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: laconic

Pronunciation: [luh-KON-ik]

Definition(s): using  few words; expressing much in few words; concise

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: Laconic speakers often get their focal points across while maintaining one’s attention because they do not ramble.

Synonyms: brief, concise, crisp, succinct

Antonyms: long-winded, verbose, rambling

Word of the Day: opprobrious

Pronunciation: [uh-PHOH-bree-uh s]

Definition(s): outrageously disgraceful or shameful:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence: After being convicted of stealing from charity, John’s opprobrious behavior resulted in a 7 year prison sentence.

Synonyms: dishonorable, ignominious, deceitful, despicable, inglorious, scandalous

Antonyms: ethical, honorable, respectable, trustworthy

Word of the Day: inscrutable #EducatingPeopleOneWordAtATime

Pronunciation: [in-SKROO-tuh-buh l]

Definition(s):incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable
2. not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable:

Part of Speech: adjective

Sentence:  How progressive offers low car insurance rate is inscrutable to some people. (see video for clarification)

Synonyms: enigmatic, ambiguous, inexplicable,  incomprehensible

Antonyms: obvious, plain, evident, clear, comprehensible

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: frenetic

Pronunciation: [fruh-NET-ik]

Definition(s): frantic; frenzied.

Part of Speech: During the holiday season, retail stores often have frenetic pace and chaotic atmosphere.

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Synonyms: hyper, fanatical

Antonyms: calm, peaceful, balanced

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: 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