Word Of The Day

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DateWord Description
14 Jun 2016doyen
  • The senior member of a body or group.
  • One who is knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in some field of endeavor.
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"
10 Dec 2017doula
  • A woman who assists during childbirth labor and provides support to the mother, her child and the family after childbirth.

14 Feb 2014doula
  • A woman who assists during childbirth labor and provides support to the mother, her child and the family after childbirth.
19 Jun 2016doughty
  • Marked by fearless resolution; valiant; brave.
28 Augdotage
  • Feebleness of mind due to old age; senility.

21 Mar 2016dotage
  • A deterioration of mental faculties, particularly in old age; the childishness of old age; senility; as, a venerable man, now in his dotage.
22 Feb 2015doppelganger
  • A spiritual or ghostly double or counterpart; esp., an apparitional double of a living person; a cowalker.
17 Mar 2016donnybrook
  • A brawl; a free-for-all; a heated quarrel or dispute.
16 Sep 2016dolorous
  • Marked by, causing, or expressing grief or sorrow.
10 Nov 2014doff
  • To take off, as an article of clothing.
  • To tip or remove (one's hat).
  • To put aside; to rid oneself of.
29 Jan 2016distrait
  • Divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
10 Mar 2014dissolute
  • Loose in morals and conduct; marked by indulgence in sensual pleasures or vices.
4 Dec 2015dissimulate
  • To conceal under a false appearance.
23 Mar 2017dissemble
  • To hide under a false appearance; to hide the truth or true nature of.
  • To put on the appearance of; to feign.
30 Jul 2016disquisition
  • A formal discourse on a subject.
18 Aug 2016disport
  • To divert or amuse.
  • To display.
4 Aug 2015disparate
  • Fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind; as, "such disparate attractions as grand opera and game fishing"; "disparate ideas."
  • Composed of or including markedly dissimilar elements; as, "a disparate aggregate of creeds and songs and prayers."
14 Nov 2017disparate
  • 1. Fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind.
    2. Composed of or including markedly dissimilar elements.

17 Feb 2015disheveled
  • In disarray; disordered; disorderly; untidy.
18 Jul 2016dishabille
  • The state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
  • Casual or lounging attire.
  • An intentionally careless or casual manner.
29 Nov 2013discursive
  • Passing from one topic to another; ranging over a wide field; digressive; rambling.
  • Utilizing, marked by, or based on analytical reasoning -- contrasted with intuitive.
20 Mardiscrete
  • 1. Constituting a separate thing; distinct.
    2. Consisting of distinct or unconnected parts.
    3. (Mathematics) Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.

29 Sep 2016discrete
  • Constituting a separate thing; distinct.
  • Consisting of distinct or unconnected parts.
  • (Mathematics) Defined for a finite or countable set of values; not continuous.
24 Aug 2015disconsolate
  • Being beyond consolation; deeply dejected and dispirited; hopelessly sad; comfortless; filled with grief; as, a bereaved and disconsolate parent.
  • Inspiring dejection; saddening; cheerless; as, the disconsolate darkness of the winter nights.
9 Jun 2014disconcert
  • To disturb the composure of.
  • To throw into disorder or confusion; as, "the emperor disconcerted the plans of his enemy."
4 Apr 2016discomfit
  • To make uneasy or perplexed, or to put into a state of embarrassment; to disconcert; to upset.
  • To thwart; to frustrate the plans of.
  • (Archaic). To defeat in battle.
13 Aug 2015dilettante
  • An admirer or lover of the fine arts.
  • An amateur; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge sporadically, superficially, or for amusement only.
12 Dec 2017dilettante
  • 1. An amateur or dabbler; especially, one who follows an art or a branch of knowledge sporadically, superficially, or for amusement only.
    2. An admirer or lover of the fine arts.

    adjective:
    1. Of or characteristic of a dilettante; amateurish.

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.
28 May 2017dilatory
  • 1. Tending to put off what ought to be done at once; given to procrastination.
    2. Marked by procrastination or delay; intended to cause delay; -- said of actions or measures.

18 Oct 2017diktat
  • 1. A harsh settlement unilaterally imposed on a defeated party.
    2. An authoritative decree or order.

13 Aug 2014diktat
  • A harsh settlement unilaterally imposed on a defeated party.
  • An authoritative decree or order.
29 Dec 2015digerati
  • Persons knowledgeable about computers and technology.
30 Sep 2017digerati
  • Persons knowledgeable about computers and technology.

9 May 2014diffident
  • Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
  • Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
30 Aug 2015didactic
  • Fitted or intended to teach; conveying instruction; instructive; teaching some moral lesson; as, didactic essays.
  • Inclined to teach or moralize excessively; moralistic.
15 Sepdictum
  • 1. An authoritative statement; a formal pronouncement.
    2. Law) A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.

5 Jul 2016dictum
  • An authoritative statement; a formal pronouncement.
  • (Law) A judicial opinion expressed by judges on points that do not necessarily arise in the case, and are not involved in it.
15 Jun 2014diaphanous
  • Of such fine texture as to allow light to pass through; translucent or transparent.
  • Vague; insubstantial.
23 Aug 2017diadem
  • 1. A crown.
    2. An ornamental headband worn (as by Eastern monarchs) as a badge of royalty.
    3. Regal power; sovereignty; empire; -- considered as symbolized by the crown.

    transitive verb:
    1. To adorn with a diadem; to crown.

17 Nov 2016diadem
  • A crown.
  • An ornamental headband worn (as by Eastern monarchs) as a badge of royalty.
  • Regal power; sovereignty; empire; -- considered as symbolized by the crown.
16 Aug 2016diablerie
  • Sorcery; black magic; witchcraft.
  • Representation of devils or demons in words or pictures.
  • Mischievous conduct; deviltry.
20 Nov 2017deus ex machina
  • 1. In ancient Greek and Roman drama, a god introduced by means of a crane to unravel and resolve the plot.
    2. Any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.

26 Sep 2015deus ex machina
  • In ancient Greek and Roman drama, a god introduced by means of a crane to unravel and resolve the plot.
  • Any active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.
10 Jan 2014detritus
  • Loose material that is worn away from rocks.
  • Hence, any fragments separated from the body to which they belonged; any product of disintegration; debris.
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''
28 Feb 2014desuetude
  • The cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.
23 Jandesuetude
  • The cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.

29 Jan 2014desideratum
  • Something desired or considered necessary.
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