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March 16, 2020
consign (verb) Definition: 1. to give someone something for care and safekeeping; 2. to get rid of something; 3. to commit or assign to something, especially something unpleasant Example Sentences: – We consigned our ailing...
March 13, 2020
antipathy (noun) Definition: 1. strongly negative feeling toward something or somebody; 2. the object of negative feelings or hostility and something to be avoided Example Sentences: – The antipathy between celebrities and the paparazzi is...
March 12, 2020
exert (verb) Definition:  1. to apply influence, power, or authority in order to effect situation; 2. to make a great physical or mental effort Example Sentences: – Foster parents are supposed to exert parental control...
March 11, 2020
sojourn (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) a short or temporary visit; (v.) to stay for a short time Example Sentences: – We took a five-day sojourn to Mexico last spring. (vacation) noun – We will sojourn in...
March 10, 2020
gumption (noun) Definition: 1. good common sense and practical judgment; 2. the courage and determination to take action Example Sentences: – You have to give the young manager credit for gumption, as he was not...
March 9, 2020
reciprocity (noun) Definition:  1. mutual exchange of favors; 2. a relationship characterized by mutual dependency or actions Example Sentences: – It was a matter of reciprocity; since he broke a promise, so would she. (mutuality,...
March 6, 2020
disposition (noun) Definition: 1. personality or temperament, including a person’s typical mood and attitude; 2. a natural tendency; 3. arrangement, organization, or control; 4. a settlement or resolution Example Sentences: – Few things could upset...
March 5, 2020
besmirch (verb) Definition: 1. to sully or damage someone’s name or reputation; 2. to soil, smear, or make something dirty Example Sentences: – Political candidates are known to stoop to low levels in order to...
March 4, 2020
contempt (noun) Definition: willful and open disrespect Example Sentences: – I have nothing but contempt for people who lie, cheat, and steal. (disgust, loathing) – He is very contemptuous of people who don’t work hard...
March 3, 2020
disingenuous (adjective) Definition: 1. failing to reveal the full story or whole truth; 2. appearing sincere, but actually being false and insincere Example Sentences: – Her disingenuous retelling of the story made her out to...
March 2, 2020
discreet (adjective) Definition: 1. capable of keeping secrets; 2. careful to avoid embarrassing or upsetting others Example Sentences: – I trust his judgment, so I will leave the decision to his discretion. (choice, freedom to...
February 28, 2020
capitalize (verb) Definition: 1. to benefit from or take advantage of something; 2. to finance something; 3. to exchange debt for stock; 4. to write in capital letters Example Sentences: – I’m capitalizing on my...
February 27, 2020
aghast (adjective) Definition: horrified or struck with amazement Example Sentences: – The Principal was aghast at the lack of discipline she witnessed in Mr. Jones’ classroom. (appalled, horrified) – I am completely aghast at such...
February 26, 2020
parsimonious (adjective) Definition: unwilling to spend money Example Sentences: – His mother’s parsimonious habit of reusing aluminum foil drove him crazy. (penny-pinching) – He is simply too parsimonious to buy a new pair of shoes...
February 25, 2020
autonomous (adjective) Definition: 1. existing as an independent entity (especially in government); 2. free from external constraint; 3. able to make free and independent decisions Example Sentences: – Some people have expressed the opinion that...
February 24, 2020
ebullient (adjective) Definition: 1. full of cheerful excitement or enthusiasm; 2. moving in a rapid, agitated, and irregular fashion. Example Sentences: – The river rafters eyed with excitement the ebullient water ahead. (agitated, bubbling) –...
February 21, 2020
foreboding (noun) Definition: the feeling or sense that something bad is going to happen Example Sentences: – For some reason, stormy weather gives me a sense of foreboding. (apprehension, fear) – The ominous look on...
February 20, 2020
expedient (adjective, noun) Definition: (adj.) 1. convenient as a means to an end, sometimes not morally acceptable; 2. governed by self-interest; (n.) a means to an end, often not principled or ethical Example Sentences: –...
February 19, 2020
defy (verb) Definition: 1. to openly challenge authority or power; 2. to challenge someone to do something; 3. to fail to be explained by something Example Sentences: – Brian defied his parents’ orders and went...
