- Light, playful talk; banter.
|28 Oct 2014||badinage|
Light, playful talk; banter.
|12 Jun 2016||bacchanalia|
- (plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
- A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
- 1. (plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
2. A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
|30 Dec 2015||avuncular|
- Of or pertaining to an uncle.
- Resembling an uncle, especially in kindness or indulgence.
|8 Aug 2015||avoirdupois|
- Avoirdupois weight (see below).
- Weight; heaviness; as, a person of much avoirdupois.
|26 Sep 2014||aver|
- To affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner, as in confidence of asserting the truth.
- (Law) To assert, claim, or declare as a fact.
|9 May 2016||avatar|
- The incarnation of a deity -- chiefly associated in Hinduism with the incarnations of Vishnu.
- An embodiment, as of a quality, concept, philosophy, or tradition; an archetype.
- A temporary manifestation or aspect of a continuing entity.
|28 Dec 2014||avarice|
an excessive desire of gain; greediness
after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
|17 Apr 2014||autodidact|
|16 Feb 2015||autocrat|
- An absolute sovereign; a monarch who holds and exercises the powers of government by claim of absolute right, not subject to restriction; as, Autocrat of all the Russias (a title of the Czar).
- One who rules with undisputed sway in any company or relation; a despot.
|22 Sep 2016||autochthonous|
- Aboriginal; indigenous; native.
- Formed or originating in the place where found.
|16 Jul 2014||auspicious|
- Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
- Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."
- 1. Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."
|27 Apr 2015||augury|
- The art or practice of foretelling events; divination.
- An omen; prediction; prognostication; indication of the future.
|24 May 2015||aubade|
A song or poem greeting the dawn; also, a composition suggestive of morning.
|22 Apr 2015||atrabilious|
- Melancholic; gloomy.
- Irritable; ill-natured; peevish.
|29 Oct 2014||atelier|
- The reappearance in an organism of characteristics of some remote ancestor after several generations of absence.
- One that exhibits atavism; a throwback.
- Reversion to an earlier behavior, outlook, or approach.
|27 Nov 2014||assuage|
- To soften; to allay, mitigate, ease,
or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as
passion or tumult.
- 1. To make milder or less severe; to reduce the intensity of; to ease; to relieve.
2. To appease; to satisfy.
3. To soothe or calm; to pacify.
|14 Mar 2015||assiduous|
- Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive; unremitting.
- Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent; as, assiduous labor.
- 1. Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive.
2. Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent; as, "assiduous labor."
|20 Nov 2013||asseverate|
To affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
|4 Feb 2014||aspersion|
- A damaging or derogatory remark; slander.
- The act of defaming or slandering.
- A sprinkling with water, especially in religious ceremonies.
|25 Jul 2015||asperity|
- Roughness of surface; unevenness.
- Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon
- Roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness. "Asperity of character." --Landor.
|14 Jan 2015||ascribe|
- . To attribute, as to a cause; as, ``his death was ascribed to a poison''; ``they ascribed the poor harvest to drought.''
- . To attribute, as a quality; to consider or allege to belong; as, ``ascribed jealousy to the critics.''
|11 Aug 2015||ascetic|
One who renounces material comforts and practices extreme self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
- Cleverness or skill; ingenuity; inventiveness.
- An ingenious or artful device or expedient.
- An artful trick or stratagem.
- Trickery; craftiness; insincere or deceptive behavior.
|7 Feb 2014||arrogate|
- To claim or seize without right or justification; to appropriate.
- To claim on behalf of another; to ascribe.
|7 May 2016||arriviste|
A person who has recently attained success, wealth, or high status but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.
|31 May 2016||arrant|
Thoroughgoing; downright; out-and-out; confirmed; extreme; notorious.
|24 Apr 2016||aright|
Rightly; correctly; properly; in a right way or manner.
|11 Jun 2016||Argus-eyed|
Extremely observant; watchful; sharp-sighted.
|18 Apr 2015||argot|
- A specialized and often secret vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group.
- A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps,
|14 Aug 2016||arcanum|
- A secret; a mystery.
- Specialized or mysterious knowledge, language, or information that is not accessible to the average person (generally used in the plural).
|18 May 2015||arcane|
Understood by only a few; esoteric.
|7 Dec 2014||arbitrage|
- arbitrage \AHR-buh-trahzh\, noun:
- arbitrage, verb:
|21 Jun 2016||arbiter|
- A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them.
- Any person who has the power of judging and determining.
|14 May 2014||appurtenance|
- 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.
|17 Jul 2016||approbation|
- The act of approving; formal or official approval.
- Praise; commendation.
|1 Dec 2015||apprise|
To give notice to; to inform; -- often followed by of; as, we will apprise the general of an intended attack; he apprised the commander of what he had done.
- Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.
|1 Mar 2014||apposite|
Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.
|19 Jan 2016||appellation|
- The word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; name; title; designation.
- The act of naming.
|22 Sep 2015||apparition|
- A ghost; a specter; a phantom.
- The thing appearing; the sudden or unexpected appearance of something or somebody.
- The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
- (Astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to occultation.
- 1. A ghost; a specter; a phantom.
2. The thing appearing; the sudden or unexpected appearance of something or somebody.
3. The act of becoming visible; appearance.
4. (Astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to occultation.
|24 Feb 2016||apotheosis|
- Elevation to divine rank or stature; deification.
- An exalted or glorified example; a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
|19 Jun 2015||apothegm|
A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim.