|18 Aug 2015||milieu|
|17 Aug 2015||largess|
- Generous giving (as of gifts or money), especially when accompanied by condescension.
- A present; a gift; a bounty bestowed.
- Generosity of spirit or attitude.
|16 Aug 2015||expunge|
- To blot out, as with pen; to rub out; to obliterate; to strike out wholly; as, to expunge words, lines, or sentences.
- To strike out; to wipe out or destroy; to annihilate; as, to expunge an offense.
|15 Aug 2015||variegated|
- Having marks or patches of different colors; as, variegated leaves, or flowers.
- Varied; distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified.
|14 Aug 2015||truckle|
To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to act in a subservient manner.
|13 Aug 2015||dilettante|
- An admirer or lover of the fine arts.
- An amateur; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge sporadically, superficially, or for amusement only.
|12 Aug 2015||excoriate|
- To express strong disapproval of; to censure scathingly; to denounce.
- To flay; to strip, scratch, or peel off the skin of; to
abrade; to chafe.
|11 Aug 2015||ascetic|
One who renounces material comforts and practices extreme self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
|10 Aug 2015||rusticate|
- To require or compel to reside in the country; to banish or send away temporarily; to impose rustication on.
- (Chiefly British). To suspend from school or college.
- To build with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints.
- To lend a rustic character to; to cause to become rustic.
|9 Aug 2015||dudgeon|
A state or fit of intense indignation; resentment; ill will; anger; displeasure (often used in the phrase "in high dudgeon.")
|8 Aug 2015||avoirdupois|
- Avoirdupois weight (see below).
- Weight; heaviness; as, a person of much avoirdupois.
|7 Aug 2015||verisimilitude|
- The appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true.
- Something that has the appearance of being true or real.
|6 Aug 2015||termagant|
A scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman; a shrew.
|6 Aug 2015||consanguineous|
Of the same blood; related by birth; descended from the same parent or ancestor.
|5 Aug 2015||palaver|
- Talk; conversation; especially:
- A parley usually between persons of different backgrounds or cultures or levels of sophistication; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation.
|4 Aug 2015||disparate|
- Fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind; as, "such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing"; "disparate ideas."
- Composed of or including markedly dissimilar elements; as, "a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers."
|3 Aug 2015||fustian|
- A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc.
- An inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high-sounding words are used, above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; bombast; pompous or pretentious language.
|2 Aug 2015||gauche|
Lacking social polish; tactless; awkward; clumsy.
|1 Aug 2015||verbose|
Abounding in words; using or containing more words than are necessary; tedious by an excess of words; wordy; as, a verbose speaker; a verbose argument.
|31 Jul 2015||megalomania|
- A mania for grandiose or extravagant things or actions.
- A mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.
|30 Jul 2015||equanimity|
Evenness of mind; that calm temper or firmness of mind which is not easily elated or depressed; patience; calmness; composure; as, to bear misfortunes with equanimity.
|29 Jul 2015||crapulous|
- Suffering the effects of, or derived from, or suggestive of gross intemperance, especially in drinking; as, a crapulous stomach.
- Marked by gross intemperance, especially in drinking; as, a crapulous old reprobate.
|28 Jul 2015||lucubration|
- The act of studying by candlelight; nocturnal study; meditation.
- That which is composed by night; that which is produced by meditation in retirement; hence (loosely) any literary composition.
|27 Jul 2015||otiose|
- Ineffective; futile.
- Being at leisure; lazy; indolent; idle.
- Of no use.
|26 Jul 2015||impervious|
- /b> Not admitting of entrance or passage through; impenetrable.
- Not capable of being affected.
|25 Jul 2015||asperity|
- Roughness of surface; unevenness.
- Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon
- Roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness. "Asperity of character." --Landor.
|24 Jul 2015||toothsome|
- Delicious to the taste; palatable; luscious: as, a toothsome pie.
- Agreeable; attractive: as, a toothsome offer.
- Sexually attractive.
|23 Jul 2015||ululate|
To howl, as a dog or a wolf; to wail; as, ululating jackals.
|22 Jul 2015||miasma|
- Infectious particles or germs floating in the air; air made noxious by the presence of such particles or germs; noxious effluvia.
- A harmful or corrupting atmosphere or influence; also, an atmosphere that obscures; a fog.
|21 Jul 2015||simulacrum|
- An image; a representation.
- An insubstantial, superficial, or vague likeness or semblance.
|20 Jul 2015||quandary|
A state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty.
|19 Jul 2015||libation|
- The act of pouring a liquid or liquor, usually wine, either on the ground or on a victim in sacrifice, in honor of some deity; also, the wine or liquid thus poured out.
- /b> A beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage.
|18 Jul 2015||prevaricate|
To stray from truth; to speak with equivocation.
|17 Jul 2015||recumbent|
Reclining; lying down; as, "the recumbent posture of the Romans at their meals." Hence, figuratively, resting; inactive; idle.
|16 Jul 2015||tractable|
Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile; manageable;
governable; as, tractable children; a tractable learner.
|15 Jul 2015||hoary|
- White or gray with age; as, hoary hairs.
- Hence, ancient; extremely old; remote in time past.
|14 Jul 2015||opprobrium|
Disgrace; infamy; reproach mingled with contempt.
|13 Jul 2015||tergiversation|
- The act of practicing evasion or of being deliberately ambiguous; subterfuge; evasion.
- The act of abandoning a party or cause.
|12 Jul 2015||perfidy|
The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow; faithlessness; treachery.
|11 Jul 2015||cacophony|
- Harsh or discordant sound; dissonance.
- The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition.
|10 Jul 2015||jejune|
- Lacking in nutritive value.
- Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; childish.
- Lacking interest or significance; dull; meager; dry.
|9 Jul 2015||recrudescent|
Breaking out again after temporary abatement or suppression; as, a
|8 Jul 2015||perfervid|
Very fervid; too fervid; ardent; impassioned; marked by exaggerated or overwrought emotion.
|7 Jul 2015||cozen|
- To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive.
- To obtain by deceit.
|6 Jul 2015||obtrude|
- To thrust out; to push out.
- To force or impose (one's self, remarks, opinions, etc.) on others with undue insistence or without solicitation.
|5 Jul 2015||inimical|
- Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly;
- Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic;
inconsistent; incompatible; adverse; repugnant.
|4 Jul 2015||improvident|
Not provident; lacking foresight or forethought; not foreseeing or
providing for the future; negligent; thoughtless.
|3 Jul 2015||palliate|
- To cover with excuses; to conceal the enormity of, by excuses and apologies; to extenuate; as, to palliate faults.
- To reduce in violence; to lessen or abate; to mitigate; as, to palliate a disease.
|2 Jul 2015||denizen|
- 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.
|1 Jul 2015||turgid|
- Distended beyond the natural state by some internal agent or expansive force; swollen; bloated; inflated -- especially applied to an enlarged part of the body; as, a turgid limb; turgid fruit.
- Swelling in style or language; bombastic; pompous; as, a turgid style of speaking.