Citations for lionize
Citations for soupbone
Citations for compunction
It might be supposed that he would feel some compunction at robbing his stepmother of her all. Whatever her faults, she was devoted to him. But Willis Ford had a hard, selfish nature, and the only thought that troubled him was the fear that he might be found out.
Horatio Alger Jr., Helping Himself, 1886
He had just compunction enough for having done nothing for his sisters himself, to be exceedingly anxious that everybody else should do a great deal ...
Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, 1811
Citations for thunderstruck
He seemed awed,—stunned,—crushed. He had all the bearing and mien of one who, having defiantly predicted a calamity, was thunderstruck by the verification of his prophecy.
Charles King, From the Ranks, 1887
I was thunderstruck, for such a thing as a patient getting of his own accord into the Superintendent's study is almost unknown.
Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897
Citations for stalwart
Throughout Europe, Social Democrats have long since shifted from the kind of stalwart ideology that Sanders now pushes toward what Germans called the Neue Mitte (New Center) and those in other countries referred to as the Third Way.
Russell Shorto, \"Bernie Sanders's Forty-Year-Old Idea,\" The New Yorker, April 17, 2016
But I did turn out a job ... and now the stalwart steady types can finish it while I loaf.
Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961
Citations for rollick
Definitions for paroxysm
any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion: paroxysms of rage.
Pathology. a severe attack or a sudden increase in intensity of a disease, usually recurring periodically.
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for paroxysm
But oh, ye powers! into what a paroxysm of passion did each new outrage of the Yankees throw the choleric little governor!
Washington Irving, A History of New York, 1809
And again the unhappy woman gave way to a paroxysm of sorrow, mingling her tears with sobbing, wailing, and all the abandonment of female grief, when at its utmost height.
Sir Walter Scott, The Fortunes of Nigel, 1822
Origin of paroxysm
Paroxysm finds its roots in the Greek noun paroxysmós meaning \"irritation.\" It entered English with the medical sense in the early 1400s.
Discover Our Editors’ Picks
Why We Say “Trick or Treat”
The other players are the media--magazines, newspapers and broadcasters--that managers whose funds produce dazzling short-term results. Such publicity attracts big bucks, perhaps faster than the fund can deal with the money, and there goes the goose.
Original article and pictures take http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2016/10/23 site