Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
21 Jun 2014torpid
  • Having lost motion or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed.
  • Dormant; hibernating or estivating.
  • Dull; sluggish; apathetic.
20 Jun 2014camarilla
  • A group of secret and often scheming advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique.
19 Jun 2014roseate
  • Overly optimistic; bright or cheerful.
  • Resembling a rose especially in color.
18 Jun 2014fanfaronade
  • Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.
  • Fanfare.
17 Jun 2014relegate
  • To assign to an inferior position, place, or condition.
  • To assign to an appropriate category or class.
  • To assign or refer (a matter or task, for example) to another for appropriate action.
  • To send into exile; to banish.
16 Jun 2014quorum
  • Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business.
  • A select group.
15 Jun 2014diaphanous
  • Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
  • Vague; insubstantial.
14 Jun 2014peregrination
  • A traveling from place to place; a wandering.
13 Jun 2014factotum
  • A person employed to do all kinds of work or business.
12 Jun 2014equivocate
  • To be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or to avoid committing oneself to anything definite.
11 Jun 2014intractable
  • Not easily governed, managed, or directed; stubborn; obstinate; as, "an intractable child."
  • Not easily wrought or manipulated; as, "intractable materials."
  • Not easily remedied, relieved, or dealt with; as, "intractable problems."
10 Jun 2014malfeasance
  • Wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior, especially by a public official.
9 Jun 2014disconcert
  • To disturb the composure of.
  • To throw into disorder or confusion; as, "the emperor disconcerted the plans of his enemy."
8 Jun 2014busker
  • A person who entertains (as by playing music) in public places.
7 Jun 2014importunate
  • Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.
6 Jun 2014apostasy
  • Total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.
5 Jun 2014bumptious
  • Crudely, presumptuously, or loudly self-assertive.
4 Jun 2014immure
  • To enclose within walls, or as if within walls; hence, to shut up; to imprison; to incarcerate.
  • To build into a wall.
  • To entomb in a wall.
3 Jun 2014coeval
  • Of the same age; originating or existing during the same period of time -- usually followed by 'with'.
2 Jun 2014prelapsarian
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of the time or state before the Fall.
1 Jun 2014monomania
  • Pathological obsession with a single subject or idea.
  • Excessive concentration of interest upon one particular subject or idea.
31 May 2014lineament
  • One of the outlines, exterior features, or distinctive marks of a body or figure, particularly of the face.
  • A distinguishing or characteristic feature; -- usually in the plural.
30 May 2014extirpate
  • To pull up by the stem or root.
  • To destroy completely.
  • To remove by surgery.
29 May 2014pari passu
  • At an equal pace or rate.
28 May 2014temerity
  • Unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger; rashness.
27 May 2014deleterious
  • Harmful; destructive; pernicious.
26 May 2014sesquipedalian
  • Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
  • Long and ponderous; having many syllables.
25 May 2014ribald
  • Characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor; coarse.
24 May 2014concomitant
  • Accompanying; attendant; occurring or existing concurrently.
23 May 2014refulgent
  • Shining brightly; radiant; brilliant; resplendent.
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.
21 May 2014intransigent
  • Refusing to compromise; uncompromising.
20 May 2014cupidity
  • Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.
19 May 2014afflatus
  • A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
18 May 2014facetious
  • Given to jesting; playfully jocular.
  • Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious.
17 May 2014wastrel
  • A person who wastes, especially one who squanders money; a spendthrift.
  • An idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing.
16 May 2014nadir
  • [Astronomy]. The point of the celestial sphere directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer.
  • The lowest point; the time of greatest depression or adversity.
15 May 2014hirsute
  • Covered with hair; set with bristles; shaggy; hairy.
14 May 2014appurtenance
  • An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
  • [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
  • [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.
13 May 2014polymath
  • A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
12 May 2014sobriquet
  • A nickname; an assumed name; an epithet.
11 May 2014moribund
  • In a dying state; dying; at the point of death.
  • Becoming obsolete or inactive.
10 May 2014persiflage
  • Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery.
9 May 2014diffident
  • Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
  • Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
8 May 2014turpitude
  • Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; depravity.
  • A base act.
7 May 2014rara avis
  • BR> A rare or unique person or thing.
6 May 2014perspicacity
  • Clearness of understanding or insight; penetration, discernment.
5 May 2014aesthete
  • One having or affecting great sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.
4 May 2014sojourn
  • To stay as a temporary resident; to dwell for a time.
3 May 2014laudable
  • Worthy of praise; commendable.
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