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Today's Words: Facetious, Venerable and Sierra


(fuh-see-shuhs) Adjective

not meant to be taken seriously or literally.

More about Facetious

First recorded in 1585–95.

From Middle French facecieux, from facetie, “a jest,” from Latin facētia, “a jest, witticism” (see facetiae+-ious) 

Examples of Facetious

She made a facetious comment about moving to Mars to escape the traffic.

The author’s facetious tone made the article entertaining despite the serious topic.


(ven-er-uh-buhl) adjective

commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity.

More about Venerable

First used in Middle English between 1400–50.

From the Latin venerābilis, equivalent to venerā(rī), “to venerate worship” + -bilis, "-ble," an adjective-forming suffix.

Examples of Venerable

They visited the venerable ruins, awed by their historical significance.

She was a venerable figure, known for her extensive knowledge and wise counsel.


(see-er-uh) noun

a chain of hills or mountains, the peaks of which suggest the teeth of a saw.

More about Sierra

First used between 1590–1600.

From Spanish: literally, “saw” from the Latin serra.
Compare with serrate 

Examples of Sierra

The winding road through the sierra offered breathtaking views at every turn.

Adventurers flock to the sierra for its challenging trails and scenic vistas.

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