onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia noun is a word which itself sounds like what the word means: Bang, crackle, zip, ha-ha, etc. Onomatopoeia Here is a HUGE list of ONOMATOPOEIC words used in complete sentences. You’ll love these original onomatopoeia examples. http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/figurative-language/poetic-devices/onomatopoeia-examples/

Disabuse

Disabuse verb Sounds like it has something to with stopping abuse, but really means to persuade someone to a view contrary to their own. Disabuse means to free someone of a belief that is not true. Many teachers of health find that when they teach, they spend as much energy disabusing kids of false beliefs as […]

abase

Definition: (verb) Cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of. Synonyms: chagrin, humiliate, humble, mortify. Usage: Today she overwhelmed me with shrill reproaches, and abased me to the level of a hearth-brush. …read more

lariat

Definition: (noun) A long noosed rope used to catch animals. Synonyms: riata, lasso. Usage: He spent his days chasing after fleeing cattle, roping them with his lariat and bringing them back to the ranch. Discuss …read more

Endocrine System

The pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands are all part of the endocrine system, a bodily system that is instrumental in regulating metabolism, tissue function, and growth and development. The endocrine system is an integrated network of small glands located throughout the body that release extracellular signaling molecules known as hormones. Hormones travel in the blood […]

refractory

Definition: (adjective) Obstinately resistant to authority or control. Synonyms: fractious, recalcitrant. Usage: He still made a naughty or refractory lad stand with one arm stretched out for anything from ten minutes to half an hour. Discuss …read more

granger

Definition: (noun) A person who operates a farm. Synonyms: sodbuster, farmer, husbandman. Usage: Their lands had been bought long ago, and the grangers moved to the city to find work as manual laborers. Discuss …read more

Age is Just a Number

Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at 122 years and 164 days of age, lived to be the oldest person on record. Though her parents and siblings also lived to an advanced age, she outlived them all. An active woman, Calment continued to ride a bicycle until she was 100 years old and lived independently until […]

A flute with no holes, is not a flute

Don’t be obsessed with your desires Danny. The Zen philosopher, Basho, once wrote, ‘A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a Danish.’ He was a funny guy. – Ty Webb – Caddyshack (1980)

deprecate v. to belittle

Definition: (verb) To belittle. Synonyms: depreciate. Usage: The teacher should not deprecate his student’s efforts. Discuss …read more

Glockenspiel (musical Instrument)

Definition: (noun) A percussion instrument with a series of metal bars tuned to the chromatic scale and played with two light hammers. Synonyms: orchestral bells. Usage: She was always capricious in her tastes, but even her close friends were surprised when she dismissed her piano teacher and took up the glockenspiel. …read more

bucolic

Definition: (adjective) Of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic. Synonyms: rustic, arcadian, pastoral. Usage: The illustrations in the book depicted pleasant, bucolic scenes with farmers happily toiling in the fields. Discuss …read more

Liberosis

liberosis n. the desire to care less about things—to loosen your grip on your life, to stop glancing behind you every few steps, afraid that someone will snatch it …

Space Food

The weightlessness experienced by humans in space poses a number of challenges in the performance of day-to-day tasks. Early experts feared that weightless conditions would make food difficult to swallow, allowing it to collect dangerously in the throat. Scientists began developing bite-sized cubes, freeze-dried powders, and semiliquid space foods for astronaut use, but the space […]

lachesism

n. the desire to be struck by disaster—to survive a plane crash, to lose everything in a fire, to plunge over a waterfall—which would put a kink in the smooth arc of your life, and forge it into something hardened and flexible and sharp, not just a stiff prefabricated beam that barely covers the gap […]

Automats

An automat is a fast food restaurant where food and drinks are served by coin- and bill-operated vending machines. Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart opened the first automat in the US in 1902 and quickly popularized the notion of take-out food with their slogan “Less work for Mother.” The original automat machines, which had little […]

apiary

Definition: (noun) A place where bees and beehives are kept, especially a place where bees are raised for their honey. Synonyms: bee house. Usage: She had started her apiary with a small capital, a book of practical hints, and a second-hand queen. Discuss …read more

“Reality is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of ugly facts.” –Robert Glass

“Reality is the murder of a beautiful theory by a gang of ugly facts.” –Robert Glass

touchstone

Definition: (noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated. Synonyms: criterion, standard, measure. Usage: You appear to me to be the very touchstone of responsibility. Discuss …read more

Rubatosis

rubatosis n. The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/28154792144/rubatosis

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