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Date WordDescription
21 Aug 2018peripatetic
  • 1. Of or pertaining to walking about or traveling from place to place; itinerant.
    2. Of or pertaining to the philosophy taught by Aristotle (who gave his instructions while walking in the Lyceum at Athens), or to his followers.

    noun:
    1. One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.
    2. A follower of Aristotle; an Aristotelian.

20 Aug 2018congeries
  • A collection; an aggregation.

19 Aug 2018agrestic
  • Pertaining to fields or the country; rural; rustic.

18 Aug 2018obfuscate
  • 1. To darken or render indistinct or dim.
    2. To make obscure or difficult to understand or make sense of.
    3. To confuse or bewilder.

17 Aug 2018copse
  • A thicket or grove of small trees.

16 Aug 2018harangue
  • 1. A speech addressed to a large public assembly.
    2. A noisy or pompous speech; a rant.

    transitive verb:
    1. To deliver a harangue to; to address by a harangue.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To make a harangue; to declaim.

15 Aug 2018apocryphal
  • 1. (Bible) Pertaining to the Apocrypha.
    2. Not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority or authenticity; equivocal; fictitious; spurious; false.

14 Aug 2018fillip
  • 1. A snap of the finger forced suddenly from the thumb; a smart blow.
    2. Something serving to rouse or excite; a stimulus.
    3. A trivial addition; an embellishment.

    transitive verb:
    1. To strike with the nail of the finger, first placed against the ball of the thumb, and forced from that position with a sudden spring; to snap with the finger.
    2. To snap; to project quickly.
    3. To urge on; to provide a stimulus, by or as if by a fillip.

13 Aug 2018ostracize
  • 1. To banish or expel from a community or group; to cast out from social, political, or private favor.
    2. [Greek Antiquity] To exile by ostracism; to banish by a popular vote, as at Athens.

12 Aug 2018prevaricate
  • To depart from or evade the truth; to speak with equivocation.

11 Aug 2018wan
  • 1. Having a pale or sickly hue; pale; pallid.
    2. Lacking vitality, as from weariness, illness, or unhappiness; feeble.
    3. Lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble.

10 Aug 2018febrile
  • Of or pertaining to fever; indicating fever or derived from it; feverish.

9 Aug 2018contemporaneous
  • Originating, existing, or occurring at the same time.

8 Aug 2018virtu
  • 1. love of or taste for fine objects of art.
    2. Productions of art (especially fine antiques).
    3. Artistic quality.

7 Aug 2018inveterate
  • 1. Firmly established by long persistence; deep-rooted; of long standing.
    2. Fixed in habit by long persistence; confirmed; habitual.

6 Aug 2018rapport
  • A relation, especially one characterized by sympathetic understanding, emotional affinity, or mutual trust.

5 Aug 2018crabwise
  • 1. Sideways.
    2. In a cautiously indirect manner.

4 Aug 2018solicitous
  • 1. Manifesting or expressing care or concern.
    2. Full of anxiety or concern; apprehensive.
    3. Extremely careful; meticulous.
    4. Full of desire; eager.

3 Aug 2018felicitous
  • 1. Suitably applied or expressed; appropriate; apt.
    2. Happy; delightful; marked by good fortune.

2 Aug 2018perfidy
  • The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow; faithlessness; treachery.

1 Aug 2018ancillary
  • 1. Subordinate; subsidiary.
    2. Auxiliary; helping.

    noun:
    1. Something that is subordinate to something else.

31 Jul 2018ken
  • 1. Perception; understanding; knowledge.
    2. The range of vision.
    3. View; sight.

30 Jul 2018qua
  • In the capacity or character of; as.

29 Jul 2018obstreperous
  • 1. Noisily and stubbornly defiant; unruly.
    2. Noisy, clamorous, or boisterous.

28 Jul 2018exemplar
  • 1. A model or pattern to be copied or imitated.
    2. A typical or standard specimen.
    3. An ideal model or type.
    4. A copy of a book or text.

27 Jul 2018tchotchke
  • A trinket; a knickknack.

26 Jul 2018facile
  • 1. Easily done or performed; not difficult.
    2. Arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth; as, "too facile a solution for so complex a problem."
    3. Ready; quick; expert; as, "he is facile in expedients"; "he wields a facile pen."

25 Jul 2018lascivious
  • 1. Lewd; lustful.
    2. Tending to arouse sexual desires.

24 Jul 2018extraneous
  • 1. Coming from or existing on the outside.
    2. Introduced from an outside source.
    3. Not essential or intrinsic; foreign.
    4. Not pertinent to the matter at hand; irrelevant.

23 Jul 2018concinnity
  • 1. Internal harmony or fitness in the adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other.
    2. Studied elegance of design or arrangement -- used chiefly of literary style.
    3. An instance of concinnity.

22 Jul 2018hypnagogic
  • Of, pertaining to, or occurring in the state of drowsiness preceding sleep.

21 Jul 2018perorate
  • 1. To conclude or sum up a long discourse.
    2. To speak or expound at length; to declaim.

20 Jul 2018braggadocio
  • 1. A braggart.
    2. Empty boasting.
    3. A swaggering, cocky manner.

19 Jul 2018deprecate
  • 1. [Archaic] To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer.
    2. To disapprove of strongly.
    3. To belittle; to depreciate.

18 Jul 2018gambol
  • 1. To dance and skip about in play; to frolic.

    noun:
    1. A skipping or leaping about in frolic.

17 Jul 2018privation
  • 1. An act or instance of depriving.
    2. The state of being deprived of something, especially of something required or desired; destitution; need.

16 Jul 2018tutelary
  • Having the guardianship or charge of protecting a person or a thing; guardian; protecting; as, "tutelary goddesses."

15 Jul 2018bloviate
  • To speak or write at length in a pompous or boastful manner.

14 Jul 2018indomitable
  • Incapable of being subdued or overcome; unconquerable.

13 Jul 2018recalcitrant
  • Stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.

12 Jul 2018swan song
  • 1. A beautiful legendary song said to be sung by a dying swan.
    2. A final or farewell appearance, action, or pronouncement.

11 Jul 2018prescient
  • Knowing or anticipating the outcome of events before they happen.

10 Jul 2018monomania
  • 1. Pathological obsession with a single subject or idea.
    2. Excessive concentration of interest upon one particular subject or idea.

9 Jul 2018aesthete
  • One having or affecting great sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.

8 Jul 2018fulsome
  • 1. Offensive to the taste or sensibilities.
    2. Insincere or excessively lavish; especially, offensive from excess of praise.

7 Jul 2018ostensible
  • Represented or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.

6 Jul 2018militate
  • To have force or influence.

5 Jul 2018vertiginous
  • 1. Affected with vertigo; giddy; dizzy.
    2. Causing or tending to cause dizziness.
    3. Turning round; whirling; revolving.
    4. Inclined to change quickly or frequently; inconstant.

4 Jul 2018stanch
  • To stop the flowing of; to check in its course; also, to stop the flowing of blood from; as, "to stanch a wound."

3 Jul 2018opprobrium
  • 1. Disgrace; infamy; reproach mingled with contempt.
    2. A cause or object of reproach or disgrace.

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