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Date WordDescription
28 Dec 2017dudgeon
  • A state or fit of intense indignation; resentment; ill humor -- often used in the phrase "in high dudgeon."

29 Dec 2017paragon
  • A model of excellence or perfection; as, "a paragon of beauty; a paragon of eloquence."

30 Dec 2017aubade
  • A song or poem greeting the dawn; also, a composition suggestive of morning.

31 Dec 2017succor
  • 1. Aid; help; assistance; especially, assistance that relieves and delivers from difficulty, want, or distress.
    2. The person or thing that brings relief.

    transitive verb:
    1. To help or relieve when in difficulty, want, or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; to relieve.

1 Jan 2018paterfamilias
  • The male head of a household or the father of a family.

2 Jan 2018stolid
  • Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily excited.
3 Jan 2018metier
  • 1. An occupation; a profession.
    2. An area in which one excels; an occupation for which one is especially well suited.

4 Jan 2018bellwether
  • A leader of a movement or activity; also, a leading indicator of future trends.

5 Jan 2018confluence
  • 1. A flowing or coming together; junction.
    2. The place where two rivers, streams, etc. meet.
    3. A flocking or assemblage of a multitude in one place; a large collection or assemblage.

6 Jan 2018superfluous
  • More than is wanted or is sufficient; rendered unnecessary by superabundance; unnecessary; useless; excessive.
    -- SUPERFLUOUSLY, adverb
    -- SUPERFLUOUSNESS, noun

7 Jan 2018invidious
  • 1. Tending to provoke envy, resentment, or ill will.
    2. Containing or implying a slight.
    3. Envious.

8 Jan 2018benignant
  • 1. Kind; gracious.
    2. Beneficial; favorable.

9 Jan 2018edacious
  • Given to eating; voracious; devouring.

10 Jan 2018chicanery
  • 1. The use of trickery or sophistry to deceive (as in matters of law).
    2. A trick; a subterfuge.

11 Jan 2018defenestrate
  • To throw out of a window.

12 Jan 2018martinet
  • 1. A strict disciplinarian.
    2. One who lays stress on a rigid adherence to the details of forms and methods.

13 Jan 2018brummagem
  • Cheap and showy, tawdry; also, spurious, counterfeit.

14 Jan 2018cum
  • With; along with; combined with; -- often used in combination.

15 Jan 2018hobbledehoy
  • An awkward, gawky young fellow.

16 Jan 2018fustian
  • 1. A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, etc.
    2. An inflated style of writing or speech; pompous or pretentious language.

    adjective:
    1. Made of fustian.
    2. Pompous; ridiculously inflated; bombastic.

17 Jan 2018bonhomie
  • Good nature; pleasant and easy manner.

18 Jan 2018rusticate
  • 1. To go into or reside in the country; to pursue a rustic life.

    transitive verb:
    1. To require or compel to reside in the country; to banish or send away temporarily.
    2. (Chiefly British). To suspend from school or college.
    3. To build with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints.
    4. To lend a rustic character to; to cause to become rustic.

19 Jan 2018stripling
  • A youth in the state of adolescence, or just passing from boyhood to manhood; a lad.

20 Jan 2018panoply
  • 1. A splendid or impressive array.
    2. Ceremonial attire.
    3. A full suit of armor; a complete defense or covering.

21 Jan 2018coeval
  • 1. Of the same age; originating or existing during the same period of time -- usually followed by 'with'.

    noun:
    1. One of the same age; a contemporary.

22 Jan 2018salmagundi
  • 1. A salad plate usually consisting of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, and onions, served with oil and vinegar.
    2. Any mixture or assortment; a medley; a potpourri; a miscellany.
23 Jan 2018desuetude
  • The cessation of use; discontinuance of practice or custom; disuse.

24 Jan 2018land of Nod
  • sleep

25 Jan 2018hortatory
  • Marked by strong urging; serving to encourage or incite; as, "a hortatory speech."

26 Jan 2018choler
  • Irritation of the passions; anger; wrath.
27 Jan 2018expeditious
  • Characterized by or acting with speed and efficiency.

28 Jan 2018implacable
  • Not placable; not to be appeased; incapable of being pacified; inexorable; as, an implacable foe.

29 Jan 2018patina
  • 1. The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
    2. The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use.
    3. An appearance or aura produced by habit, practice, or use.
    4. A superficial layer or exterior.

30 Jan 2018caveat
  • 1. (Law) A notice given by an interested party to some officer not to do a certain act until the opposition has a hearing.
    2. A warning or caution; also, a cautionary qualification or explanation to prevent misunderstanding.
31 Jan 2018itinerant
  • 1. Passing or traveling from place to place; wandering.

    noun:
    1. One who travels from place to place.

1 Feb 2018agog
  • Full of excitement or interest; in eager desire; eager, keen.

2 Feb 2018rebarbative
  • Serving or tending to irritate or repel.

3 Feb 2018sporadic
  • Occurring singly, or occasionally, or in scattered instances.

4 Feb 2018equipoise
  • 1. A state of being equally balanced; equilibrium; -- as of moral, political, or social interests or forces.
    2. Counterbalance.

5 Feb 2018harridan
  • A worn-out strumpet; a vixenish woman; a hag.

6 Feb 2018provenance
  • Origin; source.

7 Feb 2018microcosm
  • 1. A little world. Hence, man or human nature as a supposed epitome of the world or universe (compare macrocosm).
    2. A smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.

8 Feb 2018gloaming
  • Twilight; dusk.

9 Feb 2018luminary
  • 1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
    2. A person of eminence or brilliant achievement.

10 Feb 2018daedal
  • 1. Complex or ingenious in form or function; intricate.
    2. Skillful; artistic; ingenious.
    3. Rich; adorned with many things.

11 Feb 2018temerity
  • Unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger; rashness.

12 Feb 2018wag
  • A humorous person; a wit; a joker.

13 Feb 2018execrable
  • 1. Deserving to be execrated; detestable; abominable.
    2. Extremely bad; of very poor quality; very inferior.

14 Feb 2018rapine
  • The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of another's property by force.

15 Feb 2018pablum
  • Something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.

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