Category: Word of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information for all who want to increase and hone their vocabulary.

Jan
22
2016

overwrought

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o vər rawt
adjective
1. disturbed by excessive worry or agitation.
Hearing about the accident, he was overwrought, and his friend urged him to calm down and go to bed.

2.excessively decorated.
Her overwrought wedding dress was all ribbons, lace, and ruffles.

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Jan
21
2016

refection

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rih fek sh@n

noun
1. refreshment of body, mind, or spirit, esp. after hunger or fatigue.

2. food and drink; repast.
At eleven o’clock to the stroke, up came my valet with the morning cup of hippocras, an excellent thing for the qualms, and some slight refection, as the breast of an ortolan or wing of a widgeon.

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Jan
20
2016

gonzo

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gan zo
adjective
(slang) esp. in journalism, bizarre, exaggerated, and intentionally subjective.

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Jan
19
2016

gravitas

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grae vih tas
noun
1. a sense of great seriousness or weightiness.
The speech had the necessary gravitas to convince the panel of the need for immediate action.
2. believable seriousness in manner or speech.
Many members of his party believed he lacked gravitas and would not be taken seriously as a candidate for president.
The show’s director asked that the doctor’s lines be said with more gravitas.

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Jan
18
2016

susurrate

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suh reIt

intransitive verb
to make a soft whispering or rustling sound.

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