|13 Sep 2014||ostentation|
Excessive or pretentious display; boastful showiness.
|12 Sep 2014||palimpsest|
- A manuscript, usually of papyrus or parchment, on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible.
- An object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent beneath its surface.
|11 Sep 2014||tendentious|
Marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.
|10 Sep 2014||halcyon|
- A kingfisher.
- A mythical bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was fabled to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation.
|9 Sep 2014||scintilla|
A tiny or scarcely detectable amount; the slightest particle; a trace; a spark.
|8 Sep 2014||woebegone|
- Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful.
- Being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down.
|7 Sep 2014||mordant|
Biting; caustic; sarcastic.
|6 Sep 2014||riparian|
of or pertaining to the bank of a river or stream
|5 Sep 2014||effulgence|
The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.
|4 Sep 2014||bellwether|
- A wether, or sheep, which leads the flock, with a bell on his neck.
- Hence: A leader of a movement or activity.
|3 Sep 2014||laconic|
Using or marked by the use of a minimum of words; brief and pithy; brusque.
|2 Sep 2014||deride|
To laugh at with contempt; to subject to ridicule or make sport of; to mock; to scoff at.
|1 Sep 2014||soporific|
- Causing sleep; tending to cause sleep.
- Of, relating to, or characterized by sleepiness or lethargy.
|31 Aug 2014||contradistinction|
Distinction by contrast; as, "sculpture in contradistinction to painting."
|30 Aug 2014||exalt|
- To praise, glorify, or honor
- To heighten or intensify
- To raise in rank, character, or status; as, "exalted the humble shoemaker to the rank of King's adviser"
|29 Aug 2014||crepuscular|
- Pertaining to twilight; glimmering; hence, imperfectly clear or luminous.
- (Zoology) Flying in the twilight or evening, or before sunrise; -- said certain birds and insects.
|28 Aug 2014||gourmand|
- One who eats to excess.
- A lover of good food.
|27 Aug 2014||omnipresent|
Present in all places at the same time; ubiquitous.
|26 Aug 2014||adventitious|
- Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
- (Biology) Out of the proper or usual place; as, "adventitious buds or roots."
|25 Aug 2014||ineffable|
- Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
- Not to be uttered; taboo.
|24 Aug 2014||portend|
To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshadow; to bode.
|23 Aug 2014||accede|
- To agree or assent, as to a proposition, or to terms proposed by another.
- To become a party, as to an agreement, treaty, convention, etc.
- To attain, as to an office or rank; to enter upon the duties of an office.
|22 Aug 2014||venial|
Capable of being forgiven; not heinous; excusable; pardonable.
|21 Aug 2014||moiety|
- One of two equal parts; a half.
- An indefinite part; a small portion or share.
- One of two basic tribal subdivisions.
|20 Aug 2014||parsimonious|
Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.
|19 Aug 2014||concatenation|
A series of links united; a series or order of things depending on each other, as if linked together; a chain, a succession.
|18 Aug 2014||foment|
To nurse to life or activity; to encourage; to incite; to instigate; -- often in a bad sense.
|17 Aug 2014||legerdemain|
- Sleight of hand.
- A display of skill, trickery, or artful deception.
|16 Aug 2014||chthonic|
dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld
|15 Aug 2014||convivial|
Of or relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; fond of festivity and good company; sociable.
|14 Aug 2014||boulevardier|
- A frequenter of city boulevards, especially in Paris.
- A sophisticated, worldly, and socially active man; a man who frequents fashionable places; a man-about-town.
|13 Aug 2014||diktat|
- A harsh settlement unilaterally imposed on a defeated party.
- An authoritative decree or order.
|12 Aug 2014||fortuitous|
- Happening by chance; coming or occurring by accident, or without any known cause.
- Happening by a fortunate or lucky chance.
- Fortunate or lucky.
|11 Aug 2014||indelible|
- That cannot be removed, erased, or washed away.
- Making marks that cannot easily be removed or erased.
- Incapable of being forgotten; memorable.
|10 Aug 2014||fiduciary|
Relating to the holding of something in trust for another.
|9 Aug 2014||hobnob|
|8 Aug 2014||munificent|
Very liberal in giving or bestowing; very generous; lavish.
|7 Aug 2014||gimcrack|
A showy but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw.
|6 Aug 2014||bootless|
Unavailing; useless; without advantage or benefit.
|5 Aug 2014||paladin|
- A knight-errant; a distinguished champion of a medieval king or prince; as, the paladins of Charlemagne.
- A champion of a cause.
|4 Aug 2014||redivivus|
Living again; brought back to life; revived; restored.
|3 Aug 2014||littoral|
Of, relating to, or on a coastal or shore region, especially a seashore.
|2 Aug 2014||bravado|
- a. Defiant or swaggering behavior: strove to prevent our courage from turning into bravado.
b. A pretense of courage; a false show of bravery.
- A disposition toward showy defiance or false expressions of courage.
|1 Aug 2014||triskaidekaphobia|
a morbid fear of the number 13 or the date Friday the 13th
--triskaidekaphobic, adjective and noun; triskaidekaphobe, noun
|31 Jul 2014||onus|
- A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.
- a: A stigma. b: Blame.
- The burden of proof.
|30 Jul 2014||perdurable|
Very durable; lasting; continuing long.
|29 Jul 2014||malleable|
- Capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer, or by the pressure of rollers; -- applied to metals.
- Capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces; easily influenced.
- Capable of adjusting to changing circumstances; adaptable.
|28 Jul 2014||recrimination|
- The act of returning one charge or accusation with another.
- An accusation brought by the accused against the accuser; a counter accusation.
|27 Jul 2014||xenophobia|
Fear or hatred of strangers, people from other countries, or of anything that is strange or foreign.
|26 Jul 2014||ostensible|
Represented or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.