Word Of The Day

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DateWord Description
19 Mayascribe
  • 1. To attribute, as to a source or cause; as, "they ascribed the poor harvest to drought."
    2. To attribute, as a quality; to consider or allege to belong; as, "ascribed jealousy to the critics."

11 Aug 2015ascetic
  • One who renounces material comforts and practices extreme self-denial, especially as an act of religious devotion.
18 Mar 2017artifice
  • Cleverness or skill; ingenuity; inventiveness.
  • An ingenious or artful device or expedient.
  • An artful trick or stratagem.
  • Trickery; craftiness; insincere or deceptive behavior.
7 Feb 2014arrogate
  • To claim or seize without right or justification; to appropriate.
  • To claim on behalf of another; to ascribe.
26 Mayarrogate
  • 1. To claim or seize without right or justification; to appropriate.
    2. To claim on behalf of another; to ascribe.

7 May 2016arriviste
  • A person who has recently attained success, wealth, or high status but not general acceptance or respect; an upstart.
31 May 2016arrant
  • Thoroughgoing; downright; out-and-out; confirmed; extreme; notorious.
25 Febarrant
  • Thoroughgoing; downright; out-and-out; confirmed; extreme; notorious.

24 Aprarrant
  • Thoroughgoing; downright; out-and-out; confirmed; extreme; notorious.

24 Apr 2016aright
  • Rightly; correctly; properly; in a right way or manner.
11 Jun 2016Argus-eyed
  • Extremely observant; watchful; sharp-sighted.
18 Apr 2015argot
  • A specialized and often secret vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group.
  • A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps, and vagabonds.
14 Aug 2016arcanum
  • A secret; a mystery.
  • Specialized or mysterious knowledge, language, or information that is not accessible to the average person (generally used in the plural).
16 Junarcane
  • Understood or known by only a few.

18 May 2015arcane
7 Dec 2014arbitrage
  • arbitrage \AHR-buh-trahzh\, noun:
  • arbitrage, verb:
21 Jun 2016arbiter
  • A person appointed, or chosen, by parties to determine a controversy between them.
  • Any person who has the power of judging and determining.
19 Mararbiter
  • 1. A person appointed or chosen to judge or decide a dispute.
    2. Any person who has the power of judging and determining.

21 Febappurtenance
  • 1. An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
    2. [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
    3. [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.

14 May 2014appurtenance
  • An adjunct; an accessory; something added to another, more important thing.
  • [Plural]. Accessory objects; gear; apparatus.
  • [Law]. An incidental right attached to a principal property right for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.
17 Jul 2016approbation
  • The act of approving; formal or official approval.
  • Praise; commendation.
1 Dec 2015apprise
  • To give notice to; to inform; -- often followed by of; as, we will apprise the general of an intended attack; he apprised the commander of what he had done.
7 Oct 2017apposite
  • Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.

1 Mar 2014apposite
  • Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.
19 Jan 2016appellation
  • The word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; name; title; designation.
  • The act of naming.
22 Sep 2015apparition
  • A ghost; a specter; a phantom.
  • The thing appearing; the sudden or unexpected appearance of something or somebody.
  • The act of becoming visible; appearance; visibility.
  • (Astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to occultation.
26 Apr 2017apparition
  • 1. A ghost; a specter; a phantom.
    2. The thing appearing; the sudden or unexpected appearance of something or somebody.
    3. The act of becoming visible; appearance.
    4. (Astronomy) The first appearance of a star or other luminary after having been invisible or obscured; -- opposed to occultation.

15 Aprapotheosis
  • 1. Elevation to divine rank or stature; deification.
    2. An exalted or glorified example; a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.

24 Feb 2016apotheosis
  • Elevation to divine rank or stature; deification.
  • An exalted or glorified example; a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
7 Dec 2017apothegm
  • A short, witty, and instructive saying.

19 Jun 2015apothegm
  • A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim.
6 Jun 2014apostasy
  • Total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.
22 Jan 2016apologia
  • A formal defense or justification, especially of one's opinions, position, or actions.
7 Mayapologia
  • A formal defense or justification, especially of one's opinions, position, or actions.

27 Dec 2013apogee
  • The point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite that is at the greatest distance from the center of the earth.
  • The farthest or highest point; culmination.
27 Dec 2016apocryphal
  • (Bible) Pertaining to the Apocrypha.
  • Not canonical. Hence: Of doubtful authority or authenticity; spurious; false.
25 Aug 2017aplomb
  • Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.

4 Jul 2014aplomb
  • Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.
6 Apr 2017antiquarian
  • Of or pertaining to antiquarians or objects or relics from the past.
  • Dealing in or concerned with old or rare books.
6 Jan 2015antediluvian
  • 1: of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood
    2: so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; as, ``antediluvian ideas''
    --noun:
    1: one who lived before the Deluge
    2: a very old (or old-fashioned) person
22 Jul 2014anodyne
  • Serving to relieve pain; soothing.
  • Not likely to offend; bland; innocuous.
30 Aug 2017anodyne
  • 1. Serving to relieve pain; soothing.
    2. Not likely to offend; bland; innocuous.

    noun:
    1. A medicine that relieves pain.
    2. Anything that calms, comforts, or soothes disturbed feelings.

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].
21 Mayanimus
  • 1. Basic attitude or animating spirit; disposition; intention.
    2. A feeling of ill will; animosity.
    3. 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.

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