Word[s] of the day

Each Monday students should have a sentence for each word of the day (5 per week) that provide context clues for the reader. These should be added to a running google doc that will contain all their sentences for the year.

Below are all the WOD's that we've had all year, along with the definitions. New words will be added to the top as we go along. 

Why are we doing this?
It serves a couple purposes. Writing context clues for  the word forces you to write a more detailed sentence. Using the context clues in the sentences to provide the definition for helps giving a strategy when encountering words you don't know in your own reading. The discussions in class we have when trying to figure out the word also provide decoding strategies. 

So, the entire WOD process is less about specific words and more about 
writing more complex sentences and learning s
trategies for decoding words. 

  • Have a favorite? A suggestion for a future WOD? Start a thread on the bottom of this page. 
  • [Most of the definitions come from M-W.com]
What we've learned about words: 
biblio = book
phile = love
dys = terrible
topia = place
medi = middle
corp = body

ends in 'ous' = adjective
ends in 'ic'  = adjective
ends in 'ate' = verb
ends in 'ly' = adverb
ends in 'ion' = noun
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141. innocuous adj not harmful/offensive June 9, 2014 
140. quell verb to suppress; to put an end to June 9, 2014 
139. contiguous adj 1. touching: in contact 2. in close proximity without actually touching; near 3. adjacent in time June 9, 2014 
138. ad hominem adj 1. appealing to one's prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one's intellect or reason. 2. attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument. June 2, 2014 
137. indelible adj cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed June 2, 2014 
137. aesthetic adj concerned with beauty June 2, 2014 
136. portmanteau noun a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms  May 27, 2014 
135. stentorian adj very loud May 27, 2014 
134. gregarious  adj social May 27, 2014 
133. trope noun a common or overused theme or device  May 27, 2014 
131. propitiate pg173 LOTF) verb  to make (someone) pleased or less angry by giving or saying something desired ~synonym=appease~ May 19, 2014 
130. myopia (pg169 LOTF) noun short-sighted (both in terms of sight and in terms of planning ahead) May 19, 2014 
129. torrid (pg159 LOTF) adj very hot and usually dry  May 19, 2014 
132. truculent (pg177 LOTF) adj in a manner that shows one ready and willing to fight or quarrel  May 12, 2014 
128. obscene (pg158 LOTF) adj offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of morality and decency.  May 12, 2014 
127. assimilate (pg160 LOTF) verb take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully  May 12, 2014 
126. idol (pg149 LOTF) noun  1. an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. 2. a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered. May 5, 2014 
125. sanctity (pg130 LOTF) noun the state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly.  May 5, 2014 
124. heed (pg127 LOTF) transitive verb To pay attention to; listen to and consider.  May 5, 2014 
123. dun (pg109 LOTF) adj Color. An almost neutral brownish gray to dull grayish brown.  May 5, 2014 
122. sagely (pg118 LOTF) adverb in a wise manner April 28, 2014 
121. impervious (pg121 LOTF) adj 1. not allowing something (such as water or light) to enter or pass through 2. not bothered or affected by something  April 28, 2014 
120. luxuriance (pg116 LOTF) noun the quality or state of being luxuriant (luxuriant=ADJ -having an appealingly rich quality)  April 28, 2014 
119. decorum (pg110 LOTF) noun correct or proper behavior that shows respect and good manners April 28, 2014 
118. reverence (pg78 LOTF) noun deep respect for someone or something.  April 14, 2014 
117. malevolently (pg71 LOTF) adverb having or showing a desire to cause harm to another person  April 14, 2014 
116. clamorously (pg56 LOTF) adverb 1: marked by confused din or outcry : tumultuous 2: noisily insistent  April 14, 2014 
115. opaque (pg53 LOTF) adj not able to be seen through; not transparent.  April 14, 2014 
