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Word of the Day: Moonstruck

The phases of the moon.

The phases of the moon.

Definition: Also moonstricken
(adjective) Mentally deranged, supposedly by the influence of the moon; crazed
Origin: First Known Use: 1674
Synonyms: Crazed, loony, distraught, insane, lunatic
Antonyms: Balanced, sane, sound
Usage: Children will always be afraid of the dark, and men with minds sensitive to hereditary impulse will always tremble at the thought of the hidden and fathomless worlds of strange life which may pulsate in the gulfs beyond the stars, or press hideously upon our own globe in unholy dimensions which only the dead and the moonstruck can glimpse.— H. P. Lovecraft

Word of the Day: Rectitude

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Definition: (noun) the quality or state of being correct in judgment
Origin First Known Use: 15th century (1400-50)
late Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin Latin rectitudo, from Latin rectus: straight, right
Synonyms: righteousness, decency, integrity, probity
Antonyms: corruption, dishonesty, immorality
Usage: The mind that’s conscious of its rectitude,
Laughs at the lies of rumor. — Ovid


Word of the Day: Bestride

Red Cloud

Red Cloud, war leader and chief of the Oglala Lakota.

Definition: (verb) to have or put a leg on either side of; to dominate by position
Origin First known use before 12th century;
Middle English bistriden, from Old English bestrīdan : be- + strīdan (to mount a horse)
Synonyms: stride, mount; look down upon, overlook
Antonyms : dismount; surrender, decline
Usage: the bloated bureaucracy that bestrides us all — Edward Ney


Word of the Day: Downswing

Definition: (noun) A downward trend in business activity, birth rate, etc.
Origin First known use in 1895-1900 ; down+swing
Synonyms: worsening, downspin, downturn
Antonyms : improvement, ascent, rise, increase
Usage: Panicked investors scrambled to secure their assets as the market took a severe downswing for the third time in a month.


Word of the Day: Lummox

Definition: (noun) A stupid, awkward person.
Origin: Unknown. First known use, circa 1825. East Anglian slang, perhaps from dumb ox, influenced by lumbering; or from East Anglian dialectal form of verb lummock “move heavily or clumsily”
Synonyms: dub, butterfingers,clod, gawk, klutz.
Antonyms: brain, genius
Usage: You, silly lummox!

Word of the Day: Wherefore

Definition: (noun) The cause or intention underlying an action or situation.
Synonyms: why
Usage: We know the how, but to catch the killer, we must ascertain the wherefore.