February 18, 2020
expatriate (verb, noun) Definition: (v.) 1. to banish or exile someone from a country; 2. to permanently leave one’s country; (n.) an expatriated person Example Sentences: – Hemingway was an American expatriate who wrote of...
February 17, 2020
inflammatory (adjective) Definition: 1. likely to cause a strong emotional response, especially anger; 2. characterized by inflammation Example Sentences: – His speech was so inflammatory it started a riot. (angering, incendiary) – According to the...
February 14, 2020
regal (adjective) Definition: 1. suitable for royalty; 2. of noteworthy excellence or magnificence Example Sentences: – The Academy Award ceremony is an occasion where celebrities outfit themselves in regal attire and walk the red carpet...
February 13, 2020
didactic (adjective) Definition: 1. tending to give instruction or advice, even when it is neither welcome or necessary; 2. containing a political or moral message Example Sentences: – The movie was somewhat entertaining, but it...
February 12, 2020
seminal (adjective) Definition: 1. original and influential, especially of ideas revolutionary for their time; 2. containing or contributing the seeds of later development Example Sentences: – It was a seminal movie that changed the way...
February 11, 2020
aesthetic (adjective, noun) Definition: (adj.) concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste; (n.) a theory as to what is beautiful Example Sentences: – It wasn’t the prettiest web site, but its...
February 10, 2020
malefactor (noun) Definition: 1. a convicted criminal, especially a felon; 2. someone who does wrong or who hurts others Example Sentences: – It is the job of the police department to protect the people from...
February 7, 2020
desist (verb) Definition: to cease or stop doing something permanently Example Sentences: – If you do not desist in following me, I will be forced to call the police. (stop, discontinue) – The lawyer requested...
February 6, 2020
dismay (verb, noun) Definition: (v.) to cause somebody to feel discouraged or disappointed; (n.) a feeling of hopelessness, disappointment, or discouragement Example Sentences: – The parents were dismayed when they learned that their child was...
February 5, 2020
deign (verb) Definition: to do something that you consider a great favor or beneath your dignity to do Example Sentences: – Everyone wondered if Mr. Smith, the local snob, would deign to attend the party....
February 4, 2020
impartial (adjective) Definition:  unbiased, not partial, and showing equal treatment Example Sentences: – If there is a dispute over the contract, we will take our case before an impartial authority. (unbiased, neutral) – She was...
February 3, 2020
Endearing (adjective) Definition:  endearing refers to something or someone that is charming or attractive. Example Sentences: – His gracious and gentlemanly behavior endeared him to her. (attracted) – Her child-like behavior was so endearing, I...
January 31, 2020
implore (verb) Definition: 1. to beg, plead, or beseech; 2. to request, as in prayer Example Sentences: – With tears streaming down her cheeks, she implored him to forgive her. (begged, entreated) – Being a...
January 30, 2020
germinate (verb) Definition: 1. to start growing from a seed; 2. to create and begin the process of development Example Sentences: – Once the new CEO’s ideas began to germinate, the company quickly turned around....
January 29, 2020
garner (verb) Definition: 1. to gather or collect; 2. to earn or win Example Sentences: – My superior work will surely garner praise. (win, earn) – Before they left, she garnered all of the supplies...
January 28, 2020
diminish (verb) Definition: 1. to make something smaller or less important; 2. to make something seem or appear smaller Example Sentences: – I’m quite proud of this achievement, so please don’t diminish it. (belittle, minimize)...
January 27, 2020
manifest (verb, adjective) Definition: (v.) 1. to display or exhibit something, or show evidence for; 2. to appear; 3. to make something clear, known, or revealed; 4. to record items on a shipment list; (adj.)...
January 24, 2020
Predilection (noun) Definition: a preference for something Example Sentences: – We went to the Chinese restaurant across town because he had a predilection for their egg rolls. – Her predilection for buying designer shoes is...
January 23, 2020
Repress (verb) Definition: 1. to hold back as an act of constraint; 2. to force out of one’s consciousness; 3. to put down by force before control has been lost, as with a rebellion Example...
January 22, 2020
Fledgling (noun, adjective) Definition:  (n.) 1. a young or inexperienced person; 2. a young bird with new feathers, just learning how to fly; (adj.) new and lacking experience in some activity–just starting out Example Sentences:...
