Word of the Week
Monday, November 25, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Example: Tim couldn’t help enjoying the pomp of the elaborate wedding ceremony.
Synonyms: pageantry, grandeur
Monday, November 18, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
To forgive; to free from guilt
Example: Marlon felt greatly relieved after his mother absolved him for breaking the vase.
Synonyms: exculpate, pardon
Monday, November 11, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
To supply with air
Example sentence: Every spring, Soloman used his tiller to aerate the compact soil.
Synonyms: oxygenate, carbonate
Monday, November 4, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Example: Sherman revealed his benevolent side he offered to help Carter with his homework.
Synonyms: altruistic, generous
Monday, October 28, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Example: Carla used red ribbons to accentuate the coppery tones in her hair.
Synonyms: highlight, stress
Monday, October 14, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
To break up into opposing groups
Example: Jason tended to polarize discussions rather than to encourage compromise.
Monday, October 7, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Past the normal or proper time
Example sentence: Even though I forgot his birthday, I hope my father accepts my belated card.
Synonyms: tardy, overdue
Monday, September 30, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
One who offers financial help
Example sentence: Michael’s aunt and benefactor paid his college tuition.
Monday, September 23, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Example: Critics panned the movie as a derivative version of last year’s Best Picture.
Synonyms: banal, cliché
Monday, September 16, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Relating to extreme misfortune
Example: The effects of the massive hurricane were catastrophic.
Synonyms: devastating, disastrous
Monday, September 9, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Example: The diffident student never raised her hand in class, even when she knew the answer.
Synonyms: timid, bashful
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Spirit of friendship
Example: The manager hoped the retreat would increase the camaraderie among the feuding workers.
Synonyms: sociability, spirit de corps
Thursday, August 22, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Example: Allison’s painting met with plaudits from the critics who had dismissed her work earlier.
Synonyms: kudos, acclaim
Monday, June 3, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
To give off sparks; flash; sparkle; to sparkle intellectually; be brilliant and witty; twinkle. Her gown was so lovely and her conversation so witty that she fairly scintillated at the social gathering.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Bitterly scornful, sneering. His sardonic remarks cause him to be disliked by many.
Monday, April 15, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Ceremonies regarded as ridiculous, hypocritical, or pretentious
His speech on promptness was an act of mummery, for he is always late.
Monday, April 8, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Cloudy, disturbed, muddy.
The turbid waters of the stream were not inviting at all.
Monday, March 25, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Combine into one quantity or group.
It takes a long time before the members of a community to coalesce.
Monday, March 18, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Spied a distant object, discovered, saw
He descried a horseman approaching the group at full gallop.
Monday, March 11, 2013 | From IDEA PCS
Unpleasant, harsh, discordant sound.
The cacophony of a band that’s out of tune hurts his ears.