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June 7, 2014 - Word of the Day: thrill

 

The word "thrill" expresses excitement. It can be a verb, a noun, or an adjective:

As an adjective, you can use "thrilled" or "thrilling."

  • The roller coaster ride was thrilling.
  • We went to see a really thrilling movie.
  • How thrilling!
  • I'm thrilled.
  • They found out they're going to have a baby. Everyone is thrilled.

In the next two sentences, "thrill" is a verb:

  • The Star Wars movies have been thrilling audiences since the 1970s.
  • Sheila was thrilled by the news of her daughter's engagement.

As a noun, "a thrill" is something fun and exciting, but it can also mean the opposite when someone uses the word with sarcasm:

  • It was a great thrill to meet the President of the United States.
  • Harry Potters adventures are a thrill for readers.
  • Tom has to go to Nebraska next week. That should be a thrill. (sarcasm)

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The bungee jump at the state fair is a thrill.

 

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