January 21, 2020
Feint (noun, verb) Definition: (n.) 1. a deceptive move in sports or the military that uses any distracting maneuver to draw the opponent away from the real target; 2. a false appearance or action which...
January 20, 2020
Subdue (verb) Definition: 1. to bring something under control, often by force; 2. to make something less intense Example Sentences: – I was able to subdue my hunger by having a little snack. – The...
January 17, 2020
Lurid (adjective) Definition: 1. horrifyingly gruesome or savage; 2. shocking and sensational; 3. shining or glowing with an unnatural, usually red, brightness; 4. extremely pale. Example Sentences: – I wasn’t interested in hearing about all...
January 16, 2020
Ferment (verb, noun) Definition: (v.) 1. to stir up, disrupt, or agitate; 2. to evolve or change; (n.) 1. the process of fermentation or change; 2. a state of change or confusion brought about by...
January 15, 2020
Efficacy (noun) Definition: effectiveness and ability to yield a planned and desired result Example Sentences: – The FDA is concerned with both safety and efficacy when it comes to approving new pharmaceuticals. – The new...
January 14, 2020
Distraught (adjective) Definition: 1. very distressed; 2. insane or not of sound mental health Example Sentences: – When his mother learned that he had failed the course for the second time, she was distraught. –...
January 13, 2020
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January 13, 2020
Demeanor (noun) Definition: a person’s outward behavior, manner, or appearance, especially as it reflects on mood or character. Example Sentences: – His happy and optimistic demeanor put the employees at ease. – We guessed that...
January 10, 2020
Felicitous (adjective) Definition: 1. highly suitable and really expressing the intended thought or feeling; 2. having happiness or good luck; 3. pleasing and agreeable Example Sentences: – The felicitous speech was just what the earthquake...
January 9, 2020
Fallacious (adjective) Definition: 1. based on an illogical, unsound premise; 2. false, yet deceptive and tending to mislead Example Sentences: – Your hasty generalization is fallacious because you didn’t take time to do adequate research....
January 8, 2020
Volatile (adjective) Definition:  1. likely to change suddenly; 2. liable to lead to violence; 3. evaporating easily Example Sentences: – The volatile situation in the Middle East could erupt into violence at any moment. –...
January 7, 2020
Umbrage (noun) Definition:  anger or resentment that comes from being offended. Example Sentences: – The actor took umbrage with the theater critic’s poor review. – She took umbrage with his rude comment. – I took...
January 6, 2020
Deflect (verb) Definition: 1. to turn aside, especially from a straight course or fixed direction; 2. to prevent something from happening; 3. to draw a person’s attention away from something Example Sentences: – Mary deflected...
January 3, 2020
Revelation (noun) Definition:  1. something that is newly revealed or made known; 2. a pleasant surprise Example Sentences: – I had a sudden revelation while in the shower this morning, and I couldn’t wait to...
January 2, 2020
Unilateral (adjective) Definition: 1. involving or decided by only one group or country; 2. tracing the lineage of only one parent Example Sentences: – That country’s forces operated unilaterally, without the help of armed forces...
January 1, 2020
Contiguous (adjective) Definition: 1. being in actual contact, sharing a boundary, and touching physically; 2. near to and forming an unbroken sequence; 3. connected and uninterrupted in space or time Example Sentences: – Mark had...
December 24, 2019
Churlish (adjective) Definition: 1. crude or rude behavior; 2. the state of being unfriendly and difficult to work with Example Sentences: – John’s churlishness and generally negative demeanor was related to his recent string of...
December 23, 2019
Confluence (noun) Definition: 1. a convergence, flowing, or gathering together of people or events at one point of connection; 2. a merging point where two rivers flow together to unite Example Sentences: – Every team...
December 20, 2019
Behoove (verb) Definition: to be necessary, advantageous, or appropriate Example Sentences: – It would behoove you to tell me what’s wrong, so I can help you sort out the problem. – It behooves us to...
December 19, 2019
Tantalizing (adjective) Definition: 1. pleasantly inviting; 2. tempting, but unavailable or unattainable Example Sentences: – I am not in a position to accept your offer to buy our company, but I do admit it sounds...
December 18, 2019
Renaissance (noun) Definition: 1. a rebirth or revival of an activity or interest, especially art, literature, or music; 2. the humanistic cultural revival in Europe, dating from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, of classical...
