Word of the Day

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Thursday January 11, 2018

Autocratic (aw-tuh-KRAT-ik)

Extremely bossy, ruling with absolute authority

Usage Examples

  • A two-year-old can be very autocratic, demanding what he wants when he wants it.
  • Adolf Hitler was an autocratic ruler. All that opposed his authority were executed.

Word Usage Tip

If someone is autocratic it can be said that they are an AUTOCRAT.

  • My boss is a bit of an AUTOCRAT. He constantly orders me around.

THINK... how can you use autocratic in a conversation today?

Friday January 12, 2018

Belabor (bi-LAY-ber)

To explain or talk about something too long or more than is necessary.

Usage Examples

  • Ok, I get the message, you don't have to belabor the point.
  • He spent the entire hour belaboring the obvious, making the same dumb observations over and over again.

Word Usage Tip

Enjoy one last example sentence.

  • I don't mean to belabor the issue, but it is important that you all understand the new policy.

THINK... how can you use belabor in a conversation today?

Saturday January 13, 2018

Litigious (li-TIJ-uhs)

Overly eager and inclined to settle a dispute in court

Usage Examples

  • Daytime television is replete with court proceedings of disputes between litigious people.
  • We were cautious in letting the children of our litigious neighbor use our trampoline for fear of being sued if any of them got hurt.

Word Usage Tip

Make special note of the pronunciation. Litigious is pronounced li-TIJ-uhs not LIT-i-guhs.

THINK... how can you use litigious in a conversation today?

Sunday January 14, 2018

Asinine (AS-uh-nahyn)

Utterly stupid or foolish

Usage Examples

  • Getting the tattoo on his forehead was an asinine decision he would regret for the rest of his life.
  • We all thought that his moving to Austria to marry a girl he met on the internet one week ago was completely asinine.

Word Usage Tip

Asinine literally means like an ass and suggests outright stupidity, unintelligence or foolishness.

THINK... how can you use asinine in a conversation today?

Monday January 15, 2018

Uncanny (uhn-KAN-ee)

Strange in a marvelous way, beyond what is normally expected, uniquely amazing, extraordinary

Usage Examples

  • He has the uncanny ability to attract the most beautiful girls, even though he is just average looking.
  • I have an uncanny resemblance with my neighbor. Everyone thinks we are sisters.

Word Usage Tip

Uncanny does not have a pin pointed definition and can be used to describe anything that is extraordinary, strange, or even uniquely amazing.

  • During his NBA career, Michael Jordan displayed uncanny basketball skills.

THINK... how can you use uncanny in a conversation today?

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Chagrin (shuh-GRIN)

Humiliation, disappointment, embarrassment, mortification

Usage Examples

  • I was chagrined to find out I had sent the personal email to the whole company.
  • She gained 20 pounds over the winter, much to her chagrin.

Word Usage Tip


  • I was HUMILIATED to find out I had broccoli in my teeth the whole evening.
  • I was CHAGRINED to find out I had broccoli in my teeth the whole evening.

THINK... how can you use chagrin in a conversation today?

Wednesday January 17, 2018

Obfuscate (OB-fuh-skayt)

To confuse or make confusing, to make obscure or unclear

Usage Examples

  • His confusing explanation further obfuscated the subject.
  • The politician attempted to obfuscate the details of his incriminating past.

Word Usage Tip

The original meaning of obfuscate is to darken. It is most often used figuratively and means to make unclear or confusing.

THINK... how can you use obfuscate in a conversation today?

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