Word Of The Day Archive 7

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12/26/20: eclectic (ih-klek-tik), adj.

1. selecting or choosing from various sources.

IN A SENTENCE: Donna had to be told that an eclectic collection of warts is not something to be proud of.

12/19/20: advent (ad-vent), n.

1. a coming into place, view, or being; arrival.

IN A SENTENCE: The advent of NFL Network led Tia to divorce three different husbands.

12/12/20: venerable (ven-er-uh-buhl), adj.

2. commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity.

IN A SENTENCE: It was stunning to hear that the venerable football coach Rogers sometimes slept with a pacifier. 

12/7/20: inimical (ih-nim-i-kuhl), adj.

2. unfriendly, hostile.

IN A SENTENCE: Lew's inimical attitude led to arguments about everything, even the spelling of "soup".

11/29/20: vaunted (vawn-tid), adj.

1. praised boastfully or excessively.

IN A SENTENCE: When he cooked from memory, Harvey's vaunted chicken cacciatore looked and tasted more like chicken earwax.

11/21/20: smattering (smat-er-ing), n.

2. a small amount or number.

IN A SENTENCE: After being unfriendly to the staff, Stan discovered a smattering of snot in his McNuggets.

11/11/20: deleterious (del-i-teer-ee-uhs), adj.

1. harmful, injurious.

IN A SENTENCE: Marty might have won a city council seat were it not for his deleterious BO.

11/8/20: quandary (kwon-duh-ree), n.

1. state of uncertainty or perplexity between equally unfavorable options.

IN A SENTENCE: Cole faced the quandary of telling Shirley she stunk, or not telling Shirley she stunk.

10/30/20: gratuitous (gruh-too-i-tuhs), adj.

2. being without apparent reason, cause or justification.

IN A SENTENCE: Luigi ghosted Ramona after discovering her knack for gratuitous scratching at all hours of the day.

5/23/20: pugnacious (puhg-ney-shuhs), adj.

1. inclined to quarrel or fight readily.

IN A SENTENCE: Ted got his pugnacious reputation from punching out a "disrespectful" squirrel.

5/18/20: portent (pawr-tent), n.

1. an indication or omen of something about to happen.

IN A SENTENCE: German bought a toothpaste tube that looked like his ointment tube, a dangerous portent.

5/13/20: impudent (im-pyuh-duhnt), adj.

1. characterized by bold or shameless behavior.

IN A SENTENCE: Fiona's impudent acts included discussing her hygienic situation in the middle of church.

5/8/20: prescient (presh-uhnt), adj.

1. having knowledge of things or events before they exist or happen.

IN A SENTENCE: Caitlin made the prescient guess that arriving to work with fangs in would get her suspended.

5/4/20: ebullient (ih-buhl-yuh nt), adj.

1. overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement.

IN A SENTENCE: Shane's ebullient personality makes up for his brutal carcass breath. Most of the time. 

4/30/20: convivial (kuhn-viv-ee-uhl), adj.

1. friendly; agreeable.

IN A SENTENCE: Jeff is kind and convivial; he will even loan out his retainer to those in need.

4/25/20: vestige (ves-tij), n.

1. a mark, trace, or visible evidence of something that is no longer present or in existence.

IN A SENTENCE: Sal left a vestige of his bathroom break on the toilet bowl rim.

4/21/20: winsome (win-suh m), adj.

1. sweetly or innocently charming.

IN A SENTENCE: Because of Jeremy's winsome nature, people don't get too mad when he calls them fat sows or ugly beasts.

4/16/20: nadir (ney-der), n.

3. the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair.

IN A SENTENCE: Tanya reached her week's nadir when she accidentally mailed a slice of cheese with her mortgage payment.

4/10/20: onerous (on-er-uhs), adj.

1. burdensome, oppressive, or troublesome; causing hardship.

IN A SENTENCE: Evan made an onerous drive to talk sense into Kelly's cult leader.

4/5/20: inveterate (in-vet-er-it), adj.

1. settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like.

IN A SENTENCE: Because of Rodney's inveterate lying, Pete punched him in the lungs.



3/30/20: modicum (mod-i-kuh m), n.

1. A moderate or small amount.


IN A SENTENCE: Eileen asked Devon to show a modicum of maturity when her father said the word "duty". 

3/26/20: fastidious (fa-stid-ee-uh s), adj.

1. excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please.

IN A SENTENCE: Included on Luci's fastidious task list was taking her houseplant's temperatures. 

3/20/20: licentious (lahy-sen-shuhs), adj.

1. going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules.

IN A SENTENCE: Freddy's behavior was so crude and licentious that even a dog once slapped him.

3/16/20: kitschy (kich-ee), adj.

1. of tawdry design/appearance.

IN A SENTENCE: Rosa's pastor threw up upon seeing her kitschy living room.

3/12/20: cogent (koh-juh nt), adj.

2. to the point; relevant; pertinent.

IN A SENTENCE: To his surprise, Roberto gave a cogent explanation for all the stains on his sheets.

3/5/20: unctuous (uhngk-choo-uh s), adj.

1. excessively smooth, suave, or smug.

IN A SENTENCE: Janice won't vote because the candidates are either too unctuous or have tried to bite her in the past.

2/24/20: laconic (luh-kon-ik), adj.

1. expressing much in few words; concise.

IN A SENTENCE: Vance gave his usual laconic answers when suspected of clogging the toilet with old wigs.

2/17/20: ruminate (roo-muh-neyt), v.

1. to meditate on; ponder.

IN A SENTENCE: Brody took a few minutes to ruminate on morality before mooning the old folks' home.

2/8/20: perfidy (pur-fi-dee), n.

1. deliberate breach of faith and trust.

IN A SENTENCE: Thanks to Colin's perfidy, the entire student body learned Brandi enjoys cat food.

2/4/20: compendium (kuhm-pen-dee-uhm), n.

3. a full list or inventory.


IN A SENTENCE: In Darren's bedroom is a typed compendium of animals that smell better than his father.