was not as free-spirited as the guidance counselor had suggested."

 

7-7 Word of the Day.

Definition of Tenebrous :

 \ˈte-nə-brəs \ adjective;  shut off from the light: dark, shadowy, murky. Also, hard to understand, obscure; causing gloom.

"Bang Chow the Panda experienced tenebrous moods when he couldn't watch his afternoon shows."

 

7-6 Word of the Day.

Definition of Chouse :

 \ˈchau̇s \ verb;  defeat someone through trickery or deceit. Also, come out better in a competition or race by cheating.

"Chad Jr. was not going to let anyone chouse him out of being the first to go down the new Water Slide of Death  at the neighborhood pool."

 

7-5 Word of the Day.

Definition of Paroxysm :

 \ˈper-ək-ˌsi-zəm \ noun;  a sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity: outburst.

Also, a sudden recurrence of a disease or worsening of symptoms.

"Once his paroxysms of rage at the low sales figures subsided, Mr. Saunders realized the staff was trying not to laugh at the long trail of dirty toilet paper attached to the bottom of his shoe."

 

7-4 Word of the Day.

Definition of Conflate :

 \kən-ˈflāt \ verb;  combine (two or more texts, ideas, etc.) into one. Also, to bring together, fuse.

"When Jimmy conflated his marriage proposal to Jeanette with the twelve reasons he had to fire her, it didn't go as well as he planned."

 

7-3 Word of the Day.

Definition of Lagniappe :

 \ˈlan-ˌyap \ noun;  a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; broadly: something given as a bonus or extra.

"While the drive-by guy at Wang Chung Palace thought it was clever to give Mindy some extra fortune-cookie lagniappes with his phone number in them, her freshly paroled husband did not."

 

7-2 Word of the Day.

Definition of Aleatory :

 \ˈā-lē-ə-ˌtȯr-ē \ adjective;  depending on a throw of the dice or on chance; random. Also, relating to or denoting music or other forms of art involving elements of random choice.

"It was an aleatory choice, wearing a park ranger's uniform around town every day, but it changed Chad Jr.'s life forever."

 

7-1 Word of the Day.

Definition of Visceral :

 \ˈvi-sə-rəl \ adjective;  relating to the viscera (internal organs). Or relating to deep inward feelings (gut instinct) rather than to the intellect.

"While Donna knew that falling in love with the zombie prince meant losing her brains, her visceral organs would remain intact, so she was okay with it."

June Vocabulary Word Of The Day

6-30 Word of the Day.

Definition of Duende :

 \ dü-ˈen-dā \ noun;  the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm. Or a quality of passion and inspiration.

"Jill was never interested in Floppo the Clown's advances - but Boffo the Clown, now there was some duende."

 

6-29 Word of the Day.

Definition of Balter :

 \ bal´ter \ verb;  to dance or tread clumsily. Also, to become tangled or matted.

"The baltering zombies danced their way into the hearts of the people of Garden City - until they realized what the zombies really wanted were brains."

 

6-28 Word of the Day.

Definition of Malinger :

 \ mə-ˈliŋ-gər \ verb;  to exaggerate or feign illness or incapacity in order to escape duty or work.

"After the circus closed down, Mrs. Boffo the Clown suspected her husband of malingering his confetti allergies to get out of performing at the lesser children's parties."

 

6-27 Word of the Day.

Definition of Gonif :

 \ˈɡänəf \ noun, slang;  a disreputable or dishonest person. Also, a thief, rascal.

"It was discovered that the gonif stealing delicates from Mrs. Smith's clothesline was not Chad Jr. as everyone suspected, but rather Randy, the beloved town goat."

 

6-26 Word of the Day.

Definition of Bromide :

 \ˈbrō-ˌmīd \ noun;  a binary compound of bromine with another element or a radical including some (such as potassium bromide) used as sedatives. Also, a trite and unoriginal idea or remark, typically intended to soothe or placate.

"The promises of intergalactic peace, shared intelligence, and a clean planet were effective bromides to distract the earthlings before the extraterrestrials zapped it all into oblivion."

 

6-25 Word of the Day.

Definition of Doff :

 \ˈdäf \ verb;  to remove an article of clothing; or take off or raise one's hat as a sign of greeting or respect. Also, to rid oneself of, put aside.

"Although Doug often doffed his medieval suit of armor for his nights out with Melinda, in the end she dumped him anyway."

 

6-24 Word of the Day.

Definition of Inchoate :

 \ in-ˈkō-ət \ adjective;  being only partly in existence or operation; especially: imperfectly formed or formulated. Also, rudimentary, immature, embryonic. 

"Kyle's inchoate plans to have a backyard amusement park never materialized, but he always let the neighborhood kids take a ride on the makeshift inverted roller coaster if they signed the proper release forms."

 

6-23 Word of the Day.

Definition of Abstruse :

 \ əb-ˈstrüs \ adjective;  difficult to understand. Also, obscure, hard, puzzling.  

"While Chad Jr. found compound fractions abstruse, he could always manage to solve a bowl of corn flakes."

 

6-22 Word of the Day.

Definition of Peroration :

 \ per-ə-ˈrā-shən \ noun;  the concluding part of a speech, typically intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience.  

"The grand peroration for the newly-appointed mayor's speech was written to include the high school marching band, but the stage was too full of garbage by that point to allow them access."

 

6-21 Word of the Day.

Definition of Assuage :

 \ ə-ˈswāj \ verbmake (an unpleasant feeling) less intense; pacify, quiet.  Also, satisfy (an appetite or desire).

"Bringing the beloved faerie heroes back to life with a magic spell in the fourth book did not assuage the young readers' heartbreak after the author killed Prince Gallant and his loyal followers with bug spray in the third installment."

 

6-20 Word of the Day.

Definition of Portmanteau :

 \ˌpôrtˈmantō\ noun;  a large suitcase.  Also, a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two others (such as smog  from smoke  and fog,  or motel  from motor  and hotel ).

