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)
The bungee jump at the state fair is a thrill.
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