|26 Jan 2015||edify|
To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.
|25 Jan 2015||parvenu|
a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
of or characteristic of a parvenu; characteristic of someone who has risen economically or socially but lacks the social skills appropriate for this new position
|24 Jan 2015||tumult|
- . The commotion or agitation of a crowd, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar, and confusion of voices; hurly-burly; noisy confusion.
- . Violent commotion or agitation, with confusion of sounds; as, ``the tumult of the elements.''
- . Irregular or confused motion; agitation; high excitement; as, ``the tumult of the spirits or passions.''
|23 Jan 2015||winsome|
- . Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted.
- . Causing joy or pleasure; gladsome; pleasant.
|22 Jan 2015||incongruous|
- . lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness; "a plan incongruous with reason"; "incongruous behavior"; "a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation"
2. inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense
|21 Jan 2015||dour|
- : stubbornly unyielding; as, "dour determination"
- : harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; as, "a dour, self-sacrificing life"
- : showing a brooding ill humor; as, "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"
|20 Jan 2015||eleemosynary|
- Relating to charity, alms, or alms-giving; intended for the
distribution of charity; as, ``an eleemosynary corporation.''
- Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as,
- Supported by charity; as, ``eleemosynary poor.''
|19 Jan 2015||colloquial|
characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation; "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"; "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of colloquial English"; hence, unstudied; informal; as, colloquial phrases; a colloquial style.
|18 Jan 2015||innocuous|
Harmless; producing no ill effect
|17 Jan 2015||stoic|
- . Stoic. Philosophy. A disciple of the philosopher Zeno; one of a Greek sect which held that men should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and should submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity, by which all things are governed.
- . Hence, a person not easily excited; an apathetic person; one who is apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain.
|16 Jan 2015||solace|
- . To cheer in grief or under calamity; to comfort; to relieve in affliction, solitude, or discomfort; to console; -- applied to persons; as, to solace one with the hope of future reward.
- . To allay; to assuage; to soothe; as, to solace grief.
|15 Jan 2015||jovial|
merry; joyous; jolly; mirth-inspiring; characterized by mirth or jollity; as, a jovial youth; a jovial company; a jovial poem.
|14 Jan 2015||ascribe|
- . To attribute, as to a cause; as, ``his death was ascribed to a poison''; ``they ascribed the poor harvest to drought.''
- . To attribute, as a quality; to consider or allege to belong; as, ``ascribed jealousy to the critics.''
|13 Jan 2015||verbiage|
The use of many words without necessity, or with little sense; a superabundance of words; verbosity; wordiness.
|12 Jan 2015||insouciant|
marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant; as, "an elegantly insouciant manner"
|11 Jan 2015||superfluous|
more than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive
-- SUPERFLUOUSLY, adverb
-- SUPERFLUOUSNESS, noun
|10 Jan 2015||aberrant|
markedly different from an accepted norm; as, "aberrant behavior"
|9 Jan 2015||raucous|
1. unpleasantly loud and harsh; strident.
2. disturbing the public peace; loud and rough.
|8 Jan 2015||genial|
Contributing to, and sympathizing with, the enjoyment of life; sympathetically cheerful and cheering; jovial and inspiring joy or happiness; exciting pleasure and sympathy; enlivening; kindly; as, ``she was of a cheerful and genial disposition.''
|7 Jan 2015||melee|
A fight in which the combatants are mingled in one confused mass; a hand to hand conflict; an affray.
|6 Jan 2015||antediluvian|
1: of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood
2: so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; as, ``antediluvian ideas''
1: one who lived before the Deluge
2: a very old (or old-fashioned) person
|5 Jan 2015||listless|
Having no desire or inclination; indifferent; heedless; spiritless.
--LISTLESSLY, adverb -- LISTLESSNESS, noun
|4 Jan 2015||numismatics|
the collection and study of money (and coins in particular).
|3 Jan 2015||requisite|
required by the nature of things, or by circumstances; necessary,
indispensable -- noun: that which is required, or is necessary; something
|2 Jan 2015||comestible|
Suitable to be eaten; eatable; esculent -- noun:
Something suitable to be eaten; -- usually in the plural.
|1 Jan 2015||bestow|
To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon.
|31 Dec 2014||grok|
- To understand, especially in a profound and intimate way. Slang.
|30 Dec 2014||tittle-tattle|
- Idle, trifling talk; empty prattle.
- An idle, trifling talker; a gossip.
|29 Dec 2014||eke|
To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now usually used with
out, the notion conveyed being ``to add to, or piece out by a
laborious, inferior, or scanty addition''
|28 Dec 2014||avarice|
an excessive desire of gain; greediness
after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
|27 Dec 2014||comity|
- a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and
|26 Dec 2014||gnomic|
sententious; uttering or containing maxims, or striking
detached thoughts; aphoristic.
|25 Dec 2014||torrid|
Violenty hot; drying or scorching with heat; burning;
parching; as, ``torrid heat''
- : characterized by intense emotion; as, ``a torrid love affair''
- : emotionally charged and vigorously energetic; as, ``a torrid dance''
|24 Dec 2014||trepidation|
- . An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of
paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking;
- . Hence, a state of terror or alarm; fear; confusion;
fright; as, the men were in great trepidation.
|23 Dec 2014||Whig|
(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
|22 Dec 2014||verdant|
- . 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.''
|21 Dec 2014||Brobdingnagian|
Colossal; of extraordinary height; gigantic. -- as a noun: a giant.
[Often misspelt Brobdignagian.]
|20 Dec 2014||sublunary|
- situated between the earth and the moon; situated beneath the moon
- of this earth; of or pertaining to this
world; terrestrial; earthly.
|19 Dec 2014||bandog|
A mastiff or other large and fierce dog, usually kept chained
or tied up.
|18 Dec 2014||scion|
- (a) A shoot or sprout of a plant
- (b) A piece of a slender branch or twig cut for grafting
2. Hence, a descendant; an heir; as, ``a scion of a royal
|17 Dec 2014||desultory|
- Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another,
without order or rational connection; without logical
sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless; as, ``desultory
- Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected
with the subject; as, ``a desultory remark''
|16 Dec 2014||slugabed|
a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour; one who indulges in lying abed; a sluggard.
|15 Dec 2014||aestival|
- To spend the summer.
- (of animals) To pass the summer in a state of torpor.
|14 Dec 2014||lexicon|
- A vocabulary, or book containing an alphabetical arrangement
of the words in a language or of a considerable number of
them, with the definition of each; a dictionary; especially,
a dictionary of the Greek, Hebrew, or Latin language.
|13 Dec 2014||gamut|
- : a complete extent or range; as, ``a face that expressed a gamut of emotions''
- : the entire scale of musical notes
|12 Dec 2014||junta|
a council; a convention; a tribunal; an assembly; especially: a clique that seeks or obtains power usually through intrigue or revolution
|11 Dec 2014||virtu|
- love of or taste for fine objects of art
- productions of art (especially fine antiques)
|10 Dec 2014||vexillology|
|9 Dec 2014||taw|
- a large marble used for shooting in the game of marbles
|8 Dec 2014||chichi|