Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
16 Oct 2017exegete
  • A person who explains or interprets difficult parts of written works.

15 Oct 2017sine qua non
  • An essential condition or element; an indispensable thing.
14 Oct 2017gastronome
  • A connoisseur of good food and drink.

13 Oct 2017plenary
  • 1. Full in all respects; complete; absolute; as, plenary authority.
    2. Fully attended by all qualified members.

12 Oct 2017vim
  • Power; force; energy; spirit; activity; vigor.

11 Oct 2017Hogmanay
  • The name, in Scotland, for New Year's Eve, on which children go about singing and asking for gifts; also, a gift, cake, or treat given on New Year's Eve.

10 Oct 2017perquisite
  • 1. A profit or benefit in addition to a salary or wages.
    2. Broadly: The benefits of a position or office.
    3. A gratuity or tip for services performed.
    4. Anything to which someone has or claims the sole right.

9 Oct 2017quiddity
  • 1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity of a thing.
    2. A hairsplitting distinction; a trifling point; a quibble.
    3. An eccentricity; an odd feature.

8 Oct 2017cynosure
  • 1. Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
    2. That which serves to guide or direct.
    3. [Capitalized]. The northern constellation Ursa Minor, which contains the North Star; also, the North Star itself.

7 Oct 2017apposite
  • Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.

6 Oct 2017benefaction
  • 1. The act of conferring a benefit.
    2. A benefit conferred; especially, a charitable donation.

5 Oct 2017jollification
  • Merrymaking; festivity; revelry.

4 Oct 2017firmament
  • 1. The region of the air; the sky; the heavens.
    2. The field or sphere of an interest or activity.

3 Oct 2017vociferous
  • Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy.

2 Oct 2017querulous
  • 1. Apt to find fault; habitually complaining.
    2. Expressing complaint; fretful; whining.

1 Oct 2017confrere
  • A fellow member of a fraternity or profession; a colleague; a comrade; an intimate associate.

30 Sep 2017digerati
  • Persons knowledgeable about computers and technology.

29 Sep 2017sub rosa
  • 1. Secretly; privately; confidentially.

    1. Designed to be secret or confidential; secretive; private.

28 Sep 2017vainglory
  • 1. Excessive pride in one's achievements, abilities, qualities, etc.
    2. Vain display.

27 Sep 2017melange
  • A mixture; a medley.

26 Sep 2017sacrosanct
  • Sacred; inviolable.

25 Sep 2017hale
  • Free from disease and weakening conditions; healthy.

24 Sep 2017paladin
  • 1. A knight-errant; a distinguished champion of a medieval king or prince; as, the paladins of Charlemagne.
    2. A champion of a cause.

23 Sep 2017carapace
  • 1. The thick shell that covers the back of the turtle, the crab, and other animals.
    2. Something likened to a shell that serves to protect or isolate from external influence.

22 Sep 2017tmesis
  • In grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word, now generally done for humorous effect; for example, "what place soever" instead of "whatsoever place," or "abso-bloody-lutely."

21 Sep 2017auspicious
  • 1. Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
    2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."

20 Sep 2017inure
  • 1. To make accustomed or used to something painful, difficult, or inconvenient; to harden; to habituate; as, "inured to drudgery and distress.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of; as, a gift of lands inures to the heirs.

19 Sep 2017voluptuary
  • 1. A person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites; a sensualist.

    1. Voluptuous; luxurious.

18 Sep 2017sylvan
  • 1. Of or pertaining to woods or forest regions.
    2. Living or located in a wood or forest.
    3. Abounding in forests or trees; wooded.

    1. A fabled deity or spirit of the woods.
    2. One that lives in or frequents the woods or forest; a rustic.

17 Sep 2017assiduous
  • 1. Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive.
    2. Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent; as, "assiduous labor."

16 Sep 2017logorrhea
  • Excessive talkativeness or wordiness.

15 Sep 2017panache
  • 1. Dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
    2. A plume or bunch of feathers, esp. such a bunch worn on the helmet; any military plume, or ornamental group of feathers.

14 Sep 2017gaucherie
  • 1. A socially awkward or tactless act.
    2. Lack of tact; boorishness; awkwardness.

13 Sep 2017chagrin
  • 1. Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.

    transitive verb:
    1. To unsettle or vex by disappointment or humiliation; to mortify.

12 Sep 2017redivivus
  • Living again; brought back to life; revived; restored.

11 Sep 2017alfresco
  • 1. In the open air; outdoors.

    1. Taking place or located in the open air; outdoor.

10 Sep 2017wheedle
  • 1. To entice by soft words or flattery; to coax.
    2. To gain or get by flattery or guile.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To flatter; to use soft words.

9 Sep 2017billet-doux
  • A love letter or note.

8 Sep 2017lassitude
  • Lack of vitality or energy; weariness; listlessness.

7 Sep 2017quidnunc
  • One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows or pretends to know all that is going on; a gossip; a busybody.

6 Sep 2017bivouac
  • 1. An encampment for the night, usually under little or no shelter.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To encamp for the night, usually under little or no shelter.

5 Sep 2017soporific
  • 1. Causing sleep; tending to cause sleep.
    2. Of, relating to, or characterized by sleepiness or lethargy.

    1. A medicine, drug, plant, or other agent that has the quality of inducing sleep; a narcotic.

4 Sep 2017repast
  • Something taken as food; a meal.

3 Sep 2017crepuscular
  • 1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim.
    2. (Zoology) Appearing or active at twilight.

2 Sep 2017maelstrom
  • 1. A large, powerful, or destructive whirlpool.
    2. Something resembling a maelstrom; a violent, disordered, or turbulent state of affairs.

1 Sep 2017subterfuge
  • A deceptive device or stratagem.

31 Aug 2017ingenue
  • 1. A naive girl or young woman.
    2. An actress playing such a person; also: the stage role of an ingenue.

30 Aug 2017anodyne
  • 1. Serving to relieve pain; soothing.
    2. Not likely to offend; bland; innocuous.

    1. A medicine that relieves pain.
    2. Anything that calms, comforts, or soothes disturbed feelings.

29 Aug 2017lambent
  • 1. Playing lightly on or over a surface; flickering; as, "a lambent flame; lambent shadows."
    2. Softly bright or radiant; luminous; as, "a lambent light."
    3. Light and brilliant; as, "a lambent style; lambent wit."

28 Aug 2017rubicund
  • Inclining to redness; ruddy; red.

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