maudlin

English For Perfection-Word Of The Day “MAUDLIN”

maudlin ˈmɔːdlɪn/ adjective: maudlin self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental. “a bout of maudlin self-pity” synonyms: sentimental, over-sentimental, emotional, overemotional, tearful, lachrymose; informalweepy “a bout of maudlin self-pity” antonyms: austere, undemonstrative (of a book, film, or song) highly sentimental. “a maudlin jukebox tune” synonyms: mawkish, sentimental, over-sentimental, cloying, sickly, saccharine, sugary, syrupy, sickening, nauseating, banal, trite; twee; […]

English For Perfection-Word Of The Day “MAELSTROM”

maelstrom

ˈmeɪlstrəm/
noun: maelstrom; plural noun: maelstroms
  1. a powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river.
    synonyms: whirlpool, vortex, eddy, swirl;

    literaryCharybdis
    “we headed south, with one eye on the maelstrom to starboard”

Origin

late 17th century: from early modern Dutch (denoting a mythical whirlpool in the Arctic Ocean, west of Norway), from maalen ‘grind, whirl’ + stroom ‘stream’.

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English For Perfection-Word Of The Day “FACETIOUS”

facetious fəˈsiːʃəs/ adjective: facetious treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humour; flippant. “a facetious remark” synonyms: flippant, flip, glib, frivolous, tongue-in-cheek, waggish, whimsical, joking, jokey, jesting, jocular, playful, roguish, impish, teasing, arch, mischievous, puckish; in fun, in jest, witty, amusing, funny, droll, comic, comical, chucklesome, light-hearted, high-spirited, bantering; archaicfrolicsome, sportive; rarejocose “no facetious remarks, please” […]

English For Perfection-Word Of The Day “ENNUI”

ennui

ɒnˈwiː/

noun: ennui

  1. a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement.
    “he succumbed to ennui and despair”
    antonyms: animation, contentment

Origin

mid 18th century: French, from Latin in odio(n- ), from mihi in odio est ‘it is hateful to me’. Compare with annoy.

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English For Perfection-Word Of The Day “EVANESCENT”

evanescent

ɛvəˈnɛs(ə)nt,iːvəˈnɛs(ə)nt/

adjective: evanescent

  1. literary
    soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.
    “the evanescent Arctic summer”
    synonyms: vanishing, fading, evaporating, melting away, disappearing, diminishing, dwindling, shrinking, fugitive;

    “they were operating on an evanescent budget”
    “this has only an evanescent effect on the rate of inflation”
    antonyms: unlimited, permanent
    2.
    PHYSICS
    denoting a field or wave which extends into a region where it cannot propagate and whose amplitude therefore decreases with distance.

Origin

early 18th century (in the sense ‘almost imperceptible’): from Latin evanescent- ‘disappearing’, from the verb evanescere (see evanesce).

 

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English For Perfection-Word Of The Day “PANACEA”

panacea ˌpanəˈsiːə/ noun: panacea; plural noun: panaceas a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases. “the panacea for all corporate ills” synonyms: universal cure, cure-all, cure for all ills, universal remedy, sovereign remedy, heal-all, nostrum, elixir, wonder drug, perfect solution, magic formula, magic bullet; rarecatholicon, diacatholicon, panpharmacon “a panacea for the country’s economic problems” […]

English For Perfection- Word Of The Day “SOPORIFIC”

soporific ˌsɒpəˈrɪfɪk/ adjective adjective: soporific   tending to induce drowsiness or sleep. “the motion of the train had a somewhat soporific effect” sleepy or drowsy. “some medicine made her soporific” tediously boring or monotonous. “a libel trial is in large parts intensely soporific” synonyms: sleep-inducing, somnolent, sedative, calmative, tranquillizing, narcotic, opiate, drowsy, sleepy, somniferous; boring, […]

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