"Professor Douglas was so ill after eating the frankenfood motel brunch, he put down his spork and left the portmanteau containing the severed head sitting next to his chair in the dining room."

 

6-19 Word of the Day.

Definition of Morass :

 \ mə-ˈras \ noun;  marsh, swamp.  Also, a complicated or confused situation.

"While the morass of computer hacks would be difficult to trace, how ten-year-old Kyle attended classes for three years at Garden City College unnoticed would remain a mystery."

 

6-18 Word of the Day.

Definition of Ennui :

 \ ˌän-ˈwē \ nounfeeling of listlessness or dissatisfaction arising from lack of occupation or excitement. Also, boredom, tedium, lethargy.

"Lydia's Monday ennui stemmed from wondering if the Sparkle Talent Agency was a real place of business and if answering the phones there was a real job."

 

6-17 Word of the Day.

Definition of Dolorous :

 \ ˈdō-lə-rəs \ adjectivefeeling or expressing great sorrow or distress. Also, causing or marked by misery or grief.

"Local law enforcement officers were respectful to the dolorous crowd gathered for Aunt Gladys's wake as they ransacked the Garden City Mortuary for new evidence in their ongoing money laundering case."

 

6-16 Word of the Day.

Definition of Lentitude :

 \ ˈlentəˌtüd \ nounslowness, sluggishness.

"The lentitude of Bridget's high speed internet forced her to attend her ballroom dance classes in person."

 

6-15 Word of the Day.

Definition of Jocose :

 \ jō-ˈkōs \ adjectivegiven to joking. Also, playful or humorous.

"The jocose nature of Susan's breakup text to Floppo The Clown did not soften the blow."

 

6-14 Word of the Day.

Definition of Puerile :

 \ˈpyu̇(-ə)r-əl \ adjectivechildishly silly and trivial. Also, juvenile.

"The whimsical and puerile antics of the baby hobgoblins were not impressive enough to lure the children to the outskirts of the village."

 

6-13 Word of the Day.

Definition of Feint :

 \ˈfānt \ noundeceptive or pretended blow, thrust, or other movement, meant as a distraction, especially in boxing. Also, verb; to make a deceptive or distracting movement, especially during a fight.

"The feints of the young pickpocket were quickly crushed by Mr. Smith's fifteen-pound unabridged dictionary."

 

6-12 Word of the Day.

Definition of Habile :

 \ˈhabəl \ adjectivehaving general skill. Also, deft, able.

"The habile feet of the grape stompers were always a crowd-pleaser at the annual Chicken Shack Wine Festival."

 

6-11 Word of the Day.

Definition of Banal :

 \bə-ˈnal \ adjective so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring. Also, trite, clichéd, vapid.

"Professor Harding's banal lecturing earned him many free dinners at the home of Sheila Thompson, dean of the College of Fine Arts, and put her colicky baby to sleep every time."

 

6-10 Word of the Day.

Definition of Xenial :

 \ˈzi-nɪəl \ adjective of the relations between host and guest. Also, hospitable, especially to visiting strangers or foreigners.  

"While the Garden City Hotel would never be described as xenial, it did have an extensive collection of dryer lint on display in the lobby, as promised in the brochure."

 

6-9 Word of the Day.

Definition of Droll :

 \ˈdrōl \ adjectivehaving a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality. Also, mirthful, amusing, comical.

"The Minnesota Pie Follies, described in the flyer as an evening of dry wit and droll humor, was neither."

 

6-8 Word of the Day.

Definition of Otiose :

 \ˈōdēˌōs, ˈō-shē-ˌōs \ adjectiveserving no practical purpose or producing no useful result. Also, being at leisure: idle.

"To everyone's surprise, the Garden City Water Wings For Whales project turned out not only to be otiose but also semi-fraudulent."

 

6-7 Word of the Day.

Definition of Nisus :

 \ ˈnī-səs \ nouna mental or physical effort to attain an end. Also, a perfective urge or endeavor.

"Chad Jr.'s nisus to become the perfect boyfriend fell apart when Lindsay found out he was also dating her grandmother."

 

6-6 Word of the Day.

Definition of Abrogate :

 \ ˈa-brə-ˌgāt \ verbrepeal, abolish, annul, or do away with (a law, right, formal agreement). Also, evade (a responsibility or duty).

"When Timmy's parents returned home, they quickly abrogated the loan contracts he had signed with the neighborhood children and made him return their collateral. The missing cash, however, would prove more difficult to recover."

 

6-5 Word of the Day.

Definition of Prolix :

 \ prō-ˈliks \ adjective(of speech or writing) using or containing too many words. Also, tediously lengthy.

"It wasn't the prolix length of the fantasy novel, Hydrophobic, that kept visitors away from the author's booth at the sci-fi convention, but rather his lack of personal hygiene."

 

6-4 Word of the Day.

Definition of Cacoepy :

 \ kaˈkōəpē \ noun;  bad pronunciation. Also, incorrect pronunciation or an instance of this; mispronunciation.

"In order to prevent further malpractice suits, Nurse Claire gave new staffers a rundown of Dr. Teal's cacoepies before every surgery."

 

6-3 Word of the Day.

Definition of Invective :

 \ in-ˈvek-tiv \ adjective;  of, relating to, or characterized by insult or abuse. Also, noun;  insulting or abusive language.

"The crowd grew invective when the Ocean City Underwater Sea Monkey Circus failed to amaze, entertain, or delight them."

 

6-2 Word of the Day.

Definition of Accinge :

 \ akˈsinj \ transitive verb;  to brace (oneself) up. Also, to make (oneself) ready, gird.

"The residents of Garden City accinged themselves to handle the additional talking dummies the Ventriloquism Days Festival brought them each year."

 

6-1 Word of the Day.

Definition of Twaddle :

\ˈtwä-dl\ noun;  trivial or foolish talk, drivel, or nonsense. Also, archaic verb, to prate or babble.

