Word of the Day!

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rifacimento
[ ri-fah-chi-MEN-toh; It. ree-fah-chee-MEN-taw ]
Definition: a recast or adaptation, as of a literary or musical work.
– noun
a recast or adaptation, as of a literary or musical work.

Examples:
It is not a rifacimento of compliments; such is not the style with which I am saluted by the Duke of Doze and the Earl of Leatherdale!
– Benjamin Disraeli, Vivian Grey , 1906
Nevertheless, he shared the impression of unlikeness that certain parts of the play had left on many minds, and thought them best explained by the hypothesis of intermediate work, Shakespeare’s rifacimento of which was not so thorough but that he accepted much structure and a good deal of actual verse from its author…
– William Shakespeare, with introduction by Brian Morris, The Taming of the Shrew , 1981

Thesaurus for the Word of the Day!

Thesaurus for
innocuous
adjective
harmless
Synonyms: banal, bland, flat, innocent, innoxious, inobnoxious, inoffensive, insipid, jejune, kind, painless, safe, sapless, unobjectionable, unoffending, weak
Antonyms: bad, damaging, destructive, harmful, hurtful, injurious

Word of the Day!

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday! Here’s your Word of the Day! 🙂

lese majesty
[ LEZ MAJ-uh-stee, LEEZ- ]
Definition: an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people.
– noun
Law. a. a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power. b. an offense that violates the dignity of a ruler.
an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people: Her speech against Mother’s Day was criticized as lese majesty.

Examples:
Little brother, if you’re going to commit lese majesty , never do it by messenger. I’d have to execute him too, and it’s wasteful.
– Harry Turtledove, The Misplaced Legion , 1987
His father was what you call an agitator, and his father was in jail for lese majesty —what you call speaking the truth about the Emperor.
– Jack London, The Iron Heel , 1908

Match Up Answers from yesterday!

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Match up Answers
Correct answers:

redoubt~sconce

putsch~coup d’etat

larynx~voice box

coppice~brushwood

panacea~cure-all

redoubt – A small, often temporary defensive fortification.
Synonyms: sconce
Usage: Great mounds had been heaped about the crest of the hill, making a huge redoubt of it.

putsch – A sudden attempt by a group to overthrow a government.
Synonyms: coup, coup d’etat, takeover
Usage: The people had been expecting a putsch for years, but they were surprised to wake up one morning and find themselves the subjects of a new government.

larynx – The part of the respiratory tract between the pharynx and the trachea, having walls of cartilage and muscle and containing the vocal cords enveloped in folds of mucous membrane.
Synonyms: voice box
Usage: By cunning operations on tongue, throat, larynx, and nasal cavities a man’s whole enunciation and manner of speech could be changed.

coppice – A thicket or grove of small trees or shrubs, especially one maintained by periodic cutting or pruning to encourage suckering, as in the cultivation of cinnamon trees for their bark.
Synonyms: thicket, brush, copse, brushwood
Usage: They determined on walking round Beechen Cliff, that noble hill whose beautiful verdure and hanging coppice render it so striking an object from almost every opening in Bath.

panacea – A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.
Synonyms: cure-all, nostrum
Usage: His panacea was somewhat in the nature of an anti-climax, but at least it had the merits of simplicity and of common sense.

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Match Up :)

Match Up
Select word:
redoubt voice box
putsch sconce
larynx cure-all
coppice coup d’etat
panacea brushwood

Match each word in the left column with its synonym on the right. The words on the right are not in order. When finished, put your responses in the comments and tomorrow I’ll give the results. Good luck!

Thesaurus for the Word of the Day!

formidable
adjective
horrible, terrifying
Synonyms: appalling, awful, dangerous, daunting, dire, dismaying, dreadful, fearful, fierce, frightful, horrific, imposing, impregnable, intimidating, menacing, redoubtable, shocking, terrible, terrific, threatening
Antonyms: feeble, friendly, harmless, nice, pleasant, powerless, weak
formidable
adjective
difficult, overwhelming
Synonyms: all-powerful, arduous, awesome, ballbuster, challenging, colossal, dismaying, effortful, great, hard, impressive, indomitable, intimidating, labored, laborious, mammoth, mighty, murder*, onerous, overpowering, powerful, puissant, rough go, rough*, staggering, strenuous, tall order, toilsome, tough proposition, tough*, tremendous, uphill
Antonyms: easy, not hard, pleasant, trivial
* = informal/non-formal usage

WOD

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Word of the Day
vituperation
Definition: (noun) Abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter, deep-seated ill will.
Synonyms: invective, vitriol
Usage: From one open shop came the sound of blows and vituperation, and just as the officer came up to it a man in a gray coat with a shaven head was flung out violently.

Thesaurus for apropos

apropos

adjective
relevant, suitable
Synonyms: applicable, apposite, appropriate, apt, befitting, belonging, correct, fit, fitting, germane, kosher*, legit, material, on the button, on the nose, opportune, pertinent, proper, related, right, right on, seemly
Antonyms: inappropriate, irrelevant, unsuitable

apropos
adverb
relevantly, suitably
Synonyms: appropriately, aptly, opportunely, pertinently, suitably, timely
Antonyms: inappropriately, irrelevantly, unsuitably

apropos
preposition
in respect of
Synonyms: about, against, as for, as regards, as to, concerning, on the subject of, regarding, respecting, touching, toward, with reference to, with respect to

Thesaurus for the WOD

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Thesaurus
efficacy
noun
efficiency; productiveness
Synonyms: ability, adequacy, capability, capableness, capacity, competence, effect, effectiveness, efficaciousness, energy, force, influence, performance, potency, power, strength, success, sufficiency, use, vigor, virtue, weight
Antonyms: failure, inefficacy, inefficiency, unproductiveness, uselessness, weakness