Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly challenge 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 as a comment on Heena’s WOW post for this week (above link). It’s a nice post to do and will give you some practise with a dictionary, of which there are several online. Illustrations are by no means necessary, but it’s up to you.
I’m up to the letter L this week. I started off by just choosing a word at random (perspicacious). Since then, I’ve been working through the alphabet, so I’ll be looking for a good word beginning with M next week.
So, here is my WOW for this week:
Pronunciation: le·vi·a·than [li-vahy–uh-thuhn; luh- veye -uh-thuhn]
Part of Speech: noun
Adjective: leviathan – meaning very large; gargantuan
1. (often initial capital letter: Leviathan) Bible. a sea monster.
2. any huge marine animal, as the whale.
3. anything of immense size and power, as a huge, oceangoing ship.
4. initial capital letter, italics: Leviathan) a philosophical work (1651) by ThomasHobbes dealing with the political organisation of society.
behemoth, blockbuster, colossus, colossal, dinosaur, dreadnaught, jumbo, elephant, elephantine, Goliath, jumbo, giant, mammoth, mastodon, monster, monstrous, titan, whale, whopper, whopping, gargantuan, astronomical, immense, supersize
diminutive, dwarf, half-pint, midget, mite, peewee, pygmy/pigmy, runt, shrimp, infinitesimal, Lilliputian, micro, miniscule, tiny, teeny, microscopic
1350-1400; Middle English levyathan < Late Latin leviathan < Hebrew: liwyāthān
Use in a Sentence:
1. It can be a great challenge to drive a wheeled leviathan in rush-hour traffic.
2. The tree was a leviathan among redwoods.
3. The man in front of us was a leviathan! He took up several seats at the theatre.
4. (Adjective use) The Titanic was a leviathan ship by the standards of the time.
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13 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Leviathan”
And interesting choice, but I have to confess, I’ve never liked the word leviathan. To me it sounds like a word from an ill-thought out made up language. But that’s probably just my odd little brain.
It’s not a word I’d think of to use in my writing either, Bekki. It’s closely linked with the OT ‘monster’, of course, but even as a word to describe something huge, it’s not the prettiest sounding choice. I just though it was ‘Interesting’ rather tnan nice. Thanks for commenting. 🙂
Sorry, didn’t mean to make it sound as if I was complaining about your choice. I thought it was a great choice, and partly because it brought such a negative reaction in me, then my brain went ticking on wondering why I found it so irksome. As for using in writing – I’ve a lot of 18th century coastal folk living in my head right now, so maybe I could just squeeze it in 🙂
I didn’t take it as criticism, Bekki! Please don’t worry on that score. All opinions are welcomed by me. I really do agree with you about the word. I liked a lot of pretty sounding words beginning with L but felt they were already well known and no one would be interested. Leviathan isn’t one you hear every day – not surprisingly, I suppose! Thank you again. 🙂
THe 18th century coastal folk sound fascinating. I take it that’s the novel you’re writing at the moment? I hope it’s all going well. Another historical fiction writer… Excellent. 🙂
It is my novel. It’s rearranging itself at the moment, so seriously have got me thinking if there’s room for a sea monster. Off to walk Mr Hicks and have a think about that one. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope your novel’s going well.
Thanks. My novel’s actually moving now. Better a late start than never!
Great to hear you’ve got going. Have fun!
Interesting selection of the word! I would love to see whale as leviathan, but not sea monster 😛
Sea monsters are definitley not something I want to see, either! The thought of sharks is bad enough. Like you, I’d love to see a whale, though. Thank you, Khloe. 🙂
You’re welcome as always Millie 🙂 hahahaha exactly no one wants to see sea monsters or sharks 😛
Nice word Millie, though it sounds a bit odd. I guess I won’t be using it anytime soon. But it’s always good to know the meaning of such words 🙂