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Anyone can post a word and give a brief definition with an example that uses the word in a sentence.  

 

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Example:  ESURIENT

Part of speech: adjective 

 

meaning 1. Hungry --- 2. Greedy

 

"He skipped breakfast, so by lunch he was positively esurient."

"Don't be so esurient when it comes to money — there's dignity in having what you need and no more."

 

 

I'll start.

 

What's the Word? -  INTREPID

Part of speech: adjective 

 

meaning 1. Exhibiting fearlessness and endurance  --- 2. Adventurous and bold

 

The intrepid explorer blazed a path through the jungle brush with his machete.

You must be intrepid if you want to be a reporter—you can't be afraid to seek the truth no matter where it might lead you.

 

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What's the Word? - INSPISSATE 

Part of speech: verb 

 

meaning 1. To make thicker; congeal --- 2.  To increase in density

 

"Attempts to inspissate the cake batter led to it becoming far too thick."

"I'm not sure what material inspissates honey to make it so thick, but I like it."

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What's the Word? - MINACIOUS

Part of Speech: adjective

 

meaning 1. Menacing or threatening  --- 2. Dangerous or worthy of fear

 

"The minacious leader struck fear in the hearts of his subordinates."

 "Her minacious reputation ensured the classroom fell silent as soon as she entered."

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What's the Word? -  MELLIFLUOUS

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin

 

meaning: 1. Flowing smoothly; rich --- 2. Sweetened with honey or something similar --- 3. Sounding pleasant

 

"The singer's mellifluous voice put the crowd at ease."

 "The mellifluous confections at the bakery reminded me of my grandma's recipes."

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What's the Word? - PARSIMONIOUS

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Middle English

 

meaning: 1. Reluctant to spend money --- 2. Extremely frugal --- 3. Highly reserved, restrained

 

"My parsimonious neighbor asked me to pay him for the value of the egg I borrowed."

 "I know you're parsimonious, but I wish you would loosen the purse strings once in a while."

 

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What's the Word? - PORTENTOUS
Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin

 

meaning: 1. Relating to a serious matter; ominous --- 2. Self-important to the point of pompousness 

 

"The portentous skyscraper was impossible to ignore."

"The "Keep Out" sign was a portentous warning."

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What's the Word? - GIBBOUS

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Middle English

 

meaning: 1. Convex --- 2. Building or protruding --- 3. In astronomy, seen with more than half but not all of the apparent disk illuminated

 

"We sat around the fire and watched the gibbous moon rise."

"The gibbous designs in his art were reminiscent of a waning moon."

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What's the Word? - APOTHEOSIS

Part of speech: noun 

Origin: Ancient Greek

 

meaning: 1. The best point in something's development --- 2. A perfect example --- 3. The act raining someone to a divine level

 

"Her work with lab rats is the apotheosis of cancer research in the scientific community."

"He is the apotheosis of kindness, treating everyone with dignity and respect."

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I missed Tuesday's post so here are 2 words. :)

 

What's the word? - PERSNICKETY

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Scottish English

 

meaning: 1. Overly concerned with minor details --- 2. Finicky or very particular --- 3. Requiring very precise or careful attention

 

"He considered himself a foodie and was very persnickety about the restaurants he patronized."

"Her persnickety ways often kept her from meeting deadlines."  

 

 

What's the Word? - SENESCENCE

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin

 

meaning: 1. The aging process --- 2. In nature, a cell's loss of the ability to divide

 

"Senescence comes with aches and pains, but it's also a time to look back on your life."

"The oak tree in the backyard has reached its senescence; we'll have to have it removed before it falls on the house."

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What's the Word? - TOOTLE

Part of speech: verb  

Origin: English, early 19th century

 

meaning: 1. To toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously on an instrument --- 2. To travel in a leisurely manner

 

 

"He tootled a tune on his flute."

"We tootle along on Sundays in our car, enjoying the flowers and taking in the sunshine."

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What's the Word? - DENOUEMENT

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French

 

meaning: 1. The resolution of a plot's many threads --- 2. The culmination of a series of events

 

"The final episode of the series tied up all loose ends and was the satisfying denouement we'd waited for.

"If you want a happy ending, you will be disappointed by the play's denouement."

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What's the Word? - INEFFABLE

Part of speech: adjective 

Origin: Late Middle English

 

meaning: 1. Too big or extreme for words to express --- 2. Not to be spoken of due to its sacredness --- 3. Indescribable

 

"I felt ineffable joy when my daughter was born. "

"In certain religions, God is as mysterious as his or her or its ineffable name."
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What's the Word? - AQUIVER

Part of speech: adjective 

Origin: Middle English

 

meaning: 1. In state of excitement --- 2. Trembling

 

"I was all aquiver when I heard the news that my favorite movie star was in town."

"The combination of the thrilling news and the icy chill had me aquiver."

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What's the Word? - COMEUPPANCE

Part of speech: noun 

Origin: American English

 

meaning: 1. Deserved punishment or fate --- 2. Just deserts

 

"It was satisfying to see the thief receive his comeuppance."

 "Some evil people go decades before they get their comeuppance, which can be frustrating to others waiting for justice."

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What's the Word? - ALACRITY

Part of speech: noun 

Origin: Latin

 

meaning: 1. A prompt response --- 2. A cheerful willingness

 

"He may not be the most talented member of our team, but his alacrity makes him very easy to work with."

"The alacrity with which the class responded to the exam was suspicious given their usual sense of despair."

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What's the Word? - SCINTILLATE

Part of speech: verb 

Origin: Latin, early 17th century

 

meaning: 1. To produce sparks or to sparkle --- 2. To draw attention with liveliness or beauty

 

"Fireworks are designed to scintillate and entertain."

"Her vibrant personality will scintillate everyone who interviews her."

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What's the Word? - AMBLE  

Part of speech: verb

 

meaning: 1. To move at a slow pace --- 2. To walk casually and without a focused direction

 

"There's nothing more relaxing than to amble around a lush garden on a warm day."

"We ambled through the park, going nowhere in particular, taking in the sights."

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What's the Word? - NATATION

Part of speech: noun 

Origin: Latin, 16th century

 

meaning: 1. Swimming --- 2. The action of floating --- 3. Also French translation of word swimming

 

"The flawless form of her natation made her a natural on the swim team."

 "The unique natation pattern of the flounder has made it a favorite of marine biologists."

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What's the Word? - ACCOUTREMENT

Part of speech: noun 

Origin: Middle french, 16th century

 

meaning: 1. Items or equipment to be used for certain activities --- 2. An accessory for a piece of clothing or equipment --- 3. An identifying but superficial trait

 

 

"His jacket was adorned with the accoutrements of a decorated war hero."

"Camping is fun, but I always seem to forget some required accoutrement."

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What's the Word? - RACONTEUR

Par of speech: noun 

Origin: French, early 19th century

 

meaning: 1. A storyteller --- 2. One who seems to have an anecdote for every occasion

 

"She was more than a performer — between songs, she shared fascinating stories like a modern-day raconteur."

"Someone needs to tell Mr. Smith that we need a geology professor, not a raconteur with a story for every situation."

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