Word Of The Day

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DateWord Description
5 Maybadinage
  • Light, playful talk; banter.

28 Oct 2014badinage
  • Light, playful talk; banter.
12 Jun 2016bacchanalia
  • (plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
  • A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.
29 Junbacchanalia
  • 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 2015avuncular
  • Of or pertaining to an uncle.
  • Resembling an uncle, especially in kindness or indulgence.
8 Aug 2015avoirdupois
  • Avoirdupois weight (see below).
  • Weight; heaviness; as, a person of much avoirdupois.
26 Sep 2014aver
  • 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 2016avatar
  • 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 2014avarice
  • an excessive desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
17 Apr 2014autodidact
  • One who is self-taught.
16 Feb 2015autocrat
  • 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 2016autochthonous
  • Aboriginal; indigenous; native.
  • Formed or originating in the place where found.
16 Jul 2014auspicious
  • Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
  • Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."
21 Sepauspicious
  • 1. Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
    2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."

27 Apr 2015augury
  • The art or practice of foretelling events; divination.
  • An omen; prediction; prognostication; indication of the future.
24 May 2015aubade
  • A song or poem greeting the dawn; also, a composition suggestive of morning.
22 Apr 2015atrabilious
  • Melancholic; gloomy.
  • Irritable; ill-natured; peevish.
25 Apratelier
  • A workshop; a studio.

29 Oct 2014atelier
  • A workshop; a studio.
8 Maratavism
  • 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 2014assuage
  • To soften; to allay, mitigate, ease, or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult.
2 Mayassuage
  • 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 2015assiduous
  • Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive; unremitting.
  • Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent; as, assiduous labor.
17 Sepassiduous
  • 1. Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive.
    2. Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent; as, "assiduous labor."

20 Nov 2013asseverate
  • To affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
4 Feb 2014aspersion
  • A damaging or derogatory remark; slander.
  • The act of defaming or slandering.
  • A sprinkling with water, especially in religious ceremonies.
25 Jul 2015asperity
  • Roughness of surface; unevenness.
  • Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear.
  • Roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness. "Asperity of character." --Landor.
14 Jan 2015ascribe
  • . 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 2015ascetic
  • One who renounces material comforts and practices extreme self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
18 Marartifice
  • 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 2014arrogate
  • To claim or seize without right or justification; to appropriate.
  • To claim on behalf of another; to ascribe.
7 May 2016arriviste
  • A person who has recently attained success, wealth, or high status but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.
31 May 2016arrant
  • Thoroughgoing; downright; out-and-out; confirmed; extreme; notorious.
24 Apr 2016aright
  • Rightly; correctly; properly; in a right way or manner.
11 Jun 2016Argus-eyed
  • Extremely observant; watchful; sharp-sighted.
18 Apr 2015argot
  • A specialized and often secret vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group.
  • A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps, and vagabonds.
14 Aug 2016arcanum
  • 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 2015arcane
7 Dec 2014arbitrage
  • arbitrage \AHR-buh-trahzh\, noun:
  • arbitrage, verb:
21 Jun 2016arbiter
  • 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 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.
17 Jul 2016approbation
  • The act of approving; formal or official approval.
  • Praise; commendation.
1 Dec 2015apprise
  • 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.
7 Octapposite
  • Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.

1 Mar 2014apposite
  • Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.
19 Jan 2016appellation
  • The word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; name; title; designation.
  • The act of naming.
22 Sep 2015apparition
  • 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.
26 Aprapparition
  • 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 2016apotheosis
  • Elevation to divine rank or stature; deification.
  • An exalted or glorified example; a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
19 Jun 2015apothegm
  • A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim.
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