Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
9 Oct 2018acuity
  • Acuteness of perception or vision; sharpness.

8 Oct 2018equanimity
  • Evenness of mind; calmness; composure; as, "to bear misfortunes with equanimity."

7 Oct 2018efface
  • 1. To cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.; to erase; to render illegible or indiscernible.
    2. To destroy, as a mental impression; to wipe out; to eliminate completely.
    3. To make (oneself) inconspicuous.

6 Oct 2018bricolage
  • Construction or something constructed by using whatever materials happen to be available.

5 Oct 2018irenic
  • Tending to promote peace; conciliatory.

4 Oct 2018wassail
  • 1. An expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to someone.
    2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse.
    3. The liquor used for a wassail; especially, a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.

    1. Of or pertaining to wassail, or to a wassail; convivial; as, a wassail bowl.

    transitive verb:
    1. To drink to the health of; a toast.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To drink a wassail.

3 Oct 2018urbane
  • Polished and smooth in manner; polite, refined, and elegant.

2 Oct 2018flibbertigibbet
  • A silly, flighty, or scatterbrained person, especially a pert young woman with such qualities.

1 Oct 2018malaise
  • 1. A vague feeling of discomfort in the body, as at the onset of illness.
    2. A general feeling of depression or unease.

30 Sep 2018derogate
  • 1. To deviate from what is expected.
    2. To take away; to detract; -- usually with 'from'.

    transitive verb:
    1. To disparage or belittle; to denigrate.

29 Sep 2018impassive
  • 1. Devoid of or unsusceptible to emotion.
    2. Showing no sign of emotion or feeling; expressionless.

28 Sep 2018opportune
  • Suitable for a given purpose or occasion; timely.

27 Sep 2018reticent
  • 1. Inclined to keep silent; reserved; uncommunicative.
    2. Restrained or reserved in style.
    3. Reluctant; unwilling.

26 Sep 2018pule
  • To whimper; to whine.

25 Sep 2018neologism
  • 1. A new word or expression.
    2. A new use of a word or expression.
    3. The use or creation of new words or expressions.
    4. (Psychiatry) An invented, meaningless word used by a person with a psychiatric disorder.
    5. (Theology) A new view or interpretation of a scripture.

24 Sep 2018olla podrida
  • 1. A stew of highly seasoned meat and vegetables.
    2. A mixture; a hodgepodge.

23 Sep 2018inkhorn
  • 1. Affectedly or ostentatiously learned; pedantic.

    1. A small bottle of horn or other material formerly used for holding ink.

22 Sep 2018approbation
  • 1. The act of approving; formal or official approval.
    2. Praise; commendation.

21 Sep 2018ossify
  • 1. To change into bone; to become bony.
    2. To become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern.

    transitive verb:
    1. To change into bone; to convert from a soft tissue to a hard bony tissue.
    2. To harden; to mold into a rigidly conventional pattern.

20 Sep 2018syncretic
  • Uniting and blending together different systems, as of philosophy, morals, or religion.

19 Sep 2018Argus-eyed
  • Extremely observant; watchful; sharp-sighted.

18 Sep 2018interstice
  • 1. A space between things or parts, especially a space between things closely set; a narrow chink; a crack; a crevice; an interval.
    2. An interval of time.

17 Sep 2018sartorial
  • 1. Of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring.
    2. Of or relating to clothing, or style or manner of dress.
    3. [Anatomy] Of or relating to the sartorius muscle.

16 Sep 2018risible
  • 1. Capable of laughing; disposed to laugh.
    2. Exciting or provoking laughter; worthy of laughter; laughable; amusing.
    3. Relating to, connected with, or used in laughter; as, "risible muscles."

15 Sep 2018dictum
  • 1. An authoritative statement; a formal pronouncement.
    2. Law) A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.

14 Sep 2018skulk
  • 1. To hide, or get out of the way, in a sneaking manner; to lurk.
    2. To move about in a stealthy way.
    3. To avoid responsibilities and duties.

