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The huge Amazon Alexa hit Word of the Day is now available as a podcast!

Word of the Day teaches you a useful word, its definition, etymology, and gives you examples of how to use it in a sentence. A new word each and every day! Perfect for those looking to expand their vocabulary, learning English and looking for a boost and anyone who loves words.

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The huge Amazon Alexa hit Word of the Day is now available as a podcast!

Word of the Day teaches you a useful word, its definition, etymology, and gives you examples of how to use it in a sentence. A new word each and every day! Perfect for those looking to expand their vocabulary, learning English and looking for a boost and anyone who loves words.

    Intransigent

    Intransigent

    Intransigent is an adjective that means uncompromising.

    The Latin word transigere (tran SEE jare ay) means ‘to come to an agreement.’ As this word evolved into intransigent, it added the prefix I-N to mean ‘not’ and became a word to mean ‘unable to come to an agreement.’

    Everyone else in the family wanted to watch a horror movie last night, but I was intransigent on the issue. I wanted to watch an old John Wayne western and I refused to settle for anything else.

    • 46 segundos
    Puissant

    Puissant

    Puissant is an adjective that means powerful.

    Our word of the day comes from the Latin word posse (POSS ay) which means ‘to be able.’ A puissant person or group who is able to do quite a lot because of their power.

    If we wanted to accomplish our goals, we needed the help of a puissant advocate of worker’s rights. Without some powerful people assisting us, we had no hope.

    • 37 segundos
    Conflagration

    Conflagration

    Conflagration is a noun that refers to a large, disastrous fire.

    Our word of the day comes almost directly from the Latin word conflagare (con flah GAR ay) which simply means ‘fire.’ But a conflagration isn’t just a fire — it’s an out-of-control blaze that causes unintended damage. In other words, you wouldn’t use it to describe a bonfire or the small blaze in your fireplace.

    It saddened me to see all the damage caused by the conflagration at the museum. There’s something dejecting about seeing all that beauty destroyed by one giant fire.

    • 52 segundos
    Lilliputian

    Lilliputian

    Lilliputian is an adjective that means small or petty.

    Our word of the day comes from the Jonathan Swift novel Gulliver’s Travels as a reference to a tiny group of people roughly six inches tall. More recently the word may be used as a noun to refer to a small, petty thing or as an adjective. For example: I lost my nail clipper as we were climbing the mountain. But in the midst of such a monumental occurrence, we had no time for such lilliputian concerns.

    • 46 segundos
    Brume

    Brume

    Brume is a noun that refers to a mist or a fog.

    The Latin word bruma (BROOM uh) means ‘winter.’ The word soon evolved to describe a fog or haze — something often seen in the winter. The view on the beach is usually lovely. But when that fog comes in, it has a tendency to obscure the waters and the distant shore. Nothing messes up a breathtaking view like a brume.

    • 34 segundos
    Gracile

    Gracile

    Gracile is an adjective that means slender.

    Coming from the Latin word gracilis (GROTCH ee lease) which means ‘thin,’ our word of the day is a synonym of ‘lean’ or ‘slight.’

    My daughter’s efforts to try out for the wrestling team didn’t work out so well. Having a petite, gracile body may be great for gymnastics, but it doesn’t help you much on the wrestling mat.

    • 35 segundos

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