Word of the Day: enervate

Pronunciation: [EN-er-veyt]

Definition(s): to deprive of force or strength; destroy the vigor of; weaken.

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: He argued that devoting scarce public money to the charter school alternative will further enervate our public schools, which are already seriously underfunded.

Synonyms: debilitate, disable, exhaust, incapacitate,

Antonyms: aid, assist, energize, refresh, invigorate, strengthen, activate, empower

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Word of the Day: swimmingly

Pronunciation: [SWIM-ing-lee]

Definition(s): without difficulty; with great success; effortlessly

Part of Speech: adverb

Sentence: Janet studied for three hours the night before the test, and as a result she aced it and passed swimmingly.

Synonyms: smoothly, effortlessly

Antonyms:

Word of the Day: mollify

Pronunciation: [MOL-uh-fahy]

Definition(s): to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease
2. to mitigate or reduce; soften:

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: After losing the championship game, David’s mother offered a hug to mollify his frustration and disappointment.

Synonyms: alleviate, lull, diminish, tranquilize,

Antonyms: aggravate, frustrate, incite, provoke, extend

Word of the Day: festinate

Pronunciation: [FES-tuh-neyt]

Definition(s): to hurry; hasten.

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: The delayed couple had to festinate to catch the slow rolling train departing from the station.

Synonyms: hasten, hustle, quicken, scramble, zoom

Antonyms: delay, slow, procrastinate, wait

Word of the Day: supplant

Pronunciation: [suh-PLANT]

Definition(s): to take the place of (another), as through force, scheming, strategy, or the like.

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence:  Early in a chess game, you’ll often see one pawn supplant another near the center of the board.

Synonyms: replace, overthrow, supersede, oust, substitute

Antonyms: allow, surrender, permit

Word of the Day: denigrate

Pronunciation: [DEN-i-greyt]

Definition(s): to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully;defame:

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: In many court cases, one party will denigrate the other in an attempt to sway the judge or jury.

Synonyms: slander, vilify, decry

Antonyms: compliment, praise, laud, commend

Word of the Day: subjugate

Pronunciation: [suhb-juh-geyt]

Definition(s): to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
2.to make submissive or subservient; enslave.

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence:  Jim Crow laws and an unfair justice system helped whites subjugate African Americans.

Synonyms: subdue, enslave, suppress, quell

Antonyms: encourage, release, liberate, free

Word of the Day: embellish

Pronunciation: [em-BEL-ish]

Definition(s): 1. to enhance (a statement or narrative) with fictitious additions.
2. to beautify by or as if by ornamentation; ornament; adorn.

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: When telling stories, people often embellish the minor details to make the story more interesting.

Synonyms: exaggerate overstate, amplify, adorn, dress up, garnish

Antonyms: decrease, lessen, reduce,  deface

Word of the Day: abscond

Pronunciation: [ab-SKOND]

Definition(s): 1. to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution:

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: After burglarizing houses, thieves abscond into the night.

Synonyms: hightail, escape, skedaddle

Antonyms: appear, arrive, remain

Word of the Day: rimple

Pronunciation: [RIM-puhl]

Definition(s): 1. to wrinkle; crumple; crease

Part of Speech: verb

Sentence: Elementary teachers often have students rimple their papers to separate notes into different categories.

Synonyms: crumple, bend, fold, furrow

Antonyms: —