May 2015 WOD
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Capital High School
Word of the Day
5/1 auspicious – (aw SPISH us)(adjective) favorable; promising for the future.
Although our soccer team had a rough season, we are hoping for an auspicious start next year.
5/4 bouillabaisse – (BOO yuh base)(noun) stew made with several kinds of fish and shellfish; a mixture of things.
The new play on Broadway is a bouillabaisse of comic routines in different humorous styles.
5/5 charisma – (kuh RIZ muh)(noun) ability to attract followers.
Danielle’s personal charisma made her the perfect choice for class president.
5/6 debacle – (di BAHK ul)(noun) a sudden calamitous downfall; collapse or failure.
The bank declared bankruptcy as a result of a debacle created by a dishonest board of directors.
5/7 egalitarian – (e gal uh TARE ee un)(adjective/noun) advocating the doctrine of equal rights for all citizens; a person who advocates equal rights.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a true egalitarian; he preached equal rights for all citizens of all races and religions.
5/8 fortuitous – (for TWO uh tus)(adjective) occurring by accident or chance.
It was a fortuitous bit of luck that I found my iPad after having misplaced it for three days.
5/11 gradient – ( GRAY dee unt)(noun) a rate of inclination; a slope.
The steep gradient up the hill made it quite difficult to pedal my bike to the top.
5/12 harrowing – (HARE oh ing)(adjective) extremely distressing; disturbing or frightening.
After the harrowing roller coaster ride, Jill thought she was going to be sick.
5/13 implement – (IM pluh munt)(verb) to carry through.
Our state was one of the first to implement a motorcycle helmet law.
5/14 lieu – (loo)(adverb) instead of; in place of.
I used breadcrumbs in lieu of eggs when I realized the egg carton in the fridge was empty.
5/15 motif - (moh TEEF)(noun) a pattern or design; a similar dominant or recurring theme or element.
I chose curtains with a blue and grey flower motif for the spare bedroom.
5/18 nimbus – (NIM bus)(noun) halo, a cloud, aura, atmosphere surrounding a person.
Most rock stars are surrounded by a nimbus of fame and adoration.
5/19 pacify – (PAS uh fye)(verb) to calm, appease, soothe, placate.
King Rex was well-known for attempting to pacify a huge mob with promises to repeal an unpopular tax.
5/20 plucky – (PLU kee)(adjective) brave and spirited; courageous.
My parents always said I was too plucky for my own safety.
5/21 quaff – (kwaf)(verb) to drink heartily.
After football practice, some players can quaff a whole gallon of water.
5/22 relic – (RELL ik)(noun) something that has survived from an earlier time; something kept sacred because it was associated with a saint.
The old sunken ship was a relic of the Spanish-American war.
5/26 seclusion – (sih KLOOzhun)(noun) a place away from people and busy activities; solitude; privacy.
The prisoner was so violent, the warden had him placed in seclusion for thirty days,
5/27 taciturn – (TAS ih turn)(adjective) reserved in speech; sparing of words.
The advantage of being taciturn is that when you speak rarely, you seldom say anything stupid.
5/28 unbridled – (un BRIDE duld)(adjective) violent; unbounded; unrestrained.
Andrea’s unbridles passion for dancing is evident in every performance she gives.
5/29 warrant – (WAR unt)(verb) to justify; provide grounds for; guarantee.
If your absence warrants an excuse, then you can take the test tomorrow.