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DateWord Description
9 Apr 2014Zeitgeist
  • (Often capitalized) The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.
13 MayZeitgeist
  • [Often capitalized] The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.

29 Mar 2016yen
  • A strong desire or inclination; a longing.
27 Jul 2014xenophobia
  • Fear or hatred of strangers, people from other countries, or of anything that is strange or foreign.
20 Aug 2015wunderkind
  • A child prodigy; one who achieves great success or acclaim at an early age.
21 Dec 2016wraith
  • An apparition of a living person seen before death; hence, an apparition; a specter; a ghost.
  • A shadowy or insubstantial form, appearance, or representation of something.
18 Janwoolgathering
  • Indulgence in idle daydreaming.
8 Sep 2014woebegone
  • Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful.
  • Being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down.
13 Oct 2015wizened
  • Dried; shriveled; withered; shrunken; as, a wizened old man.
27 Jun 2016wiseacre
  • One who pretends to knowledge or cleverness; a would-be wise person; a smart aleck.
23 Jan 2015winsome
  • . Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted.
  • . Causing joy or pleasure; gladsome; pleasant.
23 Dec 2014Whig
  • (in American History)
    (a) A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; -- opposed to Tory, and Royalist.
    (b) One of the political party in the United States from about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the Democratic party.
9 Apr 2015wheedle
  • to entice by soft words; to cajole; to flatter; to coax
  • to gain or get by flattery or guile
18 Oct 2014wayworn
  • Wearied by traveling.
17 Maywaylay
  • 1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
    2. To approach or stop (someone) unexpectedly.

25 Oct 2016waylay
  • To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
  • To approach or stop (someone) unexpectedly.
17 May 2014wastrel
  • A person who wastes, especially one who squanders money; a spendthrift.
  • An idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing.
11 Maywastrel
  • 1. A person who wastes, especially one who squanders money; a spendthrift.
    2. An idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing.

28 Dec 2015wan
  • Having a pale or sickly hue; pale; pallid.
  • Lacking vitality, as from weariness, illness, or unhappiness; feeble.
  • Lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble.
25 Mar 2016wag
  • A humorous person; a wit; a joker.
10 Nov 2016votary
  • One who is devoted, given, or addicted to some particular pursuit, subject, study, or way of life.
  • A devoted admirer.
  • A devout adherent of a religion or cult.
  • A dedicated believer or advocate.
28 Oct 2016voluptuary
  • A person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites; a sensualist.
8 Jan 2014voluble
  • Characterized by a ready flow of speech.
  • Easily rolling or turning; rotating.
  • (Botany) Having the power or habit of turning or twining.
7 Mayvolte-face
  • An about-face; a reversal, as in policy or opinion.

21 Dec 2013volte-face
  • An about-face; a reversal, as in policy or opinion.
27 Mar 2014vociferous
  • Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy.
10 Jun 2015vivify
  • To endue with life; to make to be living; to animate.
  • To make more lively or intense.
14 Febvituperation
  • The act or an instance of speaking abusively to or about.
  • Sustained and severely abusive language.
19 Feb 2015vituperate
  • To find fault with; to scold; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to censure severely or abusively; to rate.
6 May 2015vitiate
  • To make faulty, or imperfect; to render defective; to impair; as, exaggeration vitiates a style of writing.
  • To corrupt morally.
  • To render ineffective; as, fraud vitiates a contract.
2 Oct 2014visage
  • The face or appearance of a person or an animal; -- chiefly applied to the human face.
  • Appearance; aspect.
11 Dec 2014virtu
  • love of or taste for fine objects of art
  • artistic quality
  • productions of art (especially fine antiques)
18 Nov 2016virago
  • A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage.
  • A woman regarded as loud, scolding, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, or overbearing.
20 Oct 2014vim
  • Power; force; energy; spirit; activity; vigor.
11 Apr 2015vicissitude
  • Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
  • Irregular change; revolution; mutation.
  • A change in condition or fortune; an instance of mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another).
1 Junvicissitude
  • 1. Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
    2. Irregular change; revolution; mutation.
    3. A change in condition or fortune; an instance of mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another).

10 Dec 2014vexillology
  • the study of flags
1 Nov 2015vet
  • To provide veterinary care for (an animal).
  • To provide (a person) with medical care.
  • To examine carefully; to subject to thorough appraisal; to evaluate.
8 Jun 2016vertiginous
  • Affected with vertigo; giddy; dizzy.
  • Causing or tending to cause dizziness.
  • Turning round; whirling; revolving.
  • Inclined to change quickly or frequently; inconstant.
27 Nov 2015veritable
  • Agreeable to truth or to fact; actual; real; true; genuine.
7 Aug 2015verisimilitude
  • The appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true.
  • Something that has the appearance of being true or real.
29 Apr 2015verdure
  • Green; greenness; freshness of vegetation; as, the verdure of the meadows in June.
22 Dec 2014verdant
  • . Covered with growing plants or grass; green; fresh; flourishing; as, verdant fields; as, ``a verdant lawn.''
  • . Unripe in knowledge or judgment; unsophisticated; raw; green; as, ``a verdant youth.''
1 Aug 2015verbose
  • Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; tedious by an excess of words; wordy; as, a verbose speaker; a verbose argument.
13 Jan 2015verbiage
22 Aug 2014venial
  • Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.
11 Junvenial
  • Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.

1 Jul 2016venerate
  • To treat someone or something with deep respect, reverence or deference; revere.
14 Apr 2015venal
  • Capable of being bought or obtained for money or other valuable consideration; held for sale; salable; purchasable.
  • Capable of being corrupted.
24 Dec 2016velleity
  • The lowest degree of desire; imperfect or incomplete volition.
  • A slight wish or inclination.
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