Definition: (verb) State categorically. Synonyms: assert, maintain. Usage: They descended, passing the man with the pail, who again asseverated that he had let no intruder pass. Discuss
Definition: (noun) The communication of an attitude or emotional state among a number of people. Synonyms: infection. Usage: Arobin caught the contagion of excitement which drew him to Edna like a magnet. Discuss
noun: 1. Contemplation of one’s navel. 2. Complacent self-indulgent introspection.
Definition: (noun) A crafty scheme or cunning design for the accomplishment of a sinister end. Synonyms: intrigue. Usage: During his early youth he had to contend against the machinations of a malignant uncle, who would have robbed him of his large possessions. Discuss
noun: The pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.
Definition: (verb) Represent as less significant or important. Synonyms: understate, minimize. Usage: As the police interrogated him, Henry tried desperately to downplay his role in the bank robbery. Discuss
noun: The transposition of (usually) the initial sounds of words producing a humorous result.