Vocabulary Mondays: détente

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  détente

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

  1. a relaxing of tension, especially between nations, as by negotiations or agreements.

Word Usage:

¹Détente presupposes that the two powers will continue to disagree but seeks to reduce the occasions of conflict.


 

[¹]dictionary.reference.com http:/browse/détente

Vocabulary Mondays: pansexual

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  ¹pansexual

Part of Speech:  Not sure but pansexual should be an adjective because it describes a particular quality of a word.

Meaning:

  1. ²is sexual attraction, sexual desire, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity.
  2. ³The Oxford Dictionary of English definition is quoted as stating ‘not limited or inhibited in sexual choice with regard to gender or activity.’

Word Usage:

Kate’s parents are upset with her because she is pansexual.


[¹][²][³]Wikipedia.com. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pansexuality

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.”