Word Moment: Opprobrium

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on January 11, 2011 by Josh Wittner

op·pro·bri·um

n. 

  1. Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy.
  2. Scornful reproach or contempt: a term of opprobrium.
  3. A cause of shame or disgrace.

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Word Moment: Somnolence

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on May 24, 2010 by Josh Wittner

som·no·lence

n.

A state of drowsiness; sleepiness.

Word Moment: Picayune

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on May 10, 2010 by Josh Wittner

pic·a·yune

adj.

1. Of little value or importance; paltry. See Synonyms at trivial.
2. Petty; mean.n.

1. A Spanish-American half-real piece formerly used in parts of the southern United States.
2. A five-cent piece.

3. Something of very little value; a trifle: not worth a picayune.

Word Moment: Inviolable

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on April 9, 2010 by Josh Wittner

in·vi·o·la·ble

adj.

1. Secure from violation or profanation: an inviolable reliquary deep beneath the altar.
2. Impregnable to assault or trespass; invincible: fortifications that made the frontier inviolable.

Word Moment: Oligopolistic

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on April 8, 2010 by Josh Wittner

ol·i·gop·o·ly

n. pl. ol·i·gop·o·lies

A market condition in which sellers are so few that the actions of any one of them will materially affect price and have a measurable impact on competitors

Word Moment: Apparatchiks

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on April 5, 2010 by Josh Wittner

ap·pa·ra·tchik

n. pl. ap·pa·ra·tchiks or ap·pa·ra·tchi·ki (-ch-k)

1. A member of a Communist apparat.
2. An unquestioningly loyal subordinate, especially of a political leader or organization.

Word Moment: Hoary

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on April 2, 2010 by Josh Wittner

hoar·y

adj. hoar·i·erhoar·i·est

1. Gray or white with or as if with age.
2. Covered with grayish hair or pubescence: hoary leaves.
3. So old as to inspire veneration; ancient.

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