"After so much twaddle, the city council voted to let the Chicken Shack keep the mystery meats section on the menu - for entertainment purposes only."

May Vocabulary Word Of The Day

5-31 Word of the Day.

Definition of Filial :

 \ ˈfi-lē-əl \ adjectiveof, relating to, or befitting a son or daughter. Also, having or assuming the relation of a child or offspring.

"Chad Jr. had no filial affections for his parents after they flunked him out of homeschooling."

 

5-30 Word of the Day.

Definition of Runagate :

 \ ˈrə-nə-ˌgāt \ noun;  a person who wanders about, a vagabond. Also, fugitive, runaway, deserter.

"After all Garden City High School sports teams were suspended for excessive mooning, the pep squad runagates clung to the mathletes, encouraging them to solve the equations that would win the academic bowl."

 

5-29 Word of the Day.

Definition of Inveigle :

 \ in-ˈvā-gəl \ verb;  persuade (someone) to do something by deception or flattery. Also, entice, tempt, lure.

"No amount of free samples could inveigle anyone to purchase admission to the Garden City Cheese Museum once the air conditioning shut down."

 

5-28 Word of the Day.

Definition of Volant :

 \ ˈvō-lənt \ adjective;  (of an animal) flying or capable of flying - or relating to or characterized by flight. Also, quick, nimble.

"Once Bang Chow the panda became sufficiently volant, he returned to the Garden City Zoo only for feeding time and petting. No more photo ops."

 

5-27 Word of the Day.

Definition of Scintillant :

 \ˈsin-tə-lənt\ adjective;  having brief brilliant points or flashes of light. Also, sparkling, glittering.

"Alas, by morning, the rocket ship was only a cardboard delivery box from Amazon, and the far-away scintillant star only the tinfoil from last night's meatloaf."

 

5-26 Word of the Day.

Definition of Extant :

\ ˈek-stənt \ adjective;  still existing: not destroyed or lost (as in a document). Also, currently existing.

"Vera successfully photoshopped her extant vestigial twin out of her vacation photos, proving once again why she was the most sought-after graphic artist in Garden City."

 

5-25 Word of the Day.

Definition of Deipnosophist :

\dīpˈnäsəfə̇st\ noun;  a person skilled in table talk, a supper philosopher. Also, someone adept at informal chitchat.

"Once the All-U-Can-Eat Buffet  ran out of bacon wraps and ranch dressing, even Garden City's most noted deipnosophist, Herb Randall, couldn't calm the utter chaos that ensued."

 

5-24 Word of the Day.

Definition of Ragmatical :

 \ rag' matə̇kəl \ adjective; (archaic) wild, rowdy, turbulent, riotous.

"The ragmatical antics of the girls field hockey team turned out to be no match for Mother Superior Margaret's terrible temper."

 

5-23 Word of the Day.

Definition of Galère :

 \ ga-ˈler \ noun;  a group of people having something in common. Also, a group of undesirable people, an unpleasant situation.

"Annoying everyone present, the galère of mimes took over the smoking section at Mimi's Cafe - enjoying smelly cigars after their pretend dinner."

 

5-22 Word of the Day.

Definition of Putative :

 \ ˈpyü-tə-tiv \ adjective;  commonly accepted or supposed. Also, assumed to exist or have existed.

"Much to Velma and Fred's dismay, the putative hauntings at the old mansion stopped soon after Sheriff Withers purchased the estate for a rock-bottom price to build condos."

 

5-21 Word of the Day.

Definition of Mammer :

\  mam·mer \ intransitive verb;  to hesitate, be undecided, or waiver in determination. Also, to stammer or mutter.

"While the other undergrads mammered in picking a major, Victoria chose Bowling Industry Management & Technology,  based on the ironic future of the world her psychic predicted."

 

5-20 Word of the Day.

Definition of Indurate :

\ ˈin-də-ˌrāt \ verb;  to make unfeeling, stubborn, or obdurate. Also, harden.

"Her status as a trapeze artist necessitated Marcia to indurate her heart against Floppo the clown, whom she could never marry."

 

5-19 Word of the Day.

Definition of Autodidact :

 \ˌôdōˈdīdakt \ noun;  a self-taught person.

"While Chad Jr. did find the police chases exciting, as a strict autodidact, he had no use for driving school."

 

5-18 Word of the Day.

Definition of Languor :

\ ˈlaŋ-gər \ noun;  the state or feeling, often pleasant, of idleness or inactivity. Also, an oppressive stillness in the air.

"The invigoration of picking up trash on the highway was a welcome break from the languor of playing chess in the county jail for the convicted designer jeans counterfeiters."

 

5-17 Word of the Day.

Definition of Purloin :

 \ ˈpər-ˌlȯin \ verb;  to take wrongfully and often by a breach of trust. Also, to steal, pilfer, appropriate, or filch.

"To copy his school paper on modern social media from somewhere untraceable, Chad Jr. purloined Volume 24 of the 1971 Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia from the public library (thinking no one would miss it), planning to destroy it later on so no one could prove he cheated."

 

5-16 Word of the Day.

Definition of Encomium :

 \ en-ˈkō-mē-əm \ noun;  a warmly glowing speech or a piece of writing that praises someone or something highly. Also, a eulogy, tribute, or testimonial.

"As she had only known him for fifteen days, it was decided that the mayor's seventh and current wife would write the encomium for the mayor's reelection campaign."

 

5-15 Word of the Day.

Definition of Flout :

 \ ˈflau̇t \ verb;  to treat with contemptuous disregard. Also, mock or scoff.

"Although the junior high school's Daily Tattler  flouted all the rules of journalism, it was still the most popular online newspaper in Garden City."

 

5-14 Word of the Day.

Definition of Ersatz :

 \ ˈer-ˌsäts \ adjective;  being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation. Also, not real or genuine.

