1. An allowance of money given by a husband to his wife for private and personal expenditures.
2. Money for incidental expenses.
3. A trivial sum.
Loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions.
Favorable to health; promoting health; healthful.
1. A break or pause in a line of verse, usually occurring in the middle of a line, and indicated in scanning by a double vertical line; for example, "The proper study || of mankind is man" [Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man].
2. Any break, pause, or interruption.
Inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.
A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
1. Characterized by a ready flow of speech.
2. Easily rolling or turning; rotating.
3. (Botany) Having the power or habit of turning or twining.
1. Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful.
2. Being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down.
Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.
A group of secret and often scheming advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique.
Excessive or pretentious display; boastful showiness.
A leader of a movement or activity; also, a leading indicator of future trends.
|11 Jan||deus ex machina|
1. In ancient Greek and Roman drama, a god introduced by means of a crane to unravel and resolve the plot.
2. Any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.
Merrymaking; festivity; revelry.
Fear or hatred of strangers, people from other countries, or of anything that is strange or foreign.
Servilely attentive; compliant to excess; fawning.
1. Something (especially something abnormal) growing out from something else.
2. A disfiguring or unwanted mark, part, or addition.
A confused noise; uproar; tumult.
1. Sharp and harsh, or bitter to the taste or smell; pungent.
2. Caustic in language or tone; bitter.
1. The misnaming of a person in a legal instrument, as in a complaint or indictment.
2. Any misnaming of a person or thing; also, a wrong or inapplicable name or designation.
1. To feel or express discontent.
2. To long for something.
1. An abnormal bodily condition characterized by an excessive amount of blood in the system.
2. Excess; superabundance.
1. A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. Hence: Denunciation of anything as accursed.
2. An imprecation; a curse; a malediction.
3. Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority.
4. Any person or thing that is intensely disliked.
|31 Dec 2019||remunerate|
1. To pay an equivalent to for any service, loss, or expense; to recompense.
2. To compensate for; to make payment for.
|30 Dec 2019||myriad|
1. Consisting of a very great, but indefinite, number; as, myriad stars.
2. Composed of numerous diverse elements or aspects.
1. The number of ten thousand; ten thousand persons or things. (Chiefly in reference to the Greek numeral system, or in translations from Greek or Latin).
2. An immense number; a very great many; an indefinitely large number.
|29 Dec 2019||acerbic|
Sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.
|28 Dec 2019||transmute|
1. To change from one nature, form, substance, or state into another; to transform.
1. To undergo transmutation.
|27 Dec 2019||nefarious|
Wicked in the extreme; iniquitous.
|26 Dec 2019||indolent|
1. Avoiding labor and exertion; habitually idle; lazy; inactive.
2. Conducive to or encouraging laziness or inactivity.
3. Causing little or no pain.
4. Slow to heal, develop, or grow.
|25 Dec 2019||chagrin|
1. Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.
1. To unsettle or vex by disappointment or humiliation; to mortify.
|24 Dec 2019||sojourn|
1. To stay as a temporary resident; to dwell for a time.
1. A temporary stay.
|23 Dec 2019||bedizen|
To dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
|22 Dec 2019||rodomontade|
Vain boasting; empty bluster; pretentious, bragging speech; rant.
|21 Dec 2019||diffident|
1. Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
2. Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
|20 Dec 2019||assuage|
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.
|19 Dec 2019||inchoate|
1. In an initial or early stage; just begun.
2. Imperfectly formed or formulated.
|18 Dec 2019||gewgaw|
A showy trifle; a trinket; a bauble.
|17 Dec 2019||kismet|
|16 Dec 2019||cabal|
1. A secret, conspiratorial association of plotters or intriguers whose purpose is usually to bring about an overturn especially in public affairs.
2. The schemes or plots of such an association.
1. To form a cabal; to conspire; to intrigue; to plot.
|15 Dec 2019||rara avis|
A rare or unique person or thing.
|14 Dec 2019||busker|
A person who entertains (as by playing music) in public places.
|13 Dec 2019||probity|
Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness.
|12 Dec 2019||recherche|
1. Uncommon; exotic; rare.
2. Exquisite; choice.
3. Excessively refined; affected.
4. Pretentious; overblown.
|11 Dec 2019||garrulous|
1. Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative.
|10 Dec 2019||amanuensis|
A person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.
|9 Dec 2019||supererogatory|
1. Going beyond what is required or expected.
2. Superfluous; unnecessary.
|8 Dec 2019||fallible|
1. Liable to make a mistake.
2. Liable to be inaccurate or erroneous.
|7 Dec 2019||temerarious|
Recklessly or presumptuously daring; rash.
|6 Dec 2019||aplomb|
Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.
|5 Dec 2019||lissom|
1. Limber; supple; flexible.
2. Light and quick in action; nimble; agile; active.