Have you ever considered a Word of the Day program?

Word of the day….

Wednesday, April 1st:

1. Parody- a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing.

ex. His hilarious parody of Hamlet’s soliloquy.

2. Commemorate-to do something special in order to remember and honor (an important event or person from the past).

3. Chronology-the sequential order in which past events occur.

4. Camouflage- the act, means, or result of obscuring things to deceive an enemy, as by painting or screening objects so that they are lost to view in the background, or by making up objects that from a distance have the appearance of fortifications, guns, roads, etc.

ex: Drab plumage provides the bird with camouflage against predators.

Monday, February 23rd, 2015:

Boycott-to refuse to buy, use, or participate in (something) as a way of protesting : to stop using the goods or services of (a company, country, etc.) until changes are made.

ex. We boycotted companies that were polluting the environment.

Friday, February 13th, 2015:

Bizarre- very unusual or strange.

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015:

Boisterous- noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy.

ex. A large and boisterous crowd attended the concert

Friday, February 6th, 2015:

Aspire- To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly.

ex. He aspired to be a poet.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015:

Analogy-A comparison of two things based on their being alike in some way.

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015:

Alliteration: The repetition of beginning consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words.

ex. wild and woolly or a babbling brook

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015:

Accentuate: Make more noticeable or prominent.

ex. His jacket accentuated his broad shoulders.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015:

Revelation: An enlightening or astonishing disclosure.

ex. Dill had seen Dracula, a revelation that moved Jem to eye him with the beginning of respect.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015:

Tyrannical- Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way.

ex. She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence ever since Jem was born.

Monday, January 5th, 2015:

Consult-Get or ask advice from; seek information from.

ex. We were far too old to settle an argument with a fist- fight, so we consulted Atticus.


Friday, December 19th:

Myopic-Lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning.

ex.-They worked with a myopic urgency to help those that could be saved.

Wednesday, December 17th:

Irascible- Characterized by or arising from anger. A person that is easily made angry.

ex. He was always irascible and quick to get into a fight.

Tuesday, December 16th:

Tenuous – Very weak or slight; insubstantial.

ex. A tenuous argument.

Monday, December 15th:

Ostracize  Exclude someone from a society or group.

ex. She felt ostracized by society.

Thursday, December 11th:

Petulant(PECH-uh-lent)-Bad-tempered; cranky.

ex. He’s petulant and irritated because his employee hasn’t been as efficient as he expects him to be.

Wednesday, December 10th:

Eviscerate  Deprive or take away (something) of its essential content.

ex.  The group of censors eviscerated the book to make it inoffensive to the leaders of the political party.

Tuesday, December 9th:

Assertive-Inclined to bold or confident assertion; aggressively self-assured.

ex. She is an assertive businesswoman.

Monday, December 8th:

Precocious-Characterized by unusually early development or maturity, especially in mental aptitude.

ex. A precocious child.

Thursday, December 4th:

Malicious-having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person : having or showing malice.

Spreading malicious gossip can be hurtful to others.

Monday, December 1st:

Languor-weakness or weariness of body or mind.

ex. They enjoyed the languor brought on by a hot summer afternoon.

Friday, November 28th:

Oblivious- unaware

ex. She was oblivious of his admiration.

Thursday, November 27th:

Plethora-a very large amount or number : an amount that is much greater than what is necessary.

ex. A plethora of books have been written on the subject.

Wednesday, November 26th:

Rhetoric- language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.

ex. All we have from the opposition is empty rhetoric.

Tuesday, November 25th:

Formidable-. Inspiring fear or respect through being impressively powerful, large, or capable.

ex. He is a formidable opponent.

Monday, November 24th:

Culpable- guilty of doing something wrong, deserving blame.

ex. They held her culpable for the accident.

Friday, November 21st:

Furtive-attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive.

The look in his eyes became furtive.

Thursday, November 20th:

Impenitent- not remorseful about one’s sins.

ex. abandoned yet impenitent, he spends his days brooding and waiting for the day he will be vindicated.

Wednesday, November 19th:

Slacktivism- Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, eg. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website

ex. Such email alerts make slacktivism easy.

Tuesday, November 18th:

Pertinent-relating to the thing that is being thought about or discussed.

ex. He impressed the jury with his concise, pertinent answers to the attorney’s questions.

Monday, November 17th:

Indolent- avoiding activity, lazy

The indolent girl resisted doing her homework.

Friday, November 14th:

Magnanimous-Very generous or forgiving, particularly toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.

ex. She was too magnanimous to resent all the things others had said to her.

Thursday, November 13th:

Confound- confusing; cause to be able to think clearly

ex. The complicated directions confounded him.

Wednesday, November 12th:

Tenacity- the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; firmness of purpose

ex. When students apply to business school, they are often asked to indicate how they have demonstrated tenacity in their lives.

Monday, November 10th:

Invidious- likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others.

ex. She put herself in an invidious position.

Friday, November 7th:

Paradigm-a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group.


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