Word of the Day
Each day I will present a new English word, along with it's meaning. I will also use the word in many different capacities until it becomes familiar and user-friendly to anyone of any language descent. There is power in the written word, and using the right word at the right time brings your compositions, book reports, resumes or anything you write, immediately and unforgettably to life.
CHARISMA ku' rizma
A personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others.
It helps if you obtain a family doctor with a great bedside manner and tons of charisma.
- Most movie stars have charm, beauty, tenacity and most of all a natural charisma.
- It has been my experience that nearly all television evangelists rely on a large heaping of charisma to boost their audience appeal.
- In a bold, charismatic manner the defendant took the stand.
- If you plan on pursuing a career in door to door sales, you had better sharpen up your charisma skills!
INEPT in' ept
Not elegant or graceful in expression; generally incompetent and ineffectual; revealing lack of perceptiveness or judgement or finesse.
- It was monstrously inept of June to mention how the bride behaved the night before her wedding.
- As far as I am concerned, Bob should be fired for his inept attitude regarding the Johnson account.
- When it comes to reliable parenting skills, Marion is blatantly inept .
- If someone is down and out on their luck, nothing is more inept than to chastise them because of it.
- The sociology teacher was given an indefinite leave of absence, because of her rude and inept remarks in the classroom.
An event that occurs at a critical time; a crisis situation or point in time when a critical decision must be made; the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made.
- Sally always departed at such a juncture when she was most needed.
- In the event Dr. Duguance is called away at the most critical juncture of the operation, there is a doctor on call to handle emergencies.
- The party was taking on a momentum of itself, and everything was coming together in a lovely, friendly juncture for the invited guests.
- Oh my goodness, is it really necessary for you to begin speaking with such ferocity at this juncture of our conversation?
- The businessman decided to end his communications with the angry client at that juncture in time.
At risk of or subject to experiencing something usually unpleasant; subject to legal action; (often followed by 'to') likely to be affected with; held legally responsible.
- Donna is liable to forget her driving exam on Friday.
- If you drink and drive you are liable to be held on criminal charges if caught.
- Older men and women that are overweight and inactive are liable to be riddled with any number of health calamities.
- After breaking into the car, the boys were liable for damages inflicted.
- I'm such a scatter-brain, I'm liable to forget my head if it weren't attached to my shoulders!
CARESS ku' res
A gentle affectionate stroking (or something resembling it)
Touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner.
- The mother giraffe caressed her baby with tender licks of her purple tongue.
- Oh my dear, the music is a gentle caress of sweet harmony upon my tired ears.
- With loving hugs and soft caresses , the mother held her new born baby.
- A kiss of salty sea air and caresses of dancing sunbeams on my face, is what I love the most about sailing!
- To love is to be human, to caress is to feel human.
REMISS ri' mis
Failing in what duty requires.
- It is quite remiss of you not to return important phone calls.
- Neil was chastised by the judge for being remiss in contacting his Parole Officer.
- In the event you cannot make it tomorrow, it will be rather remiss of you not to arrive the day after.
- Jackson, it is highly remiss of you not to socialize your new dog!
- It is considered bad taste and quite remiss in ones duties to lie to your parents.
Take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof; take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission; constitute reasonable evidence for; take liberties or act with too much confidence.
- I presume you have directions to the doctors office?
- My dear Wendy, I presume you have considered the possible side effects of plastic surgery?
- An invoice from a credit card company presumes the shopping activities of the cards holder.
- Am I to presume all streets will be peaceful simply because of an un-enforced late night curfew?
- Making wild presumptions (Noun) without a speck of research regarding the consumption of wild mushrooms is not only foolhardy, it's idiotic!
PROVOCATION 'próvu' keyshun
Unfriendly behaviour that causes anger or resentment; something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to anger; needed encouragement.
- A provocation was brewing between the two hockey teams, owing to blatant referee favoritism.
- A nasty interval of extreme provocation was taking place in the prison recreation room between a guard and two inmates.
- Shelia was pushed to the limit by her nosey, interfering in-laws, and the resulting provocation was not pretty.
- After it came to light that council had not performed an honest election, a provocation of vigorous investigation ensued.
