Word Of The Day Archive 8

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4/16/21: bedraggle (bih-drag-uhl); v.

1. to make limp and soiled.

IN A SENTENCE: Out of clean towels, Arthur had to dry off his bedraggled cat with another cat.

4/11/21: repudiate (ri-pyoo-dee-eyt); v.

3. to reject with disapproval or condemnation.

IN A SENTENCE: Lee is known to repudiate anyone who won't try mayonnaise as dip. 

4/6/21: dilatory (dil-uh-tawr-ee); adj.

1. tending to delay or procrastinate.

IN A SENTENCE: Because of Estelle's dilatory style, she gave birth on the day of the pregnancy test.

4/3/21: ruffian (ruhf-ee-uhn); n.

1. a tough, lawless person; roughneck, bully.

IN A SENTENCE: Cat's ruffian brother Ruben once socked a guy for having the same birthday as him.

3/31/21: cachet (ka-shey); n.

2. a distinguishing mark of approval; stamp.

IN A SENTENCE: For successful employees, Dirk's well-known cachet is cracking an egg in their hair.

3/26/21: ephemeral (ih-fem-er-uhl); adj.

1. short-lived.

IN A SENTENCE: Liza laments the ephemeral stint of corn-flavored ice cream at her shop.

3/22/21: obsequious (uhb-see-kwee-uhs); adj.

1. showing servile obedience and excessive eagerness to please; obedient, dutiful.

IN A SENTENCE: Brenda won't hire anyone unless they're obsequious or they're aware of her illegal horse smuggling.

3/17/21: predilection (pred-l-ek-shuhn); n.

1. a tendency to think favorably of something in particular.

IN A SENTENCE: Janice has an odd predilection for tuna-flavored popsicles.

3/13/21: invective (in-vek-tiv); n.

3. an insulting or abusive word or expression.

IN A SENTENCE: Woodrow directed an invective.at Shaun after finding him glued to the oven.

3/9/21: proclivity (proh-kliv-i-tee); n.

1. natural or habitual inclination or tendency.

IN A SENTENCE: At the drive-thru, Lester has a proclivity for talking about things that have zero to do with his order, or even food in general.

3/1/21: equanimity (ee-kwuh-nim-i-tee); n.

1. mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain.

IN A SENTENCE: Abe maintained equanimity when he accidentally sold his son.

2/23/21: scurrilous (skur-uh-luhs); adj.

1. grossly or obscenely abusive.

IN A SENTENCE: Tamara's scurrilous remark made Shannon AND her dog cry. 

2/18/21: pragmatic (prag-mat-ik); adj.

1. of or relating to a practical point of view or practical considerations.

IN A SENTENCE: Hal takes a pragmatic approach to removing his caked-on pit stains.

2/12/21: nebulous (neb-yuh-luhs); adj.

1. hazy, vague, indistinct or confused.

IN A SENTENCE: Rita's nebulous account of menacing rabbits blocking her door raised suspicion.

2/9/21: insouciant (in-soo-see-uhnt); adj.

1. free from concern, worry or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.

IN A SENTENCE: Marcus had a rather insouciant response to news of his pig smoking a blunt.

1/30/21: dubious (doo-bee-uhs); adj.

2. of doubtful quality or propriety; questionable.

IN A SENTENCE: "He asked me to" was Chester's dubious excuse for sniffing the dog's butt.

1/27/21: corpulent (kawr-pyuh-luhnt); adj.

1. large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat.

IN A SENTENCE: Brent was somewhat offended when, despite his corpulent build, not one forest creature attempted to eat him.

1/23/21: arcane (ahr-keyn); adj.

1. known or understood by very few; mysterious, secret.

IN A SENTENCE: Because of Beth's arcane job specifics, most assume she's secretly Ronald McDonald.

1/20/21: lassitude (las-i-tood); n.

1. weariness of body or mind from strain; lack of energy.

IN A SENTENCE: Eliza blames her lassitude on staying up three days straight binge-watching Mork & Mindy.

1/16/21: purloin (per-loin); v.

1. to take dishonestly; steal.

IN A SENTENCE: To settle a bet, Ronald purloined an old man's dentures as he used them.

1/11/21: equivocate (ih-kwiv-uh-keyt); v.

1. to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead.

IN A SENTENCE: All Mitch does is equivocate when asked what happened in the neighbor's barn that night.

1/7/21: nascent (nas-uhnt), adj.

1. beginning to exist or develop.

IN A SENTENCE: Chuck's nascent career as a cook ended when he couldn't stop sweating all over the orders.