Bad Religion Word-a-Day

Fuck Armageddon…This is Help with Your Vocabulary

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Astute (adj.)

Definition: Having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one’s advantage, of keen perception

“Navigating a tangled web of logic and passion guided by subconscious voices, astute and sharpened.”

—“Tested”: studio track on live album Tested

In a sentence: It was an astute business decision to buy all those forever stamps, Doug. That means big savings when the prices go up.

Synonyms: shrewd, savvy, clever, cunning

Antonyms: ignorant, obtuse, incapable

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Moiety (n.)

Definition: (1) one of two equal parts, half; (2) In Anthropology: a society divided into exactly two descent groups

“Despite that he saw blatant similarity he struggle to find a distinctive moiety. All he found was vulgar superficiality.”

—“Them and Us” on The Gray Race


In a sentence: Although we tend to treat race in America as a moiety of black and white, the racial landscape of the culture is far more complex.

Synonyms: half, cohort, niche, lineage

Etymology: “moiety” comes from the french word “moitie” meaning “half”


sources: wikipedia, the free dictionary

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Rugosity (n.)

Definition: (1) the quality of having wrinkles or creases; (2) In Botany: the characteristic of a rough, wrinkled surface, as in certain prominently veined leaves.

“I can see the shadows on the wall, drifting as the leaves start to fall. Unfazed by rugosity, the objects yield to gravity and depict the destiny of us all.”

—“In So Many Ways” on No Substance

In a sentence: The rugosity of bacon makes it easy to grip, despite its greasiness.

Synonyms: wrinkledness, coarseness, unevenness, friction

Antonyms: smoothness, gloss


sources:, the free dictionary

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Epicene (n./adj.)

Definition: (adj) Having characteristics of both sexes or no characteristics of either sex; of indeterminate sex; (n) a being of indeterminate sex

“I know you must have seen him in books and magazines. He’s the quintessential mindless modern epicene.”

—“Automatic Man” on No Control

In a sentence: You’re crazy if you think Bowie is epicene. I mean, have you even seen Labyrinth? The dude’s all man.

Synonyms: (adj) hermaphroditic, androgynous; (n) hermaphrodite

Antonyms: (adj) gendered

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Inchoate (adj.)

Definition: Just begun and so not fully formed or developed; rudimentary

“I’ve seen the rapture in a starving baby’s eyes, inchoate beatitude, the lord of the flies.”

—“1000 More Fools” on Suffer

In a sentence: The inchoate democracy in Egypt may be experiencing some growing pains, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about its future.

Synonyms: incipient, underdeveloped, rudimentary, incomplete, nascent

Antonyms: mature, developed, complete

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Ersatz (adj.)

Definition: (1) Made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else; (2) not genuine or real

“How can your romance hope to be the veil of an ersatz human nature?”

—“The Surface of Me”–bonus track on Japanese version of The Empire Strikes First

In a sentence: While some of the students on the trip to Washington, D.C. enjoyed the White House or the Jefferson Memorial best of all, others rejoiced at the cheap, ersatz Ray Bans sold on the street. Lookin’ sharp, Jared.

Synonyms: fraudulent, fake, counterfeit, bogus

Antonyms: real, genuine, authentic, straight legit

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Supplicate (v.)

Definition: To ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly

“Supplicate and survive this transubstantiation and get so mean. I want to know what it means.”

—“Honest Goodbye” on New Maps of Hell

In a sentence: I hate the thought of my mother having to supplicate to those loan-sharks, but it’s the only way she’ll keep her kneecaps.

Synonyms: implore, beseech, entreat, plead

Antonyms: command, demand, offer


source: the google