Word of the Day Archive
1999

  1. emolument: the wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor. (Monday May 03*)
  2. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward. (Tuesday May 04)
  3. deprecate: to disapprove of; also, to belittle. (Wednesday May 05)
  4. bivouac: a usually temporary encampment; also, to encamp. (Thursday May 06)
  5. umbrage: offense; resentment. (Friday May 07)
  6. incipient: beginning to exist or appear. (Saturday May 08)
  7. dapple: a small contrasting blotch; also, to mark with spots. (Sunday May 09)
  8. pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome. (Monday May 10)
  9. capitulate: to surrender under agreed conditions. (Tuesday May 11)
  10. susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound. (Wednesday May 12)
  11. thaumaturgy: the performing of miracles or magic. (Thursday May 13)
  12. capacious: able to contain much. (Friday May 14)
  13. glower: to stare angrily or with a scowl. (Saturday May 15)
  14. canorous: melodious; musical. (Sunday May 16)
  15. repast: a meal. (Monday May 17)
  16. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words. (Tuesday May 18)
  17. tenebrous: dark; gloomy. (Wednesday May 19)
  18. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness. (Thursday May 20)
  19. gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble. (Friday May 21)
  20. effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant. (Saturday May 22)
  21. assuage: to soften; to ease, or lessen. (Sunday May 23)
  22. exiguity: smallness; thinness; the quality of being meager. (Monday May 24)
  23. seriatim: in a series; one after another. (Tuesday May 25)
  24. tmesis: in grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word. (Wednesday May 26)
  25. chthonic: dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld. (Thursday May 27)
  26. objurgate: to scold or rebuke sharply. (Friday May 28)
  27. plethora: excess. (Saturday May 29)
  28. lissom: supple; nimble. (Sunday May 30)
  29. badinage: light, playful talk. (Monday May 31)
  30. propitious: presenting favorable circumstances. (Tuesday June 01)
  31. inclement: harsh; severe -- especially said of the weather. (Wednesday June 02)
  32. kobold: a kind of domestic spirit in German mythology. (Thursday June 03)
  33. knell: the stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral. (Friday June 04)
  34. cogent: appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing. (Saturday June 05)
  35. regale: to entertain with something that delights. (Sunday June 06)
  36. mordant: biting; caustic; sarcastic. (Monday June 07)
  37. agog: in eager desire. (Tuesday June 08)
  38. captious: disposed to find fault or raise objections. (Wednesday June 09)
  39. arbitrage: the nearly simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit from price discrepancies. (Thursday June 10)
  40. redoubt: a stronghold. (Friday June 11)
  41. chichi: affectedly trendy. (Saturday June 12)
  42. taw: a large marble. (Sunday June 13)
  43. vexillology: the study of flags. (Monday June 14)
  44. quorum: such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business. (Tuesday June 15)
  45. abscond: to depart secretly. (Wednesday June 16)
  46. virtu: love of or taste for fine objects of art; also, productions of art. (Thursday June 17)
  47. junta: a governmental council or committee, esp. one that rules after a revolution. (Friday June 18)
  48. gamut: a complete extent or range. (Saturday June 19)
  49. lexicon: a dictionary; also, the vocabulary of a person, group, etc. (Sunday June 20)
  50. aestival: of or belonging to the summer. (Monday June 21)
  51. slugabed: one who stays in bed until a late hour. (Tuesday June 22)
  52. desultory: jumping from subject to subject; erratic; inconsistent. (Wednesday June 23)
  53. irascible: easily provoked to anger. (Thursday June 24)
  54. acumen: quickness or keenness of perception or discernment. (Friday June 25)
  55. scion: a descendant; an heir. (Saturday June 26)
  56. bandog: a large and fierce dog. (Sunday June 27)
  57. multifarious: having great diversity or variety. (Monday June 28)
  58. sublunary: situated beneath the moon; terrestrial. (Tuesday June 29)
  59. ebullient: high-spirited. (Wednesday June 30)
  60. Brobdingnagian: gigantic; enormous. (Thursday July 01)
  61. extant: still existing. (Friday July 02)
