“Don’t be so set in your understanding that you ignore the truth right in front of you.”-Ronovan
: scarcity that makes dear; specifically : famine
: an inadequate supply : lack a dearth of evidence
Examples of dearth in a sentence
there was a dearth of usable firewood at the campsite
the dearth of salesclerks at the shoe store annoyed us
Did You Know?
The facts about the history of the word dearth are quite simple: the word derives from the Middle English form “derthe,” which has the same meaning as our modern term. That Middle English form is assumed to have developed from an Old English form that was probably spelled “dierth” and was related to “dēore,” the Old English form that gave us the word dear. (“Dear” also once meant “scarce,” but that sense of the word is now obsolete.) Some form of “dearth” has been used to describe things that are in short supply since at least the 13th century, when it often referred to a shortage of food.
relating to, occupied with, or fond of feasting, drinking, and good company a convivial host a convivial gathering
conviviality: play \kən-ˌvi-vē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
convivially: play \kən-ˈviv-yə-lē, -ˈvi-vē-ə-lē\ adverb
Examples of convivial in a sentence
the hiking club attracts a wide range of convivial people who share a love of the outdoors
Did You Know?
Convivial traces to “convivium,” a Latin word meaning “banquet,” and tends to suggest a mood of full-bellied joviality. Charles Dickens aptly captures that sense in his novel David Copperfield: “We had a beautiful little dinner. Quite an elegant dish of fish; the kidney-end of a loin of veal, roasted; fried sausage-meat; a partridge, and a pudding. There was wine, and there was strong ale…. Mr. Micawber was uncommonly convivial. I never saw him such good company. He made his face shine with the punch, so that it looked as if it had been varnished all over. He got cheerfully sentimental about the town, and proposed success to it.”
During my manic reading this year, a book a day, at least, I come across words that jump and make me go, huh. This week I read a book where there was minimum use of profanity, if any at all. Instead the author chose to use another way of stating a character was swearing or cursing.
A spoken curse.
Examples of imprecation in a sentence
He muttered imprecations under his breath.
the defiant prisoner continued to hurl imprecations and insults at the guards
First Known Use of imprecation
Through my reading adventures I come across words that I see often but never look up. Sometimes you think you know what a word means but do you really?
1a : to rub or wear away especially by friction : erodeb : to irritate or roughen by rubbing
Examples of abrade in a sentence
ropes abraded by the rocks were a huge danger to the climbers
the prisoner’s manacles abraded his wrists and ankles until they bled
Origin and Etymology of abrade
Latin abradere to scrape off, from ab- + radere to scrape — more at rodent
First Known Use
Chagrin n. A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event. “He decided to take the day off, much to the chagrin of his boss.”
Did You Know?
Chagrin comes from French, in which it means “grief,” “sorrow,” or essentially the same thing as our “chagrin,” and in which it is also an adjective meaning “sad.” Some etymologists have linked this “chagrin” with another French chagrin, meaning “rough leather or “rough skin.” Supposedly, the rough leather used to rub, polish, or file became a metaphor in French for agitating situations. English-speakers have also adopted the leathery “chagrin” into our language but have altered the spelling to “shagreen.” (m-w.com)
First Known Use
I destroy that which I love
My words wander into oblivion
They drift sedate and comfortable
Always driving away everyone
I know not what they do
They slip through the cracks of my mind
I despise the day
A fall flipped a switch for no control I can find
My judgment is hindered
My life is incomplete
My ways are forced hesitant
I always fall in defeat
The beginning is a fortune
Times bring happiness as if a boy
But always and inevitable
The best I have . . . I destroy
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