Word of the Day – Orogeny

By August 7, 2019 Word of the Day

orogeny (noun)

or-oj-en-ee

A process in which a section of the earth’s crust is folded and deformed by lateral compression to form a mountain range.

Example sentences

“The process is visible in the alpine erogenies.”

Word of the Day – Travesty

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Travesty (noun) trav-es-tee A false, absurd, or distorted representation of something. Mid 17th century (as an adjective in the sense ‘dressed to appear ridiculous’): from French travesti ‘disguised’, past participle…

Word of the Day – Punditry

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Punditry (noun) pun-dit-ree The expression of expertise in a particular subject or field. Mid 17th century (in pundit (sense 2)): from Sanskrit paṇḍita ‘learned man’, use as noun of paṇḍita…

Word of the Day – Appellation

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Appellation (noun) ap-el-ay-shun A name or title. Late Middle English via Old French from Latin appellatio(n-), from the verb appellare (see appeal). (more…)

Word of the Day – Effrontery

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Effrontery (noun) e-frun-ter-ee Insolent or impertinent behaviour. Late 17th century from French effronterie, based on late Latin effrons, effront- ‘shameless, barefaced’, from ex- ‘out’ + frons ‘forehead’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Bansuri

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Bansuri (noun) ban-soo-ree A bamboo transverse flute, popular in northern India. (more…)

Word of the Day – Ecumenical

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Ecumenical (adj) eek-yu-men-i-kal Representing a number of different Christian Churches. Late 16th century (in the sense ‘belonging to the universal Church’): via late Latin from Greek oikoumenikos from oikoumenē ‘the…

Word of the Day – Temperance

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Temperance (noun) temp-er-uns Abstinence from alcoholic drink. Middle English from Anglo-Norman French temperaunce, from Latin temperantia ‘moderation’, from temperare ‘restrain’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Juxtaposition

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Juxtaposition (noun) juk-sta-pos-ishun The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. Mid 19th century (earlier (Middle English) as juxtaposition): from French juxtaposer, from Latin…

Word of the Day – Sully

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Sully (verb) sul-ee Damage the purity or integrity of. Late 16th century perhaps from French souiller ‘to soil’. (more…)

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