|22 May 2014||cynosure|
- Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
- That which serves to guide or direct.
- [Capitalized]. The northern constellation Ursa Minor, which contains the North Star; also, the North Star itself.
|21 May 2014||intransigent|
Refusing to compromise; uncompromising.
|20 May 2014||cupidity|
Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice.
|19 May 2014||afflatus|
A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
|18 May 2014||facetious|
- Given to jesting; playfully jocular.
- Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious.
|17 May 2014||wastrel|
- A person who wastes, especially one who squanders money; a
- An idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing.
|16 May 2014||nadir|
- [Astronomy]. The point of the celestial sphere directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer.
- The lowest point; the time of greatest depression or adversity.
|15 May 2014||hirsute|
Covered with hair; set with bristles; shaggy; hairy.
|14 May 2014||appurtenance|
- 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.
|13 May 2014||polymath|
A person of great or varied learning; one acquainted with various subjects of study.
|12 May 2014||sobriquet|
A nickname; an assumed name; an epithet.
|11 May 2014||moribund|
- In a dying state; dying; at the point of death.
- Becoming obsolete or inactive.
|10 May 2014||persiflage|
Frivolous or bantering talk; a frivolous manner of treating any subject, whether serious or otherwise; light raillery.
|9 May 2014||diffident|
- Lacking self-confidence; distrustful of one's own powers; timid; bashful.
- Characterized by modest reserve; unassertive.
|8 May 2014||turpitude|
- Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; depravity.
- A base act.
|7 May 2014||rara avis|
A rare or unique person or thing.
|6 May 2014||perspicacity|
Clearness of understanding or insight; penetration, discernment.
|5 May 2014||aesthete|
One having or affecting great sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature.
|4 May 2014||sojourn|
To stay as a temporary resident; to dwell for a time.
|3 May 2014||laudable|
Worthy of praise; commendable.
|2 May 2014||rubicund|
Inclining to redness; ruddy; red.
|1 May 2014||acrid|
- Sharp and harsh, or bitter to the taste or smell; pungent.
- Caustic in language or tone; bitter.
|30 Apr 2014||garrulous|
- Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative.
|29 Apr 2014||ennui|
A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest; boredom.
|28 Apr 2014||penchant|
Inclination; decided taste; a strong liking.
|27 Apr 2014||exacerbate|
To render more severe, violent, or bitter; to irritate; to aggravate; to make worse.
|26 Apr 2014||kismet|
|25 Apr 2014||tortuous|
- 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 2014||platitude|
- Staleness of ideas or language; triteness.
- A thought or remark that is banal, trite, or stale.
|23 Apr 2014||kvetch|
- A complaint.
- A habitual complainer.
|22 Apr 2014||chagrin|
Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.
|21 Apr 2014||ameliorate|
To make better; to improve.
|20 Apr 2014||ablution|
- 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 2014||chary|
- Wary; cautious.
- Not giving or expending freely; sparing.
|18 Apr 2014||bete noire|
Something or someone particularly detested or avoided; a bugbear.
|17 Apr 2014||autodidact|
|16 Apr 2014||rapine|
The act of plundering; the seizing and carrying away of another's property by force.
|15 Apr 2014||acumen|
Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.
|14 Apr 2014||dilatory|
- 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 2014||cogitate|
To think deeply or intently; to ponder; to meditate.
|12 Apr 2014||fulminate|
- To issue or utter verbal attacks or censures authoritatively or menacingly.
- To explode; to detonate.
|11 Apr 2014||purblind|
- Having greatly reduced vision.
- Lacking in insight or discernment.
|10 Apr 2014||pugnacious|
Inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.
|9 Apr 2014||Zeitgeist|
(Often capitalized) The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.
|8 Apr 2014||lambent|
- 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 2014||precipice|
- A very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; a cliff.
- The brink of a hazardous situation.
|6 Apr 2014||affable|
- Easy to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner.
- Gracious; benign.
|5 Apr 2014||gastronome|
A connoisseur of good food and drink.
|4 Apr 2014||subterfuge|
A deceptive device or stratagem.
|3 Apr 2014||esurient|
Hungry; voracious; greedy.