- It is most certainly not a good idea to provoce (verb) a wild animal, as the consequences would outweigh any curiosity.
PRESTIGIOUS pre' stigus
Having an illustrious reputation; respected; exerting influence by reason of high status or prestige.
- Wendy hurried to the shopping center where she hoped to meet the prestigious author of her favorite novel.
- The students gathered around the bulletin board to check the arrival of the prestigious speaker at next weeks 'Study Lecture'.
- As Mr. Banks was a most prestigious and learned man, Jacob listened wisely to the advice he was given.
- The annual Christmas Ball was rumored to be a most prestigious affair, complete with ice sculptures and Beluga caviar.
- Molly marvelled over the prestigious looking envelope that had arrived special delivery just for her.
AUSPICIOUS o' spishus
Attended by favorable circumstances; tending to favor or bring good luck.
- The camping trip began with a cheery and auspicious outlook.
- Incidents of extreme good luck are sometimes viewed as auspicious accidents.
- The candidates involved in the yearly campaign, were looking forward to an auspicious month of friendly visits and conversations with the townspeople.
- The fair weather and blue skies paved the way for an auspicious and invigorating time at the zoo.
- Some people are extremely happy to find a four leaf clover, expecting any number of auspicious happenings afterwards.
PUGNACIOUS púg' neyshus
Tough and callous by virtue of experience; ready and able to resort to force or violence.
- The man exhibited a rather pugnacious attitude towards the large group of people gathered to hear his story.
- A little dog was fighting a losing battle with a larger, more savage dog, even though the littler dog had quite a pugnacious spirit.
- The hardened criminal was distressed to hear that the tough and pugnacious Judge Wikken was presiding over his trial.
- Roustabouts are bound to be pugnacious individuals since they live such hard, colorful lives.
- Roustabouts are bound to be pugnacious individuals since they live such hard, colorful lives.
MOMENTUM mow' mentum
An impelling force or strength; the product of a body's mass and it's velocity.
- As the snowball gained momentum , it threatened to go straight through the window.
- Jane earned first place in the race, after picking up speed and momentum just before she crossed the finish line.
- The hurricane was an impressive display of ferocity and momentum .
- The car careened horribly out of control, gathering more and more momentum before crashing over the bridge.
- The success of a windmill depends on wind speed and the proper momentum needed to propel it's huge blades.
Open to arguments, ideas or change; ready or willing to receive favourably.
- The Landfill Society seemed receptive to the idea of larger bins for the clubs' recyclables.
- Marian was so thrilled when her old German Shepard appeared to be rather friendly and receptive to the playful advances of her the puppy.
- Please Mother, you won't stop talking long enough for me to tell you I am quite receptive to your new curfew rules!
- Actually I do not think our neighbours are receptive to the loud and raucous parties we throw on the weekends.
- If you want someone to help you, first you must approach them and test their receptivity to your problems.
woebegone 'wowbi 'gón
Worn and broken down by hard use; affected by or full of grief or woe.
- We tethered the horses next to a decrepit, woebegone ancient shed.
- The poor bird appeared distressed and woebegone after it's confrontation with the alley cat.
- Please dear Julie, cheer up and quit giving us that sad, woebegone expression!
- The old man strummed his guitar while he sang of lost love and woebegone sorrows.
- The lady's face wore an expression of extreme grief and woebegone hopelessness.
A state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility; inactivity resulting from torpidity and lack of vigour or energy.
- After Roberts wife became crippled because of a car crash, he sank into a deep and complete torpor.
- I just can't seem to shake my mental torpor today and get on with things, Jill said.
- The dazed deer stumbled around in a distressful torpor, after being struck by a car.
- After a great many hours spent doing taxes, Jill and her husband experienced such awful torpor that it was difficult to stay awake.
- An emotional feeling of torpor is actually more stressful than a physical one.
An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; an erroneous mental representation; picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing.
- The actor hoped his portrayal of George Washington in the stage production of 'Famous American's carried at least a semblance of the famous president.
- After cramming all night for a very important exam, the young medical student tried to uphold a semblance of being wide awake and alert the next day.
- Hey, the caricature painted by a starving street artist really does embody a very close semblance of myself!
