|17 Oct 2015||caveat|
- (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 2015||provenance|
|15 Oct 2015||patina|
- 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 2015||execrable|
- Deserving to be execrated; accursed; damnable; detestable; abominable.
- Extremely bad; of very poor quality.
|13 Oct 2015||wizened|
Dried; shriveled; withered; shrunken; as, a wizened old man.
|12 Oct 2015||perambulate|
- To walk through or over.
- To travel over for the purpose of surveying or examining; to inspect by traversing.
|11 Oct 2015||fractious|
- Tending to cause trouble; unruly.
- Irritable; snappish; cranky.
|10 Oct 2015||sine qua non|
An essential condition or element; an indispensable thing; an absolute prerequisite.
|9 Oct 2015||cornucopia|
- 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 2015||querulous|
- Apt to find fault; habitually complaining.
- Expressing complaint; whining.
|7 Oct 2015||raffish|
- Characterized by or suggestive of flashy vulgarity, crudeness, or rowdiness; tawdry.
- Marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; rakish.
|6 Oct 2015||oneiric|
Or, pertaining to, or suggestive of dreams; dreamy.
|5 Oct 2015||modicum|
A small or moderate or token amount.
|4 Oct 2015||malaise|
- A vague feeling of discomfort in the body, as at the onset of illness.
- A general feeling of depression or unease.
|3 Oct 2015||raillery|
Good-humored banter or teasing repartee; jesting language.
|2 Oct 2015||derogate|
- To deviate from what is expected.
- To take away; to detract; -- usually with from.
|1 Oct 2015||malcontent|
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 2015||expropriate|
- To deprive of possession.
- To transfer (the property of another) to oneself.
|29 Sep 2015||introspection|
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 2015||tutelage|
- 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 2015||circumspect|
Attentive to all the circumstances of a case or the probable consequences of an action; cautious; prudent; wary.
|26 Sep 2015||deus 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 2015||sapient|
|24 Sep 2015||ineffectual|
Not producing the proper effect; without effect; weak; useless; futile; unavailing.
|23 Sep 2015||exigency|
- 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 2015||apparition|
- 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 2015||mountebank|
- 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 2015||pettifogger|
- A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster.
- A person who quibbles over trivia.
|19 Sep 2015||amity|
Friendship, in a general sense, between individuals, societies, or nations; friendly relations; good understanding.
|18 Sep 2015||extraneous|
- 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 2015||Promethean|
- Of or pertaining to Prometheus.
- Boldly original or creative.
|16 Sep 2015||pertinacious|
- Holding or adhering to any opinion, purpose, or design, with obstinacy.
- Stubbornly or perversely persistent; as, pertinacious plotters; a pertinacious beggar.
|15 Sep 2015||bromide|
- 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 2015||titivate|
To smarten up; to spruce (up).
|13 Sep 2015||coquette|
A woman who habitually trifles with the affections of men; a flirt.
|12 Sep 2015||proscribe|
To denounce or condemn; to forbid as harmful; to prohibit.
|11 Sep 2015||purdah|
- 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 2015||lexicography|
- The writing or compiling of dictionaries; the editing or making of dictionaries.
- The principles and practices applied to writing dictionaries.
|9 Sep 2015||interregnum|
- 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 2015||ignoramus|
An ignorant person; a vain pretender to knowledge; a dunce.
|7 Sep 2015||animus|
- 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 2015||ergo|
Therefore; consequently; -- often used in a jocular way.
|5 Sep 2015||nostrum|
- 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 2015||rictus|
- The gape of the mouth, as of birds.
- A gaping grin or grimace.
|3 Sep 2015||concupiscence|
Strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust.
|2 Sep 2015||imbue|
- 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 2015||epigone|
An inferior imitator, especially of some distinguished writer, artist, musician, or philosopher.
|31 Aug 2015||lucre|
Gain in money or goods; profit; riches; -- often in a bad sense.
|30 Aug 2015||didactic|
- Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; as, didactic essays.
- Inclined to teach or moralize excessively; moralistic.
|29 Aug 2015||congeries|
A collection; an aggregation.