Set 21 – Five New Words for Nov 21

1. canorous (kuh-NOR-uhs, KAN-uhr-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Melodious; musical.

USAGE:
“The canorous sounds … provided a cheery moment.”

2. prosaic (pro-ZAY-ik)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Dull; unimaginative.
2. Everyday; straightforward; ordinary.
3. Having the character of prose as compared to the feeling of poetry.

USAGE:
“On a throne ornate to the point of gaudiness, the queen reads out the legislative agenda of ‘her’ government, written on goatskin vellum. The content of that speech is usually more prosaic.”

3. expansive (ik-SPAN-siv)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Having a wide range; comprehensive.
2. Friendly, open, communicative.
3. Having a tendency or capacity to expand.

USAGE:
“The European Dream is more expansive and systemic, and therefore more bound to the welfare of the planet.”

4. animadversion (an-i-mad-VUHR-zhuhn)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The act of criticizing.
2. An unfavorable comment.

USAGE:
“This newspaper has never felt that it is above criticism, especially from politicians and other public officials who take the brunt of our animadversion.”
PM, Beware the Danger of Attacking the Media; Jamaica Observer (Kingston); Dec 9, 2011.

5. sempiternal (sem-pi-TUHR-nuhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Everlasting.

USAGE:
“The US Postal Service might embrace sempiternal status, too, in the form of a stamp that would enable the bearer to infinitely freeze the price of first-class postage with a ‘forever’ stamp.”
Kathy Stevens; Post Office Hopes ‘Forever’ Stamp Will Deliver; The York Dispatch (Pennsylvania); Feb 27, 2007.

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