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Word Of The Day Archive 3

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9/1/16: natty (nat-ee), adj.

1. neat and trim in dress/appearance.


IN A SENTENCE: At church, Trisha maintains a conservative, natty style. But at da club, she be lettin' it all hang out. 

8/17/16: hew (h-yoo), v.

2. to conform or adhere to.


IN A SENTENCE: Ray expected Alaina to hew to his family traditions, but she just couldn't go Gangham Style in front of all the wedding guests.

7/17/16: salubrious (suh-loo-bree-uhs), adj.

1. of or promoting favorable health.



IN A SENTENCE: Kelsey advised Kerry to try more salubrious activities to stay in shape, such as ringing doorbells and running away.

6/20/16: sobriquet (soh-bruh-key), n.

1. a descriptive name/phrase that describes someone/something's character.



IN A SENTENCE: To her co-workers, clumsy Cassandra is known by the sobriquet "Scraped-Knees Sandy".

5/19/16: accoutrement (uh-koo-ter-muh nt), n.

1. personal clothing, accessories.


IN A SENTENCE: Allison's growing collection of Hamburglar accoutrement creeps Kyle out.

4/19/16: panacea (pan-uh-see-uh), n.

1. a cure-all; a universal remedy.


IN A SENTENCE: The grape-sized wart on Yvonne's forehead acts as panacea for unwanted male attention.


3/28/16: disparate (dis-per-it), adj.

2. markedly differing, dissimilar.


IN A SENTENCE: Alfonso found out too late that he and Melanie held disparate views on dating one's sister-in-law while one's wife is a P.O.W.


2/3/16: irenic (ahy-ren-ik), n.

1. tending to promote reconciliation or peace.


IN A SENTENCE: Brent's irenic speech saved his relationship with Casey even after she learned he drank from the toilet.


1/26/16: marauding (muh-raw-ding), adj.

1. roaming for plunder; roaming and ravaging an area.


IN A SENTENCE: Edgar spent so long marauding Mara's dinner that he ended up with muscle strains.


9/29/15: hegemonic (hej-uh-mon-ik), adj.

2. having leadership, dominance, supremacy.


IN A SENTENCE: Durrell dislikes Nia's hegemonic ways, namely dragging him to her parent's house by the ear



9/25/15: soporific (sop-uh-rif-ik), adj.

3. something that causes sleep/drowsiness, as in a medicine or drug.


IN A SENTENCE: Alan broke up with Tamara because of her soporific life stories.

9/17/15: avarice (av-er-is), n.

1. insatiable greed for riches, desire to hoard wealth.


IN A SENTENCE: It's challenging for Randall to balance his overwhelming avarice and his overwhelming lust for fast food.


9/13/15: sartorial (sahr-tawr-ee-uhl), adj.

1. relating to manner of dress or clothing style.


IN A SENTENCE: Lesley's sartorial instincts are a good source of humor around the office.



9/7/15: caterwaul (kat-er-wawl), v.

1. to utter long, wailing cries; a loud screech.


IN A SENTENCE: When they're not in public, Anton makes Ava caterwaul—by touching her sunburn.




9/1/15: aperture (ap-er-cher), n.

1. an opening, i.e. slit, crack, gap.


IN A SENTENCE: Justin still ate the cookie that fell in the aperture between his wall and bed.


8/27/15: vagary (vuh-gair-ee), n.

1. an unpredictable or erratic action or instance.


IN A SENTENCE: Julius is a walking, talking vagary who would rescue someone from a burning building and then curse them out.


8/22/15: burlesque (ber-lesk), n.

2. a ludicrous parody; caricature.


IN A SENTENCE: Geraldine mistook Landon's clumsy attempt at small talk for some sort of burlesque act.




8/17/15: grandiloquent (gran-dil-uh-kwuh nt), adj.

1. speaking in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.


IN A SENTENCE: Standing on his lawn and speaking grandiloquently, Sean announced his ex-fiance wets the bed during thunderstorms.




8/12/15: subjugate (suhb-juh-geyt), v.

2. to make submissive or subservant, enslave.


IN A SENTENCE: Terri subjugates her boyfriend with a long "switch" off a tree.




8/8/15: cherubic (chuh-roo-bik), adj.

1. having a plump, pretty innocence.


IN A SENTENCE: Professor Lawton always liked Lindsay's upbeat, cherubic demeanor—so he wasn't thrilled when she talked about blood, guts and death all night.



8/4/15: desiccate (des-i-keyt), v.

1. to dry up, to remove moisture.


IN A SENTENCE: Hank coughed so hard on Cybill that her eyes totally desiccated and she couldn't form a sentence.

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