Vocabulary Mondays: surreptitiously

Lilly's Wedding Quilt2Recently, I purchased a new Amish love story by Kelly Long.  She’s a new author for me.  But I needed something to read and enjoy during moments of downtime.  And the title Lilly’s Wedding Quilt intrigued me.  So it was plucked off the shelf and placed into my basket with great anticipation for a romantic adventure.  But my limited vocabulary has made it hard for me to enjoy the book.  As I reflect upon my frustrations in having to stop reading to look for the meanings of words I probably will never use I find my behavior childish.  Honesty, I feel my juvenile outlook during reading this book keeps me stagnant in building my vocabulary.  So to keep me interested in reading what seems to be a great novel I have decided to use the words I do not know on Vocabulary Mondays.

Word:  surreptitiously

Part of Speech:  adjective

Meaning from Dictionary.com:

  1. obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine: a surreptitious glance.  
  2. acting in a stealthy way.
  3. obtained by subreption; subreptitious.

Word usage in “Lilly’s Wedding Quilt”:  “She blinked her eyes, licking surreptitiously at a splat of rain that dripped past her mouth, then spoke the first thing that came to her mind.”

Vocabulary Mondays: Agapae

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Photo taken from: http://ubdavid.org/advanced/practical/practical-christian_21.html

It has been years since I have used the word agapae.  But I wanted to use it in a short message to a dear friend.  Since I knew I had forgotten how to spell the word I decided to Google it.  I typed the following within the Google search bar:  agodbae, agodba, agotbae and etc.  Yet, nothing I spelled gave me the correct spelling for the word I so dearly wanted to use.  I was becoming frustrated.  I even thought maybe I had learned a word that did not exist.

Let’s just say it took me forever to find the correct spelling of agape, but, nevertheless, I found it!  And I used it!  Hip hip hooray!

Word:  agapae

Part of Speech:  noun, plural

Meanings:

1.  the love of God or Christ for humankind.

2.  the love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.

3.  unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications; brotherly love.

4.  love feast (  defs 1, 2 ).

Origin and History:

agape
c.1600, from Gk. agapan “greet with affection, love” (used by early Christians for their “love feast” held in connection with the Lord’s Supper), from agapan “to love,” of unknown origin. In modern use, often in simpler sense of “Christian love” (1856, frequently opposed to eros as “carnal or sensual.

 

Vocabulary Mondays: doohickey

Taken from:  Terry Dexter    Instagram
Taken from: Terry Dexter Instagram

Word:  doohickey

 

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:  a gadget; dingus; thingumbob.

Word Origin and History:  

1910–15,  Americanism; doo(dad) + hickey
–Dictionary.com

 

Vocabulary Mondays – exacerbate

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  exacerbate

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:  to intensify bitterness or violence

Word Usage:  The terrorist attacks EXACERBATED the already strained relations between the two countries.   (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)

Vocabulary Mondays – eulogize

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  eulogize

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:  to praise highly, especially the dead

Word Usage:  John EULOGIZED his grandmother at her funeral.   (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)

Vocabulary Mondays – divest

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  divest

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning: to strip or deprive of something; to sell off

Word Usage:  Howard was extremely lucky; he DIVESTED himself of $10 million in financial stocks just before they crashed.  (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)

Vocabulary Mondays – disperse

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  disperse

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning: to scatter or spread out

Word Usage:  The crowd began to DISPERSE as the concert came to an end.  (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)