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WORD OF THE DAY

fiend
[fēnd]

NOUN
fiends (plural noun)
an evil spirit or demon.
synonyms:
demon · devil · evil spirit · imp · bogie · incubus · succubus · hellhound · spook · cacodemon
archaic
(the fiend)
the Devil.
a wicked or cruel person.
“a fiend thirsty for blood and revenge”

 
synonyms:
brute · beast · villain · barbarian · monster · ogre · sadist · evil-doer · baddie · swine · blackguard
informal
a person who is excessively fond of or addicted to something.
“the restaurant’s owner is a wine fiend”
synonyms:
enthusiast · fanatic · maniac · addict · devotee · fan · lover · follower · aficionado · connoisseur · appreciator · buff · freak · nut · ham · sucker · great one

ORIGIN
Old English fēond ‘an enemy, the devil, a demon’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vijand and German Feind ‘enemy’.

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fore·shad·ow
[fôrˈSHadō]

Definition of foreshadow
transitive verb
: to represent, indicate, or typify beforehand : prefigure
The hero’s predicament is foreshadowed in the first chapter.

VERB
foreshadows (third person present) · foreshadowed (past tense) · foreshadowed (past participle) · foreshadowing (present participle)
be a warning or indication of (a future event).
“it foreshadowed my preoccupation with jazz”
synonyms:
augur · presage · portend · prognosticate · foreshow · foretell · indicate · suggest · signal · herald · forewarn · warn of · promise · point to · anticipate · forebode · foretoken · betoken · harbinger · prefigure

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Word of the Day :

ambivalent

adjective am-BIV-uh-lu
Definition
: having or showing simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward something : characterized by ambivalence

Did You Know?
The words ambivalent and ambivalence entered English during the early 20th century in the field of psychology. They came to us through the International Scientific Vocabulary, a set of words common to people of science who speak different languages. The prefix ambi- means “both,” and the -valent and -valence parts ultimately derive from the Latin verb valēre, meaning “to be strong.” Not surprisingly, an ambivalent person is someone who has strong feelings on more than one side of a question or issue.

 

Examples
Bianca was ambivalent about starting her first year away at college—excited for the new opportunities that awaited but sad to leave her friends and family back home.
“A new study from LinkedIn found that many people feel ambivalent in their careers—wondering if they should stay in the same job or take time to invest in learning new skills or even change to a new path altogether.” — Shelcy V. Joseph, Forbes, 3 Sept. 2018

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in·fran·gi·ble
[inˈfranjəbəl]

ADJECTIVE
formal
unbreakable; inviolable.
“there is no infrangible genetic prescription of human behavior”
synonyms:
unbreakable · shatterproof · nonbreakable · toughened · sturdy · stout · hardwearing · heavy-duty · resistant · durable · lasting · made to last · enduring · everlasting · perennial · deathless · undying · immortal · endless · inextinguishable · imperishable · ineradicable · long-lasting · adamantine · infrangible
antonyms:
fragile · ephemeral

ORIGIN
late 16th century: from French, or from medieval Latin infrangibilis, from in- ‘not’ + frangibilis ( see frangible).

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lenitive

len·i·tive
[ˈlenədiv]

ADJECTIVE
(of a medicine) laxative.
synonyms:
soothing · alleviating · sedative · calmative · calming · alleviative · alleviatory · lenitive · demulcent · assuasive · mitigatory · mitigative · paregoric
NOUN
lenitives (plural noun)
a laxative.
synonyms:
painkiller · analgesic · pain reliever · sedative · tranquilizer · anodyne · calmative · opiate · bromide · lenitive · demulcent · mitigative · paregoric

ORIGIN
late Middle English: from medieval Latin lenitivus, from lenit- ‘softened’, from the verb lenire.

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bane

[bān]

NOUN
banes (plural noun)
  1. a cause of great distress or annoyance.
    “the bane of the decorator is the long, narrow hall” · “the depressions that were the the bane of her existence”
    synonyms: scourge · ruin · death · plague · ruination · destruction · torment · torture · menace · suffering · pain · distress · hardship · cross to bear · burden · thorn in one’s flesh/side · bitter pill · affliction · calamity · despair · trouble · misery · woe · tribulation · misfortune · nuisance · pest · headache · trial · blight · curse · nightmare
ORIGIN
Old English bana ‘thing causing death, poison’, of Germanic origin.

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