Tag Archives: Word of the Day

Word of the Day: sentient


Word of the Day

 

sentient

Definition: (adjective) Endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness.
Synonyms: animate
Usage: The living knew themselves just sentient puppets on God’s stage. Discuss.

 

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word: sedulous


Word of the Day

sedulous

Definition: (adjective) Persevering and constant in effort or application.
Synonyms: assiduous
Usage: Her sedulous efforts to learn French eventually enabled her to become almost fluent. Discuss.

word: stentorian


Word of the Day

stentorian

Definition: (adjective) Extremely loud.
Synonyms: booming
Usage: He was woken by the stentorian voice of his teacher, demanding to know why he wasn’t paying attention. Discuss

Word of the Day: Disciple


Word of the Day

disciple

Definition: (noun) One who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another.
Synonyms: adherent
Usage: An avowed disciple of Jonson and his classicism and a greater poet than Fletcher is Robert Herrick, who, indeed, after Shakespeare and Milton, is the finest lyric poet of these two centuries. Discuss.

story: Arboretum


Arboretum

Fontana - Arboretum Trsteno

Fontana – Arboretum Trsteno (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

An arboretum is a botanical garden primarily devoted to trees and other woody plants that are cultivated for scientific, educational, and ornamental purposes. The plants are labeled with their common and scientific names, and they are arranged in cultural or habitat groups, such as tropical, desert, and aquatic. One of the world’s oldest arboretums is the Trsteno Arboretum, near Dubrovnik in Croatia. What arboretum in England helped inspire the design for New York City’s Central Park? More… Discuss

 

word: apogee


apogee 

Definition: (noun) The farthest or highest point; the apex.
Synonyms: summit, height, peak, climax, pinnacle, zenith, acme
Usage: It took many years for the industry to reach its apogee, but only a few more for it to become defunct. Discuss.

word: pliant


pliant 

Definition: (adjective) Easily bent or flexed; pliable.
Synonyms: bendable
Usage: The connections of the several sections of the raft are slack and pliant, so that the raft may be readily bent into any sort of curve required by the shape of the river. Discuss.

word: gauche


gauche 

Definition: (adjective) Lacking social polish; tactless.
Synonyms: unpolished, graceless
Usage: Wendy was quite friendly, but her lack of manners made her seem gauche in formal settings. Discuss.

word: inured


inured

Definition: (adjective) Made tough by habitual exposure.
Synonyms: hardened
Usage: Doctors become inured to death. Discuss.

word: calumniate


calumniate 

Definition: (verb) To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about.
Synonyms: asperse, besmirch, defame, slander, smirch, denigrate, sully, smear
Usage: Martha knew it was wrong to calumniate her former employer, but she was still so angry about being fired that she could not help herself. Discuss.

word: obdurate


obdurate 

Definition: (adjective) Hardened against feeling; hardhearted.
Synonyms: granitic, stony, flinty
Usage: The child’s misery would move even the most obdurate heart. Discuss.

word: pedantic


pedantic 

Definition: (adjective) Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules.
Synonyms: donnish, academic
Usage: Pedantic and hypercritical, meddlesome and fault-finding, he was a terror to the clerks under him. Discuss.

Word: ephemeral


ephemeral 

Definition: (adjective) Lasting a very short time.
Synonyms: fugacious, passing, short-lived, transitory, transient
Usage: Spare me in my ephemeral happiness, leave it to me for a few days, for a few minutes. Discuss.

word: picayune


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: nonpareil


nonpareil 

Definition: (noun) A person or thing that is unsurpassed or unmatched; peerless example.
Synonyms: nonesuch, apotheosis, ideal, paragon, saint
Usage: An ‘Only’ is a nonpareil, the feller that does one kind of a turn better’n any other feller. Discuss.