Word of the Day – Impervious

By May 14, 2019 Word of the Day

Impervious (adj)

im-pur-vee-us

Not allowing fluid to pass through.

Unable to be affected by.

Mid 17th century: from Latin impervius (from in- ‘not’ + pervius ‘pervious’) + -ous.

Example sentences

“He seems impervious to the fact that we’re short-staffed and everyone is having to work a little harder.”

Word of the Day – Prosopopoeia

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Prosopopoeia (noun) pros-op-up-ee-a A figure of speech in which an abstract thing is personified. Mid 16th century via Latin from Greek prosōpopoiia, from prosōpon ‘person’ + poiein ‘to make’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Consternation

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Consternation (noun) kon-stur-nay-shun A feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected. Early 17th century from Latin consternatio(n-), from the verb consternare ‘lay prostrate, terrify’ (more…)

Word of the Day – Hegemony

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Hegemony (noun) hej-em-o-nee Leadership or dominance, especially by one state or social group over others. Mid 16th century from Greek hēgemonia, from hēgemōn ‘leader’, from hēgeisthai ‘to lead’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Entropy

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Entropy (noun) en-trop-ee Lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder. Mid 19th century from en-‘inside’ + Greek tropē ‘transformation’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Madrigal

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Madrigal (noun) mad-rig-ul A part-song for several voices, especially one of the Renaissance period, typically unaccompanied and arranged in elaborate counterpoint. From Italian madrigale (from medieval Latin carmen matricale ‘simple…

Word of the Day – Scapula

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Scapula (noun) skap-yu-la The technical name for a shoulder blade Late 16th century from late Latin, singular of Latin scapulae ‘shoulder blades’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Resplendent

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Respeldent (adj) res-plen-dent Attractive and impressive through being richly colourful or sumptuous. Late Middle English from Latin resplendent- ‘shining out’, from the verb resplendere, from re- (expressing intensive force) +…

Word of the Day – Cabal

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Cabal (noun) ka-bal A secret political clique or faction. Late 16th century (denoting the Kabbalah): from French cabale, from medieval Latin cabala (see (more…)

Word of the Day – Palfrey

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Palfrey (noun) (archaic) pawl-free A docile horse used for ordinary riding, especially by women. Middle English from Old French palefrei, from medieval Latin palefredus, alteration of late Latin paraveredus, from…

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