Word of the Day August 11, 2018

pshaw

interj.

Used to indicate impatience, irritation, disapproval, or disbelief.
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Word of the Day August 4, 2018

pontificate

vb (intr)

1. to speak or behave in a pompous or dogmatic manner. Also (less commonly): pontify
2. (Roman Catholic Church) to serve or officiate as a pontiff, esp in celebrating a Pontifical Mass
n

(Roman Catholic Church) the office or term of office of a pontiff, now usually the pope

Word of the Day July 7, 2018

compunction

n.

1. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of conscience for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse.
2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action; qualm.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin compūnctiō remorse < Latin compung(ere) to prick severely (com- com– + pungere to prick; compare point)]
com•punc′tious, adj.
com•punc′tious•ly, adv.

Word of the Day March 9, 2018

trepidation

(ˌtrɛp ɪˈdeɪ ʃən)

n.

1. tremulous fear, alarm, or agitation; perturbation.
2. a trembling or quivering movement.
[1595–1605; < Latin trepidātiō, derivative of trepidā(re) to be apprehensive, panic]

Word of the Day March 3, 2018

truc·u·lent

(trŭk′yə-lənt)

adj.

1. Disposed or eager to fight or engage in hostile opposition; belligerent.
2. Showing or expressing bitter opposition or hostility; aggressively defiant: a truculent speech against the new government; a truculent glance.
3. Disposed to violence; ferocious or cruel.