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

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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

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: 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: clandestine

Pronunciation: [klan-DES-tin]

Definition(s): characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment,especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Brittany told her husband she was going on a business trip for the weekend, but instead planned a clandestine retreat to a hotel with her new man.

Synonyms: covert, hidden, concealed

Antonyms: honest, known, public

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

Antonyms:

Word of the Day: atrabilious

Pronunciation: [a-truhBIL -yuh s]

Definition(s):  gloomy; morose; melancholy; morbid.

2. irritable; bad-tempered; splenetic.

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Funerals have an atrabilious feel due to the sadness of losing a loved one.

Synonyms: crestfallen, despondent, spiritless, mopis, cheerless

Antonyms: cheerful, elated, heartened, joyous, spirited

Word of the Day: mellifluous

Pronunciation: [muhLIF-loo-uh s]

Definition(s): sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Harpist’s mellifluous string plucks generate music often heard at formal dinners.

Synonyms: fluid, pleasing, soothing, harmonious,

Antonyms: disagreeable, cacophonous, discordant, dissonant, harsh