Thursday February 23, 2017
Feb
11
2017

Hyperbole

Hyperbole; Hyperbolic n. Exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally. “The company chairman may have been guilty of too much hyperbole during the shareholders meeting.”

Feb
10
2017

Ghoulish

Ghoulish adj. Suggesting the horror of death and decay; morbid or disgusting. “The ghoulish mask was a scary Halloween favorite.”

Feb
09
2017

Rapier

Rapier n. Quick and incisive. A sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting. “Rapier combat was not for the meek.” “Rapier wit.”

Feb
08
2017

acuity

acuity n. Sharpness or keenness of thought, vision, or hearing. “The sun’s glare can cause discomfort and reduces visual acuity.”

Feb
07
2017

Ruminate

Ruminate v. Think deeply about something. “We sat ruminating on the nature of existence.”

Feb
06
2017

Sycophant

Sycophant; Sycophantic Attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery; A servile self-seeking flatterer. “There was sycophantic laughter from the audience at their bosses jokes.”

Feb
05
2017

Nuance

Nuance n. A subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound. “Subtle nuances of her on-screen character.”

Feb
04
2017

Recidivate

Recidivate; Recidivism intr. v. To return to a previous pattern of behavior. Relapse: go back to bad or criminal behavior. “The convictions for those over sixty are unlikely to recidivate.”

Feb
03
2017

Potentate

Potentate n. One who has the power and position to rule over others: A monarch or ruler. “Industrial potentates.”

Feb
02
2017

Nascent

Nascent adj. Recently coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential. Not yet fully developed; emerging. “The business remains nascent but very promising.”

Feb
01
2017

Surreptitious

Surreptitious adj. Kept secret, particularly because it would not be approved of. “His surreptitious drug habit could land him in jail.”

Jan
31
2017

Peevish

Peevish adj. Easily irritated, particularly by unimportant things. “He was peevish around smokers.”