Word of the Day – September 21, 2019

redoubtable

(rɪˈdaʊ tə bəl)

adj.

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.

Word of the Day – July 27, 2019

hyperbole

(hī-pûr′bə-lē)

n.

A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.

[Latin hyperbolē, from Greek huperbolē, excess, from huperballein, to exceed : huper, beyond; see hyper- + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

Word of the Day – June 15, 2019

Recidivism

Recidivism is the act of a person repeating an undesirable behavior after they had either experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or had been trained to extinguish that behavior. It is also used to refer to the percentage of former prisoners who are rearrested for a similar offense.