"The ersatz tapioca pudding was a favorite at the Garden City All-U-Can-Eat Buffet  until the health department found out what was in it."

 

5-13 Word of the Day.

Definition of Ostrobogulous :

\ ä-strō-bō-gə-ləs \ adjective;  (humorous) denoting things that are bizarre, interesting, unusual, or strange. Also, mildly risqué, indecent. Attributed to British writer Victor Neuburg (1883-1940).

"The ostrobogulous ceramic ashtrays from the kilns of the Garden City Correctional Center were the hit of the arts & crafts show."

 

5-12 Word of the Day.

Definition of Recherché :

\ rə-ˌsher-ˈshā \ adjective;  exotic, rare, obscure; exquisite, choice. Also, pretentious, over-blown.

"Although the new wine selections were well-received at the Garden City Chicken Shack, they were considered too recherché for the children's menu."

 

5-11 Word of the Day.

Definition of Ebullience :

 \ i-ˈbu̇l-yən(t)s \ noun;  the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings. Also, cheerfulness, exuberance, jubilation.

"The unsolicited ebullience from the fans of the Garden City Bullfrogs ball club led to daily locker searches and several embarrassing arrests."

 

5-10 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Illy :

 \ ˈi(l)-lē \ adverb;  not wisely or well: badly, ill. Also, (archaic, adjective, 2003-2008), fresh, cool, fly, sweet.

"Mr. Chipmunk's illy concealed  tuna breath quickly solved the mystery of what happened to Charlie's lunch that afternoon."

 

5-9 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Perspicacious :

 \ ˌpər-spə-ˈkā-shəs \ adjective;  having a ready insight and understanding. Also, of acute mental vision or discernment.

"No sooner had the perspicacious pigeons sampled the breadcrumbs than they started rebuffing Mrs. Bancroft for trying to pass them off as gluten-free."

 

5-8 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Whilom :

\ ˈhwī-ləm \ adjective;  former, erstwhile. Also, adverb; formerly, in the past.

"The whilom town of Goat's Spew did not benefit by the name change to Garden City. Not one bit."

 

5-7 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Irascible :

 \ i-ˈra-sə-bəl \ adjective marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger.

"The irascible Mr. Bundles always settled down after the vet took his temperature."

 

5-6 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Pernicious :

 \ pər-ˈni-shəs \ adjective having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way. Also, highly injurious or destructive: deadly.

"No one in Garden City could anticipate the pernicious aftermath resulting from the closing down of Edna's Exotic Cakes - the townspeople drifting off and getting into so much trouble looking for their off-color pastries and such."

 

5-5 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Telos :

\ ˈte-ˌläs \  noun an ultimate object or aim. Also, an ultimate end.

"While the telos of the mayor's literacy campaign was to support the failing public library, when enough citizens could read the local paper, he was promptly voted out."

 

5-4 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Umpty :

 \ ˈəm(p)tē \  adjective such and such, not named or specified. Also used as a modifier, an unspecified number of the decimal order: the umpty-fifth version. 

"Chad Jr. considered buying an umpty ring at Jenk's department store, but in a heated moment, chose the diamond wedding band he would present to Mrs. Robards on their first driving lesson."

 

5-3 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Lacuna :

\ lə-ˈkü-nə \ noun an unfilled space or gap; or a missing part or portion in a manuscript. Also, a cavity or depression, especially in bone. 

"Although the obvious lacuna in the new sheriff's work history was satisfactorily explained by his parole officer, a separate investigation into Sheriff Randy's certificate of completion from the Garden City Clown Institute  was initiated."

 

5-2 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Cachinnate :

 \ ˈka-kə-ˌnāt \ verb to laugh loudly or immoderately. Also, guffaw. 

"The minor flatulence emitted by the state senator during the introduction of his energy bill prompted a few of the nearby staff members to chuckle, but everyone within earshot of the senate chamber cachinnated uncontrollably when he really let one rip."

 

5-1 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Verve :

 \ ˈvərv \ noun the vigor or spirit of an artistic performance or composition. Also, enthusiasm, energy, vitality, vivacity. 

"While the verve and wit of Mr. Darcy's 'Sock Puppet Sensations'  was fully appreciated by the review committee, the content of the performance was deemed unsuitable for story time at the public library."

 

April  Vocabulary Word Of The Day

4-30 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Galimatias :

\ ˌgaləˈmāshēəs\ noun confused and meaningless talk. Also, nonsense, gibberish. 

"Unencumbered by the galimatias of their constituents, the town leaders used the weekly city council poker game as an opportunity to pass the zoning laws that would allow them to gamble in a real casino."

 

4-29 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Naissance :

\ ˈnāsᵊn(t)s \ noun a birth, an origination, or growth, as that of a person, an organization, an idea, or a movement. Also, a new style in development, especially in architecture or the arts. 

"Once the naissance of the idea to have a live model in art class was traced back to the boys football team, it was octogenarian Gladys Crump who volunteered to pose."

 

4-28 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Fractious :

 \ ˈfrak-shəs \ adjective tending to be troublesome, difficult to control, unruly. Also, irritable, quarrelsome, unruly. 

"Dominating the ice rink every Saturday morning with their aggressive triple axels and their flashy sequined costumes, the fractious group of Olympic-hopeful figure skaters made some members of the junior hockey league a little more than frightened."

 

4-27 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Nemoral :

 \ ˈnem(ə)rəl \ adjective of, relating to, or inhabiting a wood or grove.

"Emilia's simple, nemoral lifestyle afforded her many fun and creative hiding places for the dismembered bodies of the people who dared to cross her."

 

4-26 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Saturnine :

 \ ˈsa-tər-ˌnīn \ adjective of a slow and gloomy disposition or setting. Also, somber, melancholy, dour, glum.

"Top salesman Dick Manfred put on his most saturnine smile to tell the young couple that the 2014 Ford Fiesta they had fallen in love with would need a few minor repairs and a fresh undercoating before his good conscience would let them try to drive it off the lot."

