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Words I Love 69 – Erstwhile

New word…after a quiet patch! erstwhile ˈəːstwʌɪl/ adjective adjective: erstwhile 1. former. “the erstwhile president of the company” synonyms: former, old, past, one-time, sometime, as was, ex-, late, then; More antonyms: present, future adverb archaic adverb: erstwhile 1. formerly. “Mary … Continue reading

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Words I Love 67 – Diatribe

New word today… diatribe ˈdʌɪətrʌɪb/ noun noun: diatribe; plural noun: diatribes a forceful and bitter verbal attack against someone or something. “a diatribe against consumerism” synonyms: tirade, harangue, verbal onslaught, verbal attack, stream of abuse,denunciation, broadside, fulmination, condemnation, criticism, stricture,reproof, … Continue reading

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Words I Love 66 – Paternal

New word –  paternal pəˈtəːn(ə)l/ adjective adjective: paternal 1. of or appropriate to a father. “he reasserted his paternal authority” synonyms: on one’s father’s side, patrilineal,patrimonial “his paternal grandfather” antonyms: maternal showing a kindness and care associated with a father; … Continue reading

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Words I Love 64 – Predilection

New special word… predilection ˌpriːdɪˈlɛkʃ(ə)n/ noun noun: predilection; plural noun: predilections a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favour of something. “your predilection for pretty girls” synonyms: liking, fondness, preference, partiality, taste, penchant, weakness, soft spot, fancy, … Continue reading

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Words I Love 50 – Portfolio

A new word today… portfolio pɔːtˈfəʊlɪəʊ/ noun noun: portfolio; plural noun: portfolios; modifier noun: portfolio 1. a large, thin, flat case for loose sheets of paper such as drawings or maps. “under his arm he carried a large portfolio of … Continue reading

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Words I Love 46 – Vicissitude

New favourite word today… vicissitude vɪˈsɪsɪtjuːd,vʌɪ-/ noun plural noun: vicissitudes 1. a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant. “her husband’s sharp vicissitudes of fortune” synonyms: change, alteration, alternation, transformation, metamorphosis, transmutation, mutation, modification, transition, … Continue reading

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Words I Love 45 – Curative

New word; which I have already used on two occasions today and it’s only 9.30am! curative ˈkjʊərətɪv/ adjective adjective: curative 1. able to cure disease. “the curative properties of herbs” synonyms: healing, therapeutic, medicinal, remedial, curing, corrective; More restorative, tonic, … Continue reading

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