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.

    adjective:
    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.

    noun:
    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.

    noun:
    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.

    noun:
    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.

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

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