Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
17 Oct 2015caveat
  • (Law) A notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the party is heard in opposition; as, a caveat entered in a probate court to stop the proving of a will or the taking out of letters of administration, etc.
  • A warning or caution; also, a cautionary qualification or explanation to prevent misunderstanding.
16 Oct 2015provenance
  • Origin; source.
15 Oct 2015patina
  • The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
  • The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.
  • An appearance or aura produced by habit, practice, or use.
  • A superficial layer or exterior.
14 Oct 2015execrable
  • Deserving to be execrated; accursed; damnable; detestable; abominable.
  • Extremely bad; of very poor quality.
13 Oct 2015wizened
  • Dried; shriveled; withered; shrunken; as, a wizened old man.
12 Oct 2015perambulate
  • To walk through or over.
  • To travel over for the purpose of surveying or examining; to inspect by traversing.
11 Oct 2015fractious
  • Tending to cause trouble; unruly.
  • Irritable; snappish; cranky.
10 Oct 2015sine qua non
  • An essential condition or element; an indispensable thing; an absolute prerequisite.
9 Oct 2015cornucopia
  • The horn of plenty, from which fruits and flowers are represented as issuing. It is an emblem of abundance.
  • An overflowing supply; an abundance.
8 Oct 2015querulous
  • Apt to find fault; habitually complaining.
  • Expressing complaint; whining.
7 Oct 2015raffish
  • Characterized by or suggestive of flashy vulgarity, crudeness, or rowdiness; tawdry.
  • Marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; rakish.
6 Oct 2015oneiric
  • Or, pertaining to, or suggestive of dreams; dreamy.
5 Oct 2015modicum
  • A small or moderate or token amount.
4 Oct 2015malaise
  • A vague feeling of discomfort in the body, as at the onset of illness.
  • A general feeling of depression or unease.
3 Oct 2015raillery
  • Good-humored banter or teasing repartee; jesting language.
2 Oct 2015derogate
  • To deviate from what is expected.
  • To take away; to detract; -- usually with from.
1 Oct 2015malcontent
  • One who is discontented or dissatisfied; especially, a discontented subject of a government; one who express his discontent by words or overt acts.
30 Sep 2015expropriate
  • To deprive of possession.
  • To transfer (the property of another) to oneself.
29 Sep 2015introspection
  • A looking inward; specifically, the act or process of self-examination, or inspection of one's own thoughts and feelings; the cognition which the mind has of its own acts and states; self-consciousness; reflection.
28 Sep 2015tutelage
  • The act of guarding or protecting; guardianship; protection.
  • The state of being under a guardian; care or protection enjoyed.
  • Instruction, especially individual instruction accompanied by close attention and guidance.
27 Sep 2015circumspect
  • Attentive to all the circumstances of a case or the probable consequences of an action; cautious; prudent; wary.
26 Sep 2015deus ex machina
  • In ancient Greek and Roman drama, a god introduced by means of a crane to unravel and resolve the plot.
  • Any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.
25 Sep 2015sapient
  • Wise; sage; discerning.
24 Sep 2015ineffectual
  • Not producing the proper effect; without effect; weak; useless; futile; unavailing.
23 Sep 2015exigency
  • The quality or state of requiring immediate aid or action; urgency.
  • A case demanding immediate action or remedy; a pressing or urgent situation.
  • That which is demanded or required in a particular situation -- usually used in the plural.
22 Sep 2015apparition
  • A ghost; a specter; a phantom.
  • The thing appearing; the sudden or unexpected appearance of something or somebody.
  • The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
  • (Astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to occultation.
21 Sep 2015mountebank
  • An itinerant quack, as one who peddles medicine, who stands on a platform to appeal to the audience.
  • A charlatan; a boastful pretender to knowledge or a skill.
20 Sep 2015pettifogger
  • A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster.
  • A person who quibbles over trivia.
19 Sep 2015amity
  • Friendship, in a general sense, between individuals, societies, or nations; friendly relations; good understanding.
18 Sep 2015extraneous
  • Coming from or existing on the outside.
  • Introduced from an outside source.
  • Not essential or intrinsic; foreign.
  • Not pertinent to the matter at hand; irrelevant.
17 Sep 2015Promethean
  • Of or pertaining to Prometheus.
  • Boldly original or creative.
16 Sep 2015pertinacious
  • Holding or adhering to any opinion, purpose, or design, with obstinacy.
  • Stubbornly or perversely persistent; as, pertinacious plotters; a pertinacious beggar.
15 Sep 2015bromide
  • A compound of bromine and another element or a positive organic radical.
  • A dose of potassium bromide taken as a sedative.
  • A dull person with conventional thoughts.
  • A commonplace or conventional saying.
14 Sep 2015titivate
  • To smarten up; to spruce (up).
13 Sep 2015coquette
  • A woman who habitually trifles with the affections of men; a flirt.
12 Sep 2015proscribe
  • To denounce or condemn; to forbid as harmful; to prohibit.
11 Sep 2015purdah
  • A curtain, screen, or veil shielding women from the sight of men or strangers in Hindu and Muslim communities.
  • A striped cotton cloth from which a curtain is made, often blue and white.
  • The system of secluding Hindu or Muslim women.
  • A state of seclusion or concealment; social seclusion.
10 Sep 2015lexicography
  • The writing or compiling of dictionaries; the editing or making of dictionaries.
  • The principles and practices applied to writing dictionaries.
9 Sep 2015interregnum
  • The interval between two reigns; any period when a state is left without a ruler.
  • A period of freedom from authority or during which government functions are suspended.
  • Any breach of continuity in an order; a lapse or interval in a continuity.
8 Sep 2015ignoramus
  • An ignorant person; a vain pretender to knowledge; a dunce.
7 Sep 2015animus
  • Basic attitude or animating spirit; disposition; intention.
  • A feeling of ill will; animosity.
  • In Jungian psychology, the inner masculine part of the female personality [cf. anima].
6 Sep 2015ergo
  • Therefore; consequently; -- often used in a jocular way.
5 Sep 2015nostrum
  • A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are kept secret for the purpose of restricting the profits of sale to the inventor or proprietor; a quack medicine.
  • Any questionable scheme or remedy; a cure-all.
4 Sep 2015rictus
  • The gape of the mouth, as of birds.
  • A gaping grin or grimace.
3 Sep 2015concupiscence
  • Strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust.
2 Sep 2015imbue
  • To tinge deeply; to dye; to cause to absorb; as, clothes thoroughly imbued with black.
  • To cause to become impressed or penetrated; as, to imbue the minds of youth with good principles.
1 Sep 2015epigone
  • An inferior imitator, especially of some distinguished writer, artist, musician, or philosopher.
31 Aug 2015lucre
  • Gain in money or goods; profit; riches; -- often in a bad sense.
30 Aug 2015didactic
  • Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; as, didactic essays.
  • Inclined to teach or moralize excessively; moralistic.
29 Aug 2015congeries
  • A collection; an aggregation.
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