- It is a very smart idea to maintain a semblance of calmness and control, if you find yourself in stressful circumstances.
- The new statue erected outside the town's public library bade a striking semblance to the much revered scientist Nostradamus.
A disposition to remain inactive or inert; (physics) the tendency of a body to maintain it's state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force.
- The sleepy lions struggled to overcome their inertia and begin the nightly hunt.
- Billy yawned loudly and stumbled towards the bathroom to shower and rid himself of his inertia.
- The utter inertia of college students after a long weekend is difficult to assuage!
- The wounded man lay silent and inert on the ground, with his clothing tattered and torn.
- One is bound to experience a rather severe form of inertia after a long, leisurely business lunch.
INELUCTABLE 'inu' lúktubul
Impossible to avoid or evade.
- There was obviously going to be an ineluctable delay regarding the commencement of the Santa Claus Parade.
- As the crocodile glided menacingly towards the raft an ineluctable capsize appeared imminent.
- The poorer children of less developed Countries face an ineluctable disadvantageous destiny.
- There was an ineluctable confrontation looming between the errant girl and her furious parents.
- Since the copy machine is out of order today, I foresee quite a few ineluctable problems to be solved regarding office procedure.
Stubbornly unyielding; (of memory) having greater than average range; sticking together.
- The unfortunate dog had entangled itself amongst the most tenacious of brambles and could not run free.
- The committee stood firm and refused to give up it's tenacious hold on previous group ideas and concepts.
- Heavens but Aunt Harriet has the most tenacious memory of her childhood in France!
- Many children may not have God given talents for the interests that ignite them, but rather a tenacious ability to learn everything about their passions regardless.
- The fishermen spent all day sorting and untangling their tenaciously matted salmon nets.
Marked by practical hard-headed intelligence.
- An astute lawyer will always get to the bottom of a clients problems.
- My father is rather an astute business man with his own ideas about how the office should operate.
- I have acquired the most competent, learned and procedurally astute College Professor in the entire University as my personal advisor!
- The fishmonger at the busy downtown market doesn't appear shrewd or astute in manner, but perusal of his business records proved otherwise.
- In matters of the heart, astuteness sometimes becomes replaced with placidity and seemingly unintelligent deportment!
A mistake resulting from inattention; a break or intermission in the occurrence of something; a failure to maintain a higher state.
Pass into a specified state or condition; end, at least for a long time; drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards; go back to bad behaviour; let slip; pass by.
- There will be a lapse of one hour between shows, allowing the serving of refreshments.
- I recommend watching the program tonight, since it is magnificently filmed using the magic of time lapse photography.
- The boys parents were told that as a result of the accident their son may lapse into a coma.
- I fear my daughter is on the verge of lapsing into her old destructive habits.
- If you do not maintain your club fees, your membership will certainly lapse.
A curve in a stream.
To move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course.
- The boat continued it's course downriver, bobbing along peacefully in the meandering tide.
- If you take the village path up to the mountains, it meanders through some very scenic woodlands.
- The canoe guide explained how the rapids meandered quite severely halfway through the course.
- My sister is very fond of meandering aimlessly through the wild woods.
- Stop your meaningless meandering Robert, and point us in the proper direction!
ad nauseam ad 'norzi ám
To a sickening extent.
- Jillian repeated her lines for the play ad nauseam.
- The CD player continued to play the same selection of music ad nauseam.
- The little girl sang her song ad nauseam throughout the entire birthday party.
- Billy, will you please think of another joke for us instead of telling the same one ad nauseam all evening!
- The dinner quests eating at the bar complained ad nauseam about not being offered a discount.
en masse aan 'mas
All together; as a group.
- The angry swarm of stinging bees chased after the poor unfortunate bicyclist en masse.
- The football team streamed into the sports bar en masse, while cheering victoriously.
- At the stroke of midnight, the crowd lit their memory candles en masse.
- The mathematic students turned out en masse to hear Thursday's lecture.
- As the naughty little boy carelessly kicked the ants nest, a streaming red army of ants poured out en masse.
Thrust or throw into; engross (oneself) fully; enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; cause to be immersed.
- Gary immersed himself totally into studying for his midterm exams.
