Word of the Day: ensconce

Pronunciation: [en-skons]

Definition(s): to settle securely or snugly: to establish firmly into position

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: A babies car-seat should be properly ensconced by a seat belt.

Synonyms: nestle, situate, establish, place

Antonyms: displace, remove, uncover,

Word of the Day: plaudit

Pronunciation: [plaw-dit]

Definition(s): an enthusiastic expression of approval: statement giving strong praise

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence:  She spoke so highly of her teacher that her plaudits led to her teacher’s promotion.

Synonyms: ovation, kudo, cheer, applause

Antonyms: criticism, disapproval

Word of the Day: nullify

Pronunciation: [nuhl-uh-fahy]

Definition(s): to render or declare legally void or inoperative:

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: Since the bank broke the terms of the contract, the remaining unpaid balance was nullified.

Synonyms: repeal, negate, cancel, void

Antonyms: legalize, permit, support, validate

Word of the Day: noxious

Pronunciation: [nok-shuhs]

Definition(s): harmful or injurious to health or physical well-being:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Carbon monoxide is a noxious fume.

Synonyms: poisonous, toxic, hurtful

Antonyms: harmless,helpful, curing

Word of the Day: abhor

Pronunciation: [ab-hawr]

Definition(s): to regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: A person with arachnophobia absolutely abhors spiders.

Synonyms: detest, hate, loathe

Antonyms: admire, love, cherish, adore

Word of the Day: maudlin

Pronunciation: [mawd-lin]

Definition(s): tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Her whole world crumbled when her life partner passed away, and her forceful jerking and maudlin tears proved it.

Synonyms: weeping, sentimental, mawkish

Antonyms: unemotional

Word of the Day: surreptitious

Pronunciation: [sur-uhp-tish-uhs]

Definition(s): obtained, done, made, by stealth; secret or unauthorized;
2. acting in a stealthy way.

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: If they believe their man is cheating, women are known to be surreptitious and search through phones to find info.

Synonyms: covert, hidden, private, sly, sneaky

Antonyms: open, public, forthright, authorized

Word of the Day: venerable

Pronunciation: [ven-er-uh-buhl]

Definition(s): commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; 2. worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Grandparents are often viewed as the most venerable family member because of their wisdom acquired from different experiences over time.

Synonyms: revered, worshipped, dignified, reverenced, honored, experienced

Antonyms: unrespected

Word of the Day: spurious

Pronunciation: [spyoor-ee-uhs]

Definition(s): not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended,or proper source; counterfeit.

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Simply because his teach told him to say sorry,Tim offered a spurious apology to Jim for throwing a crayon at his head.

Synonyms: counterfeit, false, phony, fake,

Antonyms: genuine, real, true, valid

Word of the Day: substantiate

Pronunciation: [suhb-stan-shee-eyt]

Definition(s): to establish by proof or competent evidence:

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: To convict a person, the prosecution attorney must substantiate a crime.

Synonyms: affirm, validate, prove, verify

Antonyms: contradict, disprove, invalidate, reject