August 2014 WOD
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Capital Word of the Day
8/11 ascetic – (uh SET ik) (adjective) monk-like; practicing self-denial.
The priest had few basic comforts; he lived an ascetic life in the monastery.
8/12 cataclysm – (KAT ah kliz um) (noun) a violent upheaval or change.
One of the United Nations’ missions is to avoid the cataclysm of a third World War.
8/13 disconsolate – (dis KON suh lut) (adjective) dejected; downcast; deep in grief or sorrow.
Tony was disconsolate after loosing the race and a position on the Olympic team.
8/14 farrago – (fuh RAG oh) (noun) a careless or confused mixture; hodge-podge.
College roommates often furnish their first apartment with a farrago of salvaged furniture.
8/15 grandiloquent – (gran DIL uh kwunt) (adjective) attempting to impress with big words or gestures.
The politician’s grandiloquent speech didn’t impress the audience.
8/18 hirsute – (HUR soot) (adjective) covered with hair, shaggy.
Jerry’s English sheepdog was hirsute; he looked like nothing but fur.
8/19 impregnable – (im PREG nuh bul) (adjective) able to withstand any attack; absolutely secure.
My father’s attitude is impregnable to my pleas and he won’t let me date until I am sixteen.
8/20 ligneous – (adjective) (LIG nee is) woodlike.
The ligneous material made the furniture very heavy and dark.
8/21 malfeasance – (mal FEE zunce) (noun) an illegal act by a public official.
The mayor was guilty of malfeasance for giving a contract to his brother’s company.
8/22 nefarious – (nih FARE ee uss) (adjective) extremely wicked; evil.
During wartime, nefarious schemes are often contemplated by both sides.
8/25 oust – (owst) (verb) to force out.
If you wish to oust a politician from office, you must go to the polls and vote him or her out!
8/26 reign – (rayn) (noun) the exercise or possession of supreme power.
Many historians believe the reign of King Tutankhamen was a time of great progress.
8/27 sinecure – (SY ni kyoor) (noun) an office or position providing an income but requiring little or no work.
Until Al Gore was elected, most of the country viewed the position of Vice President as a sinecure.
8/28 sumptuous – (SUMP choo us) (adjective) luxurious and expensive.
I could never afford to live in such a sumptuous apartment.
8/29 tortuous – (TOR choo wus) (adjective) changing direction frequently.
His shortcut through the forest turned out to be tortuous and slow.