- Before a scuba diver enters the vast expanse of his undersea domain, he must first immerse his face mask in water, or better still spit in it.
- Delilah was so immersed in her new mystery novel, she did not hear the telephone ring.
- In order to understand how the prison system works, a journalist will sometimes immerse themselves directly into prison life.
- The washing instructions on Laura's silk blouse did not specify if it could be immersed in water or dry-cleaned instead.
(Of a ship or plane) sideways drift; a permissible difference; allowing some freedom to move within limits.
- Ships with a greater surface area on the beam, experience more leeway than ones with less.
- The Great Apes at San Francisco zoo are given more leeway to roam their enclosures these days.
- A little leeway is usually permitted with first time offenders in today's judicial system.
- The stately and charming monstrous cruise ship continued leeway into the mounting winds of a severe nautical storm.
- Rebecca telephoned the Power Company and implored they allow her a little leeway regarding her long overdue account.
Common to or shared by two or more parties; concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return.
- The boy and his faithful dog shared a mutual respect of each others needs.
- A meeting has been scheduled to discuss the discrepancies between labour and management, in hopes of reaching a mutual understanding regarding both parties.
- My sister and I share a mutual love of birdwatching and documentation of our findings.
- The lawyer and her client parted ways after encountering problems concerning a lack of mutual respect for each other.
- There are many species of animals that co-exist peaceably together, strictly because of a mutual understanding regarding trust.
Relation of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people; a feeling of sympathetic understanding: sympathetic compatibility.
- I am extremely proud of the wonderful rapport I share with both of my parents.
- It is quite important to find a physician who is able to exhibit a proper rapport with patients.
- Anytime there is a disagreement amongst families, a therapist may step in and teach everyone the importance of utilizing a good rapport during the arguments.
- The teachers rapport with her students could definitely stand a little improvement.
- There is a wonderful feeling between friends who are able to kick back and chat with a relaxed banter and friendly rapport.
Continuing forever or indefinitely; uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing; occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted.
- It is a perpetual struggle to keep a house tidy.
- We waited what seemed a perpetual lifetime before being called in to the surgeons office.
- Mary Ann I am sick and tired of your perpetual complaints!
- Antarctica's perpetual glaciers provided a dazzling spectacle for the passengers aboard the helicopter.
- The speech was not only boring, but it seemed to drone perpetually on and on without signs of a reprieve.
Completely neat and clean; free from stain or blemish; without fault or error.
- The lady kept an immaculate and beautifully decorated house.
- For goodness sake Dorothy, stop fussing with your hair since it's already immaculate!
- The pretty band leader marched proudly across the football field in her immaculate white and blue uniform.
- The timing and technique of the Chef's commands were impeccable and immaculate.
- The heavy weight boxer ended his life long career proudly, with an immaculate record.
Fraught with uncertainty or doubt; open to doubt or suspicion; not convinced.
- Our parents were rather dubious about agreeing to send us on on overnight camping trip without a chaperone.
- There were many dubious opinions about the fate of the Towns Mayor, after his midnight drinking sprees became public knowledge.
- Even though the prosecutor put forth a very solid argument, the jury remained dubious in their assumption of the facts.
- The crowd watched as the high diver surveyed the swimming pool far below, with a mixture of fear and dubiousness on his face.
- I am neither uncertain nor dubious in my opinion regarding drunken drivers; to put it bluntly, I despise them!
ADHERE ad'hir or ud'hir
Be compatible or in accordance with; follow through or carry out a plan without deviation; come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; be a devoted follower or supporter.
- To be a good room-mate, you must always adhere to the rules of your rooming house.
- In order to obtain a crispy coating on home-made fried chicken, the batter must adhere firmly to the chicken pieces before frying.
- A sensible and fulfilling diet program is usually successful if the participants adhere to their regulated caloric intake.
- While patching a rubber tire, make sure the area is clean and dry so the patch can adhere firmly to the rubber.
- Most children brought up by their parents chosen religious beliefs, usually adhere to the same faith into adulthood.
- The judge sentenced the criminal quite severely for such a nefarious and blatantly evil scheme.
- There are some acts of wrongdoing that exceed even the worst of nefariousness.
