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
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
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.
noun UK /ˈstiː.və.dɔːr/ US /-dɔːr/ (click link to hear the word)
› a dock worker
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.
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.
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:
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.
Pronunciation: /ˈepɪθet/ (eh pi thet)
- an adjective or phrase expressing a quality or attribute regarded as characteristic of the person or thing mentioned:old men are often unfairly awarded the epithet ‘dirty’
- an epithet used as a term of abuse:the woman begins to hurl racial epithets at them
Here is my word of the day today. I’d never even heard of this one before!
Pronunciation: /əbˈstiːmɪəs/ (ab stee me us)
(adjective) indulging only very moderately in something, especially food and drink: The hermit led an abstemious way of life.