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.

Word of the Day October 20, 2018

throng

NOUN
  1. a large, densely packed crowd of people or animals.
    “he pushed his way through the throng” ·

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    synonyms:
    crowd · mass · multitude · horde · host · mob · assemblage · gathering ·

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VERB
  1. (of a crowd) fill or be present in (a place or area).
    “a crowd thronged the station” ·

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    synonyms:
    pack (into) · cram (into) · jam · fill · press into · squeeze into · mob ·

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Word of the Day October 6, 2018

burgeon

also bour·geon (bûr′jən)

intr.v. bur·geoned, bur·geon·ing, bur·geons also bour·geoned or bour·geon·ing or bour·geons

1.

a. To put forth new buds, leaves, or greenery; sprout.
b. To begin to grow or blossom.
2. To grow or develop rapidly; expand or proliferate.

Word of the Day – September 29, 2018

Surly

ADJECTIVE
  1. bad-tempered and unfriendly.
    “he left with a surly expression”