Category Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Licentious

Licentious Say It: \lī-ˈsen(t)-shəs\ Part of Speech: adjective Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): lacking legal or moral restraints, especially disregarding sexual restraints. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “You must be present for the betterment of our people, not just off jet-setting around the globe to sate your vulgar, licentious appetites.” “Fearful Pranks Ensue” American Horror Story […]

Word of the Day: Elide

Elide Say It: \i-ˈlīd\ Part of Speech: verb Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): to suppress or alter (as a vowel or syllable) by elision. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “Eliding the first syllable, and that what she was really saying was ‘police’.” Just After Sunset by Stephen King Origin: Latin, first used in 1796

Word of the Day: Atavistic

Atavistic Say It: \ˌa-tə-ˈvis-tik\ Part of Speech: adjective Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “Some atavistic, survival-oriented part of her even remembered to choke up on the red maple rod, knowing it would maximize the force, and maximum force […]

Word of the Day: Lachrymose

Lachrymose Say It: lach·ry·mose Part of Speech: adjective Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): given to tears or weeping. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “It was loud, lachrymose, and – as far as David Sanderson could tell – note perfect.” Just After Sunset by Stephen King Origin: Latin, first used in1727

Word of the Day: Appellation

Appellation Say It: /span>lā-shən\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a name or title. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “All the students enrolled there referred to it as ‘Climp’, as though the proper appellation was just, like, sooo beside the point.” U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton Origin: Middle English, old French, and […]

Word of the Day: Mesalliance

Mésalliance Say It: \ˌmā-ˌzal-ˈyäⁿs/ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a marriage with a person of inferior social position. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “So Lady Rose MacClare is a mésalliance.” -Dowager Countess Crawley in “Episode Eight” Downton Abbey Season Five. Origin: French, first used in 1782.

Word of the Day: Improvident

Improvident Say It: \ˌimˈprävəd(ə)nt/ Part of Speech: adjective Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): not foreseeing or providing for the future. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “Since no matches were provided, the casual improvident visitor had to make his own devotions, if any, without benefit of their light.” The Private Patient by P.D. James Origin: […]

Word of the Day: Surfeit

Surfeit Say It: \ˈsər-fət\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): an overabundant supply. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “Kim poured the tea with shaking fingers while Dean, having already had a surfeit of sandwiches on the train, took a scone and anointed it generously with butter and jam.” The Private Patient by […]

Word of the Day: Colophon

Colophon Say It: \ˈkä-lə-fən, –ˌfän\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a publisher’s or printer’s distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “It became prestigious for a company to deliver its goods in a Chandeler-Powell container, for presents to […]

Word of the Day: Hauteur

Hauteur Say It: \hȯ–ˈtər, (h)ō-\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): haughtiness of manner; disdainful pride. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “There’s a certain amount of family hauteur there.” The Private Patient by P.D. James Origin: French, first used in 1628

Word of the Day: Polemicist

Polemicist Say It: \-ˈle-mə-sist\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): an aggressive controversialist. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “In the book, the polemicist and enthusiastic atheist describes the wasting away his body endures during chemotherapy, but his words remain as sharp and carefully chosen as ever.” -“Sickbed successes: 20 great […]

Word of the Day: Pachysandra

Pachysandra Say It: /pakiˈsandrə/ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): any of a genus (Pachysandra) of perennial evergreen plants of the box family often used as a ground cover. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “Tinka, the wind calls your name. And the pond, and the trees, and the– pachysandra.” […]

Coming Soon: Word of the Day!

It’s time to inject some class into this bitch so starting soon (maybe tomorrow, maybe next year) I will be posting a word of the day. One of my all time favorite life projects is the ongoing expansion of my vocabulary and I would love to include all of my readers in on the fun. […]