Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
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.
30 Jun 2015flummox
  • To confuse; to perplex.
29 Jun 2015uxorious
  • Excessively fond of, or submissive to, a wife; being a dependent husband.
28 Jun 2015rapacious
  • Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force.
  • Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a rapacious bird.
  • Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious appetite.
27 Jun 2015febrile
  • Pertaining to fever; indicating fever, or derived from it; feverish; as, febrile symptoms; febrile action.
26 Jun 2015kitsch
  • Art characterized by pretentious bad taste.
25 Jun 2015abrogate
  • To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal; -- applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.
  • To put an end to; to do away with.
24 Jun 2015admonition
  • Gentle or friendly reproof; counseling against a fault or error; expression of authoritative advice; friendly caution or warning.
23 Jun 2015ruminate
  • To chew the cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed.
  • To think again and again; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to reflect.
22 Jun 2015scapegrace
  • A graceless, unprincipled person; one who is wild and reckless.
21 Jun 2015plangent
  • Beating with a loud or deep sound, as, "The plangent wave."
  • Expressing sadness; plaintive.
20 Jun 2015malodorous
  • Having a bad odor.
19 Jun 2015apothegm
  • A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim.
18 Jun 2015supernal
  • Being in a higher place or region; locally higher; as, supernal regions.
  • Relating or belonging to things above; celestial; heavenly; as, supernal grace.
17 Jun 2015harangue
  • A speech addressed to a large public assembly; a popular oration; a loud address a multitude; in a bad sense, a noisy or pompous speech; declamation; ranting.
16 Jun 2015sempiternal
  • Of never ending duration; everlasting; endless; having beginning, but no end.
15 Jun 2015masticate
  • 1. To grind or crush with or as if with the teeth in preparation for swallowing and digestion; to chew; as, "to masticate food."
    2. To crush or knead (rubber, for example) into a pulp.
14 Jun 2015physiognomy
  • The art of discovering temperament, and other characteristic qualities of the mind, by the outward appearance, especially by the features of the face.
  • The face or countenance, with respect to the temper of the mind; particular configuration, cast, or expression of countenance, as denoting character.
  • The general appearance or aspect of a thing, without reference to its scientific characteristics; as, the physiognomy of a plant, or of a meteor.
13 Jun 2015inamorata
  • A woman whom one is in love with; a mistress.
12 Jun 2015meretricious
  • Of or pertaining to prostitutes; having to do with prostitutes.
  • Alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental; tawdry; as, meretricious dress or ornaments.
11 Jun 2015quash
  • (Law) To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void; as, to quash an indictment.
  • To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely; as, to quash a rebellion.
10 Jun 2015vivify
  • To endue with life; to make to be living; to animate.
  • To make more lively or intense.
9 Jun 2015bravura
  • A florid, brilliant style of music, written for effect, to show the range and flexibility of a singer's voice, or the technical force and skill of a performer; virtuoso music.
  • A showy display.
8 Jun 2015anathema
  • A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. Hence: Denunciation of anything as accursed.
  • An imprecation; a curse; a malediction.
  • Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority.
  • Any person or thing that is intensely disliked.
7 Jun 2015sonorous
  • Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals.
  • Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice.
  • Yielding sound; characterized by sound; as, the vowels are sonorous.
  • Impressive in sound; high-sounding.
6 Jun 2015alacrity
  • A cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptitude; briskness; sprightliness; as, the soldiers advanced with alacrity to meet the enemy.
5 Jun 2015cognoscente
  • An expert in a certain field, especially in the fine arts; a connoisseur.
4 Jun 2015pejorative
  • Depreciatory; disparaging; unfavorable; belittling.
3 Jun 2015panache
  • Dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
  • A plume or bunch of feathers, esp. such a bunch worn on the helmet; any military plume, or ornamental group of feathers.
2 Jun 2015mawkish
  • Sickly or excessively sentimental.
  • Insipid in taste; nauseous; disgusting.
1 Jun 2015restive
  • Impatient under restriction, delay, coercion, or opposition; resisting control.
  • Unwilling to go on; obstinate in refusing to move forward; stubborn.
31 May 2015deign
  • To think worthy; to condescend -- followed by an infinitive.
30 May 2015portentous
  • Foreboding; foreshadowing, especially foreshadowing ill; ominous.
  • Marvelous; prodigious; wonderful; as, a beast of portentous size.
  • Pompous.
29 May 2015inveigle
  • To lead astray as if blind; to persuade by deceptive arts or flattery; to entice; to wheedle.
28 May 2015ephemeral
  • Beginning and ending in a day; existing only, or no longer than, a day; as, an ephemeral flower.
  • Short-lived; existing or continuing for a short time only.
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