Word Of The Day

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DateWord Description
9 May 2014diffident
  • Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
  • Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
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.
5 Jul 2016dictum
  • An authoritative statement; a formal pronouncement.
  • (Law) A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.
15 Jun 2014diaphanous
  • Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
  • Vague; insubstantial.
17 Nov 2016diadem
  • A crown.
  • An ornamental headband worn (as by Eastern monarchs) as a badge of royalty.
  • Regal power; sovereignty; empire; -- considered as symbolized by the crown.
23 Aug 2017diadem
  • 1. A crown.
    2. An ornamental headband worn (as by Eastern monarchs) as a badge of royalty.
    3. Regal power; sovereignty; empire; -- considered as symbolized by the crown.

    transitive verb:
    1. To adorn with a diadem; to crown.

16 Aug 2016diablerie
  • Sorcery; black magic; witchcraft.
  • Representation of devils or demons in words or pictures.
  • Mischievous conduct; deviltry.
20 Nov 2017deus ex machina
  • 1. In ancient Greek and Roman drama, a god introduced by means of a crane to unravel and resolve the plot.
    2. Any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.

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.
10 Jan 2014detritus
  • Loose material that is worn away from rocks.
  • Hence, any fragments separated from the body to which they belonged; any product of disintegration; debris.
17 Dec 2014desultory
  • Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless; as, ``desultory thoughts''
  • Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject; as, ``a desultory remark''
28 Feb 2014desuetude
  • The cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.
23 Jandesuetude
  • The cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.

26 Nov 2017desideratum
  • Something desired or considered necessary.

29 Jan 2014desideratum
  • Something desired or considered necessary.
18 Dec 2013descry
  • To catch sight of, especially something distant or obscure; to discern.
  • To discover by observation; to detect.
7 Nov 2014descant
  • (Music) (a) A melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor. (b) The upper voice in part music.
  • A discourse or discussion on a theme.
7 Jun 2017descant
  • 1. (Music) (a) A melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor. (b) The upper voice in part music.
    2. A discourse or discussion on a theme.

    \DES-kant; des-KANT; dis-\, intransitive verb:
    1. (a) To sing or play a descant. (b) To sing.
    2. To comment freely; to discourse at length.

19 Febderogate
  • 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.

2 Oct 2015derogate
  • To deviate from what is expected.
  • To take away; to detract; -- usually with from.
2 Sep 2014deride
  • To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.
16 Jun 2017deride
  • To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.

26 May 2016deracinate
  • To pluck up by the roots; to uproot; to extirpate.
  • To displace from one's native or accustomed environment.
18 Mar 2014depredation
  • An act of plundering or despoiling; a raid.
  • [Plural] Destructive operations; ravages.
12 Aprdepredation
  • 1. An act of plundering or despoiling; a raid.
    2. [Plural] Destructive operations; ravages.

17 Nov 2014deprecate
  • to disapprove of strongly; deplore 2: belittle; "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts" 3 archaic: To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer
28 Mar 2016denouement
  • The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work.
  • The outcome of a complex sequence of events.
2 Jul 2015denizen
  • A dweller; an inhabitant.
  • One that frequents a particular place.
  • One who is admitted by favor to all or a part of the rights of citizenship, where he did not possess them by birth; an adopted or naturalized citizen.
  • One admitted to residence in a foreign country.
28 Aug 2016demur
  • To object; to take exception.
  • To delay.
  • Delay.
19 Jun 2017demagogue
  • 1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
    2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.

23 Feb 2014demagogue
  • A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
  • A leader of the common people in ancient times.
17 Jul 2014deliquesce
  • To melt away or to disappear as if by melting.
  • (Chemistry) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
  • To become fluid or soft with age, as certain fungi.
  • To form many small divisions or branches -- used especially of the veins of a leaf.
1 Jul 2017deliquesce
  • 1. To melt away or to disappear as if by melting.
    2. (Chemistry) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
    3. To become fluid or soft with age, as certain fungi.
    4. To form many small divisions or branches -- used especially of the veins of a leaf.

27 May 2014deleterious
  • Harmful; destructive; pernicious.
15 Jan 2017delectation
  • Great pleasure; delight, enjoyment.
13 Jan 2017deipnosophist
  • Someone who is skilled in table talk.
31 May 2015deign
  • To think worthy; to condescend -- followed by an infinitive.
11 Jandefenestrate
  • To throw out of a window.

30 Mar 2015defenestrate
  • To throw out of a window.
20 Jul 2016debouch
  • To march out (as from a wood, defile, or other narrow or confined spot) into the open.
  • To emerge; to issue.
20 Nov 2014dapple
  • A small contrasting spot or blotch
15 Aug 2017dapple
  • 1. A small contrasting spot or blotch.
    2. A mottled appearance, especially of the coat of an animal (as a horse).

    transitive verb:
    1. To mark with patches of a color or shade; to spot.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To become dappled.

    adjective:
    1. Marked with contrasting patches or spots; dappled.

13 Mar 2015daedal
  • Cunningly or ingeniously formed or working; skillful; artistic; ingenious.
10 Febdaedal
  • 1. Complex or ingenious in form or function; intricate.
    2. Skillful; artistic; ingenious.
    3. Rich; adorned with many things.

22 May 2014cynosure
  • Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
  • That which serves to guide or direct.
  • [Capitalized]. The northern constellation Ursa Minor, which contains the North Star; also, the North Star itself.
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.

10 Jul 2014cursory
  • Hastily or superficially performed.
20 May 2014cupidity
  • Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.
22 Febcupidity
  • Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.

14 Jancum
  • With; along with; combined with; -- often used in combination.

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