Word of The Day

#Motown Word of the Day: Sesquipedalian #wotd

WORD OF THE DAY
Sesquipedalian
se-skwə-pə-ˈdāl-yən
adjective
1

Describing a word with lots of syllables

2

Overly wordy; verbose

Examples of Sesquipedalian in a sentence

“His use of many sesquipedalian phrases didn’t make him sound smarter — just full of himself.”

“He’s a good teacher, but sometimes he tends to be so sesquipedalian that no one can understand him.”

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Word of the Day: Apoplectic #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Apoplectic
a-pə-ˈplek-tik
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Late Latin, 17th century
1

Enraged to the point of fury

2

Relating to the causes of or denoting a stroke (apoplexy)

3

Likely to cause a stroke

Examples of Apoplectic in a sentence

“Dave was apoplectic when he realized I’d been stealing his lunches for the last two years.”

“I was worried when I discovered that my new patient was prone to becoming apoplectic.”

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Word of the Day: Schadenfreude #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Schadenfreude
shä-dᵊn-ˌfrȯi-də
Part of speech: noun
Origin: German
1

Pleasure taken from the misfortune of others

2

A desire to see others suffer

Examples of Schadenfreude in a sentence

“I experienced schadenfreude after hearing that my horrible manager had been fired.”

“Sarah couldn’t help but feel a bit of schadenfreude when she discovered that the man who’d stolen her car was now in prison.”

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Word of the Day: Handsel #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Handsel
han(t)-səl
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Old English or Old Norse
1

A gift given for good luck

2

An initial payment

Examples of Handsel in a sentence

“My new business partner gave me a thoughtful handsel — she framed the first dollar we’d made — on our first week working together.”

“We had to pay a handsel before the landlord would reserve the apartment for us.”

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Word of the Day: Alacrity #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Alacrity
ə-ˈla-krə-tē
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin
1

A prompt response

2

A cheerful willingness

Examples of Alacrity in a sentence

“He may not be the most talented member of our team, but his alacrity makes him very easy to work with.”

“The alacrity with which the class responded to the exam was suspicious given their usual sense of despair.”

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Word of the Day: Minacious #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Minacious
adjective
mə̇ˈnāshəs
1

Menacing or threatening

2

Dangerous or worthy of fear

Examples of Minacious in a sentence

“The minacious leader struck fear in the hearts of his subordinates.”

“Her minacious reputation ensured the classroom fell silent as soon as she entered.”

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Word of the Day: Persnickety #motownwriters

WORD OF THE DAY
Persnickety
pər-ˈsni-kə-tē
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Scottish English
1

Overly concerned with minor details

2

Finicky or very particular

3

Requiring very precise or careful attention

Examples of Persnickety in a sentence

“He considered himself a foodie and was very persnickety about the restaurants he patronized.”

“Her persnickety ways often kept her from meeting deadlines.”

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Word of the Day: Apotheosis #motownwriters

Apotheosis
ə-ˌpä-thē-ˈō-səs
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Ancient Greek
1

The best point in something’s development

2

A perfect example

3

The act of raising someone to a divine level

Examples of Apotheosis in a sentence

“Her work with lab rats is the apotheosis of cancer research in the scientific community.”

“He is the apotheosis of kindness, treating everyone with dignity and respect.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Senescence #wotd #wordwednesday

WORD OF THE DAY
Senescence
si-ˈne-sᵊn(t)s
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin
1

The aging process

2

In nature, a cell’s loss of the ability to divide

Examples of Senescence in a sentence

“Senescence comes with aches and pains, but it’s also a time to look back on your life.”

“The oak tree in the backyard has reached its senescence; we’ll have to have it removed before it falls on the house.”

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#Motown Word of the Day: Inspissate #wotd #wordwednesday

Word Genius
WORD OF THE DAY
Inspissate
in-ˈspi-ˌsāt
verb
1

To make thicker; congeal

2

To increase in density

Examples of Inspissate in a sentence

“Attempts to inspissate the cake batter led to it becoming far too thick.”

“I’m not sure what material inspissates honey to make it so thick, but I like it.”

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