Word of the Day – April 4, 2020


(ˈtɪm ər əs)


1. full of or subject to fear.
2. characterized by or indicating fear or timidity: a timorous approach to a serious problem.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin timōrōsus= Latin timōr-, s. of timor fear + -ōsus -ous]
tim′or•ous•ly, adv.
tim′or•ous•ness, n.

Word of the Day, November 16, 2019


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tr.v. be·smirched, be·smirch·ing, be·smirch·es

1. To stain; sully: a reputation that was besmirched by slander.
2. To make dirty; soil.

be·smirch′er n.
be·smirch′ment n.

Word of the Day – September 21, 2019


(rɪˈdaʊ tə bəl)


1. evoking fear; fearsome; formidable.
2. commanding respect or reverence.
[1325–75; Middle English redoutable < Middle French, =redout(er) to fear (re- re– + douter to fear, doubt) + -able -able]
re•doubt′a•ble•ness, n.
re•doubt′a•bly, adv.