December 17, 2019
Confound (verb) Definition: 1. to confuse someone; 2. to prove something to be incorrect; 3. to damn or curse something or someone; 4. to confuse or mistake two or more things as being similar Example...
December 16, 2019
Brash (adjective) Definition: 1. rash, hasty, or premature; 2. assertive to the point of being offense; 3. brittle or breakable; 4. overly colorful, bold, or bright Example Sentences: – We have plenty of time to...
December 13, 2019
Pretext (noun) Definition:  a made up excuse used to hide the truth Example Sentences: – I called her on the pretext that I lost our homework assignment, but really I just wanted an excuse to...
December 12, 2019
Feasible (adjective) Definition: Example Sentences: – The producer was concerned about the feasibility of the special effects in the movie. – She felt it was feasible to make it on her own in a new...
December 11, 2019
Caveat (noun) Definition: 1. a warning against certain acts; 2. in law, an official request to a court not to proceed with a case without notice to the person making the request Example Sentences: –...
December 10, 2019
Tenure (noun) Definition:  1. the time spent in a particular office or position; 2. the granting of permanent employment after a provisional period, used especially in the teaching profession; 3. the holding of land Example...
December 9, 2019
Implication (noun) Definition:  1. something that is implied as a natural consequence of something else; 2. involvement or entanglement of somebody in something Example Sentences: – Her implication was that if I was ever late...
December 6, 2019
Accentuate (verb) Definition: 1. give more force or attention to; 2. to put emphasis on a given syllable in a word; 3. to draw attention to something to make it more noticeable Example Sentences: –...
December 5, 2019
Flagship (noun) Definition: 1. the most important of a group of related things; 2. the ship in which the commanding officer is stationed Example Sentences: – This new, top-of-the-line computer will be our flagship, model....
December 4, 2019
Renown (noun) Definition:  widespread fame and exalted reputation Example Sentences: – Lance Armstrong is world renowned for his cycling abilities and perseverance against all odds. – Loma Linda Medical Center has renown for its work...
December 3, 2019
Atrophy (verb, noun) Definition: (v.) to weaken or waste away, especially from lack of use; (n.) 1. the weakening, decreasing, or degeneration of a muscle or part of the body; 2. any weakening or degenerative...
December 2, 2019
Assay (verb, noun) Definition: (v.) 1. to test or examine something to determine its quality and/or components; 2. to try to do something; (n.) 1. a test or analysis; 2. a sample of the thing...
November 29, 2019
Stave (verb) Definition: to prevent something bad from happening or to postpone something bad from happening until later Example Sentences: – Let’s get you a snack to stave off your hunger until dinner. – We...
November 28, 2019
Cohort (noun) Definition: 1. a group of companions; 2. a group of people who share a common factor; 3. a supporter Example Sentences: – Greg and I have started several businesses together, and he has...
November 27, 2019
Trifling (adjective) Definition: having little value or significance Example Sentences: – I will not even discuss such a trifling subject. – Mary could barely live on her trifling salary. – My coworkers argued incessantly about...
November 26, 2019
Torrid (adjective) Definition: 1. extremely hot and unpleasant; 2. steamy and passionate; 3. fast-paced, rapid Example Sentences: – She brought a beach umbrella to the picnic to escape the torrid midday sun. – I refused...
November 25, 2019
Duplicity (noun) Definition: 1. the act or state of dishonesty and deception; 2. the state of being twofold Example Sentences: – I’m sensing duplicity on this deal; Im not sure I trust them. – A...
November 22, 2019
Seethe (verb) Definition: 1. to be in an angry or otherwise agitated emotional state; 2. to boil vigorously; 3. to be noisy with activity or boiling movements Example Sentences: – The neighbors will positively seethe...
November 21, 2019
Puissant (adjective) Definition:  having great power, influence, or strength Example Sentences: – Donald Trump became the most puissant developer in New York. – The senator became more puissant when he was appointed chairman of the...
November 20, 2019
Allure (noun, verb) Definition:  (n.) 1. an attractive or tempting quality; 2. the power to entice or attract; (v.) to attract in a powerful way Example Sentences: – The allure of big-city life draws young...
