Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
18 Aug 2015milieu
  • Environment; setting.
17 Aug 2015largess
  • 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 2015expunge
  • 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 2015variegated
  • Having marks or patches of different colors; as, variegated leaves, or flowers.
  • Varied; distinguished or characterized by variety; diversified.
14 Aug 2015truckle
  • To yield or bend obsequiously to the will of another; to act in a subservient manner.
13 Aug 2015dilettante
  • 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 2015excoriate
  • 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 2015ascetic
  • One who renounces material comforts and practices extreme self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
10 Aug 2015rusticate
  • 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 2015dudgeon
  • A state or fit of intense indignation; resentment; ill will; anger; displeasure (often used in the phrase "in high dudgeon.")
8 Aug 2015avoirdupois
  • Avoirdupois weight (see below).
  • Weight; heaviness; as, a person of much avoirdupois.
7 Aug 2015verisimilitude
  • The appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true.
  • Something that has the appearance of being true or real.
6 Aug 2015termagant
  • A scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman; a shrew.
6 Aug 2015consanguineous
  • Of the same blood; related by birth; descended from the same parent or ancestor.
5 Aug 2015palaver
  • 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 2015disparate
  • 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 2015fustian
  • 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 2015gauche
  • Lacking social polish; tactless; awkward; clumsy.
1 Aug 2015verbose
  • 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 2015megalomania
  • A mania for grandiose or extravagant things or actions.
  • A mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.
30 Jul 2015equanimity
  • 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 2015crapulous
  • 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 2015lucubration
  • 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 2015otiose
  • Ineffective; futile.
  • Being at leisure; lazy; indolent; idle.
  • Of no use.
26 Jul 2015impervious
  • /b> Not admitting of entrance or passage through; impenetrable.
  • Not capable of being affected.
25 Jul 2015asperity
  • Roughness of surface; unevenness.
  • Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear.
  • Roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness. "Asperity of character." --Landor.
24 Jul 2015toothsome
  • Delicious to the taste; palatable; luscious: as, a toothsome pie.
  • Agreeable; attractive: as, a toothsome offer.
  • Sexually attractive.
23 Jul 2015ululate
  • To howl, as a dog or a wolf; to wail; as, ululating jackals.
22 Jul 2015miasma
  • 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 2015simulacrum
  • An image; a representation.
  • An insubstantial, superficial, or vague likeness or semblance.
20 Jul 2015quandary
  • A state of difficulty or perplexity; doubt; uncertainty.
19 Jul 2015libation
  • 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 2015prevaricate
  • To stray from truth; to speak with equivocation.
17 Jul 2015recumbent
  • Reclining; lying down; as, "the recumbent posture of the Romans at their meals." Hence, figuratively, resting; inactive; idle.
16 Jul 2015tractable
  • Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile; manageable; governable; as, tractable children; a tractable learner.
15 Jul 2015hoary
  • White or gray with age; as, hoary hairs.
  • Hence, ancient; extremely old; remote in time past.
14 Jul 2015opprobrium
  • Disgrace; infamy; reproach mingled with contempt.
13 Jul 2015tergiversation
  • The act of practicing evasion or of being deliberately ambiguous; subterfuge; evasion.
  • The act of abandoning a party or cause.
12 Jul 2015perfidy
  • The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow; faithlessness; treachery.
11 Jul 2015cacophony
  • Harsh or discordant sound; dissonance.
  • The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition.
10 Jul 2015jejune
  • Lacking in nutritive value.
  • Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; childish.
  • Lacking interest or significance; dull; meager; dry.
9 Jul 2015recrudescent
  • Breaking out again after temporary abatement or suppression; as, a recrudescent epidemic.
8 Jul 2015perfervid
  • Very fervid; too fervid; ardent; impassioned; marked by exaggerated or overwrought emotion.
7 Jul 2015cozen
  • To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive.
  • To obtain by deceit.
6 Jul 2015obtrude
  • 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 2015inimical
  • Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable.
  • Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic; inconsistent; incompatible; adverse; repugnant.
4 Jul 2015improvident
  • Not provident; lacking foresight or forethought; not foreseeing or providing for the future; negligent; thoughtless.
3 Jul 2015palliate
  • 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 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.
1 Jul 2015turgid
  • 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.
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