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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