WOW: Variegated

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post. This week I’ve also added a bonus gallery of pictures from the garden to finish off…

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

variegated

Word
Variegated

Pronunciation
var-i-e-ga-ted  (vâr′ē-ĭ-gā′tĭd)

Part of Speech
Adjective

Related Forms
Verb: variegate
Noun: variegation
Adjective: unvariegated

Meaning
1. having discrete markings in different colours
2. including many different things: full of variety

Word Origin
1660s – from Latin variegat- ‘made varied’ (from the verb variegare, from varius ‘diverse’) + ed

Synonyms
1) chromatic, coloured, colourful, kaleidoscopic, motley, mottled, multicoloured, multihued, polychromatc, polychrome, polychromus, prismatic, rainbow, varicoloured, varied, versicolour, versicoloured

2) assorted, divers, diverse, diversified, heterogeneous, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, multifarious, multiform, sundry, varied, various

Antonyms
colourless, monotone, monochrome, monochomatic, solid, unvariegated

Use in a Sentence
1) With the vividly variegated hues of their garments the dancer were as entrancing as a flock of exotic of birds.

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2) The contents of their grocery shop was always a variegated selection.

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3) I’ve never before realised just how many plants and flowers in my garden can be described as variegated.

The final plant pictured in the gallery I found to be particularly interesting. It’s a single plant but the clumps of flowers are all slightly different shades – it definitely fits the word ‘variegated’!

WOW: Ululate

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

ululate

Word
Ululate

Pronunciation
ul-u-late /uhl-yuh-leyt

Part of Speech
Noun

Related Forms
Verbs: ululated, ululating
Adjective: ululant
Noun: ululation

Meaning
1. to howl or hoot, as a dog or an owl.
2. to utter shrill, wordless lamentations;wail.

Word Origin
First recorded use 1615-25 – from Latin ululātus past participle of ululār, meaning to howl / shriek – thought to be of imitative origin – connection with ulula, meaning ‘screech owl’.

Synonyms
1) bawl, bay, howl, lament, moan, wail,  yowl

2) cry, keen, lament, shriek, shout

Antonyms
be quiet, whimper

Use in a Sentence
1) Gathered in the darkening woodland, the group ululate in joyous imitation of the wolf.

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Image from Wikimedia – by By Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

2) Those gathered at the graveside expressed their grief in a symphony of mournful ululation.

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A group of Greek women lamenting and mourning the dead

WOW: Tempestuous

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

tempestuous

Word
tempestuous

Pronunciation
tempestuous

Part of Speech
Adjective

Related Forms
Adverb: tempestuously
Noun: tempestuousness

Meaning
1. of or relating to a tempest
2. violent or stormy emotions or actions

Word Origin
First recorded use 1500-10 (Middle English), from Late Latin tempestuōsus

Synonyms
1. boisterous, blustery, furious, gusty, inclement, raging, squally, stormy, turbulent, wild, windy

2. boisterous, emotional, excited, feverish, flaming, heated, hysterical, impassioned, intense, passionate, stormy, turbulent, uncontrolled, violent, wild

Antonyms
calm, peaceful, quiet, serene, tranquil, undisturbed, unruffled

Use in a Sentence
1. The tempestuous seas raged against the lighthouse, angry waves crashing against unyielding walls.

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Trwyn Du lighthouse in stormy seas – Image from Wikimedia, contributed by Steve F

2. Their relationship had always been tempestuous, characterised by frequent fights and passionate reconciliations.

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Image from Wikimedia – contributed by epSos.de

WOW: Serried

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

serried

Word
serried

Pronunciation
serried

Part of Speech
Adjective

Related Forms
Adverb: serriedly
Noun: serriedness

Meaning
In close or compact formation

Word Origin
First recorded use C17 (1667, in ‘Paradise Lost’): from Old French serré, meaning ‘close-packed’, from serrer, meaning ‘to shut up’.

