#WordOfTheDay – Vituperate explained

Medieval (3).jpg

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

Advertisements

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

Medieval (3)

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

Medieval.jpg

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 …

Medieval (1)

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.

 

#WordOfTheDay – Today’s word will blow your mind

Hello Sparkle writers, we are back with more vocabulary and today’s word is just amazing. Can you guess what it is? 

Today’s word is ‘Woebegone.’ Yes, it is a word!  It is an adjective that means affected by grief or woe. It also means sad or miserable in appearance.

Let’s use this word in a few sentences.;

She looked woebegone, but nobody knew what was wrong.

I was surprised that bereaved didn’t look woebegone.

Would you form your own sentences with this word and share with us in the comments section? Please do. 

#WordOfTheDay- Guess what snow means

Network your way to fast help.

Hey Sparkle Writers. Ready for today’s #WordOfTheDay? We know you think we made a mistake because of the word we highlighted in the topic but no we did not. 

Today’s word is snow. 

Do you have any idea what it means? Snow is a verb that means to mislead or charm someone with elaborate and insincere words. Who would have guessed that snow meant something different from what we all know.

Look at these examples

Politicians know how to snow the public into believing what they say. 

 

Don’t let people snow you into just any kind of investment. 

Now that you know what it means, use the word appropriately. 

#WordOfTheDay- Know what kerfuffle means

Network your way to fast help.

Hello, Sparkle Writers. It is time for #WordOfTheDay and we are super excited to talk about today’s word. One of the reasons why is that we find the word quite interesting. It has a simple meaning but the word itself is what intrigues us. 

Today’s Word of the Day is Kerfuffle.

Kerfuffle is a noun than means a fuss or commotion, especially one caused by conflicting views. Quite simple right?

We’d give two examples and then it will be your turn to use this word in at least two sentences.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle during the meeting because the warring parties were present.

He apologized for causing a kerfuffle at the dinner table.

Now, it’s your turn. Try to compose sentences with this word.

#WordOfTheDay – Ostensible isn’t such a difficult word

www.thesparklewritershub.com

Its Wednesday and as you already know on The Sparkle Writers Hub, we learn new words today. 

You man have seen this word but ignored it because it looked quite difficult. 

Ostensible is an adjective that means outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended. 
For example. His ostensible cheerfulness concealed his sadness.
Ostensible can also mean apparent, evident, or conspicuous. 
Let’s look at this example.
The ostensible truth of his theories could not be ignored.
Here are a few words similar in meaning to ostensible . 
Apparent, avowed, alleged, claimed, declared, purposed, feigned, seeming, outward, surface, professed, supposed.