Word of the Day: avarice

Pronunciation: [av-er-is]

Definition(s): insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: Many of today’s top companies promote theories of avarice; they maximize profit trends while lowering their worker’s compensation.

Synonyms: frugality, stinginess, thrift, penny-pinching, selfishness

Antonyms: benevolence, charity, philanthropy, largesse

Word of the Day: valor

Pronunciation: [VAL -er]

Definition(s): boldness or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle;heroic courage; bravery:

Part of Speech: noun,

Sentence:  It took great valor for David to take on Goliath with a slingshot as his only weapon.

Synonyms: boldness, fearlessness, fortitude

Antonyms: cowardice, fear, timidity, meekness

Word of the Day: paragon

Pronunciation: [PAR-uh-gon]

Definition(s): a model or pattern of excellence or of a particular excellence:
2. someone of exceptional merit:
3. an unusually large, round pearl.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: Many men want a girlfriend that is a paragon of beauty.

Synonyms: model, archetype, gem, jewel, prototype, standard

Antonyms: flaw, imperfection, worst

Word of the Day: chiliad

Pronunciation: [KIL-ee-ad]

Definition(s): a group of 1000.
2. a period of 1000 years.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: After one man was added to 999 men, the newly formed chiliad began to march down the street in formation.

Synonyms: millennium


Word of the Day: alacrity

Pronunciation: [uh-LAK-ri-tee]

Definition(s): cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness:

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence:  Students volunteer to read aloud with alacrity when their teacher offered extra credit.

Synonyms: eagerness, enthusiasm, joyfulness, zeal

Antonyms: apathy, indifference, dullness, reluctance, unwillingness

Word of the Day: candelabrum

Pronunciation: [kan-dl-AH-bruh]

Definition(s): an ornamental branched holder for more than one candle.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: Candelabrum are the ornament most commonly associated with Kwanzaa, as it is the holder of multiple candles.

Synonyms: sconce




Word of the Day: moxie

Pronunciation: [MOK-see]

Definition(s): courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
2. vigor; verve; pep.
3. skill; know-how.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: Pursue your goals with moxie, especially when obstacles arise.

Synonyms: fearlessness, tenacity,  bravery, valor, fortitude, determination, prowess

Antonyms: cowardice, fear, weakness, modesty

Word of the Day: rejectamenta

Pronunciation: [ri-jek-tuh-MEN-tuh]

Definition(s): things or matter rejected as useless or worthless.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: John tried to trade Jim a penny for his new toy, but John refused Jim’s rejectamenta.

Synonyms: waste, litter, junk, muck


Word of the Day: effigy

Pronunciation: [EF-i-jee]

Definition(s): a representation or image, especially sculptured, as on a monument.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: To commemorate his legacy, outside of Morehouse College there is an effigy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Synonyms: likeness, puppet, statue, figure


Word of the Day: cacography

Pronunciation: [kuh-KOG-ruh-fee]

Definition(s): bad handwriting; poor penmanship.

Part of Speech: noun

Sentence: A common stereotype is that doctors cacography make prescriptions difficult to read.

Synonyms: grafitti