Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
19 Sep 2017voluptuary
  • 1. A person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites; a sensualist.

    adjective:
    1. Voluptuous; luxurious.

20 Sep 2017inure
  • 1. To make accustomed or used to something painful, difficult, or inconvenient; to harden; to habituate; as, "inured to drudgery and distress.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of; as, a gift of lands inures to the heirs.

21 Sep 2017auspicious
  • 1. Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
    2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."

22 Sep 2017tmesis
  • In grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word, now generally done for humorous effect; for example, "what place soever" instead of "whatsoever place," or "abso-bloody-lutely."

23 Sep 2017carapace
  • 1. The thick shell that covers the back of the turtle, the crab, and other animals.
    2. Something likened to a shell that serves to protect or isolate from external influence.

24 Sep 2017paladin
  • 1. A knight-errant; a distinguished champion of a medieval king or prince; as, the paladins of Charlemagne.
    2. A champion of a cause.

25 Sep 2017hale
  • Free from disease and weakening conditions; healthy.

26 Sep 2017sacrosanct
  • Sacred; inviolable.

27 Sep 2017melange
  • A mixture; a medley.

28 Sep 2017vainglory
  • 1. Excessive pride in one's achievements, abilities, qualities, etc.
    2. Vain display.

29 Sep 2017sub rosa
  • 1. Secretly; privately; confidentially.

    adjective:
    1. Designed to be secret or confidential; secretive; private.

30 Sep 2017digerati
  • Persons knowledgeable about computers and technology.

1 Oct 2017confrere
  • A fellow member of a fraternity or profession; a colleague; a comrade; an intimate associate.

2 Oct 2017querulous
  • 1. Apt to find fault; habitually complaining.
    2. Expressing complaint; fretful; whining.

3 Oct 2017vociferous
  • Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy.

4 Oct 2017firmament
  • 1. The region of the air; the sky; the heavens.
    2. The field or sphere of an interest or activity.

5 Oct 2017jollification
  • Merrymaking; festivity; revelry.

6 Oct 2017benefaction
  • 1. The act of conferring a benefit.
    2. A benefit conferred; especially, a charitable donation.

7 Oct 2017apposite
  • Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.

8 Oct 2017cynosure
  • 1. Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
    2. That which serves to guide or direct.
    3. [Capitalized]. The northern constellation Ursa Minor, which contains the North Star; also, the North Star itself.

9 Oct 2017quiddity
  • 1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity of a thing.
    2. A hairsplitting distinction; a trifling point; a quibble.
    3. An eccentricity; an odd feature.

10 Oct 2017perquisite
  • 1. A profit or benefit in addition to a salary or wages.
    2. Broadly: The benefits of a position or office.
    3. A gratuity or tip for services performed.
    4. Anything to which someone has or claims the sole right.

11 Oct 2017Hogmanay
  • The name, in Scotland, for New Year's Eve, on which children go about singing and asking for gifts; also, a gift, cake, or treat given on New Year's Eve.

12 Oct 2017vim
  • Power; force; energy; spirit; activity; vigor.

13 Oct 2017plenary
  • 1. Full in all respects; complete; absolute; as, plenary authority.
    2. Fully attended by all qualified members.

14 Oct 2017gastronome
  • A connoisseur of good food and drink.

15 Oct 2017sine qua non
  • An essential condition or element; an indispensable thing.
16 Oct 2017exegete
  • A person who explains or interprets difficult parts of written works.

17 Oct 2017recondite
  • 1. Difficult to understand; abstruse.
    2. Concerned with obscure subject matter.

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

19 Oct 2017esurient
  • Hungry; voracious; greedy.

20 Oct 2017ineffable
  • 1. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
    2. Not to be uttered; taboo.

21 Oct 2017dubiety
  • 1. The condition or quality of being doubtful or skeptical.
    2. A matter of doubt.

22 Oct 2017pugilist
  • One who fights with the fists; especially, a professional prize fighter; a boxer.

23 Oct 2017renascent
  • Springing or rising again into being; showing renewed vigor.

24 Oct 2017sesquipedalian
  • 1. Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
    2. Long and ponderous; having many syllables.

    noun:
    1. A long word.

25 Oct 2017encumbrance
  • 1. A burden, impediment, or hindrance.
    2. A lien, mortgage, or other financial claim against a property.

26 Oct 2017pugnacious
  • Inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.

27 Oct 2017capricious
  • Apt to change suddenly; whimsical; changeable.

28 Oct 2017comity
  • 1. A state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect, especially between or among nations or people; civility.
    2. The courteous recognition by one nation of the laws and institutions of another.
    3. The group of nations observing international comity.

29 Oct 2017quondam
  • Having been formerly; former; sometime.
30 Oct 2017ergo
  • Therefore; consequently; -- often used in a jocular way.

31 Oct 2017susurration
  • A whispering sound; a soft murmur.

1 Nov 2017irrefragable
  • Impossible to refute; incontestable; undeniable; as, an irrefragable argument; irrefragable evidence.

2 Nov 2017tutelage
  • 1. The act of guarding or protecting; guardianship; protection.
    2. The state of being under a guardian or tutor.
    3. Instruction, especially individual instruction accompanied by close attention and guidance.

3 Nov 2017incommunicado
  • Without the means or right to communicate.

4 Nov 2017predilection
  • A predisposition to choose or like; an established preference.

5 Nov 2017flippant
  • Lacking proper seriousness or respect; showing inappropriate levity; pert.

6 Nov 2017grandee
  • 1. A man of elevated rank or station.
    2. In Spain or Portugal, a nobleman of the first rank.

7 Nov 2017wunderkind
  • 1. A child prodigy.
    2. One who achieves great success or acclaim at an early age.

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