Word of the Day – Imbue

By September 9, 2019 Word of the Day

Imbue (verb)

im-bew

Inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality)

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘saturate’): from French imbu ‘moistened’, from Latin imbutus, past participle of imbuere ‘moisten’.

Example sentences

“As she looked out onto the ocean she was imbued with a sense of serenity”

Word of the Day – Supplicate

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Supplicate (verb) sup-lik-ayt Ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly. Late Middle English from Latin supplicat- ‘implored’, from the verb supplicare, from sub- ‘from below’ + placere ‘propitiate’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Traduce

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Traduce (verb) trad-use Speak badly of or tell lies about (someone) so as to damage their reputation. Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘transport, transmit’): from Latin traducere ‘lead in…

Word of the Day – Disyllabic

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Disyllabic (adj) dai-sil-ab-ik Consisting of two syllables. Or (as in bird song or a siren) created by two distinct notes. Mid 17th century from French dissyllabique, via Latin from Greek…

Word of the Day – Waddle

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Waddle (noun/verb) wad-l A clumsy gait Late 16th century perhaps a frequentative of wade. (more…)

Word of the Day – Taiko

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Taiko (noun) tai-ko A Japanese barrel-shaped drum. Late 19th century Japanese. (more…)

Word of the Day – Phthisiophobia

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Phthisiophobia (noun) (historic) fiz-ee-o-fo-bee-a An irrational or exaggerated fear of tuberculosis. Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Lancet. From phthisio- + -phobia, perhaps after French phthisiophobie. (more…)

Word of the Day – Thicket

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Thicket (noun) thik-it A dense group of bushes or trees. Old English thiccet (see thick) (more…)

Word of the Day – Efficacy

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Efficacy (noun) ef-ik-a-see The ability to produce a desired or intended result. Early 16th century from Latin efficacia, from efficax, efficac- (more…)

Word of the Day – Impunity

| Word of the Day | No Comments
Impunity (noun) im-poo-ni-tee Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action. Mid 16th century from Latin impunitas, from impunis ‘unpunished’, from in- ‘not’ + poena ‘penalty’…

Leave a Reply