  62. verdant: green. (Saturday July 03)
  63. Whig: a friend and supporter of the American Revolution. (Sunday July 04)
  64. trepidation: a state of dread or alarm; apprehension. (Monday July 05)
  65. torrid: drying or scorching with heat; burning; parching. (Tuesday July 06)
  66. gnomic: uttering, containing, or characterized by maxims. (Wednesday July 07)
  67. comity: a state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect. (Thursday July 08)
  68. tyro: a novice. (Friday July 09)
  69. avarice: an excessive desire of gain; greediness. (Saturday July 10)
  70. eke: to gain or supplement with great effort or difficulty. (Sunday July 11)
  71. tittle-tattle: idle, trifling talk. (Monday July 12)
  72. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator. (Tuesday July 13)
  73. torpid: dull; sluggish; apathetic. (Wednesday July 14)
  74. grok: to understand. (Thursday July 15)
  75. ameliorate: to make or grow better. (Friday July 16)
  76. bestow: to give or confer. (Saturday July 17)
  77. comestible: suitable to be eaten. (Sunday July 18)
  78. requisite: required; indispensable. (Monday July 19)
  79. prolix: wordy. (Tuesday July 20)
  80. sobriquet: a nickname. (Wednesday July 21)
  81. Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time. (Thursday July 22)
  82. numismatics: the collection and study of coins. (Friday July 23)
  83. palpable: plain; distinct; obvious. (Saturday July 24)
  84. listless: having no desire or inclination. (Sunday July 25)
  85. antediluvian: extremely old. (Monday July 26)
  86. melee: a confused conflict. (Tuesday July 27)
  87. genial: sympathetically cheerful and cheering; kindly. (Wednesday July 28)
  88. raucous: unpleasantly loud and harsh. (Thursday July 29)
  89. aberrant: abnormal. (Friday July 30)
  90. diffident: bashful or unassertive. (Saturday July 31)
  91. superfluous: more than is wanted or is sufficient. (Sunday August 01)
  92. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others. (Monday August 02)
  93. erudite: characterized by extensive reading or knowledge. (Tuesday August 03)
  94. insouciant: marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant. (Wednesday August 04)
  95. salubrious: healthful. (Thursday August 05)
  96. verbiage: an overabundance of words. (Friday August 06)
  97. ascribe: to attribute. (Saturday August 07)
  98. jovial: merry; joyous; jolly. (Sunday August 08)
  99. adamant: not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding. (Monday August 09)
  100. desideratum: something desired. (Tuesday August 10)
  101. ersatz: being a substitute or imitation. (Wednesday August 11)
  102. solace: comfort in grief. (Thursday August 12)
  103. triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13. (Friday August 13)
  104. stoic: indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; also, one who is stoic. (Saturday August 14)
  105. encumbrance: a burden, impediment, or hindrance. (Sunday August 15)
  106. puerile: juvenile; childish. (Monday August 16)
  107. innocuous: harmless; also, unlikely to offend or provoke. (Tuesday August 17)
  108. colloquial: characteristic of informal spoken language. (Wednesday August 18)
  109. eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable. (Thursday August 19)
  110. dour: stern or unyielding or gloomy. (Friday August 20)
  111. incongruous: lacking in harmony. (Saturday August 21)
  112. winsome: light-hearted. (Sunday August 22)
  113. apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance. (Monday August 23)
  114. tumult: the commotion or agitation of a crowd. (Tuesday August 24)
  115. parvenu: an upstart; one newly risen in class or economic status. (Wednesday August 25)
  116. riparian: of or pertaining to the bank of a river. (Thursday August 26)
  117. dilatory: given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay. (Friday August 27)
  118. edify: to instruct and improve. (Saturday August 28)
  119. impecunious: habitually without money; poor. (Sunday August 29)
  120. polyglot: speaking or containing many languages. (Monday August 30)
  121. sedulous: diligent in application or pursuit. (Tuesday August 31)
  122. juju: an object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers. (Wednesday September 01)
  123. chagrin: acute vexation or embarrassment. (Thursday September 02)
