Thursday, March 16, 2017
We may forget that there is more to the word fell than simply being the past tense of fall. In the English language, there are many uses of this word as a verb, noun, or adjective. Here a few.
Definition: v.t. an action that causes something to fall; idiom used to describe a single completely effective action; adj. cruel, fierce, vicious
Example: When we fell the false and unnatural boundaries built on greed, fear, religion, and politics we may live in a world driven by compassion, affection, love, and respect.
Synonyms: drop, cut, shoot, slash, efficacious, exact, productive, devastating
Antonyms: raise, lift, construct, ineffective, aimless, superficial, endless
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
(ef ’ i · kā ’ shəs)
Definition: capable of producing a desired effect
Example: Reading her old résumés had an efficacious effect on Angela’s level of self-confidence, as she was reminded of accomplishments she had long forgotten.
Synonyms: capable, effective, competent, influential, useful
Antonyms: incapable, useless, weak, unsuccessful, impotent
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
(sûr’ tə · tüd)
Definition: certainty; freedom from doubt; absolute confidence
Example: Self doubt and thoughts of limitation are the only things that hold us back. With certitude in self, universal consciousness, and the law of attraction, all things are possible.
Synonyms: faith, belief, confidence, conviction, certainty, inevitability
Antonyms: doubt, uncertainty, disbelief, distrust
Monday, March 13, 2017
(kən · jēn’ yəl)
Definition: compatible with one’s disposition, needs, interests, etc.
Example: Their common interests and similar attitudes were the basis of an enduring congenial friendship.
Synonyms: harmonious, kindred, compatible, agreeable, friendly, sympathetic, amiable
Antonyms: discordant, disagreeable, ill-suited, incompatible, aloof, unfriendly, unpleasant
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Definition: gracefully slender
Example: Theresa’s commitment to a healthy diet and moderate exercise had manifested the gracile figure of which Arthur, having laid eyes on her for the first time, found himself absorbed in awe and admiration.
Synonyms: svelte, lanky, lithe, slim, delicate, frail, fragile, meager
Antonyms: large, chubby, fat, big, heavy, strong, unbreakable
Friday, March 10, 2017
(un’ i · kwiv’ ə · kəl)
The word I chose for today is inspired by a friend who is celebrating the anniversary of the day he received a very clear message about unconditional love, or one might call it unequivocal love.
Definition: not limited by conditions; allowing no room for doubt or misinterpretation
Example: That spring morning, Gene passed the reverse image of a flag which seemed to display a word he did not understand. “Evol? What does that mean?” As he realized he was seeing the reverse image of the intended word, love, he received a message that has lived with him these thirteen years. That message was that we should EVOLve into unequivocal love. He was told that we are not expected to have the ability to immediately feel and express this level of love at all times. All that is asked of us is that we strive, each day, to be better at it than we were yesterday.
Synonyms: unconditional, absolute, undeniable, indisputable, unambivalent, unmistakeable
Antonyms: conditional, questionable, dubious, vague, indefinite
Thursday, March 9, 2017
(hĕd’ n · is’ tik)
Definition: relating to the pursuit of pleasure and/or self-indulgence
Example: “Finding enough energy to maintain that state of love certainly helps the world, but it most directly helps us. It is the most hedonistic thing we can do.” James Redfield
Synonyms: decadent, luxurious, indulgent, self-indulgent
Antonyms: self-sacrificing, prudish, self-denying
The Celestine Prophecy, Warner Books, Time Warner Book Company, Copyright © 1993 by James Redfield, page 116,
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
(sər · kəm · lō ’ kyü · shən)
Definition: the use of more words than necessary to express an idea; evasive speech
Example: The author’s tendency towards circumlocution made his theories difficult to assimilate. Of course, infrequently used words such as circumlocution would also make it difficult for most of us to understand his ideas.
Another Example: We sometimes resort to fluffy circumlocution, rather than speaking our truth, in an effort to avoid hurting a person’s feelings.
Synonyms: wordiness, verbiage, redundancy, verbosity, roundabout, indirectness, equivocation
Antonyms: conciseness, brevity, concision, directness, straightforwardness, candor, frankness, forthrightness
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
(tem’ ə · râ’ ē · əs)
Definition: unreasonably adventurous; rash; reckless
Example: My less than temerarious nature caused me to cringe as the thought of jumping out of an airplane randomly entered my mind last night.
Synonyms: bold, daring, foolhardy, heedless, fearless, venturesome
Antonyms: careful, cautious, safe, wary, guarded, bashful, shy
Monday, March 6, 2017
(stawl’ · wərt)
Definition: dependable and loyal; sturdy and strong
Example: Though all evidence belied her truth, she continued to follow her path with stalwart conviction.
Synonyms: steadfast, fearless, intrepid, vigorous, indomitable
Antonyms: timid, unreliable, weak, meek, yielding, vulnerable