Synonyms
arranged, assembled, close, compact, dense, massed, phalanxed

Use in a Sentence
1.
The crowds cheered from the roadside as the troops paraded past in serried ranks, their steps in perfect unison.

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Image from Wikimedia – by Sergeant Steven Hughes

2. The fans filled the stadium in a serried mass, uncaring of their close proximity in their eagerness to worship their idol.

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Image from Wikimedia – By FXR

WOW: Raconteur

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

raconteur

Word
Raconteur

Pronunciation
Rac-on-teur (răk′ŏn-tûr′, rak-uh n-tur)

Part of Speech
Noun

Meaning
A person skilled in telling stories and anecdotes

Word Origin
First recorded use: C19th (1820-30) – French from raconter, meaning ‘to relate’; from Old French re- +aconter, ‘to count up’ or ‘reckon’.

Synonyms
anecdotist, narrator, recounter, relater, storyteller, spinner of yarns, teller, teller of stories,

Use in a Sentence
1. When asked to name her hero only one name was upon Rawiya’s lips: Scheherazade, the greatest raconteur to ever spin a tale.

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Image from Wikimedia – by Sladen, Douglas Brooke Wheelton, 1856-1947

2. Even as a child Nelson was a skilled raconteur, always able to keep his audience entertained.

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Image from Wikimedia

WOW: Querulous

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

querulous

Word
querulous

Pronunciation
quer-u-lous (kwĕr′ə-ləs)

Part of Speech
Adjective

Related Forms
Adverb: querulously
Noun: querulousness

Meaning
1. inclined to make whining, peevish complaints
2. characterised by or proceeding from a complaining, fretful attitude

Word Origin
15th Century: from Latin querulus from querī to complain

Synonyms
bearish, bemoaning, cantankerous, captious, carping, censorious, complaining, critical, cross, deploring, discontented, dissatisfied, fault-finding, fretful, grouchy, grousing, grumbling, hard to please, irascible, irritable, lamenting, out of sorts, peevish, petulant, plaintive, ratty, snappy, sour, testy, tetchy, touchy, uptight, whining, whiny, waspish

Antonyms
contented, easy to please, equable, placid, uncomplaining, uncritical, undemanding

Use in a Sentence
1. Maggie’s dreaded the times when her father came to stay – a querulous old man, his entire stay consisted of a litany of complaints.

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2. Lily’s constant crying and querulous tones had long since worn Maria’s nerves to a frazzle and she counted the minutes until the child could be returned to her mother.

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WOW: Predilection

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

predilection

Word
predilection

Pronunciation
pre-di-lec-tion (prĕd′l-ĕk′shən)

Part of Speech
Noun

Meaning

a predisposition, preference, bias or strong liking

Word Origin

C18th – from French prédilection, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praedīlēctus, past participle of praedīligere, to prefer : Latin prae-, pre-+ Latin dīligere, to love

Synonyms

bias, fancy, fondness, leaning, liking, love, inclination, partiality, penchant, predisposition, preference, proclivity, proneness, propensity, taste, tendency, weakness

Antonyms

antipathy, aversion, disinclination, disinterest, dislike, hate, hatred, impartiality, loathing, repugnance

Use in a Sentence
1) Arthur had a predilection for malt whiskey, fine food and expensive cigars.

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 2) Melissa’s mother had always warned her that her predilection for boys with motorbikes would someday land her in trouble.

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Image from Wikimedia Commons: by StateStreet

WOW: Obfuscate

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

obfuscate

Word
obfuscate

Pronunciation
ob-fus-cate (ob-fuh-skeyt, ŏb′fə-skāt′)

Part of Speech
Verb

Related Forms
verbs: obfuscated, obfuscation, obfuscates
adjective: obfuscating
nouns: obfuscation

Meaning
1) to make so confused or opaque that it is difficult to understand
2) to darken or make indistinct

Word Origin
First used in 16th century: from Latin ob- (intensive) + fuscāre, meaning ‘to blacken’, a derivative of fuscus , meaning ‘dark’.

