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Merriam Dictionary Word-A-Day . Apocryphal \uh-PAH- kruh - ful \. DEFINITION adjective : of doubtful authenticity EXAMPLES Claims that a pack of hyenas had taken up residence near the campsite were believed to be apocryphal until their tracks were discovered last week.

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apocryphal uh pah kruh ful
Apocryphal\uh-PAH-kruh-ful\
  • DEFINITION
  • adjective
  • : of doubtful authenticity
  • EXAMPLES
  • Claims that a pack of hyenas had taken up residence near the campsite were believed to be apocryphal until their tracks were discovered last week.
defenestration dee fen uh stray shun
Defenestration\dee-fen-uh-STRAY-shun\
  • DEFINITION
  • noun
  • 1
  • : a throwing of a person or thing out of a window
  • 2
  • : a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office)
  • EXAMPLES
  • As with all annoying electronic devices, there is a risk that my new alarm clock will meet with a sudden end by defenestration.
toplofty tahp lawf tee
Toplofty\TAHP-lawf-tee\
  • DEFINITION
  • adjective
  • : very superior in air or attitude
  • EXAMPLES
  • Our dinner guest was interesting but a bit toplofty as she recounted tales of her adventures abroad for us.
ungainly un gayn lee
Ungainly\un-GAYN-lee\
  • DEFINITION
  • adjective
  • 1
  • a: lacking in smoothness or dexterity : clumsy b: hard to handle : unwieldy
  • 2
  • : having an awkward appearance
  • EXAMPLES
  • The futon mattress was heavy and ungainly, without any straps to hold onto, and the two roommates struggled to carry it up the stairs.
kerfuffle ker fuff ul
Kerfuffle\ker-FUFF-ul\
  • DEFINITION
  • noun
  • : disturbance, fuss
  • EXAMPLES
  • Predictably, the royal scandal caused quite a kerfuffle on Fleet Street.
objurgation ahb jer gay shun
Objurgation\ahb-jer-GAY-shun\
  • DEFINITION
  • noun
  • : a harsh rebuke
  • EXAMPLES
  • "Mr. Filer was now pouring forth his nature in objurgations and oaths, and brandishing before the culprits -- Verena and Ransom -- the extreme penalty of the law." -- From Henry James' 1886 novel The Bostonians
expedite ek spuh dyte
Expedite\EK-spuh-dyte\
  • DEFINITION
  • verb
  • 1
  • : to execute promptly
  • 2
  • : to accelerate the process or progress of : speed up
  • 3
  • : issue, dispatch
  • EXAMPLES
  • To expedite the processing of your request, please include your account number on all documents.
imbibition im buh bih shun
Imbibition\im-buh-BIH-shun\
  • DEFINITION
  • noun
  • : the act or action of imbibing; especially: the taking up of fluid by a colloidal system resulting in swelling
  • EXAMPLES
  • The sign at the entrance to the building stated that the imbibition of alcoholic beverages on the premises was prohibited.
colloquial kuh loh kwee ul
Colloquial\kuh-LOH-kwee-ul\
  • DEFINITION
  • adjective
  • 1
  • : of or relating to conversation : conversational
  • 2
  • a: used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation; also: unacceptably informal b: using conversational style
  • EXAMPLES
  • Molly can switch from formal academic language to a charmingly colloquial style, depending on the audience and subject of her writing.
quid pro quo kwid proh kwoh
Quid pro quo\kwid-proh-KWOH\
  • DEFINITION
  • noun
  • : something given or received for something else; also: a deal arranging a quid pro quo
  • EXAMPLES
  • "In Hollywood no one does something for nothing," said the director, adding "there's always a quid pro quo involved."