  124. métier: an occupation, especially in which one excels. (Friday September 03)
  125. facile: easily done or performed. (Saturday September 04)
  126. perforce: by necessity. (Sunday September 05)
  127. evanescent: fleeting. (Monday September 06)
  128. quotidian: occurring daily; also, ordinary. (Tuesday September 07)
  129. specious: apparently right but not so in reality. (Wednesday September 08)
  130. munificent: very generous. (Thursday September 09)
  131. indolent: lazy; inactive. (Friday September 10)
  132. intransigent: uncompromising. (Saturday September 11)
  133. tortuous: marked by repeated turns and bends. (Sunday September 12)
  134. paucity: fewness; insufficiency. (Monday September 13)
  135. autodidact: one who is self-taught. (Tuesday September 14)
  136. fatuous: inanely foolish; stupid; also, illusory. (Wednesday September 15)
  137. complement: something that fills up or completes. (Thursday September 16)
  138. taciturn: not inclined to talk. (Friday September 17)
  139. en masse: all together; as a whole. (Saturday September 18)
  140. confluence: a flowing or coming together. (Sunday September 19)
  141. maudlin: excessively sentimental. (Monday September 20)
  142. enervate: to weaken. (Tuesday September 21)
  143. recondite: difficult to understand. (Wednesday September 22)
  144. paroxysm: an outburst; a fit. (Thursday September 23)
  145. copious: large in quantity; also, affording an abundant supply. (Friday September 24)
  146. exalt: to praise, glorify, or honor. (Saturday September 25)
  147. erroneous: containing or characterized by error. (Sunday September 26)
  148. prescience: knowledge of events before they take place. (Monday September 27)
  149. ineluctable: impossible to avoid or evade. (Tuesday September 28)
  150. obdurate: hardened in feelings or in wrongdoing; unyielding. (Wednesday September 29)
  151. banal: devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite. (Thursday September 30)
  152. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious. (Friday October 01)
  153. noisome: offensive or disgusting; also, harmful; unwholesome. (Saturday October 02)
  154. exacerbate: to aggravate; to make worse. (Sunday October 03)
  155. misnomer: a misnaming. (Monday October 04)
  156. lackadaisical: lacking spirit or liveliness. (Tuesday October 05)
  157. hauteur: haughtiness; arrogance. (Wednesday October 06)
  158. skulk: to hide in a sneaking manner. (Thursday October 07)
  159. voluble: characterized by a ready flow of speech. (Friday October 08)
  160. ostracize: to banish or expel. (Saturday October 09)
  161. autocrat: a ruler with unlimited authority. (Sunday October 10)
  162. beholden: obliged; indebted. (Monday October 11)
  163. aplomb: confidence; coolness. (Tuesday October 12)
  164. disheveled: in loose disorder; disarranged. (Wednesday October 13)
  165. precocious: characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development. (Thursday October 14)
  166. reticent: inclined to keep silent. (Friday October 15)
  167. legerdemain: sleight of hand. (Saturday October 16)
  168. vituperate: to overwhelm with wordy abuse. (Sunday October 17)
  169. foment: to nurse to life or activity; to incite. (Monday October 18)
  170. contumely: rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt. (Tuesday October 19)
  171. philomath: a lover of learning; a scholar. (Wednesday October 20)
  172. aesthete: one who cultivates great sensitivity to beauty. (Thursday October 21)
  173. nefarious: wicked in the extreme. (Friday October 22)
  174. proclivity: a natural inclination. (Saturday October 23)
  175. flout: to treat with contempt and disregard. (Sunday October 24)
  176. sesquipedalian: (of words) long; having many syllables. (Monday October 25)
  177. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation. (Tuesday October 26)
  178. circumlocution: the use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few. (Wednesday October 27)
  179. wayworn: wearied by traveling. (Thursday October 28)
  180. potable: drinkable; also, a beverage, especially an alcoholic one. (Friday October 29)
  181. crepuscular: pertaining to twilight. (Saturday October 30)
  182. doppelganger: a ghostly double. (Sunday October 31)
  183. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful. (Monday November 01)
