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DateWord Description
29 Jan 2014desideratum
  • Something desired or considered necessary.
18 Dec 2013descry
  • To catch sight of, especially something distant or obscure; to discern.
  • To discover by observation; to detect.
7 Nov 2014descant
  • (Music) (a) A melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor. (b) The upper voice in part music.
  • A discourse or discussion on a theme.
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.

19 Febderogate
  • 1. To deviate from what is expected.
    2. To take away; to detract; -- usually with 'from'.

    transitive verb:
    1. To disparage or belittle; to denigrate.

2 Oct 2015derogate
  • To deviate from what is expected.
  • To take away; to detract; -- usually with from.
2 Sep 2014deride
  • To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.
16 Jun 2017deride
  • To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.

26 May 2016deracinate
  • To pluck up by the roots; to uproot; to extirpate.
  • To displace from one's native or accustomed environment.
18 Mar 2014depredation
  • An act of plundering or despoiling; a raid.
  • [Plural] Destructive operations; ravages.
12 Aprdepredation
  • 1. An act of plundering or despoiling; a raid.
    2. [Plural] Destructive operations; ravages.

17 Nov 2014deprecate
  • to disapprove of strongly; deplore 2: belittle; "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts" 3 archaic: To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer
28 Mar 2016denouement
  • The final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work.
  • The outcome of a complex sequence of events.
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.
4 Jundenizen
  • 1. A dweller; an inhabitant.
    2. One that frequents a particular place.
    3. [Chiefly British] An alien granted certain rights of citizenship.
    4. An animal, plant, etc. that has become naturalized.

28 Aug 2016demur
  • To object; to take exception.
  • To delay.
  • Delay.
19 Jun 2017demagogue
  • 1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
    2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.

23 Feb 2014demagogue
  • A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
  • A leader of the common people in ancient times.
17 Jul 2014deliquesce
  • To melt away or to disappear as if by melting.
  • (Chemistry) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
  • To become fluid or soft with age, as certain fungi.
  • To form many small divisions or branches -- used especially of the veins of a leaf.
1 Jul 2017deliquesce
  • 1. To melt away or to disappear as if by melting.
    2. (Chemistry) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
    3. To become fluid or soft with age, as certain fungi.
    4. To form many small divisions or branches -- used especially of the veins of a leaf.

27 May 2014deleterious
  • Harmful; destructive; pernicious.
15 Jan 2017delectation
  • Great pleasure; delight, enjoyment.
13 Jan 2017deipnosophist
  • Someone who is skilled in table talk.
31 May 2015deign
  • To think worthy; to condescend -- followed by an infinitive.
11 Jandefenestrate
  • To throw out of a window.

30 Mar 2015defenestrate
  • To throw out of a window.
20 Jul 2016debouch
  • To march out (as from a wood, defile, or other narrow or confined spot) into the open.
  • To emerge; to issue.
20 Nov 2014dapple
  • A small contrasting spot or blotch
15 Aug 2017dapple
  • 1. A small contrasting spot or blotch.
    2. A mottled appearance, especially of the coat of an animal (as a horse).

    transitive verb:
    1. To mark with patches of a color or shade; to spot.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To become dappled.

    adjective:
    1. Marked with contrasting patches or spots; dappled.

13 Mar 2015daedal
  • Cunningly or ingeniously formed or working; skillful; artistic; ingenious.
10 Febdaedal
  • 1. Complex or ingenious in form or function; intricate.
    2. Skillful; artistic; ingenious.
    3. Rich; adorned with many things.

22 May 2014cynosure
  • Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
  • That which serves to guide or direct.
  • [Capitalized]. The northern constellation Ursa Minor, which contains the North Star; also, the North Star itself.
8 Oct 2017cynosure
  • 1. Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
    2. That which serves to guide or direct.
    3. [Capitalized]. The northern constellation Ursa Minor, which contains the North Star; also, the North Star itself.

2 Maycursory
  • Hastily or superficially performed.

10 Jul 2014cursory
  • Hastily or superficially performed.
20 May 2014cupidity
  • Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.
22 Febcupidity
  • Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.

14 Jancum
  • With; along with; combined with; -- often used in combination.

15 Dec 2016cum
  • With; along with; combined with; -- often used in combination.
22 Apr 2016cudgel
  • A short heavy stick used as a weapon; a club.
5 May 2016crux
  • The basic, central, or critical point or feature.
  • Anything that is very puzzling or difficult to explain or solve.
29 Aug 2014crepuscular
  • Pertaining to twilight; glimmering; hence, imperfectly clear or luminous.
  • (Zoology) Flying in the twilight or evening, or before sunrise; -- said certain birds and insects.
3 Sep 2017crepuscular
  • 1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim.
    2. (Zoology) Appearing or active at twilight.

26 Aug 2015credulous
  • Ready or inclined to believe on slight or uncertain evidence.
  • Based on or proceeding from credulity.
20 Dec 2017crapulous
  • 1. Suffering the effects of, or derived from, or suggestive of gross intemperance, especially in drinking; as, a crapulous stomach.
    2. Marked by gross intemperance, especially in drinking; as, a crapulous old reprobate.

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.
31 Dec 2016crabwise
  • Sideways.
  • In a cautiously indirect manner.
7 Jul 2015cozen
  • To cheat; to defraud; to beguile; to deceive.
  • To obtain by deceit.
9 May 2015coxcomb
  • obsolete. A cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red. (Now cockscomb).
  • archaic. The top of the head, or the head itself.
  • obsolete. A fool.
  • A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments; a dandy; a fop.
30 Nov 2013countervail
  • To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract.
  • To compensate for; to offset; to furnish or serve as an equivalent to.
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