 

4-25 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Obdurate :

 \ ˈäb-də-rət \ adjective stubbornly persist in wrongdoing due to hardened feelings. Also, unyielding to persuasion or softening influences, pigheaded.

"His obdurate refusal to get professional help for his serial litterbug convictions led Councilman Cleaver to a court-imposed sentence as a cologne spritzer at the Garden City Mall."

 

4-24 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Efficacy :

 \ ˈe-fi-kə-sē \ noun the ability to produce a desired result or effect.

"Although the efficacy of Dr. Swanson's homemade arthritis tonic was never scientifically verified, it was agreed that two or three doses made the county health fair a much more enjoyable experience."

 

4-23 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Habile :

 \ ˈha-bəl \ adjective having general skill. Also, able, deft, skillful.

"The habile hands of Mr. Tony, hairstylist to the stars, always gave Gladys Verandas the roller set she needed to rule the Garden City DMV with an iron fist."

 

4-22 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Desultory :

\ ˈde-səl-ˌtȯr-ē \ adjective lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm, or (in speech) going from one subject to another in a half-hearted or unfocused way. Also, disappointing in progress, performance, or quality.

"Thankfully, the hostage situation resulting from the robbery of the Garden City National Bank afforded chatty new branch manager, J. T. Simpson, the time to finish his desultory employee reviews."

 

4-21 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Hypaethral :

\ hī-ˈpē-thrəl \ adjective having no roof or having a roofless central space. Also, open to the sky.

"The hypaethral third floor of the abandoned glue factory was the perfect place for Muriel's book club to conduct the experiments in the chemistry journals that were discovered in the dumpster behind Jenk's department store."

 

4-20 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Fabulist :

 \ ˈfa-byə-list \ noun a creator or writer of fables.  Also, a liar, especially someone who invents elaborate, dishonest stories.

"Ever the consummate fabulist, Emery always enjoyed showing the occasional visitor around the Museum of Oddities  located in his mother's basement."

 

4-19 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Macarize :

\ ˈmakəˌrīz \ transitive verb to congratulate or laud.  Also, to pronounce happy or blessed.

"While the major theater critics unanimously macarized the interactive stage production of Garden City: Hell Town,  the local residents weren't so sure this new tourist attraction showed them in the most favorable light."

 

4-18 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Rodomontade :

 \ ˌrä-də-mən-ˈtād \ noun a bragging speech, vain boasting.  Also, rant, bluster.

"The Health Department didn't dispute the rodomontade from Old Mare Steakhouse that they had the largest steaks in town, but rather where they came from."

 

4-17 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Blench :

 \ ˈblench \ verb to draw back or turn aside suddenly in fear or distaste.  Also, flinch, shrink, recoil.

"Artie didn't blench once when the extraterrestrials probed him aboard the spaceship. The Martian mating ritual, on the other hand, was a different story."

 

4-16 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Wroth :

\ rōth \ adjectiveintensely angry, highly incensed.  Also, wrathful, stormy, violent, turbulent.

"The flash mob of Madame Curies had disappeared and the wroth Mr. Mackelby had calmed down by the time the police arrived at the Herbert Einstein Middle School science fair."

4-15 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Antipode :

\ ˈan-tə-ˌpōd \ nounthe exact opposite of something else.  Also, the parts of the earth diametrically opposite.

"As soon as he ordered his curly fries without chili and cheese, Linda realized she was once again on a date with evil Gary, the antipode of his twin brother, sweet Larry. And while she would make the best of the evening, tomorrow's fake pregnancy scare would teach them both  a lesson."

 

4-14 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Mercurial :

 \ˌmər-ˈkyu̇r-ē-əl \ adjectivecharacterized by rapid and unpredictable changes in mood.  Also, related to the god, planet, or element of Mercury.

"Lulu's Diner specials changed with her mercurial temperament. Monday's Happy Mac & Cheese  was a favorite, but Wednesday's Gazpacho Revenge  - not so much."

 

4-13 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Auspice :

 \ ˈȯs-pəs \ noun;  a divine or prophetic sign, usually favorable.  Also, kindly patronage and guidance.

"The warm welcoming of the newly refurbished Camp Crystal Lake sign and a lovely full moon were false auspices for the teenage campers who sought peace and quiet away from the mayhem of community college life."

 

4-12 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Foible :

\ ˈfȯi-bəl \ noun;  a minor weakness or flaw in someone's character. Also, eccentricity, failing, shortcoming.

"Bumbling reporter Brad Burrell fondly remembered how his own foibles in the red-light district led him straight to the best news stories, and more recently, blackmail."

 

4-11 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Gadarene :

\ ˈga-də-ˌrēn \ adjective;  involving or engaged in a potentially disastrous rush to do something. Also, headlong, precipitate.

"In Michael's gadarene haste to make Zelda his bride, he glossed over her insistence on always wearing clean underwear and her penchant for buying insurance on everything . There were many things he would soon regret."

 

4-10 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Vagary :

\ ˈvā-gə-rē \ noun;  an erratic, unpredictable action or notion, or inexplicable change in a situation or someone's behavior. Also, fluctuation, eccentricity, whimsy, foible, oddity.

"Although meeting all of the eligibility requirements to run for city council, the vagaries of Bang Chow the panda prevented him from being elected."

 

4-9 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Invidious :

\ in-ˈvi-dē-əs \ adjective;  likely to cause anger or envy, or something of an unjust or unfair nature. Also, envious, jealous, resentful.

"When Chad Jr. took one invidious bite out of the last glazed doughnut and put it back in the box on the break-room table, his fate at Garden City Plumbing  was sealed."

 

4-8 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Epigone :

 \ ˈe-pə-ˌgōn \ noun;  an inferior imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher. Also, a follower or disciple.