    1. One who skulks.
    2. A group of foxes.

13 Sep 2018unguent
  • A salve for sores, burns, or the like; an ointment.

12 Sep 2018machination
  • 1. The act of plotting.
    2. A crafty scheme; a cunning design or plot intended to accomplish some usually evil end.

11 Sep 2018debouch
  • 1. To march out (as from a wood, defile, or other narrow or confined spot) into the open.
    2. To emerge; to issue.

    transitive verb:
    1. To cause to emerge or issue; to discharge.

10 Sep 2018galvanic
  • 1. Of, pertaining to, or producing a direct current of electricity, especially when produced chemically.
    2. Affecting or affected as if by an electric shock; startling; shocking.
    3. Stimulating; energizing.

9 Sep 2018vapid
  • 1. Lacking liveliness and spirit; unanimated; spiritless; dull; as, "a vapid speech."
    2. Flavorless; lacking taste or zest; flat; as, "vapid beer."

8 Sep 2018redact
  • 1. To draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.); to put in writing.
    2. To make ready and put in shape for publication; to edit.

7 Sep 2018equivocate
  • To be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or to avoid committing oneself to anything definite.

6 Sep 2018travail
  • 1. Painful or arduous work; severe toil or exertion.
    2. Agony; anguish.
    3. The labor of childbirth

    intransitive verb:
    1. To work very hard; to toil.
    2. To suffer the pangs of childbirth; to be in labor.

5 Sep 2018inclement
  • 1. Rough, harsh; extreme, severe -- generally restricted to the elements or weather.
    2. Severe, unrelenting; cruel.

4 Sep 2018avoirdupois
  • 1. Avoirdupois weight, a system of weights based on a pound containing 16 ounces or 7,000 grains (453.59 grams).
    2. Weight; heaviness; as, a person of much avoirdupois.

3 Sep 2018trencherman
  • A hearty eater.

2 Sep 2018mollify
  • 1. To pacify; to soothe or calm in temper or disposition.
    2. To reduce in intensity; to temper.
    3. To soften; to reduce the rigidity of.

1 Sep 2018subaltern
  • 1. Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior.
    2. (Chiefly British) Ranking as a junior officer; being below the rank of captain.
    3. (Logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.

    1. A person holding a subordinate position.
    2. (Chiefly British) A commissioned military officer below the rank of captain.
    3. (Logic) A subaltern proposition.

31 Aug 2018exacerbate
  • To render more severe, violent, or bitter; to irritate; to aggravate; to make worse.

30 Aug 2018proclivity
  • A natural inclination; predisposition.

29 Aug 2018bootless
  • Unavailing; useless; without advantage or benefit.

28 Aug 2018dotage
  • Feebleness of mind due to old age; senility.

27 Aug 2018putative
  • Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed.

26 Aug 2018inexorable
  • Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer; firm; determined; unyielding; unchangeable; inflexible; relentless.

25 Aug 2018gauche
  • Lacking social polish; tactless; awkward; clumsy.

24 Aug 2018ab ovo
  • From the beginning.

23 Aug 2018idyll
  • 1. A simple descriptive work, either in poetry or prose, dealing with simple, rustic life; pastoral scenes; and the like.
    2. A narrative poem treating an epic, romantic, or tragic theme.
    3. A lighthearted carefree episode or experience.
    4. A romantic interlude.

22 Aug 2018turgid
  • 1. Swollen, bloated, puffed up; as, "a turgid limb."
    2. Swelling in style or language; bombastic, pompous; as, "a turgid style of speaking."

21 Aug 2018peripatetic
  • 1. Of or pertaining to walking about or traveling from place to place; itinerant.
    2. Of or pertaining to the philosophy taught by Aristotle (who gave his instructions while walking in the Lyceum at Athens), or to his followers.

    1. One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.
    2. A follower of Aristotle; an Aristotelian.

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