Word of the Week

Monday, November 25, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Pomp (pahmp)

Showy display

Example: Tim couldn’t help enjoying the pomp of the elaborate wedding ceremony.

Synonyms: pageantry, grandeur

Monday, November 18, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Absolve (ub zahlv)


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

Aerate (ehr ayt)


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

Benevolent (bu nehv ih lunt)


Kind, helpful

Example: Sherman revealed his benevolent side he offered to help Carter with his homework.

Synonyms: altruistic, generous

Monday, October 28, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Accentuate (ak sehn shu wait)

To emphasize

Example: Carla used red ribbons to accentuate the coppery tones in her hair.

Synonyms: highlight, stress

Monday, October 14, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Polarize (poh lu riyz)


To break up into opposing groups

Example: Jason tended to polarize discussions rather than to encourage compromise.

Synonym: divide

Monday, October 7, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Belated (bih lay tud)


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

Benefactor (beh nu fak tur)


One who offers financial help

Example sentence: Michael’s aunt and benefactor paid his college tuition.

Synonym: patron

Monday, September 23, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Derivative (dih rih vu tihv)


Lacking originality

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

Catastrophic (ka tu strah fihk)


Relating to extreme misfortune

Example: The effects of the massive hurricane were catastrophic.

Synonyms: devastating, disastrous

Monday, September 9, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Diffident (dih fu dunt)


Lacking self-confidence

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

Camaraderie (kahm rah du ree)

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

Plaudits (plaw duts)


Enthusiastic approval

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

Scintillate (sin’təlat’)

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

Sardonic (sa r-don-ik)

Bitterly scornful, sneering. His sardonic remarks cause him to be disliked by many.

Monday, April 15, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Mummery (mum ẽr-i)

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

Turbid (tũrˈbid)

Cloudy, disturbed, muddy.

The turbid waters of the stream were not inviting at all.

Monday, March 25, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Coalesce (koˈəlesˈ)

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

Descried (di-skridˈ)

Spied a distant object, discovered, saw

He descried a horseman approaching the group at full gallop.

Monday, March 11, 2013 | From IDEA PCS

Cacophony (ĸə-ĸof´ə-ni)

Unpleasant, harsh, discordant sound.

The cacophony of a band that’s out of tune hurts his ears.