Word Of The Day Archive 8
7/21/21: harangue (huh-rang); n.
1. a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
IN A SENTENCE: Leon unleashed a harangue at Milo after he put the litter box in the dishwasher.
6/20/21: vociferous (voh-sif-er-uhs); adj.
1. crying out noisily; clamorous.
IN A SENTENCE: Suzanne let out a vociferous yell when Dennis poured his Frappe down her back.
6/8/21: obdurate (OB-doo-rit); adj.
1. unmoved by persuasion or pity; stubborn; unyielding.
IN A SENTENCE: Mariah took an obdurate position against pulling seniors out of the trash.
6/5/21: austerity (aw-STER-i-tee); adj.
1. severity of uncompromising or strict manner or appearance.
IN A SENTENCE: So strong was the austerity of the Wilkins family babysitter that even the adults went to bed at 9pm.
5/28/21: adroit (uh-droit); adj.
1. expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body.
IN A SENTENCE: Tyler displayed the adroit ability to do push-ups while sobbing uncontrollably.
5/21/21: abhorrent (ab-hawr-uhnt); adj.
1. causing repugnance; detestable; loathsome:
IN A SENTENCE: To improve his abhorrent reputation, Bill hugged everyone who passed by him at Home Depot.
4/29/21: nonplussed (non-pluhst); adj.
1. completely puzzled or perplexed by something unexpected.
IN A SENTENCE: Dominic was left nonplussed by Anita's refrigerated sweat jar.
4/23/21: redoubtable (ri-dou-tuh-buhl); adj.
1. that is to be feared; formidable.
IN A SENTENCE: Lance was quite the redoubtable poker player until everyone discovered that aces can be played high or low.
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.
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.