November 19, 2019
Craven (adjective) Definition: contemptibly cowardly Example Sentences: – Wes believed that his craven agreement with everything his boss said would advance him professionally. – When his bravado evaporated, the mobster cravenly gave police the names...
November 18, 2019
Tarry (verb, adjective) Definition: (v.) 1. to stay someplace longer than necessary; 2. to wait or hesitate; (adj.) like tar Example Sentences: – We can’t tarry around campus all day; we need to go home...
November 15, 2019
Machiavellian (adjective) Definition: using clever trickery, immoral methods, and expediency to achieve a desired goal, especially in politics Example Sentences: – The VP of Marketing, known for his Machiavellian maneuvers, has long been plotting his...
November 14, 2019
Asylum (noun) Definition: 1. a shelter from hardship or danger; 2. a hospital for the mentally disabled Example Sentences: – Several hundred Cuban refugees managed to get onto U.S. soil and asked for political asylum....
November 13, 2019
Foremost (adjective) Definition:  1. the most important; 2. before all else Example Sentences: – First and foremost, we will try to have fun, but our secondary goal is winning. – Professor Jackson was the university’s...
November 12, 2019
Sustain (verb) Definition: 1. to maintain something or keep it in existence; 2. to experience something, especially suffering; 3. to support and encourage Example Sentences: – She works two jobs in order to sustain her...
November 11, 2019
Amalgamate (verb) Definition: to join or combine together with something else Example Sentences: – If we amalgamate our various resources, the project will be finished more quickly. – Dentists usually amalgamate mercury with silver to...
November 8, 2019
Prolong (verb) Definition:  1. to lengthen in extent or duration; 2. to cause something to last longer. Example Sentences: – Janice tried to prolong the effects of my professional teeth whitening by abstaining from coffee...
November 7, 2019
Decadence (noun) Definition:  a state of decay or a decline in morality Example Sentences: – I believe that our disintegration of moral values is not the cause of our decadence. They are a reflection of...
November 6, 2019
Beholden (adjective) Definition: Indebted in response to a kindness, gift, favor, or loan Example Sentences: – Mark felt beholden to his mother for all the hard work she put into raising him. – I am...
November 5, 2019
Empirical (adjective) Definition: Based on observation, experience, or experimentation (rather than on theory or speculation) Example Sentences: – People are generally more prone to listen to advice based on empirical evidence. – She tried to...
November 4, 2019
Widespread (adjective) Definition: 1. common and occurring widely or affecting many people or places; 2. spread far apart Example Sentences: – The region has been plagued with widespread mudslides due to the unusually heavy rainfall....
November 1, 2019
Apposite (adjective) Definition: Highly appropriate and well-suited to the circumstance. Example Sentences: – Since her research was apposite to the topic of the conference, the committee accepted her paper. – Child development is an apposite...
October 31, 2019
Nest (verb / noun) Definition: 1. to fit snugly together or inside one another; 2. to make a comfortable home or make oneself comfortable; 3. to occupy a nest and rear children Example Sentences: –...
October 30, 2019
Multifarious (adjective) Definition: having many diverse elements, parts, members, or components. Multifarious is similar to multi-faceted and has a similar meaning. In both cases, the prefix multi- means “many.” Multifarious refers to anything varied and...
October 29, 2019
Precendence (noun) Definition: Having importance or priority Example Sentences: – You can’t have a value structure without a hierarchy. They’re the same thing because a value structure means one thing takes precedence over another. –...
October 28, 2019
Snide (adjective) Definition: Insulting or critical in a sarcastic or indirect way. You may have heard the phrase “snide remark.” This usually refers to indirect, and often sarcastic, criticism. If someone is snide, he or...
October 25, 2019
Loiter (verb) Definition: 1. to stand around or hang out in an area, without a reason for being there; 2. to move unnecessarily slowly Example Sentences: – The police officer asked the teenagers not to...
October 24, 2019
Befitting (adjective) Definition: suitable, fitting, or appropriate to Example Sentences: – It was a very elegant and opulent dinner, with a table setting that was befitting a king. – The Prime Minister was greeted by...
October 23, 2019
Dissipation (noun) Definition: 1. dispersion, scattering, or disappearance; 2. wasteful indulgence Example Sentences: – “Meditation is the emptying of the mind of all thought, for thought and feeling dissipate energy“ – Karen’s anger dissipated after...
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