Synonyms
1) baffle, befuddle, bewilder, complicate, conceal, confuse, fuddle, muddle, stupify, perplex, puzzle
2) becloud, bedim, befog, blear, blur, cloud, conceal, dim, dull, eclipse, fog, gloom, mist, obscure, overcast, overshadow, shadow

Antonyms
1) clarify, clear up, elucidate, explicate, make clear
2) enlighten, illuminate, reveal,

Use in a Sentence
1) The company’s legal department had obfuscated the facts to such an extent that Harold signed the contract unaware of the full cost of his actions.

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2) Jamie always took care to obfuscate the number plates when sharing pictures of her classic cars on the internet.

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Image from Wikimedia – by Michael Spiller

WOW: Nascent

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

nascent

Word
nascent

Pronunciation
nas-cent / năs′ənt / nā′sənt

Part of Speech
Adjective

Related Forms
adjective: unnascent
nouns: nascence, nascency

Meaning
1) Coming into existence, emerging, beginning to develop.

2) Chemistry of or relating to the state of a chemical element at the moment it is set free from one of its compounds

3) Chemistry (of an element or simple compound, especially hydrogen) created within the reaction medium in the atomic form and having a high activity

Word Origin
1625-25 – From the Latin nāscēns, nāscent-,  the present participle of nāscī, meaning ‘to be born’, ‘arise’

Synonyms
beginning, budding, burgeoning, dawning, developing, evolving, incipient

Antonyms
dying, shriveling, withering

Use in a Sentence
1) The garden came alive with nascent plants pushing through damp earth.

The first daffodils - I took this photo back in January and forgot to post it on my blog!

Nascent daffodils – I took this photo back in January and forgot to post it on my blog!

2) The nascent kingdoms of fifth and sixth century Britain were in a constant state of flux.

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British Kingdoms in Early 6th Century

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British Kingdoms in Mid-6th Century


I thought about writing some sentences using the chemistry definitions of nascent, but science is not really an area I’m knowledgeable on! I’d probably get the facts wrong! I did spend quite a while playing spot-the-difference between the two maps, though…

WOW: Manifestation

This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly challenge is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

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Here’s my WOW for this week:

manifestation

Word
manifestation

Pronunciation
man-i-fes-ta-tion (măn′ə-fĕ-stā′shən)

Part of Speech
noun

Related nouns: nonmanifestation, premanifestation, remanifestation, self-manifestation, manifestness
Derivative adjectives: manifestational, manifestative
Related verbs: manifests, manifested, manifesting
Related adjectives: manifest, manifestable,
Related adverb: manifestly,

Meaning
1 a. The act of manifesting
b. the state of being manifested

2. outward or perceptible indication; materialisation (as of a disease)

3 a. the form in which someone or something (a person, a divine being, an idea) is revealed.
b. the materialised form of a spirit

4. a public demonstration, often for political effect

Synonyms
appearance, demonstration, disclosure, display, explanation, exposure, expression, indication, instance, mark, materialisation, meaning, phenomenon, revelation, show, sign, symptom, token,

Antonyms
concealment, hiding, reality, secret, cover, obscurity, vagueness

Word Origin
early 15c.: “action of manifesting; exhibition, demonstration,” from Late Latin manifestationem (nominative manifestatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin manifestare.
The meaning “an object, action, or presence by which something is made manifest” is from 1785.
The spiritualism sense is attested from 1853.

Use in a Sentence

1. The house on the hill was a manifestation of all their dreams of a life together.

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copyright: Alan Heardman

2. Anthony worried that his headache might be the first manifestation of some dreaded disease.

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Image from pixabay.com

3. They had an excuse for crashing the car into the ditch, even if no one believed them: Mark instinctively swerved when the woman’s spirit manifested in the middle of the road.

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4. They gathered on the streets of London with placards held aloft in demonstration, a manifestation of the unrest spreading across the nation.

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