Word of the Day, January 12, 2019

bucolic

(bjuːˈkɒlɪk)

adj

1. of or characteristic of the countryside or country life; rustic
2. of or relating to shepherds; pastoral
n

3. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (sometimes plural) a pastoral poem, often in the form of a dialogue
4. a rustic; farmer or shepherd
[C16: from Latin būcolicus, from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos cowherd, from bous ox]
buˈcolically adv

Word of the Day January 5, 2019

milliner (mĭl′ə-nər)

n.

One that makes, trims, designs, or sells hats.

[Probably alteration of Middle English Milener, native of Milan, from Milanthe source of goods such as bonnets and lace.]
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Word of the Day, December 29, 2018

whimsical

(wĭm′zĭ-kəl, hwĭm′-)

adj.

1. Characterized by, arising from, or subject to whimsy: a whimsical decision.
2. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way: “The episodic book is memorable for its whimsical animal dialogue” (Peter D. Sieruta).

[From whimsy.]

whim′si·cal·ly adv.

Word of the Day December15, 2018

co·a·lesce

(kō′ə-lĕs′)

v. co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing, co·a·lesc·es
v.intr.

1. To come or grow together into a single mass: the material that coalesced to form stars.
2. To come together as a recognizable whole or entity: the stories that coalesced as the history of the movement.
3. To come together for a single purpose: The rebel units coalesced into one army to fight the invaders. See Synonyms at mix.
v.tr.

1. To cause to coalesce as a single mass: The atoms were coalesced into a larger molecule.
2. To cause to coalesce as a single whole or entity: The survey responses were coalesced into a single document.

[Latin coalēscere : co-, co- + alēscere, to grow, inchoative of alere, to nourish; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

co′a·les′cence n.
co′a·les′cent adj.

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, 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

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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.