Vocabulary 3: Lenitive

Lenitive \LEN-uh-tiv\

Part of Speech:- Adjective (can also be used as a noun)

Meaning:- alleviating pain or harshness, soothing.

Origin:- From Latin verb lenire meaning to soothe or soften.

Sentence:- The warm ginger tea had a lenitive effect on my sore throat.

I love ginger tea.

Now, it is your turn to frame a sentence. You can share it in the comments section.

Vocabulary 2: Layette

Layette \ ley-ET \

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: an outfit of bedding, clothing, etc., for a new born baby

Origin: Layette  entered English in the early 1800’s. It comes from the Middle French word laiete meaning “small box.”

Sentence: Since after she knew about her pregnancy, she had been busy shopping for the coming baby; things like soft toys, layette, etc.

Vocabulary(Word 1): Lyceum

I have signed up for Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day and hence, I find a new word to learn if it is new for me and revise it again if I had heard of it before and understand it. It is an interesting exercise according to me.

The words are never ending: I can not think of a person who knows and understands them all. We as writers must strive to improve our vocabulary. Because these words come handy when we are writing. Sometimes we are not able to think of a word which could suit an emotion in our poem, but there is a word out there waiting to be explored.

Not only writers, but everyone must make efforts to increase their vocabulary on a regular basis. I was once determined to do it but it ended very soon. Hence, I am back to it.

So, what am I going to do? I will discuss the most interesting words that I learn (or revise) so that we could enrich our vocabulary together.

How do you find it? I guess the idea is good. So, let us start.

The word that I am discussing now is:-

1. Lyceum \lahy-SEE-uhm\

Part of Speech: Noun


a. an institution for popular education providing discussions, lectures, concerts, etc.
b. a building for such activities.
c. (initial capital letter) the gymnasium where Aristotle taught, in ancient Athens.
d. a lycée.

I looked up for lycée on google and it means a secondary school, generally grades 9 to 12.


a. No wonder I was desirous of knowing, long before the opportunity was afforded me, how far these valuable purposes were accomplished by the frequenters of Mrs. Carter’s lyceum.

— Charles Brockden Brown, Alcuin, 1798

b. I don’t recall the surname. We’d just been to the Lyceum to see Sarah Bernhardt onstage.

— Johanna Moran, The Wives of Henry Oades, 2010

Now my tries at framing a sentence,

After having attended an educational discussion at the lyceum, he did not gain anything miraculous that would change his entire life , as was mentioned in the program pamphlet.

Now its your turn. Do frame your sentences and share them down in the comments section.