Category: Today’s Word

Today’s Word

thurible

Definition: (noun) A censer used in certain ecclesiastical ceremonies or liturgies. Synonyms: censer. Usage: As the priest swung the thurible, incense poured out the holes …

nectary

Definition: (noun) A glandlike organ, located outside or within a flower, that secretes nectar. Synonyms: honey gland. Usage: Deep in the Amazon, we came across …

netherworld

Definition: (noun) The world of the dead. Synonyms: Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell. Usage: He had nightmares about going to some fiery, haunted netherworld …

avidity

Definition: (noun) Keen interest or enthusiasm. Synonyms: eagerness, avidness, keenness. Usage: A devoted fan, he followed the tennis tournament with avidity. Discuss

sandboy

noun: 1. A very happy person. 2. One who deals in sand.

nutriment

Definition: (noun) A source of nourishment; food. Synonyms: sustenance, victuals, aliment, nourishment, nutrition. Usage: The animals' habitat was destroyed in the storm, and they wandered …

timeserver

noun: 1. One who makes little effort at work, such as while waiting to retire or find another job. 2. One who changes views to …

petrolatum

Definition: (noun) A semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication. Synonyms: mineral jelly, petroleum jelly. Usage: While her …

unwieldy

Definition: (adjective) Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity. Synonyms: unmanageable. Usage: She shifted the unwieldy groceries in her arms …

polyglot

Definition: (noun) A person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages. Synonyms: linguist. Usage: He was a polyglot who spoke nine languages …

orography

noun: The study of the physical geography of mountains, such as features, topographic relief, etc.

decrepitude

Definition: (noun) The quality or condition of being weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use. Synonyms: dilapidation. Usage: …

zoanthropy

noun: The delusion that one is a beast.

oenophile

Definition: (noun) A connoisseur of fine wines. Synonyms: wine lover. Usage: The oenophile was heartbroken when months of heavy rain ruined a particularly promising grape …

allotriophagy

noun: An abnormal desire to eat things not usually eaten, such as chalk or clay. Also known as pica.

cembalo

Definition: (noun) A clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots. Synonyms: harpsichord. Usage: Although the piano is a more versatile instrument …

costermonger

Definition: (noun) One who sells fruit, vegetables, fish, or other goods from a cart, barrow, or stand in the streets. Synonyms: barrow-man. Usage: Too far, …

bridezilla

noun: A woman who is overbearing and obnoxious in planning her wedding.

sheepcote

Definition: (noun) A pen for sheep. Synonyms: fold, sheep pen. Usage: It was the second time in a month that a predator had managed to …

pastille

Definition: (noun) A medicated lozenge used to soothe the throat. Synonyms: troche, cough drop. Usage: She believed that pastilles and lozenges were no better for …

sectionalism

Definition: (noun) Excessive devotion to local interests and customs. Synonyms: provincialism, localism. Usage: He believes that Manhattan is the center of the universe, and his …

brume

noun: Fog or mist.

aviary

Definition: (noun) A large enclosure for holding birds in confinement. Synonyms: volary, bird sanctuary. Usage: We visited the aviary to see the exotic birds advertised …

pettifogger

Definition: (noun) A petty, quibbling, unscrupulous lawyer. Synonyms: shyster. Usage: He was by all accounts a pettifogger, and judges dreaded having him appear in their …

plenitude

noun: 1. The state of being full. 2. Abundance.

enchiridion

Definition: (noun) A concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location. Synonyms: handbook, vade mecum. Usage: Over the years, the prisoner had …

veiling

Definition: (noun) Sheer material, such as gauze or fine lace, used for veils. Synonyms: netting, gauze. Usage: The seamstress attached a lace trim to the …

amphetamine

Definition: (noun) A central nervous system stimulant that increases energy and decreases appetite; used to treat narcolepsy and some forms of depression. Synonyms: pep pill, …

vendee

Definition: (noun) One to whom something is sold; a buyer. Synonyms: emptor, purchaser, buyer. Usage: There were three vendees from three different companies at the …

wallflower

noun: 1. Someone who does not mingle at a social event, such as a party, dance, etc. 2. A person or an organization that is …

carrefour

Definition: (noun) A junction where one street or road crosses another. Synonyms: crossroad, crossway, intersection, crossing. Usage: When his jalopy broke down right in the …

tall poppy

noun: Someone conspicuously successful, especially one likely to attract hostility.

necrology

Definition: (noun) A notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography. Synonyms: obituary. Usage: She dreamed of being a famous news reporter, but for …