"Never mind the Mark Twain dilettantes. The no-holds-barred grudge match between the Hemingway and Fitzgerald epigones was always  the favorite at the Garden City book fair."

 

4-7 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Protean :

 \ ˈprō-tē-ən \ adjective;  tending or able to change frequently or easily, displaying a great diversity or variety. Also, versatile, variable, ever-changing.

"Winning the mayoral race with a protean campaign was only the first step in the shapeshifter's plan to control the tri-county area and get a prom date."

 

4-6 Word of the Day.

Definition of Truculent :

 \ ˈtrə-kyə-lənt \ adjective;  eager or quick to fight; aggressively self-assertive; feeling or displaying ferocity. Also, antagonistic, defiant, cruel, savage, belligerent, combative.

"The fourth grade girls hopscotch team agreed they would no longer be the 'Truculent Turtles' as their new name 'Rabid Ninja Death Squad' would send a clearer message to their rivals."

 

4-5 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Visage :

\ ˈvi-zij \ noun;  the face, countenance, or appearance of a person or sometimes an animal; facial expression. Also, visible surface or aspect of an object.

The portrait artist had captured a certain hostility in the visage of  Lady Pendergast's Standard Poodle, which she found to be quite arousing.

 

4-4 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Ratiocinate :

\ˌra-tē-ˈō-sə-ˌnāt , ˌra-shē- , -ˈä- \ verb; form judgments by a process of logic. Also, reason.

"While the 9-1-1 operator was unable to ratiocinate as to why the local Burger Hut was selling cold french fries with no ketchup, she was  able to call a squad car to pick up a drunken Mr. Tuttle."

 

4-3 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Propitious :

 \ prə-ˈpi-shəs \ adjective; giving or indicating a good chance of success. Also, being a good omen, favorably disposed.

"The ten-dollar bid on the tasteful nude of Mr. Sniffles was a propitious start to the Garden City clown art auction."

 

4-2 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Contretemps :

/kon-truh-tahn/ noun; an inopportune or embarrassing occurrence or situation. Also, dispute, argument.

"Even after a major costume contretemps, Big Reggie managed to win the hearts of the audience with his coquettish portrayal of the fair Bianca in the Barton Boys Academy's production of The Taming of the Shrew."

 

4-1 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Legerdemain :

\ le-jər-də-ˈmān \ noun; skillful use of one's hands when performing magic or card tricks. Also, sleight of hand, trickery, cunning, artfulness.

"To get the Easter Bunny discount at the Sioux City Waffle House, it would take every bit of legerdemain the Jackalope could manage."

 

3-31 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Lucubration :

\ ˌlü-kyə-ˈbrā-shən\ noun; laborious or intensive study, especially at night. Also, the pedantic or over-elaborate writings resulting from such study.

"After finishing his nightlong lucubration of spell-casting, Cedric was puzzled when the Hogwarts Express didn't materialize at the local transit stop the next day. Perhaps they would send him the broomstick again."

 

March Vocabulary Word Of The Day

3-30 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Cadge :

 \ ˈkaj \ verb; to borrow without intent to repay, or to obtain by begging. Also, to obtain by imposing on another's generosity or friendship; sponge.

"By liquidating all of the tools, toys, clothing, jewelry, and appliances she had cadged from her friends and family over the course of the year, Lucinda was able to organize the most profitable garage sale on the block."

 

3-29 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Obstreperous :

\ əbˈstrepərəs \ adjective; noisy and difficult to control. Also, clamorous, unruly, disorderly, rowdy, boisterous.

"Although always a favorite to win the annual Beauregard Parish Bed Races, the drunken and obstreperous behavior of the local quilting society often prevented them from finishing the course."

 

3-28 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Demur :

\ di-ˈmər \ verb; to raise doubts or objections. Also, to show reluctance.

\ di-ˈmər noun; the act of hesitation based on doubt. Also, the act of objecting or a protest.

"Big Reggie displayed a rare demur to demur about the tardiness of the all-you-can-eat pizza buffet on the lido deck since he was, after all, a stowaway."

 

3-27 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Cynosure :

\ ˈsī-nə-shu̇r , ˈsi- \ noun; a center of attraction or attention. Also, something that serves to direct or guide; the North Star. 

"As tinfoil hats were no longer in fashion, Kyle hoped that riding on the fire truck in his new invisible suit would make him the cynosure of the Founder's Day parade."

 

3-26 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Dissimulate :

di-ˈsim-yə-ˌlāt \ verb; to conceal or disguise (one's thoughts, feelings, or character). Also, to hide under a false pretense. 

"Utilizing her community theater training, Mabelle was able to dissimulate her feelings of malice for the girl selling magazine subscriptions seated next to her on the flight to Reno."

 

3-25 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Parvenu :

 \ ˈpär-və-ˌnü , -ˌnyü \ noun; a person who has suddenly or recently risen to an unaccustomed position of wealth or power and has not yet gained the prestige, dignity, or manner associated with it. Also, nouveau riche, social climber. 

"Chad Davenport II gave himself away as a parvenu when he tipped the maitre d' one hundred dollars for a table near the bathroom in case his date needed to tinkle."

 

3-24 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Lugubrious :

 \ lu̇-ˈgü-brē-əs also -ˈgyü- \ adjective; looking or sounding especially sad and dismal. Also, mournful.

"Melanie tried to look properly lugubrious as she gave the eulogy for Daniel's favorite action figure, Little Mr. Death Toll."

 

3-23 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Susurrus :

\ su̇-ˈsər-əs , -ˈsə-rəs \ noun; a whispering or rustling sound. Also, murmuring, humming.

"The susurrus in the tall dry grass alerted Scout that the other neighborhood dogs were on their way to share in the infinite good fortune of the overturned garbage can."

 

3-22 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Factotum :

\ fak-ˈtō-təm \ noun; a person having many diverse responsibilities. Also, a general servant.

