Capital High School

Word of the Day

March 2015


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.