Word of the Week: sedulous (SĔJ-ə-ləs) Definition (Adjective) Of persons or agents: Diligent, active, constant in application to the matter in hand; assiduous, persistent. In Context "But Somers, whose chronic maladies, aggravated by sedulous application to judicial and political business, made it necessary for him to avoid crowds and luxurious banquets, retired to Tunbridge Wells, and tried to repair his exhausted frame with the water of the springs and the air of its heath." Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, Volume 5, 1861.
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Word of the Week: ancillary (ĂN-sə-lĕr-ē) Definition (Adjective) Designating activities and services that provide essential support to the functioning of a central service or industry; also, of staff employed in these supporting roles. Now used especially of non-medical staff and services in hospitals. In Context "Rather than taking an ancillary, paramedical position, these individuals are becoming directly and independently responsible for a broad range of health care functions, including prevention, assessment, therapy and rehabilitation." Stephen Polgar and Shane A. Thomas, Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, Fifth Edition, 2008.
Word of the Week: coppice (KŎP-ĭs) Definition (Noun) A small wood or thicket consisting of underwood and small trees grown for the purpose of periodical cutting. In Context "They waited in the plough facing a coppice of mixed softwoods which sloped slightly downhill towards them." Isabel Colegate, The Shooting Party, 1980.
Word of the Week: effulgent (ĭ-FŎŎL-jənt) Definition (Adjective) Shining forth brilliantly; sending forth intense light; resplendent, radiant. In Context "And it blazed with a light that was like that of the sun – very splendid and effulgent – so that they could scarcely look upon the splendor thereof." Howard Pyle, The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur, 1910.
Word of the Week: factitious (făk-TĬSH-əs) Definition (Adjective) Not genuine, intrinsic, natural, or spontaneous; inauthentic; artificially created or developed; made up for a particular occasion or purpose; arising from custom, habit, or convention. In Context "Extreme factitious cases are called Munchausen syndrome, named after a colorful, 18th-century German cavalry officer who was prone to telling extravagant tall tales." Robert L. Taylor, Psychological Masquerade: Distinguishing Psychological from Organic Disorders, Third Edition, 2007.
Definition (Noun) The branch of medical science (specifically of surgery) that deals with the ear, nose, and throat. In Context "So far, the most significant application of lasers in otorhinolaryngology aims at microsurgery of the larynx, e.g. in stenoses or laryngeal carcinoma." Markolf H. Niemz, Laser-Tissue Interactions: Fundamentals and Applications, Third Edition, 2007.
Word of the Week: rapscallion (răp-SKĂL-yən) Definition (Noun) A rascal, a rogue; a vagabond. In Context "He brought along Dolores, as well as three writers (among them Fred Williams, an alcoholic rapscallion who keeled over drunk in front of the royal family in the lobby of the Odeon Theater), and the Odeon show was a hit with the royal audience." Richard Zoglin, Hope: Entertainer of the Century, 2014.
Word of the Week: cairn (kârn) Definition (Noun) A pyramid of rough stones, raised for a memorial or mark of some kind. In Context "We saw what appeared to be a cairn on the next summit south, and decided to go to it and stand on it and see if we could guess – in relation to our campsite – where we were." John McPhee, Coming into the Country, 1977.
Word of the Week: surreptitious (sûr-əp-TĬSH-əs) Definition (Adjective) Taken, obtained, used, done, etc. by stealth, secretly, or "on the sly"; secret and unauthorized; clandestine. In Context "Nixon acknowledged in a statement issued May 22 that the plan contained a provision for surreptitious entry by federal agents but said he rescinded his approval of the plan five days after ordering it put into operation." "Nixon Approval for 'Illegal' Snoop Plan," The Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 7, 1973.
Word of the Week: intransigent (ĭn-TRĂN-sə-jənt) Definition (Adjective) That refuses to come to terms or make any compromise (in politics); uncompromising, irreconcilable. In Context "In his presummit assessment in August 1978, Samuel Lewis, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, said it was impossible to decide in the abstract whether Begin's firmness was that of 'an intransigent hardliner' or just 'a tough bargainer,' but the White House preferred to assume the latter." David Reynolds, Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century, 2007.