"Mrs. Cromwell had verbally abused the mansion's factotum, Mr. Neil, so thoroughly the night before, she was not at all surprised to find his toenail clippings in her morning fruit cocktail."

 

3-21 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Sapient :

\ ˈsā-pē-ənt , ˈsa- \ adjective; wise, or attempting to appear wise. Also, possessing great sagacity or expressing sound judgement.

"We all agreed with the sapient mayor of Springfield that indeed, the newly refurbished Black Velvet Art Museum should  be the focus of our tourism campaign. And not the ongoing tire fire at the mid-town junkyard."

 

3-20 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Apotheosis :

\ ə-ˌpä-thē-ˈō-səs , ˌa-pə-ˈthē-ə-səs \ noun; the perfect example of something, quintessence. Or, the highest or best part of something, peak. Also, an elevation to divine status, deification.

"As Bryton Briggs ate the last hot dog, officially making him the Weenie King of the county fair, he became the apotheosis of virility in the eyes of Vivienne Twaddle. Not so much for everyone else."

 

3-19 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Ipso Facto :

 \ ˈip-(ˌ)sō-ˈfak-(ˌ)tō \ adverb; by that very fact or act, something else is true. Also, necessarily, inevitably.

"Betty knew right away that Veronica's recent passing grade on the chemistry exam meant she was ipso facto dating her teachers again."

 

3-18 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Weltschmerz :

\ ˈvelt-ˌshmerts \ noun; a mental depression or apathy resulting from comparing the ideal  image of  how the world should be and how it really is. Also, a feeling of melancholy or weariness.

"As the newly crowned Miss Carson City,  Cindy could feel the weltschmerz returning when she realized her platform to promote world peace would not extend much farther than the county line."

 

3-17 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Feis :

 \ ˈfesh \ noun; an Irish folk festival featuring traditional music, culture, arts, games, and competitions. Also, modern Irish and Scottish dance competitions (Feiseanna).

"The planners of the annual St. Patrick's Day Feis announced they would discontinue the snake charming competition, due to the boa constrictor interuption of last year's festival."

 

3-16 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Emeritus :

 \ i-ˈmer-ə-təs \ noun; a person who is retired from professional full-time work, but allowed to retain their last ranking title as an honor. Also used as an adjective, along with the honorary title: professor emeritus. 

"No longer officially affiliated with the university, dean emeritus Douglas Brown was allowed to reconvene his "Pants-less Boston" lecture series in a more suitable location."

 

3-15 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Martinet :

 \ ˌmär-tə-ˈnet \ noun; a person who demands strict adherence to the rules. Also, a strict disciplinarian.

"As the hall monitor at The Garden Street Grade School, little Susie was an overbearing martinet who demanded hall passes from every student. Or to otherwise pay the toll. "

 

3-14 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Descry :

 \ di-ˈskrī \ verb; to catch sight of. Also, to see (something unclear or distant) by looking carefully.

"Although she descried Slender Man, Bloody Mary, and an unidentified Jackalope cutting through her backyard every morning before school, Delores had yet to capture the trio on film."

 

3-13 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Orgulous :

 \ ˈȯr-gyə-ləs , -gə- \ adjective; proud and arrogant. Also, haughty.

"The orgulous and overbearing presence of Mr. Potash kept everyone in the toy department on their toes. But at home, his wife made the chore list."

 

3-12 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Raconteur :

\ ˌra-ˌkän-ˈtər , -kən- \ noun; a person who is gifted at telling anecdotes. Also, storyteller, spinner of yarns, narrator, etc.

"As Cynthia was no prolific raconteur, her career as a stand-up comic was short-lived. Nevertheless, she made a decent living on the traveling mime circuit."

 

3-11 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Hebetate :

 \ ˈhe-bə-ˌtāt \ verb; to make dull or obtuse. Also, having a blunt point.

"Jimmy was relieved to have flunked the IQ test, so that he could go back to binge-watching his favorite animated programs with no fear of hebetating his otherwise brilliant mind."

 

3-10 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Vaticinal :

\ və-ˈti-sə-nəl , va- \ adjective; having the nature of, or characterized by prophecy. Also, prophetic.

"Since we all had bets favoring the jilting of Chad Jr. on his wedding day, it was disappointing that the gypsy's vaticinal vision of his future nuptials came to pass."

3-9 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Boutade :

\ büˈtäd \ nouna sudden outburst or outbreak. Also, a whim, a caprice.

"Our casual office Fridays at the morgue often included a few impromptu boutades of John Doe ventriloquism."

 

3-8 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Labile :

ˈlā-ˌbī(-ə)l , -bəl adjectivesomething that is constantly undergoing change. Unstable. Also, readily open to change.

"While the Botox injections allowed Edna to maintain a poker-face facade, her labile mood swings gave everything else away."

 

3-7  Double Word of the Day.

Definition of Facund :

 \ ˈfakənd , fəˈkənd adjective;  eloquent. Also articulate, silver-tongued, and smooth-spoken.

Definition of Fecund :

 \ ˈfe-kənd , ˈfē- adjective;  fruitful in offspring or vegetation. Also, very productive or creative intellectually; prolific.

"His facund delivery of commands, along with his fecund herd of pigs, made Jasper a perennial favorite at the Harper Valley hog calling contest."

 

3-6 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Concinnity :

 \ kən-ˈsi-nə-tē noun;  studied elegance of literary or artistic style. Also, a close harmony of tone as well as logic among the elements of discourse.

"As Miriam read the last chapter of her husband's jailhouse memoirs, she realized he would never be known for his concinnity, but rather for his multiple personalities."

 

3-5 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Illaqueate :

 \ ə̇ˈlakwēˌāt \ verb;  to ensnare. 

"We illaqueated the Elvis impersonator in a trap baited with grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches, only to lose him later in an ill-fated poker game."

 

3-4 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Vegete :

 \ və-ˈjēt \ adjective;  flourishing in respect to health and vigor. Also, vigorous, lively, healthy. 