114. gesticulate (pg 50 LOTF) verb to gesture April 14, 2014 
113. vicissitudes (pg49 LOTF) noun a : the quality or state of being changeable b : a difficulty or hardship attendant on a way of life, a career, or a course of action and usually beyond one's control April 7, 2014 
112. festoon (pg44 LOTF) transitive verb (learn more: bit.ly/1h8NvH7) to cover or decorate (something) with many small objects April 7, 2014 
111. tumult (LOTF pg43)  noun 1.a state of noisy confusion or disorder 2.a state of great mental or emotional confusion  April 7, 2014 
110. eyehaftapoddi noun the intense feeling that occurs when one needs to use the bathroom, but has to wait  April 7, 2014 
109. officious adj used to describe an annoying person who tries to tell other people what to do in a way that is not wanted or needed  April 7, 2014 
108. pallid (in LOTF) adj pale; weak March 31, 2014 
107. effulgence (in LOTF) noun a brilliant radiance (really bright) March 31, 2014 
106. guile noun the use of clever and usually dishonest methods to achieve something  March 31, 2014 
105. copious adj an abundance (lots)  March 31, 2014 
104. fallacy noun deceptive, misleading, or false nature; erroneousness  March 31, 2014 
103. malinger verb to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.  March 17, 2014 
102. cognizant adj aware of something (typically used in with the phrasing cognizant of. . . )  March 17, 2014 
101. perpetuity noun the state of continuing forever or for a very long time  March 17, 2014 
100. indomitable adj impossible to subdue or defeat March 17, 2014 
99. vitriol noun cruel and bitter criticism.  March 10, 2014 
98. caveat noun an explanation or warning that should be remembered when you are doing or thinking about something March 10, 2014 
97. rambunctious adj noisy and out of control March 10, 2014 
96. pernicious adj having a harmful effect; esp. in a gradual or subtle way.  March 10, 2014 
95. epitome  noun a person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type  March 10, 2014 
94. panacea noun a solution for all problems March 3, 2014 
93. apoplectic adj 1. overcome with anger; 2. extremely indignant (see #78) March 3, 2014 
92. onus noun burden/responsibility  March 3, 2014 
91. perseverate verb to repeat a word, gesture, or act insistently or redundantly (usually caused by a neurological ailment) March 3, 2014 
90. laden adj weighed down February 24, 2014 
89. precocious adj unusually advanced or talented at an early age  February 24, 2014 
88. vociferous adj with strong feelings; clamorous February 24, 2014 
87. truncate verb to shorten (typically in reference to time)  February 10, 2014 
86. antithesis noun a person or thing that is the direct opposite of someone or something else.  February 10, 2014 
85. rhetorical adj the use of rhetoric (the study of speaking and writing as a way of communicating and persuading  February 10, 2014 
84. extemporaneous adj without preparation  February 10, 2014 
83. didactic adj intending to teach or instruct February 3, 2014 
82. periphrastic adj unnecessarily wordy (the opposite of succinct) February 3, 2014 
81. succinct adj briefly & clearly expressed  February 3, 2014 
80. repertoire noun a (complete) supply of skills/devices  February 3, 2014 
79. contentious adj likely to start an argument February 3, 2014 
78. indignation noun anger at an injustice  January 27, 2014 
77. veracity noun accuracy, the truthfulness of something January 27, 2014 
76. bias noun a preference, especially one that inhibits impartial judgement  January 27, 2014 
75. brusque adj abrupt and rude January 21, 2014 
74. cathartic adj relating to or producing a purging of emotions  January 21, 2014 
73. tactful adj considerate, skillful in acting to avoiding offending others  January 21, 2014 
72. capricious adj impulsive, unpredictable  January 21, 2014 
71. flagitious adj villainous  January 21, 2014 
70. introvert noun a shy person January 13, 2014 
69. candor noun unreserved, honest, or sincere expression  January 13, 2014 
68. derogatory adj 1. detracting from the character or standing of a person or group. 2. expressive of a low opinion January 13, 2014 
67. superficial adj on the surface; shallow January 13, 2014 
