Word Of The Day Archive 1
12/28/14: hylophobia (n/a), n.
1. fear of forests.
IN A SENTENCE: Darrick's hylophobia prevents him from fulfilling his fantasy of mating with an elk.
12/26/14: bellicose (bel i kohs), adj.
1. inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile, pugnacious.
IN A SENTENCE: Every time he passes the yoga center, Sam grows edgy and bellicose since his hand is broken.
12/16/14: supercilious (soo-per-sil-ee-uh s), adj.
1. haughtily disdainful or, contemptuous, as a person or facial expression
IN A SENTENCE: Hannah walks around all supercilious just because she's never accidentally gone to work with gum in her hair.
12/13/14: tocophobia (n/a), n.
1. fear of pregnancy or childbirth.
IN A SENTENCE: Ted combats his tocophobia by running away whenever a girl likes him.
12/9/14: vassal (vas-uh l), n.
1. a subordinate; slave.
IN A SENTENCE: Lance hired his own personal vassal to clean up after he number twos.
12/7/14: chionophobia (n/a), n.
1. fear of snow.
IN A SENTENCE: Johnny's chlonophobia cost him $100, as his friends dared him to poke a snowman's butt.
12/3/14: indolent (in-dl-uh nt), adj.
1. lazy, indifferent.
IN A SENTENCE: Kerry had planned to clean her house, but indolence won out and she scratched her pits instead.
11/29/14: brontophobia (n/a), n.
1. fear of thunder and lightning.
IN A SENTENCE: Regina's date with brontophobic Hal ended when a drop of rain landed on his shoe and he screamed.
11/25/14: epoch (ep-uh k), n.
1. a particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events, etc.
IN A SENTENCE: Marty's 21st birthday kicked off an epoch of booze, sweating, diarrhea and puking.
11/21/14: obviate (ob-vee-eyt), v.
1. to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary.
IN A SENTENCE: Ernie obviated his company's no-working-during-lunch policy by bringing three lunches.
11/18/14: compunction (kuh m-puhngk-shuh), n.
1. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain.
2. any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action.
IN A SENTENCE: Courtney battled guilt and great compunction over stealing Daryl's used underwear and showing it to his colleagues.
11/14/14: atelophobia (n/a), v.
1. a fear of imperfection, defects.
IN A SENTENCE: Jamie suffered from atelophobia for years, until he invested in a competent hype man..
11/10/14: exsanguinate (eks-sang-gwuh-neyt), v.
1. to drain of blood; make bloodless.
IN A SENTENCE: Damon wants to exsanguinate a vampire just to see what would happen.
11/7/14: cacography (kuh-kog-ruh-fee), n.
1. poor penmanship; bad handwriting.
IN A SENTENCE: Because of the sloppy cacography in Darren's note, his crush called—and brought pizza to—the wrong guy.
11/3/14: ineffable (in-ef-uh-buhl), adj.
1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible.
IN A SENTENCE: After an hour with ugly, hairy girls, Doug felt ineffable relief upon barfing on the floor..
11/1/14: coulrophobia (kool-ruh-foh-bee-uh), noun.
1. a fear of clowns.
IN A SENTENCE: From age five on, Janet suffered intense coulrophobia. It's because her mom accidentally set two clowns on fire once
10/28/14: cloying (kloi-ing), adj.
4. causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess.
IN A SENTENCE: Sean showers his wife with cloying attention whenever he's on a mission for fresh cupcakes.
10/22/14: phalanx (fey-langks, fal-angks), n.
4. a compact or closely massed body of persons, animals, or things.
IN A SENTENCE: Though it took awhile, Amber managed to escape the entire phalanx of kooks who thought she was Beyonce.
10/18/14: inure (in-yoo r), v.
1. to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden.
IN A SENTENCE: Roger has inured himself to his partner's disturbing, violent nightmares.
10/13/14: assiduously (uh-sij-oo-uh s), adv.
1. constant, unremitting. 2. working diligently.
IN A SENTENCE: Though Toby assiduously worked to unlock the door, Sheila grew impatient and used an ax instead.
10/8/14: recalcitrant (ri-kal-si-truh nt), adj.
1. resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory.
2. hard to deal with, manage, or operate. 3. (n) a recalcitrant person.
IN A SENTENCE: Shannon demanded 30 minutes of smooches from Scott, but being a fierce recalcitrant he only gave 10.
10/6/14: buoyant (boi-uh nt, boo-yuh nt), adj.
2. cheerful or invigorating.
IN A SENTENCE: Edith has been exceptionally buoyant ever since her husband bought her a PlayStation.
10/5/14: enmity (en-mi-tee), n.
1. a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.
IN A SENTENCE: Howard developed enmity for his brother upon learning he used Howard's credit card to buy gas for strangers in hopes of getting on the news.
9/25/14: capricious (kuh-prish-uh s), adj.
2. subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic.
IN A SENTENCE: Jan is known to be unpredictable, like when she capriciously rubbed a guy's shoulders right before pepper-spraying him.
9/23/14: feckless (fek-lis), adj.
2. indifferent, lazy, no sense of responsibility.
IN A SENTENCE: Because of Darren's feckless approach to relationships, he now has to settle for lazy, broke women.
9/21/14: capitulate (kuh-pich-uh-leyt), v.
1. To surrender unconditionally or on stipulated terms.
IN A SENTENCE: After months of not letting her boyfriend use her bathroom, Tracy finally capitulated.
9/19/14: vacuity (va-kyoo-i-tee), n.
2. absence of thought or intelligence; inanity; blankness.
IN A SENTENCE: Tim liked Shannon not just for her willingness to pay for everything, but also for her vacuity.
9/16/14: ostentatious (os-ten-tey-shuh s), adj.
1. characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others.
IN A SENTENCE: Teri and Ivan were having a nice time. Then she ostentatiously whipped out her imported French sponge collection, expecting him to be impressed.
9/14/14: rotary (roh-tuh-ree), n.
3. a part of a machine that rotates about an axis.
4. a roundabout (for traffic).
IN A SENTENCE: Jimmy and Mark got caught tickling each other in the middle of the rotary.