Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
19 Aug 2017nosegay
  • A bunch of odorous and showy flowers; a bouquet; a posy.

18 Aug 2017propitious
  • 1. Presenting favorable circumstances or conditions.
    2. Favorably inclined; gracious; benevolent.

17 Aug 2017verdure
  • Green; greenness; freshness of vegetation; as, the verdure of the meadows in June.

16 Aug 2017winsome
  • 1. Cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted.
    2. Causing joy or pleasure; agreeable; pleasant.

15 Aug 2017dapple
  • 1. A small contrasting spot or blotch.
    2. A mottled appearance, especially of the coat of an animal (as a horse).

    transitive verb:
    1. To mark with patches of a color or shade; to spot.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To become dappled.

    1. Marked with contrasting patches or spots; dappled.

14 Aug 2017mores
  • 1. The fixed customs of a particular group that are morally binding upon all members of the group.
    2. Moral attitudes.
    3. Customs; habits; ways.

13 Aug 2017subfusc
  • Dark or dull in color; drab, dusky.

12 Aug 2017alpenglow
  • A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.

11 Aug 2017immolate
  • 1. To sacrifice; to offer in sacrifice; to kill as a sacrificial victim.
    2. To kill or destroy, often by fire.

10 Aug 2017neophyte
  • 1. A new convert or proselyte.
    2. A novice; a beginner in anything.

9 Aug 2017susurrus
  • A whispering or rustling sound; a murmur.

8 Aug 2017malediction
  • A curse or execration.

7 Aug 2017mawkish
  • 1. Sickly or excessively sentimental.
    2. Insipid in taste; nauseous; disgusting.

6 Aug 2017virago
  • 1. A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage.
    2. A woman regarded as loud, scolding, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, or overbearing.

5 Aug 2017bruit
  • To report; to noise abroad.

4 Aug 2017loquacious
  • 1. Very talkative.
    2. Full of excessive talk; wordy.

3 Aug 2017orotund
  • 1. Characterized by fullness, clarity, strength, and smoothness of sound.
    2. Pompous; bombastic.

2 Aug 2017umbrage
  • 1. Shade; shadow; hence, something that affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage.
    2. a. A vague or indistinct indication or suggestion; a hint.
    3. b. Reason for doubt; suspicion.
    4. Suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment.

1 Aug 2017lexicon
  • 1. A book containing an alphabetical arrangement of the words in a language with the definition of each; a dictionary.
    2. The vocabulary of a person, group, subject, or language.
    3. [Linguistics] The total morphemes of a language.

31 Jul 2017tocsin
  • 1. An alarm bell, or the ringing of a bell for the purpose of alarm.
    2. A warning.

30 Jul 2017pelf
  • Money; riches; gain; -- generally conveying the idea of something ill-gotten.

29 Jul 2017votary
  • 1. One who is devoted, given, or addicted to some particular pursuit, subject, study, or way of life.
    2. A devoted admirer.
    3. A devout adherent of a religion or cult.
    4. A dedicated believer or advocate.

28 Jul 2017aberrant
  • Markedly different from an accepted norm; Deviating from the ordinary or natural type; abnormal.

27 Jul 2017lackadaisical
  • Lacking spirit or liveliness; showing lack of interest; languid; listless.

26 Jul 2017abjure
  • 1. To renounce under oath.
    2. To renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to reject; repudiate.
    3. To abstain from; to shun.

25 Jul 2017sinecure
  • An office or position that requires or involves little or no responsibility, work, or active service.

24 Jul 2017conurbation
  • An aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.

23 Jul 2017gewgaw
  • A showy trifle; a trinket; a bauble.

22 Jul 2017palpable
  • 1. Capable of being touched and felt; perceptible by the touch; as, a palpable form.
    2. Easily perceptible; plain; distinct; obvious; readily perceived and detected; gross; as, palpable imposture; palpable absurdity; palpable errors.

21 Jul 2017laconic
  • Using or marked by the use of a minimum of words; brief and pithy; brusque.

20 Jul 2017cant
  • 1. The idioms and peculiarities of speech in any sect, class, or occupation.
    2. The use of religious phraseology without understanding or sincerity.
    3. Empty, solemn speech, implying what is not felt; insincere talk; hypocrisy.
    4. A whining manner of speaking, especially of beggars.

19 Jul 2017abstemious
  • 1. Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; abstinent.
    2. Sparingly used or consumed; used with temperance or moderation.
    3. Marked by or spent in abstinence.

18 Jul 2017onus
  • 1. A burden; an obligation; a disagreeable necessity.
    2. a: A stigma. b: Blame.
    3. The burden of proof.

17 Jul 2017sempiternal
  • Of never ending duration; having beginning but no end; everlasting; endless.

16 Jul 2017beneficence
  • 1. The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.
    2. A charitable gift or act.

15 Jul 2017inchoate
  • 1. In an initial or early stage; just begun.
    2. Imperfectly formed or formulated.

14 Jul 2017effulgence
  • The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.

13 Jul 2017nadir
  • 1. [Astronomy]. The point of the celestial sphere directly opposite the zenith and directly below the observer.
    2. The lowest point; the time of greatest depression or adversity.

12 Jul 2017puerile
  • Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; juvenile; childish.

11 Jul 2017segue
  • 1. To proceed without interruption; to make a smooth transition.

    1. An instance or act of segueing; a smooth transition.

10 Jul 2017jocund
  • Full of or expressing high-spirited merriment; light-hearted; mirthful.

9 Jul 2017adamant
  • Not capable of being swayed by pleas, appeals, or reason; not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.

8 Jul 2017halcyon
  • 1. A kingfisher.
    2. 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.

    1. Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy; as, "deep, halcyon repose."
    2. Marked by peace and prosperity; as, "halcyon years."

7 Jul 2017banal
  • Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.

6 Jul 2017gimcrack
  • 1. A showy but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw.

    1. Tastelessly showy; cheap; gaudy.

5 Jul 2017fetid
  • Having an offensive smell; stinking.

4 Jul 2017modicum
  • A small or moderate or token amount.

3 Jul 2017adventitious
  • 1. Added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
    2. (Biology) Out of the proper or usual place; as, "adventitious buds or roots."

2 Jul 2017capitulate
  • To surrender under agreed conditions.

1 Jul 2017deliquesce
  • 1. To melt away or to disappear as if by melting.
    2. (Chemistry) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies.
    3. To become fluid or soft with age, as certain fungi.
    4. To form many small divisions or branches -- used especially of the veins of a leaf.

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