Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
16 May 2017beholden
  • Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.

15 May 2017parsimonious
  • Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.

14 May 2017affable
  • 1. Easy to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing with them in a free and friendly manner.
    2. Gracious; benign.

13 May 2017Zeitgeist
  • [Often capitalized] The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.

12 May 2017circumlocution
  • The use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few; indirect or roundabout language.

11 May 2017wastrel
  • 1. A person who wastes, especially one who squanders money; a spendthrift.
    2. An idler; a loafer; a good-for-nothing.

10 May 2017caesura
  • 1. A break or pause in a line of verse, usually occurring in the middle of a line, and indicated in scanning by a double vertical line; for example, "The proper study || of mankind is man" [Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man].
    2. Any break, pause, or interruption.

9 May 2017refulgent
  • Shining brightly; radiant; brilliant; resplendent.

8 May 2017kismet
  • Destiny; fate.

7 May 2017volte-face
  • An about-face; a reversal, as in policy or opinion.

6 May 2017indelible
  • 1. That cannot be removed, erased, or washed away.
    2. Making marks that cannot easily be removed or erased.
    3. Incapable of being forgotten; memorable.

5 May 2017badinage
  • Light, playful talk; banter.

4 May 2017eke
  • 1. To gain or supplement with great effort or difficulty -- used with 'out'.
    2. To increase or make last by being economical -- used with 'out'.

3 May 2017regale
  • 1. To entertain with something that delights.
    2. To entertain sumptuously with fine food and drink.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To feast.

    noun:
    1. A sumptuous feast.
    2. A choice food; a delicacy.
    3. Refreshment.

2 May 2017assuage
  • 1. To make milder or less severe; to reduce the intensity of; to ease; to relieve.
    2. To appease; to satisfy.
    3. To soothe or calm; to pacify.

1 May 2017ennui
  • A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest; boredom.

30 Apr 2017iota
  • 1. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet, corresponding to the English i.
    2. A very small quantity or degree; a jot; a bit.

29 Apr 2017flummox
  • To confuse; to perplex.

28 Apr 2017ersatz
  • Being a substitute or imitation, usually an inferior one.

27 Apr 2017propinquity
  • 1. Nearness in place; proximity.
    2. Nearness in time.
    3. Nearness of relation; kinship.

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.

25 Apr 2017atelier
  • A workshop; a studio.

24 Apr 2017fealty
  • 1. Fidelity to one's lord; the feudal obligation by which the tenant or vassal was bound to be faithful to his lord.
    2. The oath by which this obligation was assumed.
    3. Fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.

23 Apr 2017malfeasance
  • Wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior, especially by a public official.

22 Apr 2017introspection
  • The act or process of self-examination; contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings; a looking inward.

21 Apr 2017temerarious
  • Recklessly or presumptuously daring; rash.

20 Apr 2017potable
  • 1. Fit to drink; suitable for drinking; drinkable.

    noun:
    1. A potable liquid; a beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage.

19 Apr 2017mien
  • 1. Manner or bearing, especially as expressive of mood, attitude, or personality; demeanor.
    2. Aspect; appearance.

18 Apr 2017somnolent
  • 1. Sleepy; drowsy; inclined to sleep.
    2. Tending to cause sleepiness or drowsiness.

17 Apr 2017ameliorate
  • 1. To make better; to improve.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To grow better.

16 Apr 2017rictus
  • 1. The gape of the mouth, as of birds.
    2. A gaping grin or grimace.

15 Apr 2017nostrum
  • 1. A medicine of secret composition and unproven or dubious effectiveness; a quack medicine.
    2. A usually questionable remedy or scheme; a cure-all.

14 Apr 2017varicolored
  • Having a variety of colors; of various colors.

13 Apr 2017sentient
  • 1. Capable of perceiving by the senses; conscious.
    2. Experiencing sensation or feeling.

12 Apr 2017acumen
  • Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.

11 Apr 2017garrulous
  • 1. Talking much, especially about commonplace or trivial things; talkative.
    2. Wordy.

10 Apr 2017amative
  • Pertaining to or disposed to love, especially sexual love; full of love; amorous.
9 Apr 2017commination
  • A denunciation.
  • A threat of punishment.
8 Apr 2017altercation
  • A heated, noisy, or angry dispute; noisy controversy or argument.
7 Apr 2017naif
  • Naive.
6 Apr 2017antiquarian
  • Of or pertaining to antiquarians or objects or relics from the past.
  • Dealing in or concerned with old or rare books.
5 Apr 2017peradventure
  • [Archaic] Possibly; perhaps.
4 Apr 2017hermitage
  • The habitation of a hermit or group of hermits.
  • A monastery or abbey.
  • A secluded residence; a retreat; a hideaway.
  • [Capitalized] A palace in St. Petersburg, now an art museum.
3 Apr 2017manumit
  • To free from slavery or servitude.
2 Apr 2017ingenuous
  • Demonstrating childlike simplicity; innocent; naive.
  • Free from reserve, restraint, or guile; open; frank.
  • [Obsolete] Noble; honorable.
1 Apr 2017durance
  • Imprisonment; confinement or restraint by or as if by force (usually used in the phrase "durance vile").
  • [Archaic] Endurance.
31 Mar 2017glutinous
  • Of the nature of glue; resembling glue; sticky.
30 Mar 2017betimes
  • Early; in good time; before it is late.
  • At times; on occasion.
  • [Archaic] Soon; in a short time.
29 Mar 2017unfledged
  • Lacking the feathers necessary for flight.
  • Not fully developed; immature.
28 Mar 2017odium
  • Intense hatred or dislike; loathing; abhorrence.
  • The state or fact of being intensely hated as the result of some despicable action.
  • Disgrace or discredit attaching to something hated or repugnant.
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