Word of the Day December 8, 2018

turgid

(tûr′jĭd)

adj.

1. Excessively ornate or complex in style or language; grandiloquent: turgid prose.
2. Swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated: a turgid bladder; turgid veins.

[Latin turgidus, from turgēre, to be swollen.]

tur·gid′i·ty, tur′gid·ness n.
tur′gid·ly adv.
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Word of the Day- December 1, 2018

elucidate

 (ĭ-lo͞o′sĭ-dāt′)

v. e·lu·ci·dat·ed, e·lu·ci·dat·ing, e·lu·ci·dates
v.tr.

To make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify. See Synonyms at explain.
v.intr.

To explain or clarify something: She gave a one-word answer and refused to elucidate any further.

[Late Latin ēlūcidāre, ēlūcidāt- : Latin ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + Latin lūcidus, bright (from lūcēre, to shine; see leuk- in Indo-European roots).]

e·lu′ci·da′tion n.
e·lu′ci·da′tive adj.
e·lu′ci·da′tor n.

Thanksgiving with Mom

Everyone arrived when was expected. Almost on time, for a change. We asked if we could be of any assistance, did anything that was asked of us and then settled in to play with the kids.

Mom arrived for our family celeration. She went to the kitchen to drop food off and ask our hostess where to put everything she brought. She had deviled eggs and a dish of…… !?! Sorry I cannot remember. Mom needed a dish for the deviled eggs.

Our hostess handed her the egg dish. She looked on the counter for the filling. Our hostess, mom and I started to giggle. Mom forgot the filling for the eggs! We had 24 egg halves and no yokes.

Mom

Thanksgiving

Word of the Day, November 24, 2018

sumptuous

adj.

Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish: “He likes big meals, so I cook sumptuous ones” (Anaïs Nin).

[Middle English, from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sūmptuōsus, from sūmptus, expense; see sumptuary.]

sump′tu·ous·lyadv.
sump′tu·ous·ness n.

Word of the Day November 17, 2018

propitiation

noun

pro·​pi·​ti·​a·​tion | \prō-ˌpi-shē-ˈā-shən \

Definition of propitiation 

1 : the act of propitiating

2 : something that propitiates specifically : an atoning sacrifice

Examples of propitiation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The scapegoat, as defined in the Book of Leviticus, is a propitiation. Sarah Jones, New Republic, “The Mental Health Scapegoat,” 16 Feb. 2018

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Word of the Day November 3, 2018

inextricable

adj.

1.

a. So intricate or entangled as to make escape impossible: an inextricable maze; an inextricable web of deceit.
b. Difficult or impossible to disentangle or untie: an inextricable tangle of threads.
c. Too involved or complicated to solve: an inextricable problem.
2. Unavoidable; inescapable: bound together by an inextricable fate. Cite:www.freedictionary.com

Word of the Day October 27, 2018

fiduciary

adj.

1.

a. Of or relating to a duty of acting in good faith with regard to the interests of another: a company’s fiduciary responsibility to investors.
b. Of or being a trustee or trusteeship.
c. Held in trust.
2. Of or consisting of fiat money.
3. Of, relating to, or being a system of marking in the field of view of an optical instrument that is used as a reference point or measuring scale.