Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
15 Sep 2014ersatz
  • Being a substitute or imitation, usually an inferior one.
14 Sep 2014captious
  • Marked by a disposition to find fault or raise objections.
  • Calculated to entrap or confuse, as in an argument.
13 Sep 2014ostentation
  • Excessive or pretentious display; boastful showiness.
12 Sep 2014palimpsest
  • A manuscript, usually of papyrus or parchment, on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible.
  • An object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent beneath its surface.
11 Sep 2014tendentious
  • Marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.
10 Sep 2014halcyon
  • A kingfisher.
  • 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.
9 Sep 2014scintilla
  • BR> A tiny or scarcely detectable amount; the slightest particle; a trace; a spark.
8 Sep 2014woebegone
  • Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful.
  • Being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down.
7 Sep 2014mordant
  • Biting; caustic; sarcastic.
6 Sep 2014riparian
  • of or pertaining to the bank of a river or stream
5 Sep 2014effulgence
  • The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.
4 Sep 2014bellwether
  • A wether, or sheep, which leads the flock, with a bell on his neck.
  • Hence: A leader of a movement or activity.
3 Sep 2014laconic
  • Using or marked by the use of a minimum of words; brief and pithy; brusque.
2 Sep 2014deride
  • To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.
1 Sep 2014soporific
  • Causing sleep; tending to cause sleep.
  • Of, relating to, or characterized by sleepiness or lethargy.
31 Aug 2014contradistinction
  • Distinction by contrast; as, "sculpture in contradistinction to painting."
30 Aug 2014exalt
  • To praise, glorify, or honor
  • To heighten or intensify
  • To raise in rank, character, or status; as, "exalted the humble shoemaker to the rank of King's adviser"
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.
28 Aug 2014gourmand
  • One who eats to excess.
  • A lover of good food.
27 Aug 2014omnipresent
  • Present in all places at the same time; ubiquitous.
26 Aug 2014adventitious
  • Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
  • (Biology) Out of the proper or usual place; as, "adventitious buds or roots."
25 Aug 2014ineffable
  • Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
  • Not to be uttered; taboo.
24 Aug 2014portend
  • To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshadow; to bode.
23 Aug 2014accede
  • To agree or assent, as to a proposition, or to terms proposed by another.
  • To become a party, as to an agreement, treaty, convention, etc.
  • To attain, as to an office or rank; to enter upon the duties of an office.
22 Aug 2014venial
  • Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.
21 Aug 2014moiety
  • One of two equal parts; a half.
  • An indefinite part; a small portion or share.
  • One of two basic tribal subdivisions.
20 Aug 2014parsimonious
  • Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.
19 Aug 2014concatenation
  • A series of links united; a series or order of things depending on each other, as if linked together; a chain, a succession.
18 Aug 2014foment
  • To nurse to life or activity; to encourage; to incite; to instigate; -- often in a bad sense.
17 Aug 2014legerdemain
  • Sleight of hand.
  • A display of skill, trickery, or artful deception.
16 Aug 2014chthonic
  • dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld
15 Aug 2014convivial
  • Of or relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; fond of festivity and good company; sociable.
14 Aug 2014boulevardier
  • A frequenter of city boulevards, especially in Paris.
  • A sophisticated, worldly, and socially active man; a man who frequents fashionable places; a man-about-town.
13 Aug 2014diktat
  • A harsh settlement unilaterally imposed on a defeated party.
  • An authoritative decree or order.
12 Aug 2014fortuitous
  • Happening by chance; coming or occurring by accident, or without any known cause.
  • Happening by a fortunate or lucky chance.
  • Fortunate or lucky.
11 Aug 2014indelible
  • That cannot be removed, erased, or washed away.
  • Making marks that cannot easily be removed or erased.
  • Incapable of being forgotten; memorable.
10 Aug 2014fiduciary
  • Relating to the holding of something in trust for another.
9 Aug 2014hobnob
  • To associate familiarly.
8 Aug 2014munificent
  • Very liberal in giving or bestowing; very generous; lavish.
7 Aug 2014gimcrack
  • A showy but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw.
6 Aug 2014bootless
  • Unavailing; useless; without advantage or benefit.
5 Aug 2014paladin
  • A knight-errant; a distinguished champion of a medieval king or prince; as, the paladins of Charlemagne.
  • A champion of a cause.
4 Aug 2014redivivus
  • Living again; brought back to life; revived; restored.
3 Aug 2014littoral
  • Of, relating to, or on a coastal or shore region, especially a seashore.
2 Aug 2014bravado
  • a. Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado. b. A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery.
  • A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of courage.
1 Aug 2014triskaidekaphobia
  • a morbid fear of the number 13 or the date Friday the 13th
    --triskaidekaphobic, adjective and noun; triskaidekaphobe, noun
31 Jul 2014onus
  • A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.
  • a: A stigma. b: Blame.
  • The burden of proof.
30 Jul 2014perdurable
  • BR> Very durable; lasting; continuing long.
29 Jul 2014malleable
  • Capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; -- applied to metals.
  • Capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces; easily influenced.
  • Capable of adjusting to changing circumstances; adaptable.
28 Jul 2014recrimination
  • The act of returning one charge or accusation with another.
  • An accusation brought by the accused against the accuser; a counter accusation.
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