Word of the Day Archive
November 1999

  1. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful.
  2. sybarite: a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
  3. gourmand: one who enjoys good food in great quantities.
  4. animadversion: harsh criticism or disapproval.
  5. desuetude: disuse.
  6. pusillanimous: cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
  7. inculcate: to teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.
  8. mien: demeanor; also, aspect; appearance.
  9. garrulous: talkative; also, wordy.
  10. aggrandize: to make or make appear great or greater.
  11. sojourn: to dwell for a time; also, a temporary stay.
  12. bombast: pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
  13. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth.
  14. berate: to scold severely or angrily.
  15. supererogatory: going beyond what is required or expected; also, superfluous, unnecessary.
  16. encomium: expression of praise.
  17. sardonic: scornful, mocking.
  18. raconteur: one who excels in telling stories and anecdotes.
  19. polymath: a person of great or varied learning.
  20. extempore: without premeditation or preparation.
  21. blandishment: flattering speech or action.
  22. hugger-mugger: secret; also, muddled, disorderly.
  23. quiddity: the essence or nature of a thing.
  24. implacable: incapable of being pacified.
  25. edacious: given to eating.
  26. surfeit: excess; an excessive amount.
  27. perspicacity: clearness of understanding.
  28. aberrant: abnormal.
  29. ennui: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest.
  30. invidious: tending to provoke envy or ill will.


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