Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
8 Nov 2017lucre
  • Monetary gain; profit; riches; money; -- often in a bad sense.

9 Nov 2017epigone
  • An inferior imitator, especially of some distinguished writer, artist, musician, or philosopher.

10 Nov 2017sang-froid
  • Freedom from agitation or excitement of mind; coolness in trying circumstances; calmness.

11 Nov 2017consanguineous
  • Of the same blood; related by birth; descended from the same parent or ancestor.
12 Nov 2017malleable
  • 1. Capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; -- applied to metals.
    2. Capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces; easily influenced.
    3. Capable of adjusting to changing circumstances; adaptable.

13 Nov 2017parlous
  • Attended with peril; fraught with danger; hazardous.

14 Nov 2017disparate
  • 1. Fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind.
    2. Composed of or including markedly dissimilar elements.

15 Nov 2017sapient
  • Wise; sage; discerning.

16 Nov 2017visage
  • 1. The face, countenance, or look of a person or an animal; -- chiefly applied to the human face.
    2. Look; appearance; aspect.

17 Nov 2017excoriate
  • 1. To express strong disapproval of; to denounce.
    2. To tear or wear off the skin of.

18 Nov 2017tendentious
  • Marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.

19 Nov 2017milieu
  • Environment; setting.

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.

21 Nov 2017autodidact
  • One who is self-taught.

22 Nov 2017stertorous
  • Characterized by a heavy snoring or gasping sound; hoarsely breathing.

23 Nov 2017eleemosynary
  • 1. Of or for charity; charitable; as, "an eleemosynary institution."
    2. Given in charity; having the nature of alms; as, "eleemosynary assistance."
    3. Supported by or dependent on charity; as, "the eleemosynary poor."

24 Nov 2017concupiscence
  • Strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust.

25 Nov 2017spoony
  • 1. Foolish; silly; excessively sentimental.
    2. Foolishly or sentimentally in love.

26 Nov 2017desideratum
  • Something desired or considered necessary.

27 Nov 2017malaise
  • 1. A vague feeling of discomfort in the body, as at the onset of illness.
    2. A general feeling of depression or unease.

28 Nov 2017imbue
  • 1. To tinge or dye deeply; to cause to absorb thoroughly; as, "clothes thoroughly imbued with black."
    2. To instill profoundly; to cause to become impressed or penetrated.

29 Nov 2017canard
  • 1. An unfounded, false, or fabricated report or story.
    2. A horizontal control and stabilizing surface mounted forward of the main wing of an aircraft.
    3. An aircraft whose horizontal stabilizer is mounted forward of the main wing.

30 Nov 2017probity
  • Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness.

1 Dec 2017titivate
  • To smarten up; to spruce up.

2 Dec 2017jovial
  • Merry; joyous; jolly; characterized by mirth or jollity.

3 Dec 2017salutary
  • 1. Producing or contributing to a beneficial effect; beneficial; advantageous.
    2. Wholesome; healthful; promoting health.

4 Dec 2017alacrity
  • A cheerful or eager readiness or willingness, often manifested by brisk, lively action or promptness in response.

5 Dec 2017munificent
  • Very liberal in giving or bestowing; very generous; lavish.

6 Dec 2017cogent
  • Having the power to compel conviction; appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing.

7 Dec 2017apothegm
  • A short, witty, and instructive saying.

8 Dec 2017posit
  • 1. To assume as real or conceded.
    2. To propose as an explanation; to suggest.
    3. To dispose or set firmly or fixedly.

9 Dec 2017scion
  • 1. A detached shoot or twig of a plant used for grafting.
    2. Hence, a descendant; an heir.

10 Dec 2017doula
  • A woman who assists during childbirth labor and provides support to the mother, her child and the family after childbirth.

11 Dec 2017largess
  • 1. Generous giving (as of gifts or money), often accompanied by condescension.
    2. Gifts, money, or other valuables so given.
    3. Generosity; liberality.

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.

13 Dec 2017simulacrum
  • 1. An image; a representation.
    2. An insubstantial, superficial, or vague likeness or semblance.

14 Dec 2017toothsome
  • 1. Pleasing to the taste; delicious; as, "a toothsome pie."
    2. Agreeable; attractive; as, "a toothsome offer."
    3. Sexually attractive.

15 Dec 2017countermand
  • 1. To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given.
    2. To recall or order back by a contrary order.

    noun:
    1. A contrary order.
    2. Revocation of a former order or command.

16 Dec 2017expropriate
  • 1. To deprive of possession.
    2. To transfer (the property of another) to oneself.

17 Dec 2017perambulate
  • 1. To walk about; to roam; to stroll; as, "he perambulated in the park."

    transitive verb:
    1. To walk through or over.
    2. To travel over for the purpose of surveying or inspecting.

18 Dec 2017contradistinction
  • Distinction by contrast; as, "sculpture in contradistinction to painting."

19 Dec 2017ululate
  • To howl, as a dog or a wolf; to wail; as, ululating jackals.

20 Dec 2017crapulous
  • 1. Suffering the effects of, or derived from, or suggestive of gross intemperance, especially in drinking; as, a crapulous stomach.
    2. Marked by gross intemperance, especially in drinking; as, a crapulous old reprobate.

21 Dec 2017parvenu
  • 1. One that has recently or suddenly risen to a higher social or economic class but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class; an upstart.

    adjective:
    1. Being a parvenu; also, like or having the characteristics of a parvenu.

22 Dec 2017manse
  • 1. A large and imposing residence.
    2. The residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman).

23 Dec 2017uxorious
  • Excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.

24 Dec 2017Ides
  • In the ancient Roman calendar the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October, and the thirteenth day of the other months.

25 Dec 2017megalomania
  • 1. A mania for grandiose or extravagant things or actions.
    2. A mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.

26 Dec 2017verdant
  • 1. Covered with growing plants or grass; green with vegetation.
    2. Green.
    3. Unripe in knowledge, judgment, or experience; unsophisticated; green.

27 Dec 2017amalgam
  • 1. An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; used especially (with silver) as a dental filling.
    2. A mixture or compound of different things.

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