Word of the Day: Effusive

effusive ef-fu-sive / ĭ-fyo͞o-sĭv adjective 1. displaying sentiment or admiration excessively Presently, with an odour of cooking, the Frau Professor came in, a short, very stout woman with tightly dressed hair and a red face; she had little eyes, sparkling like beads, and an effusive manner. From “Of Human Bondage” by W. Somerset Maugham, 1874 – 1965 2. overly abundant; overflowing; pouring out There was an entire absence...
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Word of the Day: Garb

garb garb / gärb noun 1. clothing, particularly of a distinctive style, often associated with an occupation Virtue, though clothed in a beggar’s garb, commands respect. Friedrich Schiller. 1759 – 1805 2. outward appearance Pride works frequently under a dense mask, and will often assume the garb of humility. Adam Clarke, 1762 – 1832 verb 1. to put clothes on; to attire The women were garbed in ample pleated...
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Word of the Day: Demure

demure de-mure / dĭ-myo͝or adjective 1. quietly modest, reserved She must be a woman of complicated character, and there was something dramatic in the contrast of that with her demure appearance. From “Moon and Sixpence” by W. Somerset Maugham, 1874 – 1965 2. suggestive of modesty or reserve to impress others; coy The little black dress must be luxurious, rich, sensual, diaphanous, exotic, severe, lush, demure, demanding, frivolous,...
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Word of the Day: Emancipation

  Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free. Frederick Douglass, 1818 – 1895   emancipation e-man-ci-pa-tion / ĭ-măn-sə-pā-shən noun 1. the act of freeing or being freed from legal, social or political restraint or oppression Freedom is the emancipation from the...
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Word of the Day: Valuable

valuable val-u-a-ble / văl-yo͞o-ə-bəl, văl-yə-bəl adjective 1. precious; having considerable monetary worth A clear conscience is far more valuable than money. Filipino Proverb 2. having great importance; useful To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784 3. deserving of great respect or high regard; worthy A valuable friend is one who’ll tell you what you should be told, even...
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Word of the Day: Thralldom or Thraldom

thralldom or thraldom thrall-dom or thral-dom / thrôl-dəm noun 1. the state of being under another’s control; servitude; slavery I love thee, my darling, both now and forever, My heart feels the thralldom of love’s mystic spell, ‘Tis fettered with shackles which nothing can sever, To the heart which responds to its passionate swell. From “Love’s Plea.” by Alfred Castner King, 1874 – 1941

Word of the Day: Insignia

insignia – also insigne in-sig-ni-a / ĭn-sĭg-nē-ə also in-sig-ne / ĭn-sĭg-nē noun (plural insignia or insignias – also insignes) 1. an emblem; a symbol; an object that represents something else through association A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the government, the principles, the...
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Word of the Day: Sustenance

sustenance sus-te-nance / sŭs-tə-nəns noun 1. something that supports life or health; nourishment God, provide me with enough sustenance that my family is taken care of, that neither I remain hungry, nor does my guest go unfed. Kabir, 1440 – 1518   2. something that provides a means of support; livelihood When more of the people’s sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary...
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Word of the Day: Sarcastic

sarcastic sar-cas-tic / sär-kăs-tĭk   adjective 1. marked by or given to using irony in order to ridicule, mock or convey contempt A sarcastic person has a superiority complex that can be cured only by the honesty of humility. Lawrence G. Lovasik, 1913 – 1986

Word of the Day: Condiment

condiment con-di-ment / kŏn-də-mənt noun 1. a relish, sauce or seasoning used to enhance the flavor of food Americans can eat garbage, provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup, mustard, chili sauce, Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper, or any other condiment which destroys the original flavor of the dish. Henry Miller, 1891 – 1980
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