Daily Diction

Quarterstories will have a new word every day that can be seen in the right column of every post. Just in case you’ve missed one, here’s a list of all the previous words from the Daily Diction section, oldest closer to the bottom.

 

– February 19th, 2018 –

Discord – 1: Lack of agreement or harmony, Dissension, Conflict 2: A harsh combination of musical sounds 3: A harsh or unpleasant

– February 18th, 2018 –

Fusillade – A number of shots fire simultaneously or in rapid succession 

– February 17th, 2018 –

Penance – 1: An act performed to show sorrow or repentance for sin 2: A sacrament (as in the Roman Catholic Church) consisting of confession, absolution, and a penance directed by the confessor.

– February 16th, 2018 –

Recess – 1: A secret or secluded place 2: An indentation in a line or surface (as an alcove in a room) 3: A suspension of business or procedure for rest or relaxation 4: To put into a recess 5; To make a recess in 6: To interrupt 7: To take a recess

– February 15th, 2018 –

Trance – 1: A stupor or Daze 2: A sleep-like state of altered consciousness (as of deep hypnosis) 3: A state of very deep absorption 

– February 14th, 2018 –

Scourge – 1: A lash, whip 2: Punishment; A cause of affliction (in the sense of a plague) 3: To lash, flog 4: To punish severely

– February 13th, 2018 –

Flunky – 1: A liveried servant or one performing miscellaneous or menial duties 2: A yes-man

– February 12th, 2018 –

Perfidy – 1: Faithless; lack of faith or loyalty 2: Violation of faith or loyalty

 

-Week of February 5th, 2018 –

Doom – 1: Judgment esp. a judicial condemnation 2: Destiny 3: Ruin; Death 2/11/18

Evangelism – 1: The winning or revival of personal commitments to Christ 2: Militant or crusading zeal 2/10/18

Tenuous – 1: Not dense, Rare 2: Not thick, Slender 3: Having littler substance, Flimsy, Weak 4: Lacking stability, Shaky 2/9/18

Weary – 1: Worn out in strength, energy, or freshness 2: Expressing or characteristic of weariness 3: Having one’s patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted 4: To become or make weary 2/8/18

Neurosis – A mental and emotional disorder that is less serious than a psychosis, is not characterized by disturbance of the use of language, and is accompanied by various bodily and mental disturbances (Visceral symptoms, anxieties, or phobias) 2/7/18

Unitarian – A member of a religious denomination stressing individual freedom of belief 2/6/18

Cozen – Defraud; trick by deceit 2/5/18

 

-Week of January 29th, 2018 –

Austere – 1: Stern, severe, or strict 2: Unadorned or abstemious 3: Abstemious 4: Having no comforts or luxuries; harsh or ascetic 5: Having an extremely plain and simple style or appearance; unadorned 2/4/18

Assimilate – 1: To take up and absorb as nourishment; to absorb into cultural tradition  2: Comprehend   3: To make or become similar 2/3/18

Kindred 1: A group of related individuals 2: One’s relatives 3: Of a like nature or character 2/2/18

Askew Out of line; Awry 2/1/18

SerendipityThe gift of finding valuable or agreeable things without looking for them 1/31/18

Outfox To outwit 1/30/18

Marauder – 1:  A roamer that raids, searches, and plunders 2A person who marauds; a raider 1/29/18

 

– Week  of January 22th, 2018 –

Devalue1 : To lower the international exchange rate of (currency) 2 : Reduce or underestimate the worth or importance of – 1/28/18

Ameliorate To make or grow something,  esp. something bad or unsatisfactory, better – 1/27/18

Tome A large and weighty book, esp. a scholarly one – 1/26/18

Plight – 1To put or give in pledge  2 : A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation – 1/25/18

Indenture A written certificate or agreement; esp. a contract binding on person (typically an apprentice) to work for another for a given period of time – 1/24/18

Indecent Not decent; grossly inappropriate or offensive – 1/23/18

Dink A couple with two income and no children; a member of a such a couple – 1/22/18

 

– Week of January 15th, 2018 –

Loan-word A word taken from another language and at least partly naturalized  – 1/21/18

Variegated Having patches, stripes, or marks of different colors – 1/20/18

JibeTo be in accord; in accordance with – 1/19/18

PugnaciousHaving a quarrelsome or combative nature – 1/18/18

Subsistence1Existence 2The minimum means necessary to support life 3The action or fact of maintaining or supporting oneself at a minimum level – 1/17/18

Derelict – 1 Abandoned by the owner or occupant; Neglect  2 A person without a home, job, or property – 1/16/18

Stricture1 :  The abnormal narrowing of a bodily passage; the narrowed part 2 :  Hostile or critical remark 3  : A restriction on a person or activity – 1/15/18

 

– Week of January 8th, 2018 –

Gesticulate1 : To make gestures, esp. when speaking  2 : Dramatic use of gestures in place of words, or to emphasize them. – 1/14/18

Vapid1 : Lacking spirit, liveliness, or zest  2 : Flat; insipid  3 : Offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging – 1/13/18

Tonality1 : Character of a piece of music as determined by the key in which it is played or the relations between the notes of a scale or key 2 : Color scheme or range of tones used in a picture 3 : Tonal quality – 1/12/18

Indite 1 : Write; compose 2 : To put in writing – 1/11/18

Indolent 1 : Insensitive to pain 2 : Slow to heal or develop 3 : wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy – 1/10/18

Unutterable1 : Being beyond the powers of description; inexpressible 2 : Too great, intense, or awful to describe. – 1/9/18

Sharpie1 : A person who is exceptionally keen or alert  2 : A sharp-prowed, flat-bottomed New England sailboat, with one or two masts each rigged with a triangular sail  3 : A cunning or dishonest person ; A cheat – 1/8/18

 

– Week of December 31st, 2017 –

Incredulous 1 : (Of a person or their mannerism) unwilling or unable to believe something 2 :  Expressing disbelief; Skeptical – 1/7/18

Concourse1 : A large, open space for masses of people; bus station, airport, train station  2 : A crowd or assembly of people  3 : A spontaneous coming together; Gathering – 1/6/18

Minatory 1 : Expressing or conveying a threat  2 : Threatening; Menacing – 1/5/18

ZealShowing great eagerness, ardent, enthusiasm, and/or great energy towards a cause or an objective – 1/4/18

Reinscribe To reestablish or rename in a new and especially stronger form or context –
1/3/18

Delve 1 : To dig  2 : To seek or research laboriously, making painstaking inquiries into something  3 : Searching for something after having reached inside a receptacle –  1/2/18

Statuary 1 : The art of making statues  2 : Statues regarded collectively  3 :(In an archaic sense) A sculptor – 1/1/18

Arbitrary1 : (Of power or a ruling body) unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority  2 : Selected at random chance  or personal whim rather than any system or reason – 12/31/17

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