Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
9 May 2014diffident
  • Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
  • Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
8 May 2014turpitude
  • Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; depravity.
  • A base act.
7 May 2014rara avis
  • BR> A rare or unique person or thing.
6 May 2014perspicacity
  • Clearness of understanding or insight; penetration, discernment.
5 May 2014aesthete
  • One having or affecting great sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.
4 May 2014sojourn
  • To stay as a temporary resident; to dwell for a time.
3 May 2014laudable
  • Worthy of praise; commendable.
2 May 2014rubicund
  • Inclining to redness; ruddy; red.
1 May 2014acrid
  • Sharp and harsh, or bitter to the taste or smell; pungent.
  • Caustic in language or tone; bitter.
30 Apr 2014garrulous
  • Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative.
  • Wordy.
29 Apr 2014ennui
  • A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest; boredom.
28 Apr 2014penchant
  • Inclination; decided taste; a strong liking.
27 Apr 2014exacerbate
  • To render more severe, violent, or bitter; to irritate; to aggravate; to make worse.
26 Apr 2014kismet
  • Destiny; fate.
25 Apr 2014tortuous
  • Marked by repeated turns and bends; as, "a tortuous road up the mountain."
  • Not straightforward; devious; as, "his tortuous reasoning."
  • Highly involved or intricate; as, "tortuous legal procedures."
24 Apr 2014platitude
  • Staleness of ideas or language; triteness.
  • A thought or remark that is banal, trite, or stale.
23 Apr 2014kvetch
  • A complaint.
  • A habitual complainer.
22 Apr 2014chagrin
  • Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.
21 Apr 2014ameliorate
  • To make better; to improve.
20 Apr 2014ablution
  • The act of washing or cleansing; specifically, the washing of the body, or some part of it (as in a religious rite).
  • The water used in cleansing.
19 Apr 2014chary
  • Wary; cautious.
  • Not giving or expending freely; sparing.
18 Apr 2014bete noire
  • Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.
17 Apr 2014autodidact
  • One who is self-taught.
16 Apr 2014rapine
  • The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of another's property by force.
15 Apr 2014acumen
  • Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.
14 Apr 2014dilatory
  • Tending to put off what ought to be done at once; given to procrastination.
  • Marked by procrastination or delay; intended to cause delay; -- said of actions or measures.
13 Apr 2014cogitate
  • To think deeply or intently; to ponder; to meditate.
12 Apr 2014fulminate
  • To issue or utter verbal attacks or censures authoritatively or menacingly.
  • To explode; to detonate.
11 Apr 2014purblind
  • Having greatly reduced vision.
  • Lacking in insight or discernment.
10 Apr 2014pugnacious
  • Inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.
9 Apr 2014Zeitgeist
  • (Often capitalized) The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.
8 Apr 2014lambent
  • Playing lightly on or over a surface; flickering; as, "a lambent flame; lambent shadows."
  • Softly bright or radiant; luminous; as, "a lambent light."
  • Light and brilliant; as, "a lambent style; lambent wit."
7 Apr 2014precipice
  • A very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; a cliff.
  • The brink of a hazardous situation.
6 Apr 2014affable
  • Easy to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner.
  • Gracious; benign.
5 Apr 2014gastronome
  • A connoisseur of good food and drink.
4 Apr 2014subterfuge
  • A deceptive device or stratagem.
3 Apr 2014esurient
  • Hungry; voracious; greedy.
2 Apr 2014inchoate
  • In an initial or early stage; just begun.
  • Imperfectly formed or formulated.
1 Apr 2014lassitude
  • Lack of vitality or energy; weariness; listlessness.
31 Mar 2014gregarious
  • Tending to form a group with others of the same kind.
  • Seeking and enjoying the company of others.
30 Mar 2014somniferous
  • Causing or inducing sleep.
29 Mar 2014eschew
  • To shun; to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful).
28 Mar 2014protean
  • Displaying considerable variety or diversity.
  • Readily assuming different shapes or forms.
27 Mar 2014vociferous
  • Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy.
26 Mar 2014brio
  • Enthusiastic vigor; vivacity; liveliness; spirit.
25 Mar 2014sang-froid
  • Freedom from agitation or excitement of mind; coolness in trying circumstances; calmness.
24 Mar 2014cosset
  • To treat as a pet; to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.
23 Mar 2014plenary
  • Full in all respects; complete; absolute; as, plenary authority.
  • Fully attended by all qualified members.
22 Mar 2014blandishment
  • Speech or action that flatters and tends to coax, entice, or persuade; allurement -- often used in the plural.
21 Mar 2014condign
  • Suitable to the fault or crime; deserved; adequate.
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