Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
31 Jul 2017tocsin
  • 1. An alarm bell, or the ringing of a bell for the purpose of alarm.
    2. A warning.

1 Aug 2017lexicon
  • 1. A book containing an alphabetical arrangement of the words in a language with the definition of each; a dictionary.
    2. The vocabulary of a person, group, subject, or language.
    3. [Linguistics] The total morphemes of a language.

2 Aug 2017umbrage
  • 1. Shade; shadow; hence, something that affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage.
    2. a. A vague or indistinct indication or suggestion; a hint.
    3. b. Reason for doubt; suspicion.
    4. Suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment.

3 Aug 2017orotund
  • 1. Characterized by fullness, clarity, strength, and smoothness of sound.
    2. Pompous; bombastic.

4 Aug 2017loquacious
  • 1. Very talkative.
    2. Full of excessive talk; wordy.

5 Aug 2017bruit
  • To report; to noise abroad.

6 Aug 2017virago
  • 1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage.
    2. A woman regarded as loud, scolding, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, or overbearing.

7 Aug 2017mawkish
  • 1. Sickly or excessively sentimental.
    2. Insipid in taste; nauseous; disgusting.

8 Aug 2017malediction
  • A curse or execration.

9 Aug 2017susurrus
  • A whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.

10 Aug 2017neophyte
  • 1. A new convert or proselyte.
    2. A novice; a beginner in anything.

11 Aug 2017immolate
  • 1. To sacrifice; to offer in sacrifice; to kill as a sacrificial victim.
    2. To kill or destroy, often by fire.

12 Aug 2017alpenglow
  • A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.

13 Aug 2017subfusc
  • Dark or dull in color; drab, dusky.

14 Aug 2017mores
  • 1. The fixed customs of a particular group that are morally binding upon all members of the group.
    2. Moral attitudes.
    3. Customs; habits; ways.

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.

16 Aug 2017winsome
  • 1. Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted.
    2. Causing joy or pleasure; agreeable; pleasant.

17 Aug 2017verdure
  • Green; greenness; freshness of vegetation; as, the verdure of the meadows in June.

18 Aug 2017propitious
  • 1. Presenting favorable circumstances or conditions.
    2. Favorably inclined; gracious; benevolent.

19 Aug 2017nosegay
  • A bunch of odorous and showy flowers; a bouquet; a posy.

20 Aug 2017oneiric
  • Of, pertaining to, or suggestive of dreams; dreamy.

21 Aug 2017laudable
  • Worthy of praise; commendable.

22 Aug 2017puissant
  • Powerful; strong; mighty; as, a puissant prince or empire.

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.

24 Aug 2017ebullient
  • 1. Overflowing with enthusiasm or excitement; high-spirited.
    2. Boiling up or over.

25 Aug 2017aplomb
  • Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.

26 Aug 2017kobold
  • ? German folklore, a haunting spirit, gnome, or goblin.

27 Aug 2017prestidigitation
  • Skill in or performance of tricks; sleight of hand.

28 Aug 2017rubicund
  • Inclining to redness; ruddy; red.

29 Aug 2017lambent
  • 1. Playing lightly on or over a surface; flickering; as, "a lambent flame; lambent shadows."
    2. Softly bright or radiant; luminous; as, "a lambent light."
    3. Light and brilliant; as, "a lambent style; lambent wit."

30 Aug 2017anodyne
  • 1. Serving to relieve pain; soothing.
    2. Not likely to offend; bland; innocuous.

    noun:
    1. A medicine that relieves pain.
    2. Anything that calms, comforts, or soothes disturbed feelings.

31 Aug 2017ingenue
  • 1. A naive girl or young woman.
    2. An actress playing such a person; also: the stage role of an ingenue.

1 Sep 2017subterfuge
  • A deceptive device or stratagem.

2 Sep 2017maelstrom
  • 1. A large, powerful, or destructive whirlpool.
    2. Something resembling a maelstrom; a violent, disordered, or turbulent state of affairs.

3 Sep 2017crepuscular
  • 1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim.
    2. (Zoology) Appearing or active at twilight.

4 Sep 2017repast
  • Something taken as food; a meal.

5 Sep 2017soporific
  • 1. Causing sleep; tending to cause sleep.
    2. Of, relating to, or characterized by sleepiness or lethargy.

    noun:
    1. A medicine, drug, plant, or other agent that has the quality of inducing sleep; a narcotic.

6 Sep 2017bivouac
  • 1. An encampment for the night, usually under little or no shelter.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To encamp for the night, usually under little or no shelter.

7 Sep 2017quidnunc
  • One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows or pretends to know all that is going on; a gossip; a busybody.

8 Sep 2017lassitude
  • Lack of vitality or energy; weariness; listlessness.

9 Sep 2017billet-doux
  • A love letter or note.

10 Sep 2017wheedle
  • 1. To entice by soft words or flattery; to coax.
    2. To gain or get by flattery or guile.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To flatter; to use soft words.

11 Sep 2017alfresco
  • 1. In the open air; outdoors.

    adjective:
    1. Taking place or located in the open air; outdoor.

12 Sep 2017redivivus
  • Living again; brought back to life; revived; restored.

13 Sep 2017chagrin
  • 1. Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.

    transitive verb:
    1. To unsettle or vex by disappointment or humiliation; to mortify.

14 Sep 2017gaucherie
  • 1. A socially awkward or tactless act.
    2. Lack of tact; boorishness; awkwardness.

15 Sep 2017panache
  • 1. Dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
    2. A plume or bunch of feathers, esp. such a bunch worn on the helmet; any military plume, or ornamental group of feathers.

16 Sep 2017logorrhea
  • Excessive talkativeness or wordiness.

17 Sep 2017assiduous
  • 1. Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive.
    2. Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent; as, "assiduous labor."

18 Sep 2017sylvan
  • 1. Of or pertaining to woods or forest regions.
    2. Living or located in a wood or forest.
    3. Abounding in forests or trees; wooded.

    noun:
    1. A fabled deity or spirit of the woods.
    2. One that lives in or frequents the woods or forest; a rustic.

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