Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
24 Dec 2014trepidation
  • . An involuntary trembling, sometimes an effect of paralysis, but usually caused by terror or fear; quaking; quivering.
  • . Hence, a state of terror or alarm; fear; confusion; fright; as, the men were in great trepidation.
23 Dec 2014Whig
  • (in American History)
    (a) A friend and supporter of the American Revolution; -- opposed to Tory, and Royalist.
    (b) One of the political party in the United States from about 1829 to 1856, opposed in politics to the Democratic party.
22 Dec 2014verdant
  • . Covered with growing plants or grass; green; fresh; flourishing; as, verdant fields; as, ``a verdant lawn.''
  • . Unripe in knowledge or judgment; unsophisticated; raw; green; as, ``a verdant youth.''
21 Dec 2014Brobdingnagian
  • Colossal; of extraordinary height; gigantic. -- as a noun: a giant. [Often misspelt Brobdignagian.]
20 Dec 2014sublunary
  • situated between the earth and the moon; situated beneath the moon
  • of this earth; of or pertaining to this world; terrestrial; earthly.

19 Dec 2014bandog
  • A mastiff or other large and fierce dog, usually kept chained or tied up.
18 Dec 2014scion
  • (Botany)
    (a) A shoot or sprout of a plant
    (b) A piece of a slender branch or twig cut for grafting
    2. Hence, a descendant; an heir; as, ``a scion of a royal stock''
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''
16 Dec 2014slugabed
  • a person who stays in bed until a relatively late hour; one who indulges in lying abed; a sluggard.
15 Dec 2014aestival
  • To spend the summer.
  • (of animals) To pass the summer in a state of torpor.
14 Dec 2014lexicon
  • A vocabulary, or book containing an alphabetical arrangement of the words in a language or of a considerable number of them, with the definition of each; a dictionary; especially, a dictionary of the Greek, Hebrew, or Latin language.
13 Dec 2014gamut
  • : a complete extent or range; as, ``a face that expressed a gamut of emotions''
  • : the entire scale of musical notes
12 Dec 2014junta
  • a council; a convention; a tribunal; an assembly;  especially: a clique that seeks or obtains power usually through intrigue or revolution
11 Dec 2014virtu
  • love of or taste for fine objects of art
  • artistic quality
  • productions of art (especially fine antiques)
10 Dec 2014vexillology
  • the study of flags
9 Dec 2014taw
  • a large marble used for shooting in the game of marbles
8 Dec 2014chichi
  • affectedly trendy
7 Dec 2014arbitrage
  • arbitrage \AHR-buh-trahzh\, noun:
  • arbitrage, verb:
6 Dec 2014agog
  • in eager desire; eager; highly excited; astir

5 Dec 2014inclement
  • Physically severe or harsh (generally restricted to the elements or weather); rough; boisterous; stormy; rigorously cold, etc.
  • Not clement; destitute of a mild and kind temper; void of tenderness; unmerciful; severe; harsh.
4 Dec 2014regale
  • regale\ri-GAY(uh)L\, verb:
  • regale, noun:
3 Dec 2014knell
  • The stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively, a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything.
2 Dec 2014kobold
  • A kind of domestic spirit in German mythology, corresponding to the Scottish brownie and the English Robin Goodfellow.
1 Dec 2014plethora
  • 1. Overfullness; especially, excessive fullness of the blood vessels; repletion; that state of the blood vessels or of the system when the blood exceeds a healthy standard in quantity; hyperæmia; -- opposed to anæmia.
    2. State of being overfull; excess; superabundance.
30 Nov 2014objurgate
  • express strong disapproval of;
  • censure severely
29 Nov 2014tmesis
  • 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.
28 Nov 2014exiguity
  • Scantiness; smallness; thinness;the quality of being meager. --EXIGUOUS, adjective
27 Nov 2014assuage
  • To soften; to allay, mitigate, ease, or lessen, as heat, pain, or grief; to appease or pacify, as passion or tumult.
26 Nov 2014canorous
  • Melodious; musical
    canorously, adv.; canorousness, n.
25 Nov 2014thaumaturgy
  • The act or art of performing something wonderful; magic; legerdemain
24 Nov 2014susurrus
  • The act of whispering; a whisper; a murmur; a rustling
23 Nov 2014glower
  • to stare angrily or with a scowl.
22 Nov 2014capacious
  • Having capacity; able to contain much; large; roomy; spacious; extended; broad; as, a capacious vessel, room, bay, or harbor.
21 Nov 2014capitulate
  • to surrender under agreed conditions
20 Nov 2014dapple
  • A small contrasting spot or blotch
19 Nov 2014umbrage
  • suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment
18 Nov 2014bivouac
  • > The watch of a whole army by night, when in danger of surprise or attack  2: An encampment for the night usually without tents or covering.  --v.i.; BIVOUACKED; BIVOUACKING: To encamp for the night under little or no shelter.
17 Nov 2014deprecate
  • to disapprove of strongly; deplore 2: belittle; "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts" 3 archaic: To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer
16 Nov 2014emolument
  • The profit arising from office, employment, or labor; gain; compensation; advantage; perquisites, fees, or salary
15 Nov 2014complement
  • Something that fills up or completes.
  • The quantity or number required to make up a whole or to make something complete.
  • One of two parts that complete a whole or mutually complete each other; a counterpart.
14 Nov 2014quiddity
  • The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity of a thing.
  • A hairsplitting distinction; a trifling point; a quibble.
  • An eccentricity; an odd feature.
13 Nov 2014gewgaw
  • A showy trifle; a trinket; a bauble.
12 Nov 2014pugilist
  • BR> One who fights with the fists; especially, a professional prize fighter; a boxer.
11 Nov 2014conurbation
  • An aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.
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.
9 Nov 2014subfusc
  • Dark or dull in color; drab, dusky.
8 Nov 2014robustious
  • Boisterous; vigorous.
  • Coarse; rough; crude.
7 Nov 2014descant
  • (Music) (a) A melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor. (b) The upper voice in part music.
  • A discourse or discussion on a theme.
6 Nov 2014propinquity
  • Nearness in place; proximity.
  • Nearness in time.
  • Nearness of relation; kinship.
5 Nov 2014castigate
  • To punish severely; also, to chastise verbally; to rebuke; to criticize severely.
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