Word of the Day


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Saturday October 14, 2017

Importune (im-por-TOON)

To trouble or annoy with repeated requests

Usage Examples

  • My children importuned us to take them to Disneyland until finally we did.
  • The transient on the street corner followed us, importuning us for money, while we walked the city block.

Word Usage Tip

Use importune when you want to describe someone who just won't leave you alone.

  • The insurance agent has importuned me for his business for over a year.

THINK... how can you use importune in a conversation today?

Sunday October 15, 2017

Prerogative (pri-ROG-uh-tiv)

Right or privilege

Usage Examples

  • It is your prerogative if you want to come with us; we're not forcing you.
  • The ability to declare war on a country is one of the President's prerogatives.

Word Usage Tip

PREROGATIVE = RIGHT

  • It is your RIGHT to receive the inheritance money if you were written in the will.
  • It is your PREROGATIVE to receive the inheritance money if you were written in the will.

THINK... how can you use prerogative in a conversation today?

Monday October 16, 2017

Germane (jer-MAYN)

Relevant, fitting, relating to a subject in an appropriate way

Usage Examples

  • He accused me of bringing up an irrelevant point but I think it was completely germane to the discussion.
  • The job candidates resume only had a paucity of work experience germane to the position.

Word Usage Tip

GERMANE = RELEVANT

  • The speaker digressed and discussed topics that were not RELEVANT to the issue.
  • The speaker digressed and discussed topics that were not GERMANE to the issue.

THINK... how can you use germane in a conversation today?

Tuesday October 17, 2017

Ineffable (in-EF-uh-buhl)

Indescribable; incapable of being expressed or described in words

Usage Examples

  • I felt an ineffable joy at the sight of my newborn child.
  • His artwork has an ineffable beauty.

Word Usage Tip

INEFFABLE = INDESCRIBABLE

  • The view from the top of the mountain is simply INDESCRIBABLE.
  • The view from the top of the mountain is simply INEFFABLE.

THINK... how can you use ineffable in a conversation today?

Wednesday October 18, 2017

Aggregate (AG-ri-git)

Sum total; a collection of things together

Usage Examples

  • A mutual fund is the aggregate of many stocks.
  • The quality of a society is determined by the aggregate of love demonstrated by its members.

Word Usage Tip

A common idiom is IN THE AGGREGATE, which means taken or considered as a whole, or commonly spoken, OVER-ALL.

  • The company took a huge loss on the new product, but OVER-ALL will have a profitable year.
  • The company took a huge loss on the new product, but IN THE AGGREGATE will have a profitable year.

THINK... how can you use aggregate in a conversation today?

Thursday October 19, 2017

Disingenuous (dis-in-JEN-yoo-uhs)

Insincere, not genuine or honest

Usage Examples

  • The gift was disingenuous; he is obviously just trying to retain my business.
  • She told him disingenuously that she loved him, but she was just trying to get at his money.

Word Usage Tip

DISINGENUOUS = INSINCERE

  • He gave me an INSINCERE apology that didn't mean a thing.
  • He gave me an DISINGENUOUS apology that didn't mean a thing.

THINK... how can you use disingenuous in a conversation today?

Friday October 20, 2017

Debacle (de-BAH-kuhl)

A complete failure or collapse

Usage Examples

  • The credit crisis led to the debacle of dozens of banks.
  • The debacle of his first novel made him reluctant to write another book.

Word Usage Tip

DEBACLE = FAILURE

  • My attempt to organize the family reunion was a complete FAILURE.
  • My attempt to organize the family reunion was a complete DEBACLE.

THINK... how can you use debacle in a conversation today?


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