#WordOfTheDay – Edenic means

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Hello Sparkle Writers, ready for today’s word? Today’s word is ‘edenic.’ Ever heard the word before? Now, you have.

It is pronounced as /edInIk/.

The word is an adjective meaning; like a paradise, filled with happiness, beauty, innocence etc.

The origin of this word can be traced to the Hebrew word “Eden” meaning delight. Eden is the garden where the biblical characters Adam and Eve lived.

Look at these examples;

I plan to make my home edenic

“Though mariners had always avoided the uninhabited ‘Isle of Devils’, the shipwrecked colonists found it Edenic, teeming with natural resources and a temperate climate.” I Gail Westerfield; Bermuda and the Birth of a Nation; The Royal Gazette (Bermuda); May 30, 2008. 

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#WordOfTheDay – We’ll tell you what descry means

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Hey Sparkle Writers! If you’ve learnt a new word via our word of the day post please let us know in the comment section. We want to know how well this segment is doing. 

Today’s word is Descry and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with tears.

Descry means to catch sight of, to find out or to discover. Who would have thought? 

Here’s the word in a few sentences;

After conducting experiments for several years, the scientist was able to descry the cause of the disease.

As a jeweler, he was able to easily descry the true value of the large diamond.

Because I wanted to descry my favorite actor at the movie premiere, I stood outside in the rain for six hours.

#WordOfTheDay – What does convoluted mean?

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Contrary to popular opinion, convoluted is not the past tense of a word. Convoluted is a word that means extremely complex and difficult to follow. This is usually used to describe an argument, a story or sentence. 

Here’s convoluted in a few sentences.

In hopes of confusing the jury, the lawyer made a convoluted argument which only a few people could understand.

Because the medical procedure is a convoluted process, it takes a very long time to complete.

There are a good variety of synonyms you can use as a substitute for this word, depending on what you’re describing or what you feel most comfortable using.  We’d highlight two of them.

Complicated 

Something having many different parts to understand

  • When learning something new, it can always seem complicated in the beginning.

Elaborate

Something that has a very complex design, or having many details to understand

  • The music the pianist composed, was simple, yet powerful and elaborate.

#WordOfTheDay – Do you know what tepid means?

 

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Today’s word could mean two different things and we will tell you what those two things are. 

Tepid is an adjective that could mean showing little enthusiasm or characterized by a lack of force. It could also mean moderately warm.

Here are a few examples of sentences with this word;

Don’t drink the tea any more; it’s tepid. 

I soaked my cloth in tepid water.

He didn’t like the applause it was tepid. 

Here are a few words that mean the same with tepid .

Lukewarm, warmish, slightly warm,  unenthusiasticapathetichalf-heartedindifferentcoollukewarmuninterestedunconcernedoffhandperfunctorydesultorylimp. 

#WordOfTheDay – Vituperate explained

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Hey Sparkle Writers, it’s time to learn a new word and that word is ‘Vituperate’.

There are two main definitions for this word. 

  1. To criticize or censure severely or abusively.
  2. To use harsh condemnatory language.

The word is pronounced /vɪˈtjuːpəreɪt/ and is quite old. 

Here are a few words that mean the same thing with vituperate;

Against, attack, upbraid, berate, harangue, lambaste, reprimand, castigate, chastise, rebuke, scold, chide, censure, condemn, damn, denounce, find fault with, run down, take to, task, vilify, denigrate, calumniate, insult, abuse, curse, slander, smear.

Now let’s form a few sentences from this word. We expect that you’d do the same. 

To vituperate someone is almost as bad as assaulting them physically.

Because the coach continued to vituperate his team with abusive talk, he was given a warning by the college dean.

It is not illegal to vituperate someone, but speaking to a person in such an insulting way is frowned upon

#Word of the Day – This is what ‘Mythomania’ means

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Hey Sparkle Writers! It is time to add one more word to your dictionary.

We came across this fabulous word and we thought it would be nice if you use it to spice up your writing. The word is “Mythomania” and it is pronounced this way /mɪθə(ʊ)ˈmeɪnɪə/.

Mythomania is a noun. It is an abnormal or pathological tendency to lie or exaggerate. Yes, there is a word for it. 

The word itself can actually be broken down into two constituents: Myth + mania.

The word has an origin. It is from the Greek “mythos (myth)” and “-mania (excessive enthusiasm or craze).”

Here is how the word is used in sentences:

John was taken to the hospital for another session with the psychiatrist. He was diagnosed with mythomania last year.

 

 

#Word of the Day – Let’s talk about what misanthrope means

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Hey there!

Today, our interesting word is “misanthrope.” If you look really closely at this word, you can tell that it is related to the word “anthropology” which means the study of humans. The word “misanthrope” is pronounced /mis∂nƟ∂up/.

Misanthrope is a noun used to refer to a person who hates all mankind and humanity in general. This is a formal word, derived from Greek misanthrōpos “hating mankind” from misein “to hate” plus anthrōpos “a man.” From the same root, we get the English word anthropology.

If you make a statement or do something that is particularly hostile or untrusting, you can call that misanthropic.

Here is how it is used in sentences.

Examples:

 I do not know of any sane person who would publicly declare himself a misanthrope.

Do not be deceived into thinking that a misanthrope could have genuine love for you.

 

#WordOfTheDay – A bugbear means …

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We have a new word for you Sparkle Writers. The word ‘bugbear’ is a peculiar word pronounced as /bᴧgbe∂r/. It is a noun used to mean a source of fear, anger, anxiety or annoyance.

The word has an origin and it goes thus: A bugbear is an imaginary creature, invoked to frighten unruly children. From bug (hobgoblin) + bear, from Old English bera, ultimately from the Indo-European root bher– (bright, brown), which also gave us brown, bruin, brunet/brunette, burnish, and berserk. Its earliest documented use was in the year 1552.

Here is how the word is used in a sentence;

The biggest bugbear is the guideline against the use of phones within the school premises.

See you next week with another new word. 

#WordOfTheDay – This is what confabulate means

Hey Sparkle Writers! How about adding another word to our vocabulary today? 

Today’s word is Confabulate

It means two things; Tto converse informally or to chat with someone. 

For instance;

My teacher and I confabulate often. 

She could be heard on the telephone confabulating with someone.
 
Yeah we know, all that big grammar just to say chat 😊

Confabulate could also mean to fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory.

Look at this example;

She has lapses in attention and concentration—she may be confabulating a little.

That’s it for today. Remember that every Wednesday on The Sparkle Writer’s Hub we have a new word here. See you next week. 

 

#WordOfTheDay – Ever heard of Nimbus? This is what it means

Hello Sparkle Writers, we’re bringing you another word today. Our word of the day is ‘Nimbus’ which is pronounced as /nɪmbəs/. It means a luminous cloud or a halo surrounding a supernatural being or a saint.

Nimbus can also mean a large grey rain cloud. Have you seen one before?

These words are similar in meaning to nimbus; Aroma, atmosphere, climate, flavour, halo, karma, mood, aura, note, odour, smell. 

Let’s form a few sentences with this word.

There was nimbus in the sky, flying everywhere. Did you see it?

Fans are inevitably disappointed when the nimbus of glamour about their favourite celebrity turns out to be an illusion.

We’d be glad to see your own sentences, post them in the comment box.