Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


May 5, 2005
This week's theme
Allusions and personifications

This week's words
gordian
mammon
gorgonize
cain
phoenix
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

cain

Pronunciation RealAudio

cain (kayn) noun

A murderer.

To raise Cain:

1. To become angry; to reprimand someone angrily.

2. To behave in a boisterous manner; to create a commotion.

[After Cain, a Biblical character, the first son of Adam and Eve, who killed his brother Abel out of jealousy.]

See more usage examples of cain in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"[Carol Kruse and Patty Peeples] also won first place in that category last year with a Mardi Gras-themed party. The duo has been raising Cain at Stoneybrook for about 20 years."
Brian Klimek; Horse Races Just Part of Festivities; Southern Pines Pilot (North Carolina); Apr 10, 2005.

X-Bonus

Life is short. Be swift to love! Make haste to be kind! -Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881)

Subscribe:
Sign up to receive A.Word.A.Day in your mailbox every day.

The Book:
A Word A Day is now a book. Find it in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

"A delightful, quirky collection." -The New York Times

Give the Gift of Words
Share the magic of words. Send a gift subscription of A.Word.A.Day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
AWADtalk

Moderated Chat
AWADchat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 2014 Wordsmith