Word of the Week (WOW): jubilation

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

jubilation

Word
Jubilation

Part of Speech
Noun

Pronunciation
ju-bi-la-tion ((jo͞o′bə-lā′shən)

Meaning
1) a feeling of joy or exultation.
2) a joyful or festive celebration.
3) the act of rejoicing or jubilating.

Synonyms
1) ecstasy, elation, excitement, exultation, joy, jubilance, jubilancy, merriment, triumph,
2) celebration, festivity, jamboree, jubilee, revels
3) exultation, merrymaking, rejoicing, revelry

Word Origin
1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin jūbilātiō wild shouting =jūbilā(re)

Use in a Sentence
1) With the long summer holiday stretching ahead of them, the children were overflowing with jubilation.

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Happy children racing Copyright Jackson Elizabeth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2) There was jubilation throughout the land as the news spread.

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Ve Day Street Party, 1945

3) They laughed in jubilation as they received the positive response they’d been hoping for.

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Young couple celebrating at the Bellevue Hotel, Brisbane, 1940

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Word of the Week (WOW): iridescent

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iridescent

Word
iridescent

Part of Speech
Adjective

Noun – iridescence
Adverb – iridescently

Pronunciation
ir-i-des-cent (ĭr′ĭ-dĕs′ənt)

Meaning 
1) Displaying a spectrum of colours that shimmer and change due to interference and scattering as the observer’s position changes.
2) Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful in effect or appearance.

Synonyms
1) chatoyant, changeable, shot
2) lustrous, opalescent, opaline, pearlescent, pearly, polychromatic, prismatic, nacreous, shimmering

Antonyms
1) colourless
2) drab, dull, insipid

Word Origin
The derivation of the word iridescent is partly from the Greek word  îris (ἶρις) meaning ‘rainbow’, combined with the Latin suffix -escent, meaning ‘having a tendency toward’. The word iris in turn derives from the Greek goddess Iris, a messenger of the gods, who is the personification of the rainbow.

Use in a Sentence
1) The damselfly’s iridescent body shimmered as it flitted with deadly intent beside the stream.

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Copyright – Louise Bunting

2) Gleaming iridescently as the morning sunlight fell upon its surface, the abalone shell fascinated Martha’s grandchildren as it had their parents so many years earlier.

By Kowloonese from Wikipedia.

By Kowloonese from Wikipedia.

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This is the first time I’ve actually managed to use one of my own pictures on a WOW post! As soon as I decided to do the word iridescent this week I just knew I’d have to include one of my damselfly pictures. I hope you like it – and the rest of the post as well, of course!

Word of the Week (WOW): histrionic

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Word
Histrionic

Part of Speech
Adjective

Noun – histrionics
Adverb – histrionically

Pronunciation
his-tri-on-ic (hĭs′trē-ŏn′ĭk)

Meaning 

Adjective
1) Of or relating to actors or acting
2) Deliberately affected or self-consciously emotional; overly dramatic, in behavior or speech.

Noun
1) (plural) melodramatic displays of temperament
2) (Theatre) (plural, functioning as singular) dramatics

Synonyms
actorish, actorly, affected, dramatic, exaggerated, hammy, melodramatic, overacted, overdone, overplayed, stagey, studied, theatric, theatrical, thespian, unnatural
Antonyms
conservative, discreet, inconspicuous, modest, nondramatic, nontheatrical, plain, quiet, simple, unaffected, undramatic, underplayed, unpretentious, muted, restrained, subdued

Word Origin
1640-50 Late Latin histrōnicus of actors, equivalent to histriōn- (stem of histriō) meaning actor (said to be Etruscan) + -icus 

Use in a Sentence
1) Joseph Barclay’s histrionic performance was the biggest disappointment of the night, his overdone portrayal of .
2) After the recent histrionics Jemima was happy to return to a calmer way of life.
3) With Mother screeching histrionically in the upstairs room, Abigail knew she could not stay even a minute longer.

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Word of the Week (WOW): Gargantuan

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gargantuan

Word
gargantuan

Part of Speech
adjective

comparative: more gargantuan
superlative: most gargantuan

Pronunciation
gar-gan-tu-an (gär-găn′cho͞o-ən)

Meaning 
1) Of immense size, extent, or quantity
2) Of exceedingly great scope or nature

Usage
Some people think that gargantuan should only be used to describe things connected with food – a gargantuan meal or appetite.

Synonyms
big, collosal, elephantine, enormous, giant, gigantic, ginormous, humungous, huge, immense, jumbo, large, leviathan, mammoth, massive, monstrous, monumental, prodigious, titanic, towering, tremendous, vast, whopping

Antonyms
insignificant, little, miniature, miniscule, minute, small, teeny, tiny, unimportant,

Word Origin
1585-95 – From Gargantua, a giant with a large mouth and huge appetite in Rabelais’s The Inestimable Life of Gargantua. Name possibly from the Spanish/Portuguese garganta, meaning gullet / throat.

Use in a Sentence

1) The restaurant boasted the most gargantuan ice-cream sundaes in the whole universe; it was at the top of her list of places to visit.

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2)The bones were more gargantuan than any Dr Cooper had ever seen before. He knew this dinosaur was something special.Elmisaur_ROM

3) The whole of the theatre group had made a gargantuan effort in bringing the production together.800px-The_Cast

 

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Word of the Week (WOW): Felicitation

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felicitations

Word
felicitation

Plural
felicitations

Part of Speech
noun

Pronunciation
fe-lic-i-ta-tion (fĭ-lĭs′ĭ-tā′shən)

Meaning 
1) Expressing good wishes, joy or praise, as for another’s achievement or good fortune.
2) Often felicitations – the expression of good wishes, joy or praise

Synonyms
admiration, adoration, applause, best wishes, blessing, commendation, compliment, congratulation, courtesy, endorsement, homage, ovation, tribute

Antonyms
blame, censure, condemnation, criticism, disapproval, disregard, disrespect, silence

Word Origin
1700-1710 – felicitate + ion – the noun of action from felicitate

Use in a Sentence

1) He would be happy for the moment to pass without felicitation or fanfare, as long as she was aware of his achievement.

