Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
22 Apr 2017introspection
  • The act or process of self-examination; contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings; a looking inward.

23 Apr 2017malfeasance
  • Wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior, especially by a public official.

24 Apr 2017fealty
  • 1. Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord.
    2. The oath by which this obligation was assumed.
    3. Fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.

25 Apr 2017atelier
  • A workshop; a studio.

26 Apr 2017apparition
  • 1. A ghost; a specter; a phantom.
    2. The thing appearing; the sudden or unexpected appearance of something or somebody.
    3. The act of becoming visible; appearance.
    4. (Astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to occultation.

27 Apr 2017propinquity
  • 1. Nearness in place; proximity.
    2. Nearness in time.
    3. Nearness of relation; kinship.

28 Apr 2017ersatz
  • Being a substitute or imitation, usually an inferior one.

29 Apr 2017flummox
  • To confuse; to perplex.

30 Apr 2017iota
  • 1. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet, corresponding to the English i.
    2. A very small quantity or degree; a jot; a bit.

1 May 2017ennui
  • A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest; boredom.

2 May 2017assuage
  • 1. To make milder or less severe; to reduce the intensity of; to ease; to relieve.
    2. To appease; to satisfy.
    3. To soothe or calm; to pacify.

3 May 2017regale
  • 1. To entertain with something that delights.
    2. To entertain sumptuously with fine food and drink.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To feast.

    noun:
    1. A sumptuous feast.
    2. A choice food; a delicacy.
    3. Refreshment.

4 May 2017eke
  • 1. To gain or supplement with great effort or difficulty -- used with 'out'.
    2. To increase or make last by being economical -- used with 'out'.

5 May 2017badinage
  • Light, playful talk; banter.

6 May 2017indelible
  • 1. That cannot be removed, erased, or washed away.
    2. Making marks that cannot easily be removed or erased.
    3. Incapable of being forgotten; memorable.

7 May 2017volte-face
  • An about-face; a reversal, as in policy or opinion.

8 May 2017kismet
  • Destiny; fate.

9 May 2017refulgent
  • Shining brightly; radiant; brilliant; resplendent.

10 May 2017caesura
  • 1. A break or pause in a line of verse, usually occurring in the middle of a line, and indicated in scanning by a double vertical line; for example, "The proper study || of mankind is man" [Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man].
    2. Any break, pause, or interruption.

11 May 2017wastrel
  • 1. A person who wastes, especially one who squanders money; a spendthrift.
    2. An idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing.

12 May 2017circumlocution
  • The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language.

13 May 2017Zeitgeist
  • [Often capitalized] The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.

14 May 2017affable
  • 1. Easy to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner.
    2. Gracious; benign.

15 May 2017parsimonious
  • Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.

16 May 2017beholden
  • Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.

17 May 2017waylay
  • 1. To lie in wait for and attack from ambush.
    2. To approach or stop (someone) unexpectedly.

18 May 2017castigate
  • To punish severely; also, to chastise verbally; to rebuke; to criticize severely.

19 May 2017somniferous
  • Causing or inducing sleep.

20 May 2017captious
  • 1. Marked by a disposition to find fault or raise objections.
    2. Calculated to entrap or confuse, as in an argument.

21 May 2017sojourn
  • 1. To stay as a temporary resident; to dwell for a time.

    noun:
    1. A temporary stay.

22 May 2017nugatory
  • 1. Trifling; insignificant; inconsequential.
    2. Having no force; inoperative; ineffectual.

23 May 2017ubiquitous
  • Existing or being everywhere, or in all places, at the same time.

24 May 2017tryst
  • 1. An appointment (as between lovers) to meet; also, an appointed place or time of meeting.
    2. To mutually agree to meet at a certain place; to keep a tryst.

25 May 2017pari passu
  • At an equal pace or rate.

26 May 2017enmity
  • Hatred; ill will; hostile or unfriendly disposition.

27 May 2017numinous
  • 1. Of or pertaining to a numen; supernatural.
    2. Indicating or suggesting the presence of a god; divine; holy.
    3. Inspiring awe and reverence; spiritual.

28 May 2017dilatory
  • 1. Tending to put off what ought to be done at once; given to procrastination.
    2. Marked by procrastination or delay; intended to cause delay; -- said of actions or measures.

29 May 2017parley
  • A conference or discussion, especially with an enemy, as with regard to a truce or other matters.

30 May 2017ephemeral
  • 1. Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; as, an ephemeral flower.
    2. Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.

31 May 2017truculent
  • 1. Fierce; savage; ferocious; barbarous.
    2. Cruel; destructive; ruthless.

1 Jun 2017vicissitude
  • 1. Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
    2. Irregular change; revolution; mutation.
    3. A change in condition or fortune; an instance of mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another).

2 Jun 2017schadenfreude
  • A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others.

3 Jun 2017tyro
  • A beginner in learning; a novice.

4 Jun 2017expatiate
  • 1. To speak or write at length or in considerable detail.
    2. To move about freely; to wander.

5 Jun 2017peccadillo
  • A slight offense; a petty fault.

6 Jun 2017bagatelle
  • 1. A trifle; a thing of little or no importance.
    2. A short, light musical or literary piece.
    3. A game played with a cue and balls on an oblong table having cups or arches at one end.

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.

8 Jun 2017canorous
  • Richly melodious; pleasant sounding; musical.

9 Jun 2017unctuous
  • 1. Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.
    2. Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
    3. Insincerely or excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.

10 Jun 2017evanescent
  • Liable to vanish or pass away like vapor; fleeting.

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