Word Of The Day

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Date WordDescription
29 Nov 2018sonorous
  • 1. Giving sound when struck; resonant; as, sonorous metals.
    2. Loud-sounding; giving a clear or loud sound; as, a sonorous voice.
    3. Yielding sound; characterized by sound; as, the vowels are sonorous.
    4. Impressive in sound; high-sounding.

28 Nov 2018doyen
  • 1. The senior member of a body or group.
    2. One who is knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in some field of endeavor.
    3. A woman who is a doyen.

27 Nov 2018impregnable
  • 1. Not capable of being stormed or taken by assault; unconquerable; as, an impregnable fortress.
    2. Difficult or impossible to overcome or refute successfully; beyond question or criticism; as, an impregnable argument.

26 Nov 2018raffish
  • 1. Characterized by or suggestive of flashy vulgarity, crudeness, or rowdiness; tawdry.
    2. Marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; rakish.

25 Nov 2018beau ideal
  • A perfect or an idealized type or model.

24 Nov 2018slaver
  • 1. To slobber; to drool.

    1. Saliva drooling from the mouth.

23 Nov 2018vivify
  • 1. To endue with life; to make alive; to animate.
    2. To make more lively or intense.

22 Nov 2018satiety
  • The state of being full or gratified to or beyond the point of satisfaction.

21 Nov 2018crux
  • 1. The basic, central, or critical point or feature.
    2. Anything that is very puzzling or difficult to explain or solve.

20 Nov 2018bucolic
  • 1. Relating to or typical of the countryside or its people; rustic.
    2. Of or pertaining to the life and occupation of a shepherd; pastoral.

    1. A pastoral poem, depicting rural affairs, and the life, manners, and occupation of shepherds.
    2. A country person.

19 Nov 2018Pyrrhic victory
  • A victory achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous victory.

18 Nov 2018idee fixe
  • An idea that dominates the mind; a fixed idea; an obsession.

17 Nov 2018genial
  • 1. [Obsolete] Pertaining to generation or marriage.
    2. Friendly, warm; kindly; sympathetically cheerful and cheering.
    3. Mild, pleasant; comfortable; favorable to life or growth.

16 Nov 2018missive
  • A written message; a letter.

15 Nov 2018conspectus
  • 1. A general sketch or survey of a subject.
    2. A synopsis; an outline.

14 Nov 2018roseate
  • 1. Overly optimistic; bright or cheerful.
    2. Resembling a rose especially in color.

13 Nov 2018moribund
  • 1. In a dying state; dying; at the point of death.
    2. Becoming obsolete or inactive.

12 Nov 2018pellucid
  • 1. Transparent; clear; not opaque.
    2. Easily understandable.

11 Nov 2018homily
  • 1. A sermon; a discourse on a religious theme.
    2. A moralizing lecture or discourse.
    3. An inspirational saying; also, a platitude.

10 Nov 2018cohort
  • 1. A group or band of people.
    2. A companion; an associate.
    3. A group of people sharing a common statistical factor (as age or membership in a class) in a demographic study.
    4. (Roman Antiquity) A body of about 300 to 600 soldiers; the tenth part of a legion.
    5. Any group or body of warriors.

9 Nov 2018gadabout
  • Someone who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.

8 Nov 2018maunder
  • 1. To talk incoherently; to speak in a rambling manner.
    2. To wander aimlessly or confusedly.

7 Nov 2018conflate
  • 1. To bring together; to fuse together; to join or meld.
    2. To combine (as two readings of a text) into one whole.

6 Nov 2018overweening
  • 1. Overbearing; arrogant; presumptuous.
    2. Excessive; immoderate; exaggerated.

5 Nov 2018dissimulate
  • 1. To conceal under a false appearance.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To hide one's feelings or intentions; to put on a false appearance; to feign; to pretend.

4 Nov 2018inscrutable
  • Difficult to fathom or understand; difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; obscure; incomprehensible; impenetrable.