2) Felicitations came flooding in from all quarters as news of their success spread.

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Word of the Week (WOW): Effervescent

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effervescent

Word
effervescent

Pronunciation
ef-fer-ves-cent (ˌɛfəˈvɛsənt)

Part of Speech
adjective: effervescent

verb: effervesce
noun: effervescence, effervescency
adverb: effervescently
past participle: effervesced
continuous: effervescing

Meaning 
1) (Chemistry) of a liquid, giving off bubbles of gas, bubbling

3) exhibiting great excitement, vivacity, etc

Synonyms
1) aerated, bubbling, carbonated, fizzing, fizzy, foaming, foamy, frothing, frothy, gassy, sparkling, sparkly,

2) animated, buoyant, bubbly, chirpy, dynamic, ebullient, energetic, enthusiastic, excited, exhilarated, exuberant, joyful, lively, merry, scintillating, sparkling, vital, vivacious, zingy

Antonyms
1) flat, stale, still, weak

2) boring, dull, dour, flat, jejune, lacklustre, lifeless, insipid, spiritless, unexciting, vapid,

Word Origin
C18: from Latin effervescere to foam up, from fervescere to begin to boil, from fervēre to boil, ferment

Use in a sentence
1) She raised the champagne glass in toast, watching the bubbles soar in an effervescent dance through the pale amber liquid.

2) Her effervescent nature was almost legendary – Livvy bounced her way through life with an energy and enthusiasm that inspired all she encountered.

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Word of the Week (WOW): Dilettante

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dilettante

Word
dilettante

Plural
dilettantes or dilettanti

Part of Speech
both noun and adjective

Pronunciation
dil-et-tante (dĭl′ĭ-tänt′)

Meaning 

noun – someone who dabbles in an art or field of knowledge

adjective – amateurish, superficial

Synonyms

noun – amateur, aesthete, dabbler, nonprofessional, sciolist, smatterer, trifler, uninitiate

adjective – amateurish, dilettanteish, dilettantish, nonprofessional, sciolist, unprofessional, unskilled, unskillfull

Antonyms

noun – expert, master, pro, professional, specialist

adjective – able, capable, competent, good, skillful

Word Origin

C18th Italian lover of the arts, from present participle of dilettare, to delight, from Latin dēlectāre

Use in a sentence

noun – Whilst he professed to be a master of the subject, in truth he was a dilettante, merely skimming the surface in order to spout superficial inanities.

adjective – It was a dilettante effort, completely unprofessional in brushstroke and content, and would never be accepted at the academy.

 

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Word of the Week (WOW): Calumny

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calumny

Word
calumny

Plural
calumnies

Part of Speech
noun

Pronunciation
cal-um-nie  (kăl′əm-nē)

Meaning 

  1.  A false or malicious statement made to injure another’s reputation.
  2. The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander, misrepresentation, defamation

Synonyms

  1. abuse, aspersion, calumniation, defamation, derogation, detraction, disparagement, libel, malignment, obloquy, slander, smear, traducement, vilification
  2. attack, backbiting, defamation, denigration, slander, malignment, misrepresentation

Antonyms

acclaim, accolade, commendation, flattery, honour, praise,

Word Origin

From Middle English: ‘calumnie’, from Old French: ‘calomnie’, from Latin :’calumnia’, from ‘calví’ to deceive.

Use in a sentence

  1. The whispered tale was idle calumny, a malicious rumour without the slightest truth.
  2. His opponents sort to ruin him with vile calumny.

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Word of the Week (WOW): Bailiwick

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bailiwick

Word
Bailiwick

Part of Speech
noun

Pronunciation
bail-i-wick (bā′lə-wĭk′)

Meaning 

  1. A person’s specific area of interest, skill or authority
  2. The office or district of a bailiff.

Synonyms

  1. department, discipline, domain, field, field of study, sphere, study, subject, subject area, subject field, territory, turf
  2. area, beat, district, jurisdiction, neighbourhood, province, territory,

Word Origin

Middle English – bailliwik – baillif bailiff + wik town (from Old English wic, from Latin vicus)

Use in a sentence

  1. The professor was in his element, babbling on about things from within his bailiwick that no one else present had any understanding of.
  2. He had been appointed bailiff, making this his bailiwick now – and there was nothing that Richard De Grenville could do about it.

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Word of the Week (WOW): Anthropomorphic

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androgenous

Word
Anthropomorphic

Part of Speech
Adjective
(adverb: anthropomorphically; noun: anthropomorphism; noun: anthropomorphist)

Pronunciation
an-thro-po-mor-phic (ænθrəpəˈmɔːfɪk)

Meaning
1) ascribing human form or attributes to a non-human being (i.e. a deity or animal)
2) ascribing human characteristics to a nonhuman thing (i.e. a carving)

Synonyms
anthropoid, anthropomorphous, hominoid, humanlike, humanoid, manlike

Antonyms
non-human

Word Origin
early 19th century: from Greek anthrōpomorphos

Use in a sentence
1) As an anthropomorphic representation of human fears the figure of Death strides through world mythology in many guises.

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia

2) With its humanoid shape a gingerbread man biscuit is an anthropomorphic representation with which children can identify.

 

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