"My online fitness instructor carried on endlessly today about how his workouts made him so particularly vegete. But in the end, his smoker's cough gave him away."

 

3-3 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Mendacious :

 \ men-ˈdā-shəs \ adjective;  given to or characterized by deception of falsehood or divergence from absolute truth. Also, fraudulent, duplicitous, lying. 

"We were disappointed to learn that the star witness against our parents had recanted their mendacious testimony. We were no longer the children of anyone famous."

 

3-2 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Haptic :

 \ˈhap-tik \ adjective;  relating to or based on the sense of touch. Also, characterized by a predilection for the sense of touch. 

"Grandma always claimed that the haptic technology on our new game system was a bit much for her. Although, we often found her using it alone."

 

3-1 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Misocainea :

 \ misōˈkīnēə \ noun;  an abnormal hatred of new ideas. Also, an abnormal aversion to anything new. 

"Our bulldog's chronic misocainea reared its ugly head when we replaced his red water dish with a blue one."

 

February Vocabulary Word Of The Day

2-28 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Crepuscular :

 \ kri-ˈpə-skyə-lər \ adjective;  of, relating to, or resembling twilight: dim. Also, occurring or active during twilight. 

"The crepuscular light emanating from the UFO highlighted the most appealing aspects of our trailer park."

 

2-27 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Pavid :

 \ ˈpavə̇d \ adjective, showing fear. Also, timid.

"Verily  I say unto you, do not be the pavid author; the one who writes no longer, for fear of rejection."  - Anonymous. 

 

2-26 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Handsel :

 \ ˈhan(t)-səl \ noun, a gift made as a token of good wishes or luck especially at the beginning of a new year. Also, a first installment: earnest money.

"I saw the first royalty check for my new book Cuddly Kittens, Cuddly Life  as a handsel. A sign that my luck was finally changing."

 

2-25 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Laconic :

/ləˈkänik/ adjective, (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words; also - brief, concise, terse, succinct, short, pithy.

 "The evil spirits' laconic phrase, 'Get Out!' left us wondering if they meant the entire mansion - or just the room."

 

2-24 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Gasconade :

\ ˌga-skə-ˈnād \ noun, extravagant boasting, bravado; also, pompous talk.

"At the awards ceremony, his gin-fueled gasconade was only eclipsed by the fact that he wasn't wearing any pants."

 

2-23 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Prescient :

/ˈpreSH(ē)ənt/ adjective, having or showing knowledge of events before they take place. Also, prophetic, predictive, visionary.

"I'm not a psychic. But I had a prescient sense that our weekend at the isolated cabin was going to turn out quite differently than what we had planned."

 

2-22 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Idolum :

noun, a mental picture or an idea. Also, a false idea, a fallacy.

"I pictured the audience in their underwear, but I realized at once that my idolum was also my fallacy."

 

2-21 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Sanative :

adjective, conducive to physical or spiritual health and well-being; also healing.

"The ski retreat was very sanative for us all. Maybe we'll invite you next year."

 

2-20 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Frisson :

noun, a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; also, a thrill.

"The frisson was electrifying when the celebrities arrived to walk the red carpet. Also, Sid said hello."

 

2-19 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Lautitious :

adjective, sumptuous; fashionable; luxurious; excellent; elegant; splendid; magnificent; neat; also, refined.

"Because this weekend, we were invited to such a lautitious  poolside barbecue. We all wished you were there."

 

2-18 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Afflatus :

noun, a divine creative impulse or inspiration.

 

2-17 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Tetchy :

adjective, bad tempered, also irritable. First known English use : Romeo and Juliet, 1592. 

 

2-16 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Feracious :

adjective, producing abundantly; highly prolific; also, fruitful. 

 

2-15 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Kyriolexy :

noun, the use of literal or simple expressions, as distinguished from the use of figurative or obscure ones. 

 

2-14 Vocabulary Word of the Day.

Definition of Philomath :

noun,  lover of learning.

 

Vocabulary Word #1.

Definition of Oneiric :

adjective, of or relating to dreams and also dreaming.

 

 

Vocabulary Word
A New Vocabulary Word Will Expand Your Thoughts

Vocabulary word.

Use of this term always conjures up memories of a pop quiz in junior high school. Also, one of those “word-a-day” calendars.

And also, general knowledge words that don’t mean anything to anyone. Therefore, these are words that don’t specifically have anything to do with anything that’s going on right now.

Because in writing for the internet, the term vocabulary word does not mean any of these things anymore.

At all. And since words are almost everything on the internet, you have to change your way of thinking. Maybe just to keep up.

Because on the internet, you could be a vocabulary word or two away from incredible success and not even know it. Consequently, the right new word and how you use it makes all the difference in your internet results.

Because these days, internet results mean everything.

So here are three ways the right vocabulary word can make a difference to you right now:

1. Vocabulary Word = Keyword

A vocabulary word that you use in a blog, a tweet, an article, or in any social media becomes a keyword. And a keyword is a word that people type into their browser to find things on the internet. So if you are not aware of what keywords people are looking for (with regards to your internet content) people will not find you. And there is no other way to look at it.

2. Vocabulary Word = Synonyms

Using a new vocabulary word also means learning all of its synonyms. Because people won’t find you just because you are using a keyword that is popular. Not if everyone else is using it.  So to be effective, you also have to use all of the new word’s synonyms in your writing. In addition, using the synonyms for the original word makes you sound so much more knowledgeable on your subject matter.

3. Vocabulary Word = Audience Appeal

Everything goes in trends. And if you are on constantly on top of the keywords that currently go with what is trending, you will always be found by the search engines. So long tail keywords are the most helpful, because they are the most descriptive.

In conclusion, learning a new word (keyword) for your topic every day and then using it along with its synonyms will make your internet communications much more effective and especially relevant. And you will reach many more people. Whether you are tweeting, blogging, or writing a book.

Best Regards,

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