- I do not believe most people are born with an innate nefarious nature.
- Scientific research has proven many times, that most criminals exhibited quite a nefarious attitude during their youth.
- I just love reading about the exciting and nefarious adventures pirates seem to live!
Your usual mood; The act or means of getting rid of something; An attitude of mind, especially one that favors one alternative over others; A natural or acquired tendency in a person or thing.
- The little girl had a wonderful, friendly disposition.
- Our last dog was a little ill-tempered with others, but maintained a calm disposition towards us.
- I have a natural disposition towards healthful foods, as opposed to more fattening things.
- There is a tendency to dispose of too much paper products these days, causing more and more landfills to overflow.
- The doctor informed his patient that the wound may worsen, with a disposition towards rupturing.
CONSEQUENCE 'kónsu 'kwens
A phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual; having important effects or influence.
- The boards decision to impeach one of it's members, carried upsetting consequences for the remaining patrons.
- The consequences of too much partying into the wee hours, are felt quite painfully early the next morning!
- If one insists on eating too much and adamantly rejecting physical exercise of any sort, one must certainly suffer the consequences .
- When it's time for decisions of great consequence to be arrived at, only the most esteemed members of Parliament are called upon for input.
- The results of the Talent Show turnout, shall have no consequence upon the performance of it's outstanding contributors.
Manner of acting or conducting yourself; behavioural attributes; the way a person behaves toward other people.
Direct the course of; manage or control; lead, as in the performance of a composition; behave in a certain manner.
- The boy's conduct was incredibly rude, and the teacher considered dismissing him.
- The conduct of the large family living in the rented summer house was outstanding, and they left promising to return next year.
- If you desire to be an upstanding business entrepreneur, you must always conduct yourself with polite mannerisms and impeccable speech.
- The musician conducted the orchestra with much excitement and savvy, ambitious arm swings.
- The Policeman conducted the procession of baby ducks safely across the busy intersection, while proudly holding a sign reading DUCKS HAVE RIGHTS TOO!
Adjective: PRUDENT prood(u)nt
Careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment; showing wise restraint is speech and behaviour, especially in preserving prudent silence.
- The manager of the restaurant was quite prudent in his handling of the employees.
- The man showed a great prudence of judgement before stepping into the angry mob of people.
- The prudent hesitation of the teacher showed great strength and character, when she chose to wisely ignore the jeering and taunts of her students.
- When in immediate danger without suitable defences, it is much more prudent to hide than stand and fight.
- A good and attentive ruler always exercises prudent and contemplative thinking, before a rush to judgment.
NOUN: INCLUSION in'kloozhun
The state of being included; the relation of comprising something; the act of including.
- The Professor admired the inclusion of so many historical facts and figures within his students term paper.
- The inclusion of all things necessary to complete the difficult recipe, was clearly printed on the box.
- In case of extreme burns and scalds, the company provided the inclusion of a flame-retardant fabric to accompany the Science Kit.
- An inclusion of expertly prepared financial data from the client, pleased the Tax Adjustor enormously.
- The mother admitted that both her sons, the older and the younger one, would benefit with the inclusion of extra rain gear for the outing.
NOUN: KINSHIP 'kin ship'
A close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character.
State of relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption.
- The children felt a lovely kinship with their exciting and pretty, young teacher.
- There should be a kinship between all aspects of anthropology's study of the humanities.
- "As soon as possible, the laboratory tests should either prove or disprove your kinship to the person claiming to be a relative", the doctor informed his patient.
- At the Municipal meeting, there was a marked lack of kinship between the councillors and the townspeople, causing tensions to rise.
- To have a warm feeling of kinship with family and friends, is a blessing that should be experienced by everyone.
RECONCILE 'rekun' sll
To make compatible with. Bring into consonance or accord. Come to terms with. Accept as inevitable.
- The sisters were eager to reconcile after their ugly disagreement.
- The two political parties adamantly refused to reconcile their differences.
- There can be no reconciliation unless both sides agree to talk over their grievances.
- It feels so wonderful to reconcile and be friends again after an argument.
- The lawyer soothed the angry judge, and promised to reconcile her differences regarding the prosecutor's inept assistant.