Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
1 Jul 2014carapace
  • The thick shell that covers the back of the turtle, the crab, and other animals.
  • Something likened to a shell that serves to protect or isolate from external influence.
30 Jun 2014dubiety
  • The condition or quality of being doubtful or skeptical.
  • A matter of doubt
29 Jun 2014exegete
  • A person who explains or interprets difficult parts of written works.
28 Jun 2014corroborate
  • To strengthen or make more certain with other evidence.
27 Jun 2014revenant
  • One who returns after death (as a ghost) or after a long absence.
26 Jun 2014confute
  • To overwhelm by argument; to refute conclusively; to prove or show to be false.
25 Jun 2014insensate
  • Lacking sensation or awareness; inanimate.
  • Lacking human feeling or sensitivity; brutal; cruel.
  • Lacking sense; stupid; foolish.
24 Jun 2014bagatelle
  • A trifle; a thing of little or no importance.
  • A short, light musical or literary piece.
  • A game played with a cue and balls on an oblong table having cups or arches at one end.
23 Jun 2014prepotency
  • The quality or condition of having superior power, influence, or force; predominance.
  • (Biology) The capacity, on the part of one of the parents, as compared with the other, to transmit more than his or her own share of characteristics to their offspring.
22 Jun 2014stasis
  • A state of balance, equilibrium, or stagnation.
  • Stoppage of the normal flow of a bodily fluid or semifluid.
21 Jun 2014torpid
  • Having lost motion or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed.
  • Dormant; hibernating or estivating.
  • Dull; sluggish; apathetic.
20 Jun 2014camarilla
  • A group of secret and often scheming advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique.
19 Jun 2014roseate
  • Overly optimistic; bright or cheerful.
  • Resembling a rose especially in color.
18 Jun 2014fanfaronade
  • Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.
  • Fanfare.
17 Jun 2014relegate
  • To assign to an inferior position, place, or condition.
  • To assign to an appropriate category or class.
  • To assign or refer (a matter or task, for example) to another for appropriate action.
  • To send into exile; to banish.
16 Jun 2014quorum
  • Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business.
  • A select group.
15 Jun 2014diaphanous
  • Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
  • Vague; insubstantial.
14 Jun 2014peregrination
  • A traveling from place to place; a wandering.
13 Jun 2014factotum
  • A person employed to do all kinds of work or business.
12 Jun 2014equivocate
  • To be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or to avoid committing oneself to anything definite.
11 Jun 2014intractable
  • Not easily governed, managed, or directed; stubborn; obstinate; as, "an intractable child."
  • Not easily wrought or manipulated; as, "intractable materials."
  • Not easily remedied, relieved, or dealt with; as, "intractable problems."
10 Jun 2014malfeasance
  • Wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior, especially by a public official.
9 Jun 2014disconcert
  • To disturb the composure of.
  • To throw into disorder or confusion; as, "the emperor disconcerted the plans of his enemy."
8 Jun 2014busker
  • A person who entertains (as by playing music) in public places.
7 Jun 2014importunate
  • Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.
6 Jun 2014apostasy
  • Total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.
5 Jun 2014bumptious
  • Crudely, presumptuously, or loudly self-assertive.
4 Jun 2014immure
  • To enclose within walls, or as if within walls; hence, to shut up; to imprison; to incarcerate.
  • To build into a wall.
  • To entomb in a wall.
3 Jun 2014coeval
  • Of the same age; originating or existing during the same period of time -- usually followed by 'with'.
2 Jun 2014prelapsarian
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of the time or state before the Fall.
1 Jun 2014monomania
  • Pathological obsession with a single subject or idea.
  • Excessive concentration of interest upon one particular subject or idea.
31 May 2014lineament
  • One of the outlines, exterior features, or distinctive marks of a body or figure, particularly of the face.
  • A distinguishing or characteristic feature; -- usually in the plural.
30 May 2014extirpate
  • To pull up by the stem or root.
  • To destroy completely.
  • To remove by surgery.
29 May 2014pari passu
  • At an equal pace or rate.
28 May 2014temerity
  • Unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger; rashness.
27 May 2014deleterious
  • Harmful; destructive; pernicious.
26 May 2014sesquipedalian
  • Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
  • Long and ponderous; having many syllables.
25 May 2014ribald
  • Characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor; coarse.
24 May 2014concomitant
  • Accompanying; attendant; occurring or existing concurrently.
23 May 2014refulgent
  • Shining brightly; radiant; brilliant; resplendent.
22 May 2014cynosure
  • Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
  • That which serves to guide or direct.
  • [Capitalized]. The northern constellation Ursa Minor, which contains the North Star; also, the North Star itself.
21 May 2014intransigent
  • Refusing to compromise; uncompromising.
20 May 2014cupidity
  • Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.
19 May 2014afflatus
  • A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
18 May 2014facetious
  • Given to jesting; playfully jocular.
  • Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious.
17 May 2014wastrel
  • A person who wastes, especially one who squanders money; a spendthrift.
  • An idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing.
16 May 2014nadir
  • [Astronomy]. The point of the celestial sphere directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer.
  • The lowest point; the time of greatest depression or adversity.
15 May 2014hirsute
  • Covered with hair; set with bristles; shaggy; hairy.
14 May 2014appurtenance
  • An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
  • [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
  • [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.
13 May 2014polymath
  • A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
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