Word of the Week


greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation (adjective) (ig-zawr-bi-tuh nt)

"Americans have the most exorbitant diet of all countries."

All Words of the Week

Word Definition Sentence
Abhor to feel hatred or loathing for (verb) (ab-hor) My landlord abhors all the texts he receives from me.
Bigot narrow-minded, prejudiced person (noun) (bi-get) Many believe Trump is a bigot.
Covert hidden; undercover; sheltered (adjective) (ko-vert) The military is involved in many covert operations.
Debility weakness; incapacity (noun) (di-bi-le-te) Old age is not automatic debility.
Epistle a letter, especially a formal or elegant letter (noun) (i-pi-sel) The council received an epistle from the mayor.
Furtive hidden and secret; expressive of stealth (adjective) (fer-tiv) They exchanged furtive smiles, both thinking the same thing.
Garble distort; confuse; muddle (verb) (gar-bel) Politicians often garble the true story to persuade others.
Hiatus a break or interruption in continuity (noun) (hahy-ey-tuhs) I decided to take a hiatus from work when my mom passed away.
Intransigent stubborn; unyielding; uncompromising (adjective) (in-tran-se-jent) The intransigent child kept yelling at his mom.
Jaundiced exhibiting or influenced by envy, distaste, or hostility (adjective) (jon-dest) He opened one eye enough to give me a jaundiced look.
Kaput incapacitated or destroyed (adjective) (ka-poot) The phone is kaput after being dropped in the pool.
Lassitude lack of energy; weariness (noun0 (la-se-tood) The patient complained of headache, nausea, and lassitude.
Mercurial volatile; changeable (adjective) (mer-kyur-e-el) He had a mercurial temper.
Nettle annoy; aggravate (verb) (net-tel) It nettles him that his coworker got a promotion before he did.
Officious domineering; intrusive; meddlesome (adjective) (e-fi-shes) My officious dad always gives unasked advice.
Phlegmatic calm; imperturbable (adjective) (fleg-ma-tik) Jamie Fraser is a phlegmatic man—nothing could phase him.
Quandary a state of perplexity or doubt (noun) (kwan-de-re) We face a constant quandary when it comes to tutoring international students.
Redolent smelling of; giving off odors (adjective) (re-de-lent) The air is redolent of coffee.
Spurious false; fake (adjective) (spyur-e-es) The relic, after being studied further, was found to be spurious.
Touting to make much of; promote (verb) (taut) The company is running advertisements touting the drug’s effectiveness.
Upbraid scold; tell off; reprimand (verb) (up-braid) Her dad upbraided her for sneaking out of the house past curfew.
Verbosity using too many words (noun) (ver-ba-se-te) My professor’s verbosity causes me to fall asleep in class.
Waffle talk nonsense (verb) (wa-fel) My friend waffled when I brought up the government.
Xerophyte a plant adapted to surviving with little water (noun) (zir-e-fite) Rosemary is a xerophyte.
Yatter idle talk; chatter (noun) (yat-er) Weddings are filled with yatter about the newly weds.
Zany crazy; wacky (adjective) (za-ne) My zany uncle kept making inappropriate jokes at the table.
Acclimate get used to a certain environment (verb) (ak-luh-meyt) When I went to Florida, my hair had to acclimate to the humidity.
Bemoan regret strongly (verb) (bih-mohn) She bemoaned eating the chicken at the restaurant as she sat on the bathroom floor.
Confound bewilder; confuse; puzzle (verb) (kuh n-found) The modern artwork confounded him.
Dispassionate unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice (adjective) (dis-pash-uh-nit) The soldier became more dispassionate as the war went on.
Exorbitant greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation (adjective) (ig-zawr-bi-tuh nt) Americans have the most exorbitant diet of all countries.
Foible a minor weakness or peculiarity in someone’s character (noun) (foi-buh l) A lack of humility is his foible.
Garner gather; collect; acquire (verb) (gar-ner) He garnered more evidence to support his theory.
Hasten to move or act quickly; rush; accelerate (verb) (hay-sen) His death was hastened by alcohol abuse.
Immutable unchanging; permanent (adjective) (im-myu-te-bul) Alter what is changeable and accept what is immutable.
Jaded tired; bored; worn out (adjective) (ja-ded) The jaded mule collapsed while pulling the cart.
Knotty complex; difficult to solve (adjective) (na-te) He always expresses his views on the knotty issues of our nation.
Laconic using few words; to the point; concise (adjective) (ley-ka-nik) Business messages should be laconic.
Maverick loner; an independent individual (noun) (mav-rik) Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is considered a maverick.
Noxious harmful; poisonous; lethal (adjective) (nok-shes) Mixing bleach and ammonia can cause noxious fumes.
Overt obvious; not hidden (adjective) (o-vert) The man smiled in return but gave no overt sign of knowing the woman.
Polemical causing debate or argument; controversial (adjective) (pe-le-mi-kel) Abortion is a polemical subject in the United States.
Quotidian daily; routine (adjective) (kwo-ti-de-en) I must have my quotidian coffee in the morning.
Reprehensible shameful; very bad (adjective) (re-pri-hen(t)-se-bel) Your behavior towards your brother was truly reprehensible.
Staid dull; sober; serious (adjective) (stayd) He often appears staid, but once you get to know him, he is very charming and funny.
Timorous cowardly; fearful; timid (adjective) (ti-me-res) The kitten was shy and timorous.
Unwitting not deliberate; not knowing (adjective) (un-wi-ting) She was an unwitting victim of fraud.
Venial minor; unimportant; pardonable (adjective) (ve-ne-el) Forgetting to take out the trash is a venial mistake but forgetting to feed the dog is not.
Wax to increase; to grow (verb) (waks) The army quickly waxed to 200,000 soldiers.
Xanthic of, relating to, or tending toward a yellow color (adjective) (zan(t)-thik) The mountain looked a little xanthic during sunset.
Yuppie a young college-educated adult who is employed in a well-paying profession and who lives and works in or near a large city (noun) (ye-pe) Being a yuppie is an admirable goal.
Zip to move, act, or function with speed and vigor (verb) (zip) The waitress zipped around the restaurant, taking orders and pouring water.