Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
21 Jan 2015dour
  • : stubbornly unyielding; as, "dour determination"
  • : harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance; as, "a dour, self-sacrificing life"
  • : showing a brooding ill humor; as, "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"
20 Jan 2015eleemosynary
  • Relating to charity, alms, or alms-giving; intended for the distribution of charity; as, ``an eleemosynary corporation.''
  • Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, ``eleemosynary assistance''
  • Supported by charity; as, ``eleemosynary poor.''
19 Jan 2015colloquial
  • characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation; "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"; "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of colloquial English"; hence, unstudied; informal; as, colloquial phrases; a colloquial style.
18 Jan 2015innocuous
  • Harmless; producing no ill effect
17 Jan 2015stoic
  • . Stoic. Philosophy. A disciple of the philosopher Zeno; one of a Greek sect which held that men should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and should submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity, by which all things are governed.
  • . Hence, a person not easily excited; an apathetic person; one who is apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain.
16 Jan 2015solace
  • . To cheer in grief or under calamity; to comfort; to relieve in affliction, solitude, or discomfort; to console; -- applied to persons; as, to solace one with the hope of future reward.
  • . To allay; to assuage; to soothe; as, to solace grief.
15 Jan 2015jovial
  • merry; joyous; jolly; mirth-inspiring; characterized by mirth or jollity; as, a jovial youth; a jovial company; a jovial poem.
14 Jan 2015ascribe
  • . To attribute, as to a cause; as, ``his death was ascribed to a poison''; ``they ascribed the poor harvest to drought.''
  • . To attribute, as a quality; to consider or allege to belong; as, ``ascribed jealousy to the critics.''
13 Jan 2015verbiage
12 Jan 2015insouciant
  • marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant; as, "an elegantly insouciant manner"
    --insouciance, noun
11 Jan 2015superfluous
  • more than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive
    -- SUPERFLUOUSLY, adverb
10 Jan 2015aberrant
  • markedly different from an accepted norm; as, "aberrant behavior"
9 Jan 2015raucous
  • 1. unpleasantly loud and harsh; strident.
    2. disturbing the public peace; loud and rough.

8 Jan 2015genial
  • Contributing to, and sympathizing with, the enjoyment of life; sympathetically cheerful and cheering; jovial and inspiring joy or happiness; exciting pleasure and sympathy; enlivening; kindly; as, ``she was of a cheerful and genial disposition.''

7 Jan 2015melee
  • A fight in which the combatants are mingled in one confused mass; a hand to hand conflict; an affray.
6 Jan 2015antediluvian
  • 1: of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood
    2: so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; as, ``antediluvian ideas''
    1: one who lived before the Deluge
    2: a very old (or old-fashioned) person
5 Jan 2015listless
  • Having no desire or inclination; indifferent; heedless; spiritless.
    --LISTLESSLY, adverb -- LISTLESSNESS, noun
4 Jan 2015numismatics
  • the collection and study of money (and coins in particular).
3 Jan 2015requisite
  • required by the nature of things, or by circumstances; necessary, indispensable -- noun: that which is required, or is necessary; something indispensable
2 Jan 2015comestible
  • Suitable to be eaten; eatable; esculent -- noun: Something suitable to be eaten; -- usually in the plural.
1 Jan 2015bestow
  • To give or confer; to impart; -- with on or upon.

31 Dec 2014grok
  • To understand, especially in a profound and intimate way. Slang.
30 Dec 2014tittle-tattle
  • Idle, trifling talk; empty prattle.
  • An idle, trifling talker; a gossip.
29 Dec 2014eke
  • To increase; to add to; to augment; -- now usually used with out, the notion conveyed being ``to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition''
28 Dec 2014avarice
  • an excessive desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
27 Dec 2014comity
  • a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect.
26 Dec 2014gnomic
25 Dec 2014torrid
  • : Violenty hot; drying or scorching with heat; burning; parching; as, ``torrid heat''
  • : characterized by intense emotion; as, ``a torrid love affair''
  • : emotionally charged and vigorously energetic; as, ``a torrid dance''
24 Dec 2014trepidation
  • . An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering.
  • . Hence, a state of terror or alarm; fear; confusion; fright; as, the men were in great trepidation.
23 Dec 2014Whig
  • (in American History)
    (a) A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; -- opposed to Tory, and Royalist.
    (b) One of the political party in the United States from about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the Democratic party.
22 Dec 2014verdant
  • . Covered with growing plants or grass; green; fresh; flourishing; as, verdant fields; as, ``a verdant lawn.''
  • . Unripe in knowledge or judgment; unsophisticated; raw; green; as, ``a verdant youth.''
21 Dec 2014Brobdingnagian
  • Colossal; of extraordinary height; gigantic. -- as a noun: a giant. [Often misspelt Brobdignagian.]
20 Dec 2014sublunary
  • situated between the earth and the moon; situated beneath the moon
  • of this earth; of or pertaining to this world; terrestrial; earthly.

19 Dec 2014bandog
  • A mastiff or other large and fierce dog, usually kept chained or tied up.
18 Dec 2014scion
  • (Botany)
    (a) A shoot or sprout of a plant
    (b) A piece of a slender branch or twig cut for grafting
    2. Hence, a descendant; an heir; as, ``a scion of a royal stock''
17 Dec 2014desultory
  • Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence; disconnected; immethodical; aimless; as, ``desultory thoughts''
  • Out of course; by the way; as a digression; not connected with the subject; as, ``a desultory remark''
16 Dec 2014slugabed
  • a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour; one who indulges in lying abed; a sluggard.
15 Dec 2014aestival
  • To spend the summer.
  • (of animals) To pass the summer in a state of torpor.
14 Dec 2014lexicon
  • A vocabulary, or book containing an alphabetical arrangement of the words in a language or of a considerable number of them, with the definition of each; a dictionary; especially, a dictionary of the Greek, Hebrew, or Latin language.
13 Dec 2014gamut
  • : a complete extent or range; as, ``a face that expressed a gamut of emotions''
  • : the entire scale of musical notes
12 Dec 2014junta
  • a council; a convention; a tribunal; an assembly;  especially: a clique that seeks or obtains power usually through intrigue or revolution
11 Dec 2014virtu
  • love of or taste for fine objects of art
  • artistic quality
  • productions of art (especially fine antiques)
10 Dec 2014vexillology
  • the study of flags
9 Dec 2014taw
  • a large marble used for shooting in the game of marbles
8 Dec 2014chichi
  • affectedly trendy
7 Dec 2014arbitrage
  • arbitrage \AHR-buh-trahzh\, noun:
  • arbitrage, verb:
6 Dec 2014agog
  • in eager desire; eager; highly excited; astir

5 Dec 2014inclement
  • Physically severe or harsh (generally restricted to the elements or weather); rough; boisterous; stormy; rigorously cold, etc.
  • Not clement; destitute of a mild and kind temper; void of tenderness; unmerciful; severe; harsh.
4 Dec 2014regale
  • regale\ri-GAY(uh)L\, verb:
  • regale, noun:
3 Dec 2014knell
  • The stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively, a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything.
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