Friday January 30, 2015
Jan
20
2015

Atrophy

Atrophy n. A decrease in size or wasting away or progressive decline, as from disuse. “Misleading and infrequent reporting have facilitated the atrophy of self-sufficiency.”

Jan
19
2015

Bellicose

Bellicose adj. Hostile in manner or temperament. Demonstrating aggression or a willingness to fight. “His bellicose behavior concerned authorities.”

Jan
18
2015

Accolade

Accolade n. An expression of praise or admiration. An award or privilege granted; an acknowledgment of merit. “The scientist was given many accolades for his research.”

Jan
17
2015

Impish

Impish adj. Mischievous. Inclined to do slightly naughty things for fun. “He approached her with an impish grin on his face.”

Jan
16
2015

Benign

Benign adj. Mild or favorable (result). Gentle, kind, good. “The results were benign and required no treatment.”

Jan
15
2015

Amicable

Amicable adj. Having a spirit of friendliness; without arguments or serious disagreement. “An amicable agreement between the two firms.”

Jan
14
2015

Patronize

Patronize v. Treat with an apparent kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority. “She detests being patronized.” Frequent an establishment as a customer. “He always patronizes the same restaurant.”

Jan
13
2015

Incessant

Incessant adj. Continuing without pause or interruption. “The incessant noise kept him awake.”

Jan
12
2015

Ardent

Ardent adj. Enthusiastic or passionate. “He is an ardent sports fan.”

Jan
11
2015

Vituperative

Vituperative adj. Bitter and abusive. “The critic’s vituperative review was needlessly harsh.”