3 Nov 2018supine
  • 1. Lying on the back, or with the face upward.
    2. Indolent; listless; inactive; mentally or morally lethargic.

2 Nov 2018censure
  • 1. The act of blaming or finding fault with and condemning as wrong; reprehension; blame.
    2. An official reprimand or expression of disapproval.

    transitive verb:
    1. To find fault with and condemn as wrong; to blame; to criticize severely.
    2. To express official disapproval of.

1 Nov 2018extemporaneous
  • 1. Composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment, or without previous study; unpremeditated; impromptu.
    2. Prepared beforehand but delivered without notes or text.
    3. Skilled at or given to extemporaneous speech.
    4. Provided, made, or put to use as an expedient; makeshift.

31 Oct 2018pettifogger
  • 1. A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster.
    2. A person who quibbles over trivia.

30 Oct 2018yeasty
  • 1. Of, pertaining to, or resembling yeast.
    2. Not yet settled or formed; immature or incomplete.
    3. Marked by agitation or change.
    4. Frothy or trivial; frivolous.
    5. Full of vitality; exuberant.

29 Oct 2018cudgel
  • 1. A short heavy stick used as a weapon; a club.

    transitive verb:
    1. To beat with or as if with a cudgel.

28 Oct 2018foofaraw
  • 1. Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration.
    2. A fuss over a matter of little importance.

27 Oct 2018imprecation
  • 1. The act of imprecating, or invoking evil upon someone.
    2. A curse.

26 Oct 2018eddy
  • 1. A current of air or water running in a direction contrary to the main current, or moving in a circular direction; a whirlpool.
    2. A tendency or current (as of opinion or history) contrary to or separate from a main current.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To move in an eddy or as if in an eddy; to move in a circle.

    transitive verb:
    1. To cause to move in an eddy or as if in an eddy.

25 Oct 2018bromide
  • 1. A compound of bromine and another element or a positive organic radical.
    2. A dose of potassium bromide taken as a sedative.
    3. A dull person with conventional thoughts.
    4. A commonplace or conventional saying.

24 Oct 2018tractable
  • 1. Capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile.
    2. Easily handled, managed, or worked; malleable.

23 Oct 2018incarnadine
  • 1. Having a fleshy pink color.
    2. Red; blood-red.

    transitive verb:
    1. To make red or crimson.

22 Oct 2018bowdlerize
  • 1. To remove or modify the parts (of a book, for example) considered offensive.
    2. To modify, as by shortening, simplifying, or distorting in style or content.

21 Oct 2018coxcomb
  • 1. obsolete. A cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red. (Now cockscomb).
    2. archaic. The top of the head, or the head itself.
    3. Obsolete. A fool.
    4. A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments; a dandy; a fop.

20 Oct 2018uxorious
  • Excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.

19 Oct 2018sunder
  • 1. To break apart; to separate; to divide; to sever.

    intransitive verb:
    1. To become parted, disunited, or severed.

18 Oct 2018chimerical
  • 1. Merely imaginary; produced by or as if by a wildly fanciful imagination; fantastic; improbable or unrealistic.
    2. Given to or indulging in unrealistic fantasies or fantastic schemes.

17 Oct 2018hinterland
  • 1. A region situated inland from a coast.
    2. A region remote from urban areas; backcountry.
    3. A region situated beyond the major metropolitan or cultural centers.

16 Oct 2018interregnum
  • 1. The interval between two reigns; any period when a state is left without a ruler.
    2. A period of freedom from authority or during which government functions are suspended.
    3. Any breach of continuity in an order; a lapse or interval in a continuity.

15 Oct 2018punctilio
  • 1. A fine point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
    2. Strictness or exactness in the observance of formalities; as, "the punctilios of a public ceremony."

14 Oct 2018favonian
  • Pertaining to the west wind; soft; mild; gentle.

13 Oct 2018exegesis
  • Exposition; explanation; especially, a critical explanation of a text.

12 Oct 2018nascent
  • Beginning to exist or having recently come into existence; coming into being.

11 Oct 2018fait accompli
  • An accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.

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