Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
27 May 2014deleterious
  • Harmful; destructive; pernicious.
26 May 2014sesquipedalian
  • Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
  • Long and ponderous; having many syllables.
25 May 2014ribald
  • Characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor; coarse.
24 May 2014concomitant
  • Accompanying; attendant; occurring or existing concurrently.
23 May 2014refulgent
  • Shining brightly; radiant; brilliant; resplendent.
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.
21 May 2014intransigent
  • Refusing to compromise; uncompromising.
20 May 2014cupidity
  • Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.
19 May 2014afflatus
  • A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
18 May 2014facetious
  • Given to jesting; playfully jocular.
  • Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious.
17 May 2014wastrel
  • A person who wastes, especially one who squanders money; a spendthrift.
  • An idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing.
16 May 2014nadir
  • [Astronomy]. The point of the celestial sphere directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer.
  • The lowest point; the time of greatest depression or adversity.
15 May 2014hirsute
  • Covered with hair; set with bristles; shaggy; hairy.
14 May 2014appurtenance
  • An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
  • [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
  • [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.
13 May 2014polymath
  • A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
12 May 2014sobriquet
  • A nickname; an assumed name; an epithet.
11 May 2014moribund
  • In a dying state; dying; at the point of death.
  • Becoming obsolete or inactive.
10 May 2014persiflage
  • Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery.
9 May 2014diffident
  • Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
  • Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
8 May 2014turpitude
  • Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; depravity.
  • A base act.
7 May 2014rara avis
  • BR> A rare or unique person or thing.
6 May 2014perspicacity
  • Clearness of understanding or insight; penetration, discernment.
5 May 2014aesthete
  • One having or affecting great sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.
4 May 2014sojourn
  • To stay as a temporary resident; to dwell for a time.
3 May 2014laudable
  • Worthy of praise; commendable.
2 May 2014rubicund
  • Inclining to redness; ruddy; red.
1 May 2014acrid
  • Sharp and harsh, or bitter to the taste or smell; pungent.
  • Caustic in language or tone; bitter.
30 Apr 2014garrulous
  • Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative.
  • Wordy.
29 Apr 2014ennui
  • A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest; boredom.
28 Apr 2014penchant
  • Inclination; decided taste; a strong liking.
27 Apr 2014exacerbate
  • To render more severe, violent, or bitter; to irritate; to aggravate; to make worse.
26 Apr 2014kismet
  • Destiny; fate.
25 Apr 2014tortuous
  • Marked by repeated turns and bends; as, "a tortuous road up the mountain."
  • Not straightforward; devious; as, "his tortuous reasoning."
  • Highly involved or intricate; as, "tortuous legal procedures."
24 Apr 2014platitude
  • Staleness of ideas or language; triteness.
  • A thought or remark that is banal, trite, or stale.
23 Apr 2014kvetch
  • A complaint.
  • A habitual complainer.
22 Apr 2014chagrin
  • Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.
21 Apr 2014ameliorate
  • To make better; to improve.
20 Apr 2014ablution
  • The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it (as in a religious rite).
  • The water used in cleansing.
19 Apr 2014chary
  • Wary; cautious.
  • Not giving or expending freely; sparing.
18 Apr 2014bete noire
  • Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.
17 Apr 2014autodidact
  • One who is self-taught.
16 Apr 2014rapine
  • The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of another's property by force.
15 Apr 2014acumen
  • Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.
14 Apr 2014dilatory
  • Tending to put off what ought to be done at once; given to procrastination.
  • Marked by procrastination or delay; intended to cause delay; -- said of actions or measures.
13 Apr 2014cogitate
  • To think deeply or intently; to ponder; to meditate.
12 Apr 2014fulminate
  • To issue or utter verbal attacks or censures authoritatively or menacingly.
  • To explode; to detonate.
11 Apr 2014purblind
  • Having greatly reduced vision.
  • Lacking in insight or discernment.
10 Apr 2014pugnacious
  • Inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.
9 Apr 2014Zeitgeist
  • (Often capitalized) The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.
8 Apr 2014lambent
  • Playing lightly on or over a surface; flickering; as, "a lambent flame; lambent shadows."
  • Softly bright or radiant; luminous; as, "a lambent light."
  • Light and brilliant; as, "a lambent style; lambent wit."
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