Word of the Day Archive
May 1999*

  1. emolument: the wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor.
  2. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward.
  3. deprecate: to disapprove of; also, to belittle.
  4. bivouac: a usually temporary encampment; also, to encamp.
  5. umbrage: offense; resentment.
  6. incipient: beginning to exist or appear.
  7. dapple: a small contrasting blotch; also, to mark with spots.
  8. pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome.
  9. capitulate: to surrender under agreed conditions.
  10. susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound.
  11. thaumaturgy: the performing of miracles or magic.
  12. capacious: able to contain much.
  13. glower: to stare angrily or with a scowl.
  14. canorous: melodious; musical.
  15. repast: a meal.
  16. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
  17. tenebrous: dark; gloomy.
  18. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.
  19. gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble.
  20. effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant.
  21. assuage: to soften; to ease, or lessen.
  22. exiguity: smallness; thinness; the quality of being meager.
  23. seriatim: in a series; one after another.
  24. tmesis: in grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word.
  25. chthonic: dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld.
  26. objurgate: to scold or rebuke sharply.
  27. plethora: excess.
  28. lissom: supple; nimble.
  29. badinage: light, playful talk.

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


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