Word of the Week

Monday, October 27, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Proclivity (pro clivv it tee)

Part of Speech: Noun

Definition: An inclination or predisposition toward something

Derivatives: proclivities

Example: Lebron’s proclivity for basketball at a young age has paid off.

Synonyms: Preference, inclination

Monday, October 20, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Stolid (stall id)

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Showing little or no emotion; not easily excited or upset.

Derivatives: stolidity, stolidly, stolidness

Example: Unemotional, dull

Synonyms: Her stolid reaction to the crime was somewhat disturbing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Abrupt (uh brupT)

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Very sudden and not expected.

Derivatives: abruption, abruptly, abruptness

Example: The manager’s abrupt entrance into the theater interrupted the movie.

Synonyms: Unforeseen, sudden, without warning

Monday, September 29, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Acumen (ack u men)

Part of Speech: Verb Definition: the ability to think clearly and make good judgments and quick decisions Derivatives: NONE   Example: His business acumen helped his client to seal the deal.   Synonyms: Wit, sharpness

Monday, September 15, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Omniscient (aum nish ent)

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Knowing everything

Derivatives: omniscience, omnisciently

Example: The omniscient narrator told the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”

Synonyms: All-knowing, all-seeing

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Evanescent (ev in es sent)

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Quickly fading or disappearing

Derivatives: evanescence, evanescently

Example: The power of beauty is evanescent.

Synonyms: Temporary, short-term

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Recapitulate (Ree ka pitch u late)

Part of Speech: Verb

Definition: Summarize and state again the main points of

Derivatives: recapitulated, recapitulates

Example: He began to recapitulate his argument calmly.

Synonyms: Restate, summarize

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | From IDEA PCS

Quotidian (Kwo tid eee an)

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: Of or occurring everyday

Derivatives: NONE

Example: The driver became accustomed to the quotidian traffic.

Synonyms: Daily, mundane

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