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Word of the Day: 20

word of the day 20



UK pronunciation /ləˈkɒn.ɪk/  US pronunciation /-ˈkɑː.nɪk/ (click the link below to listen to the word)

>using very few words to express what you mean: She had a laconic wit.

laconically UK /ləˈkɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ US /-ˈkɑː.nɪ-/ adverb


Word of the Day: 19

word of the day 19



UK and US pronunciation /luːˈɡuː.bri.əs/ (click the link below to listen to the word).

›sad and serious: a lugubrious face

lugubriously /-li/ adverb

lugubriousness /-nəs/ noun


Word of the Day: 18

word of the day 18


noun UK  /ʃɪˈkeɪ.nər.i/ US  /-nɚ-/ (as always, go to the link to hear the word)

› clever, dishonest talk or behaviour that is used to deceive people:

The investigation revealed political chicanery and corruption at the highest levels.


Word of the Day: 17

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noun UK /ˈstiː.və.dɔːr/ US  /-dɔːr/ (click link to hear the word)

› a dock worker

Word of the Day:16

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noun UK and US pronunciation /təˈmer.ɪ.ti/ (click on the link below to hear what the word sounds like)

› a willingness to do or say something that shocks or upsets other people: [+ to infinitive] She had the temerity to call me a liar.


Word of the Day:15

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noun UK and US pronunciation /əˈlæk.rə.ti/ (click on the link below to hear how the word sounds).

› speed and eagerness: She accepted the money with alacrity.


Word of the Day: 14(ish)

Hello Everyone,

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed a gap in the word of the day….well I am going to do it as and when I have time, so it doesn’t become too rigid 🙂

Today’s word is one I have heard but wouldn’t have been able to define:

word of the day 14


adjective UK & US pronunciation  /nəˈfeə.ri.əs/   (click on the link below to hear what the word sounds like).

(especially of activities) morally bad: The director of the company seems to have been involved in some nefarious practices/activities.

nefariously     /-li/ adverb

nefariousness     /-nəs/ noun

Word of the Day: 13

word of the day 13


adjective UK /ˈɡær.əl.əs/ US /ˈɡer-/ (click on the link below to listen to the pronunciations)

› having the habit of talking a lot, especially about things that are not important
garrulously     /-li/ adverb
garrulousness     /-nəs/ noun

Word of the Day: 12

word of the day 12


adjective UK and US /əˈsɪd.ju.əs/ (click link to hear the word spoken in British or American English)

› showing hard work, care, and attention to detail:
assiduous research/efforts
an assiduous student
The government has been assiduous in the fight against inflation.
assiduously /-li/ adverb›I assiduously avoid buying imported products.
assiduousness /-nəs/ noun

Word of the Day: 11

word of the day 11


verb UK & US /əˈmiːl.jə.reɪt/ (a mee l ya rate) (click on the link to hear the word)

to make a bad or unpleasant situation better: Foreign aid is badly needed to ameliorate the effects of the drought.
amelioration  /əˌmiː.li.əˈreɪ.ʃən/ noun