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vituperate
  • To find fault with; to scold; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how you feel/have felt when being scolded.

Art Prompt: Vituperate

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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vitriolic adj
  • (chemistry) Of or pertaining to vitriol; derived from or resembling vitriol; vitriolous.
  • (figuratively) Bitterly scathing, caustic.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone who is vitriolic and how they make you feel

Art Prompt: Vitriolic

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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legerdemain
  • Sleight of hand.
  • A display of skill, trickery, or artful deception.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What magic trick would you love to be able to do?

Art Prompt: Legerdemain

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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surmise v
  • To conjecture, to opine or to posit with contestable premises.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about something you surmised today.

Art Prompt: Surmise

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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dissident adj
  • In a manner that disagrees; dissenting; discordant; different.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What would you protest today?

Art Prompt: Dissident

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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precocious
  • Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude); as, “a precocious child”; “a precocious achievement.”
  • (Botany) Flowering or fruiting early.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone who is precocious.

Art Prompt: Precocious

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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disheveled
  • In loose disorder; disarranged; unkempt; as, “disheveled hair.”

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel when you know you’re disheveled, but you are meeting someone new?

Art Prompt: Disheveled

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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booklegging n
  • The illicit publication and distribution of banned books.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What’s your favorite banned book?

Art Prompt: Booklegging

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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scuffle v
  • (intransitive) To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
  • (intransitive) To walk with a shuffling gait.
  • (slang) To make a living with difficulty, getting by on a low income, to struggle financially.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about a fight that you had or watched when you were a kid. How do you feel about fighters?

Art Prompt: Scuffle

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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Beholden adj
  • Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: Write about someone you feel beholden to.

Art Prompt: Beholden

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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