Word of the Day Archive
October 1999

  1. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious.
  2. noisome: offensive or disgusting; also, harmful; unwholesome.
  3. exacerbate: to aggravate; to make worse.
  4. misnomer: a misnaming.
  5. lackadaisical: lacking spirit or liveliness.
  6. hauteur: haughtiness; arrogance.
  7. skulk: to hide in a sneaking manner.
  8. voluble: characterized by a ready flow of speech.
  9. ostracize: to banish or expel.
  10. autocrat: a ruler with unlimited authority.
  11. beholden: obliged; indebted.
  12. aplomb: confidence; coolness.
  13. disheveled: in loose disorder; disarranged.
  14. precocious: characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development.
  15. reticent: inclined to keep silent.
  16. legerdemain: sleight of hand.
  17. vituperate: to overwhelm with wordy abuse.
  18. foment: to nurse to life or activity; to incite.
  19. contumely: rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt.
  20. philomath: a lover of learning; a scholar.
  21. aesthete: one who cultivates great sensitivity to beauty.
  22. nefarious: wicked in the extreme.
  23. proclivity: a natural inclination.
  24. flout: to treat with contempt and disregard.
  25. sesquipedalian: (of words) long; having many syllables.
  26. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation.
  27. circumlocution: the use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few.
  28. wayworn: wearied by traveling.
  29. potable: drinkable; also, a beverage, especially an alcoholic one.
  30. crepuscular: pertaining to twilight.
  31. doppelganger: a ghostly double.


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