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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 21st January 2021
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diaphanous (adjective) die-AF-un-us

Clear, transparent, translucent, delicate, light, gauzy, insubstantial.

From the rickety bridge I looked upwards to the waterfall, perhaps fifty feet above us; at the spot where it vanished into ferns and flowers it was frothing like a diaphanous white ball gown.

Noel Barber, The Other Side of Paradise. Amazon

Sitting in the warm purply-blue dusk, watching an ethereal moon rise, trailing diaphanous veils of cloud, they ate a leisurely meal of iced cucumber soup, lasagne, dolcelatte , and tangy apricots.

Lee Wilkinson, Joy Bringer. Amazon

The water shone pacifically; the sky, without a speck, was a benign immensity of unstained light; the very mist on the Essex marshes was like a gauzy and radiant fabric, hung from the wooded rises inland, and draping the low shores in diaphanous folds.

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness. Amazon

The wide expanse that opened out before the heights on which the Russian batteries stood guarding the bridge was at times veiled by a diaphanous curtain of slanting rain, and then, suddenly spread out in the sunlight, far-distant objects could be clearly seen glittering as though freshly varnished.

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace. Amazon

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