Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
11 Jun 2017venial
  • Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.

12 Jun 2017capacious
  • Able to contain much; roomy; spacious.

13 Jun 2017trammel
  • 1. A kind of net for catching birds, fish, etc.
    2. A kind of shackle used for making a horse amble.
    3. Something that impedes activity, progress, or freedom, as a net or shackle.
    4. An iron hook of various forms and sizes, used for handing kettles and other vessels over the fire.
    5. An instrument for drawing ellipses.
    6. An instrument for aligning or adjusting parts of a machine.

    transitive verb:
    1. To entangle, as in a net; to enmesh.
    2. To hamper; to hinder the activity, progress, or freedom of.

14 Jun 2017busker
  • A person who entertains (as by playing music) in public places.

15 Jun 2017sybarite
  • A person devoted to luxury and pleasure.

16 Jun 2017deride
  • To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.

17 Jun 2017cavil
  • 1. To raise trivial or frivolous objections; to find fault without good reason.

    transitive verb:
    1. To raise trivial objections to.

    1. A trivial or frivolous objection.

18 Jun 2017farrago
  • A confused mixture; an assortment; a medley.

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.

20 Jun 2017quaff
  • 1. To drink with relish; to drink copiously of; to swallow in large draughts.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To drink largely or luxuriously.

    1. A drink quaffed.

21 Jun 2017hirsute
  • Covered with hair; set with bristles; shaggy; hairy.

22 Jun 2017tenebrous
  • Dark; gloomy.

23 Jun 2017ostentation
  • Excessive or pretentious display; boastful showiness.

24 Jun 2017officious
  • Marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome.

25 Jun 2017afflatus
  • A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.

26 Jun 2017quorum
  • 1. Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business.
    2. A select group.

27 Jun 2017hauteur
  • Haughty manner, spirit, or bearing; haughtiness; arrogance.

28 Jun 2017xenophobia
  • Fear or hatred of strangers, people from other countries, or of anything that is strange or foreign.

29 Jun 2017bacchanalia
  • 1. (plural, capitalized) The ancient Roman festival in honor of Bacchus, celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.
    2. A riotous, boisterous, or drunken festivity; a revel.

30 Jun 2017immure
  • 1. To enclose within walls, or as if within walls; hence, to shut up; to imprison; to incarcerate.
    2. To build into a wall.
    3. To entomb in a wall.

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.

2 Jul 2017capitulate
  • To surrender under agreed conditions.

3 Jul 2017adventitious
  • 1. Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
    2. (Biology) Out of the proper or usual place; as, "adventitious buds or roots."

4 Jul 2017modicum
  • A small or moderate or token amount.

5 Jul 2017fetid
  • Having an offensive smell; stinking.

6 Jul 2017gimcrack
  • 1. A showy but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw.

    1. Tastelessly showy; cheap; gaudy.

7 Jul 2017banal
  • Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.

8 Jul 2017halcyon
  • 1. A kingfisher.
    2. A mythical bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was fabled to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation.

    1. Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy; as, "deep, halcyon repose."
    2. Marked by peace and prosperity; as, "halcyon years."

9 Jul 2017adamant
  • Not capable of being swayed by pleas, appeals, or reason; not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.

10 Jul 2017jocund
  • Full of or expressing high-spirited merriment; light-hearted; mirthful.

11 Jul 2017segue
  • 1. To proceed without interruption; to make a smooth transition.

    1. An instance or act of segueing; a smooth transition.

12 Jul 2017puerile
  • Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; juvenile; childish.

13 Jul 2017nadir
  • 1. [Astronomy]. The point of the celestial sphere directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer.
    2. The lowest point; the time of greatest depression or adversity.

14 Jul 2017effulgence
  • The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.

15 Jul 2017inchoate
  • 1. In an initial or early stage; just begun.
    2. Imperfectly formed or formulated.

16 Jul 2017beneficence
  • 1. The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.
    2. A charitable gift or act.

17 Jul 2017sempiternal
  • Of never ending duration; having beginning but no end; everlasting; endless.

18 Jul 2017onus
  • 1. A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.
    2. a: A stigma. b: Blame.
    3. The burden of proof.

19 Jul 2017abstemious
  • 1. Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; abstinent.
    2. Sparingly used or consumed; used with temperance or moderation.
    3. Marked by or spent in abstinence.

20 Jul 2017cant
  • 1. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation.
    2. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity.
    3. Empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; insincere talk; hypocrisy.
    4. A whining manner of speaking, especially of beggars.

21 Jul 2017laconic
  • Using or marked by the use of a minimum of words; brief and pithy; brusque.

22 Jul 2017palpable
  • 1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form.
    2. Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors.

23 Jul 2017gewgaw
  • A showy trifle; a trinket; a bauble.

24 Jul 2017conurbation
  • An aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.

25 Jul 2017sinecure
  • An office or position that requires or involves little or no responsibility, work, or active service.

26 Jul 2017abjure
  • 1. To renounce under oath.
    2. To renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to reject; repudiate.
    3. To abstain from; to shun.

27 Jul 2017lackadaisical
  • Lacking spirit or liveliness; showing lack of interest; languid; listless.

28 Jul 2017aberrant
  • Markedly different from an accepted norm; Deviating from the ordinary or natural type; abnormal.

29 Jul 2017votary
  • 1. One who is devoted, given, or addicted to some particular pursuit, subject, study, or way of life.
    2. A devoted admirer.
    3. A devout adherent of a religion or cult.
    4. A dedicated believer or advocate.

30 Jul 2017pelf
  • Money; riches; gain; -- generally conveying the idea of something ill-gotten.

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