Word of the Day: Remonstrance

remonstrance re-mon-strance / rĭ-mŏn-strəns noun 1. the act or an instance of protesting or dissenting Conscience is justice’s best minister; it threatens, promises, rewards, and punishes and keeps all under control; the busy must attend to its remonstrances, the most powerful submit to its reproof, and the angry endure its upbraidings. Mary Wortley Montagu. 1689 – 1762 2. a protest or censure; a rebuke If we let...
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Word of the Day: Insouciant

insouciant in-sou-ci-ant / ĭn-so͞o-sē-ənt, ăN-so͞o-syäN adjective 1. unconcerned; without care or worry; nonchalant  But in the final set, when the challenger has nothing left to lose, he becomes relaxed again, insouciant, daring. From “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel, 1963 –

Word of the Day: Phi

phi phi / fī, fē noun 1.  the 21st letter of the Greek alphabet, written as Φ, φ, it corresponds to ph or f in the English alphabet Since 2009, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity has provided a personal dictionary to more than 8,100 students through their association with The Dictionary Project.

Word of the Day: Homesick

homesick home-sick / hōm–sĭk adjective 1. having a feeling of depression or sadness caused by being away from one’s home or family If you’ve ever been homesick, or felt exiled from all the things and people that once defined you, you’ll know how important welcoming words and friendly smiles can be. Stephen King, 1947 –

Word of the Day: Extraordinarily

extraordinarily ex-traor-di-nar-i-ly / ĭk-strôr-də-nĕr-ə-lē, ĕk-strə-ôr-də-nĕr-ə-lē adverb 1. extremely; exceedingly Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. Angelique Arnauld, 1591 – 1661

Word of the Day: Kindling

kindling kin-dling /  kind-lĭng noun 1. material that is easily combustible and used to start a fire Within the heart of every person exists the flame of wisdom that transforms all suffering into kindling for the fire of creative energy. Daisaku Ikeda, 1928 – 2. the act of building and igniting a fire Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Socrates,...
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Word of the Day: Paltry

paltry pal-try / pôl-trē adjective 1. worthless; petty; trivial; inconsequential When I first tried to write, I had nothing to write about except a few paltry experiences which I neither understood nor appreciated. From “Martin Eden” by Jack London, 1876 – 1916 2. extremely small in amount; negligible; inadequate If a man borrows a paltry sum of money, there must needs be bonds and securities, and every...
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Word of the Day: Mantel

mantel (also spelled mantle, primarily in American English) man-tel / măn-tl noun 1. the decorative facing around a fireplace; also called a mantelpiece A broad window with leaded panes looked out upon the moor; and over the mantel was another portrait of the stiff, plain little girl who seemed to stare at her more curiously than ever. From “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett,...
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Word of the Day: Tangle

tangle tan-gle / tang-gəl noun 1. a confused mass of intertwined threads, hair or similar strands; a snarl Overhead, tangles of wires knotted together in a grand display of unplanned infrastructure. From “Molly Fyde and the Parsona Recue” by Hugh Howey, 1975 – 2. a confused or complicated state or situation It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life into God’s hands...
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Word of the Day: Livid

livid liv-id /  lĭv-ĭd adjective 1. discolored as though bruised; black and blue His captor was Burton Duff, the jailer, as white as death and bearing upon his brow the livid mark of the iron bar. From “Present At A Hanging And Other Ghost Stories” by Ambrose Bierce, 1842 – 1914 2. very angry; furious Milady opened the letter with eagerness equal to Kitty’s in...
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