Word Of The Day

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DateWord Description
7 Sep 2015animus
  • Basic attitude or animating spirit; disposition; intention.
  • A feeling of ill will; animosity.
  • In Jungian psychology, the inner masculine part of the female personality [cf. anima].
24 Feb 2015animadversion
  • Harsh criticism or disapproval.
  • Remarks by way of criticism and usually of censure; adverse criticism; reproof; blame.
9 Jan 2017ancillary
  • Subordinate; subsidiary.
  • Auxiliary; helping.
8 Jun 2015anathema
  • A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by ecclesiastical authority, and accompanied by excommunication. Hence: Denunciation of anything as accursed.
  • An imprecation; a curse; a malediction.
  • Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiastical authority.
  • Any person or thing that is intensely disliked.
19 Sep 2015amity
  • Friendship, in a general sense, between individuals, societies, or nations; friendly relations; good understanding.
9 Jul 2016amicable
  • Characterized by friendliness and good will; friendly; peaceable.
17 Apr 2017ameliorate
  • 1. To make better; to improve.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To grow better.

21 Apr 2014ameliorate
  • To make better; to improve.
16 Feb 2017ambuscade
  • An ambush.
19 Dec 2016ambit
  • Circuit or compass.
  • The boundaries or limits of a district or place.
  • An area in which something acts, operates, or has power or control; extent; sphere; scope.
10 Apr 2017amative
  • Pertaining to or disposed to love, especially sexual love; full of love; amorous.
2 Mar 2017amanuensis
  • A person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.
16 Dec 2016amalgam
  • An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; used especially (with silver) as a dental filling.
  • A mixture or compound of different things.
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.

8 Apr 2017altercation
  • A heated, noisy, or angry dispute; noisy controversy or argument.
2 Dec 2016alpenglow
  • A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.
12 Aug 2017alpenglow
  • A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.

24 Feb 2017aliment
  • Something that nourishes or feeds; nutriment.
  • Something that sustains a state of mind or body; sustenance.
9 Oct 2014algorithm
  • A step-by-step procedure for solving a problem in a finite number of steps that often involves repetition of an operation.
20 Mar 2016alfresco
  • In the open air; outdoors.
11 Sep 2017alfresco
  • 1. In the open air; outdoors.

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

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

6 Jun 2015alacrity
  • A cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptitude; briskness; sprightliness; as, the soldiers advanced with alacrity to meet the enemy.
4 Jan 2017agrestic
  • Pertaining to fields or the country; rural; rustic.
25 May 2016agon
  • A struggle or contest; conflict; especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work.
6 Dec 2014agog
  • in eager desire; eager; highly excited; astir

23 Nov 2013agitprop
  • Propaganda, especially pro-communist political propaganda disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art.
5 Nov 2015aggress
  • To commit the first act of hostility or offense; to begin a quarrel or controversy; to make an attack.
26 Feb 2015aggrandize
  • To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress.
  • To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc.
  • To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
27 Mar 2017agglomeration
  • The act or process of collecting in a mass; a heaping together.
  • A jumbled cluster or mass of usually varied elements.
17 May 2016aficionado
  • A fervent admirer; a fan
14 Oct 2016affray
  • A tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl.
25 Jun 2017afflatus
  • A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.

19 May 2014afflatus
  • A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
6 Apr 2014affable
  • Easy to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner.
  • Gracious; benign.
14 May 2017affable
  • 1. Easy to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner.
    2. Gracious; benign.

15 Dec 2014aestival
  • To spend the summer.
  • (of animals) To pass the summer in a state of torpor.
5 May 2014aesthete
  • One having or affecting great sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.
1 Feb 2017aerie
  • The bird's nest built on a lofty place, such as a cliff or mountaintop.
  • A dwelling or stronghold located in a lofty place.
27 Mar 2016aegis
  • Protection; support.
  • Sponsorship; patronage.
  • Guidance, direction, or control.
  • A shield or protective armor; -- applied in mythology to the shield of Zeus.
26 Aug 2014adventitious
  • Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
  • (Biology) Out of the proper or usual place; as, "adventitious buds or roots."
3 Jul 2017adventitious
  • 1. Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
    2. (Biology) Out of the proper or usual place; as, "adventitious buds or roots."

3 May 2015adumbrate
  • To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline.
  • To foreshadow; to intimate.
  • To overshadow; to shade.
24 Jun 2015admonition
  • Gentle or friendly reproof; counseling against a fault or error; expression of authoritative advice; friendly caution or warning.
16 Mar 2014adamant
  • Not capable of being swayed by pleas, appeals, or reason; not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
9 Jul 2017adamant
  • Not capable of being swayed by pleas, appeals, or reason; not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.

3 Dec 2015adage
  • An old saying, which has obtained credit by long use; a proverb.
12 Apr 2017acumen
  • Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.

15 Apr 2014acumen
  • Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.
25 Aug 2016acuity
  • Acuteness of perception or vision; sharpness.
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