March 2015 WOD
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Capital High School
Word of the Day
3/2 adduce – (uh DYOOS)(verb) to give as proof; to cite.
The defendant was directed to adduce his whereabouts on the night of the crime.
3/3 advent – (AD vent)(noun) the arrival or beginning; coming.
Quills made of bird feathers were the chief writing implement until the advent of steel fountain pens in the mid-19th century.
3/4 besmirch – (bee SMURCH)(verb) to make dirty; soil.
The act of one fool can besmirch the entire community.
3/5 carapace – (KAYR ah pays)(noun) a protective covering; shell.
Captain Kirk’s ray gun could not penetrate the alien’s carapace.
3/6 denunciation - (dih NUN see ay shun)(noun) a strong, public criticism; a verbal attack or condemnation.
The maestro’s denunciation of his pianist’s performance was terribly embarrassing to the musician in question.
3/9 edify – (ED uh fye)(verb) to instruct; to enlighten.
To further edify his platoon, the sergeant gave instruction on using the hand compass.
3/10 facet – (FAS it)(noun) one of the parts or features of something.
The Hope diamond shines brilliantly because it has so many facets to catch the light.
3/11 guru – (GOO roo)(noun) expert; a leader.
The elderly martial arts teacher was considered a guru by his students.
3/12 incisive – (in SYE siv)(adjective) cutting to the heart of the matter.
David’s incisive comments proved that he understood the novel.
3/13 ineffable – (in EF uh bul)(adjective) incapable of being expressed or described.
When we snorkeled on the reef, we experienced the ineffable beauty of the sea.
3/16 layman – (LAY mun)(noun) not knowledgeable or untrained in a particular subject; a man who is not a member of the clergy.
This book is supposed to be the layman’s guide to auto repair, but I don’t understand many of the technical terms it uses.
3/17 jaundice – (JON diss)(noun) prejudiced view; yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes.
She took a jaundiced view of the debate between raw versus pasteurized milk because she was raised on a dairy farm.
3/18 macerate – (MAS uh rayt)(verb) dissolve; to soften by soaking; to emaciate; to wither.
Toilet paper was designed to macerate in water.
3/19 nostrum – (NOS trum)(noun) elixir, potion, remedy, panacea.
The native witchdoctor prescribed an old nostrum to heal a painful wound.
3/20 ocher – (OAK ur)(noun) any of a class of natural earths, ranging in color from pale yellow to reddish yellow.
The dandelions on the pottery were painted a pale ocher.
3/23 ossify – (AHS uh fi)(verb) fossilize, to convert into bone, to become rigid.
The archeologists unearthed a pristine example of a mastodon skeleton that had millions of years to ossify underground.
3/24 peregrination – (PUR ih gruh nay shun)(noun) travels, wanderings.
Many students love to study the peregrinations of Odysseus.
3/25 quasi – (KWAY zye)(adjective) to a degree, but not completely; resembling but not being.
Some companies manufacture quasi designer clothes; they are almost the same, but much cheaper.
3/26 seasonal – (SEE zun ul)(adjective) pertaining to or dependent on the seasons of the year.
From July to November, hurricanes are a seasonal weather problem in Florida.
3/27 voluble – (VOL yuh bul)(adjective) using a continuous flow of words; fluent.
The five-year-old girl was so voluble after the circus that we thought she would never go to sleep.