Word Of The Week (WOW) – Perspicacious


Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link to your post as a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

Here is my WOW for this week:


Word: Perspicacious

Part of Speech: Adjective

(Adverb: Perspicaciously; Noun: Perspicaciousness)

Pronunciation: Per-spi –ca -cious (pur – spi -key – shuhs)

Meaning:   Acutely insightful or wise.

Quick in noticing, understanding or judging things accurately


Perceptive, aware, sharp, keen, acute, alert, penetrating, shrewd, discerning, astute, observant, clear-sighted, percipient, sharp-witted, sagacious


dull, stupid

Word Origin: 1630’s, formed as an adjective to the Latin perspicax, from perspicere: sharp sighted, having the power to see through

Use in a sentence: 

1. The lawyer was much too perspicacious to be taken in by the spurious document.

2. The event offered a number of interesting facts to the perspicacious reporter.

I rather like this word.  It adds a little more interest to a sentence than just saying smart or sharp, or even wise – in the right setting of course. It wouldn’t suit on every occasion.

If you want to check out more words like this, then visit Heena’s page: Word Treasure.

Have a fun day.

22 thoughts on “Word Of The Week (WOW) – Perspicacious

  1. Claps! 🙂
    Great word Millie! I’m surely gonna use it while writing my first short story (if it can be used!) You’ve done the post wonderfully 🙂
    Thanks for participating in WOW meme! 😀

  2. Wonderful word! 😉 Thank you for choosing “perspicacious” for WOW! I wouldn’t know what it means if you didn’t mention it here. It helps who speaks English as a second language (I’m one of them) 😉

    1. You speak English incredibly well! Most British people are very lazy when it comes to learning other languages. I suppose it’s simply because English is spoken in so many countries worldwide. French is taught as our second language and it’s most schoolkid’s worst lesson! You do wonderfully! 🙂

      1. Aww how sweet!!! (blushing blushing now) 😀 I wish I had a chance to learn French as my second language so that I could speak one more language now lol 😛

  3. Thank you for your informative post. Although perspicacious is a word I may use only once in my lifetime, I have filed its meaning with it. I’ll be sure to know what it means when the time comes.

    1. I agree. It’s not a word for everyday use. Only a very stuffy person would do so, perhaps! It just popped into my head when I was trying to think of something a little unusual for Heena’s blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Judith Much appreciated. 🙂

    1. I don’t remember where I first came across it – just in general reading I think. I quite like the sound of it but it does still retain a slightly archaic sound. I don’t think it’s a word for everyday use. The setting would have to be just right. I imagine it would feature in spiritual studies. Thank you for that, Alexander.

    1. Thank you for liking it, Heath, although can’t believe you can’t quote every word in the dictionary! You have an amazingly extensive vocabulary – as all your lovely poems illustrate. 🙂

    1. I loved doing my WOW posts all last year. I’m up to J on my second time through the alphabet but I haven’t had time to do a post for ages. I started with Perspicacious, then decided it would be better to work through the alphabet and add illustrations, too. I’ll get back to them once Book 3 is finished. Thank you for liking the WOW idea! 🙂

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