Abate: Verb IPA Pronunciation: \ ə-ˈbāt \ Origin: 1300–50; Middle English (in the legal sense): from Old French abatre ‘to fell’, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + batre ‘to beat’ (from Latin battere, battuere ‘to beat’). Meaning: make (something) less intense. to decrease in amount or value. (Law): to put an end to or suppress. Sentences: the storm suddenly abated. the court can make an order requiring the person responsible to abate the nuisance and may impose a fine. Synonyms: cool off, … More Word of The Week: Abate
Officious: Adjective IPA Pronunciation: /əˈfɪʃəs/ Origin: 1555–65; < Latin officiōsus obliging, dutiful, equivalent to offici(um) office + -ōsus -ous Meaning: disapproving: used to describe an annoying person who tries to tell other people what to do in a way that is not wanted or needed. Obsolete. ready to serve; obliging. Sentences: He’s an officious little man and widely disliked in the company. They wouldn’t welcome any officious interference from … More Word of the Week: Officious
Tepid: Adjective IPA Pronunciation: /ˈtɛpɪd/ Origin: late Middle English: from Latin tepidus, from tepere ‘be warm’. Meaning: (especially of a liquid) not hot and not cold; lukewarm. showing little enthusiasm; not energetic or excited. Sentences: I’m drinking a cup of tepid water. Mary gave a tepid performance. Synonyms: halfhearted, mild, warm, dull, unenthusiastic, cool, disinterested, indifferent, lifeless, moderate.
Slavish: Adjective IPA Pronunciation: /ˈsleɪvɪʃ/ Origin: First recorded in 1555–65; slave + -ish Meaning: always doing or following what other people say or do without thinking very much for yourself. of or characteristic of a slave. Sentences: He was criticized for his slavish devotion to rules and regulations. This book is a slavish copy of the original. Synonyms: Mimic, Obedient, Submissive, Unoriginal, Unimaginative
Indolent: Adjective IPA Pronunciation: \ ˈin-də-lənt \ Origin: mid 17th century: from late Latin indolent-, from in- ‘not’ + dolere ‘suffer or give pain’. The sense ‘idle’ arose in the early 18th century. Meaning: showing no real interest or effort: lazy. (of a disease or condition) causing little or no pain. Sentences: The youth was, indeed, extremely indolent and stupid. Suddenly, indolent cells become cancers that spread and kill. Synonyms: Dull, … More Word of The Week: Indolent