  184. sybarite: a person devoted to luxury and pleasure. (Tuesday November 02)
  185. gourmand: one who enjoys good food in great quantities. (Wednesday November 03)
  186. animadversion: harsh criticism or disapproval. (Thursday November 04)
  187. desuetude: disuse. (Friday November 05)
  188. pusillanimous: cowardly. (Saturday November 06)
  189. inculcate: to teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction. (Sunday November 07)
  190. mien: demeanor; also, aspect; appearance. (Monday November 08)
  191. garrulous: talkative; also, wordy. (Tuesday November 09)
  192. aggrandize: to make or make appear great or greater. (Wednesday November 10)
  193. sojourn: to dwell for a time; also, a temporary stay. (Thursday November 11)
  194. bombast: pompous or pretentious speech or writing. (Friday November 12)
  195. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth. (Saturday November 13)
  196. berate: to scold severely or angrily. (Sunday November 14)
  197. supererogatory: going beyond what is required or expected; also, superfluous, unnecessary. (Monday November 15)
  198. encomium: expression of praise. (Tuesday November 16)
  199. sardonic: scornful, mocking. (Wednesday November 17)
  200. raconteur: one who excels in telling stories and anecdotes. (Thursday November 18)
  201. polymath: a person of great or varied learning. (Friday November 19)
  202. extempore: without premeditation or preparation. (Saturday November 20)
  203. blandishment: flattering speech or action. (Sunday November 21)
  204. hugger-mugger: secret; also, muddled, disorderly. (Monday November 22)
  205. quiddity: the essence or nature of a thing. (Tuesday November 23)
  206. implacable: incapable of being pacified. (Wednesday November 24)
  207. edacious: given to eating. (Thursday November 25)
  208. surfeit: excess; an excessive amount. (Friday November 26)
  209. perspicacity: clearness of understanding. (Saturday November 27)
  210. aberrant: abnormal. (Sunday November 28)
  211. ennui: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest. (Monday November 29)
  212. invidious: tending to provoke envy or ill will. (Tuesday November 30)
  213. jocund: light-hearted; mirthful. (Wednesday December 01)
  214. panoply: a splendid or impressive array. (Thursday December 02)
  215. miscreant: a scoundrel, a villain; also, a heretic. (Friday December 03)
  216. fugacious: lasting but a short time. (Saturday December 04)
  217. respite: an interval of rest or relief. (Sunday December 05)
  218. somnolent: drowsy; also, tending to cause sleepiness. (Monday December 06)
  219. cavil: to raise trivial objections; also, a trivial objection. (Tuesday December 07)
  220. daedal: skillful; artistic; ingenious. (Wednesday December 08)
  221. sang-froid: coolness in trying circumstances. (Thursday December 09)
  222. clinquant: glittering; tinsel-like; also, tinsel. (Friday December 10)
  223. assiduous: constant in application or attention. (Saturday December 11)
  224. intractable: not easily governed, managed, or directed. (Sunday December 12)
  225. detritus: debris. (Monday December 13)
  226. eschew: to shun; to avoid. (Tuesday December 14)
  227. apogee: the highest point. (Wednesday December 15)
  228. cant: to talk hypocritically. (Thursday December 16)
  229. imbroglio: a complicated and embarrassing state of things. (Friday December 17)
  230. levity: frivolity. (Saturday December 18)
  231. choler: anger. (Sunday December 19)
  232. inure: to make used to; also, to take or have effect. (Monday December 20)
  233. bonhomie: a pleasant and easy manner. (Tuesday December 21)
  234. land of Nod: sleep. (Wednesday December 22)
  235. ineffable: incapable of being expressed. (Thursday December 23)
  236. vociferous: clamorous; noisy. (Friday December 24)
  237. beneficence: the practice of doing good. (Saturday December 25)
  238. plenary: full; complete. (Sunday December 26)
  239. lassitude: lack of vitality or energy. (Monday December 27)
  240. chary: wary; cautious. (Tuesday December 28)
  241. descry: to catch sight of; to detect. (Wednesday December 29)
  242. cynosure: a center of attention. (Thursday December 30)
  243. fin de siecle: characteristic of the close of the century; sophisticated; world-weary. (Friday December 31)

* The first Word of the Day was on May 3, 1999.

 

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