Tag Archives: Verb

word: asperity


Definition: (noun) Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
Synonyms: sharpness
Usage: Mr. Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant. Discuss.

word: picayune


Definition: (adjective) Of little value or importance; paltry.
Synonyms: fiddling, footling, niggling, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little
Usage: Giving a police officer a free meal may be against the law, but it seems to be a picayune infraction. Discuss.

word: cantankerous


Definition: (adjective) Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable.
Synonyms: bloody-minded
Usage: I am an extremely considerate neighbor, yet the cantankerous old lady next door is constantly lodging complaints about me with our landlord. Discuss.

word: disembarrass


Definition: (verb) Relieve from.
Synonyms: rid, free
Usage: Lord Lundie strove to disembarrass himself of his accoutrements much as an ill-trained … dog tries to escape backwards through his frilled collar. Discuss.
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word: footling


Definition: (adjective) (Informal) Small and of little importance.
Synonyms: fiddling, niggling, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little
Usage: His footling gestures were insufficient to win back my favor. Discuss.
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Definition: (verb) Attempt by employing effort.
Synonyms: strive
Usage: The candidate promised to endeavor to improve the quality of life in the inner city, but once in office, she did nothing of the sort. Discuss.
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Definition: (adjective) Incapable of being overcome, challenged, or refuted.
Synonyms: impregnable
Usage: I felt the inexpugnable strength of common sense being insidiously menaced by this gruesome, by this insane, delusion. Discuss.