66. divergent adj tending to be different or develop in different directions  January 13, 2014 
65. illicit adj illegal January 2, 2014 
64. elicit  verb to bring out January 2, 2014 
63. curmudgeon  noun a grumpy person (usually an old man) January 2, 2014 
62. neophyte noun beginner (a noob) January 2, 2014 
61. pantomime verb to gesture without words December 16, 2013 
60. effigy noun representation of hated object/person December 16, 2013 
59. logorrhea noun excessive and often incoherent talkativeness  December 16, 2013 
58. purge verb to get rid of December 16, 2013 
57. droll adj comical in an odd way  December 16, 2013 
56. perfidious adj disloyal, untrustworthy December 9, 2013 
55. impetuous adj impulsive  December 9, 2013 
54. enigmatic adj mysterious December 9, 2013 
53. squalid adj dirty & wretched due to poverty or lack of care December 9, 2013 
52. nefarious adj wicked, criminal December 9, 2013 
51. widdershins adj counter-clockwise December 2, 2013 
50. deasil adj clockwise December 2, 2013 
49. grok transitive verb to understand (something) completely  November 25, 2013 
48. effect noun result November 25, 2013 
47. affect verb to influence  November 25, 2013 
46. xenophobe noun a person who fears or is contemptuous of strangers  November 25, 2013 
45. subtle adj not obvious, hard to detect or describe  November 25, 2013 
44. octothorpe noun the # symbol  November 18, 2013 
43. emulate verb to imitate or follow as an example  November 18, 2013 
42. nonchalant adj calm, casual, seemingly unexcited  November 18, 2013 
41. livid adj really angry November 18, 2013 
40. facetious adj sarcastic November 11, 2013 
39. bamboozle verb to cheat, mislead, confuse November 11, 2013 
38. narcissist noun a vain/self involved person November 11, 2013 
37. hubris noun exaggerated pride or self confidence; arrogance November 11, 2013 
36. non sequitur noun unrelated response to a statement or question [latin for 'does not follow'] November 11, 2013 
35. obstinate adj stubborn November 4, 2013 
34. lackadaisical  adj lazy November 4, 2013 
33. relish to take great pleasure in (to really enjoy)  November 4, 2013 
32. blatant adj obvious November 4, 2013 
31. abscond verb to leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection or arrest  November 4, 2013 
30. pugnacious adj quarrelsome nature, ready for a fight (verbal or physical)  October 28, 2013 
29. vandalism noun willful or malicious destruction or defacement of public/private property  October 28, 2013 
28. ubiquitous  adj widespread October 28, 2013 
27. euphonious  adj pleasant sounding October 28, 2013 
26. pessimistic adj expecting the worst (like Eeyore)  October 21, 2013 
25. confabulate verb to chat October 21, 2013 
24. querulous  adj complaining (in a whiney way)  October 21, 2013 
23. revere verb to honor/treat with respect  October 21, 2013 
22. palmary adj outstanding October 15, 2013 
21. mollify verb to appease/soothe October 15, 2013 
20. curtly adverb (modifies a verb; says how something is done.) marked by rudeness (rudely)  October 15, 2013 
19. fiasco noun a complete disaster October 15, 2013 
18. superfluous adj extra, more than enough October 8, 2013 
17. revise verb to look over again to correct or improve  October 8, 2013 
16. cacophony noun jarring/discordant sound  September 30, 2013 
15. aloof adj emotionally distant or removed September 30, 2013 
14. mediocre adj moderate/low quality medi=middle  September 30, 2013 
13. dystopia noun a terrible society (dys=bad; topia=place) September 30, 2013 
12. frigorific noun causing or producing cold  September 30, 2013 
11. supercillious adj snobby, arrogant  September 23, 2013 
10. inconceivable adj impossible to imagine September 23, 2013 
9. corpulent adj obese September 23, 2013 
8. erroneous  adj mistaken September 23, 2013 
7. purloin verb to steal September 23, 2013 
6. masticate verb to chew September 16, 2013 
5. intrepid adj brave, adventurous  September 16, 2013 
4. amicable adj friendly September 16, 2013 
3. surreptitious adj stealthy, secretive (like a ninja) September 16, 2013 
2. camaraderie  noun trust, sociability amongst friends September 16, 2013 
1. bibliophile noun someone who loves books September 6, 2013 
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