Word of the Day Archive
January 2000

  1. segue: to proceed without interruption.
  2. palimpsest: an object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent.
  3. bete noire: something or someone particularly detested or avoided.
  4. farrago: an assortment; a medley.
  5. expatiate: to speak or write at length.
  6. nadir: the lowest point.
  7. protean: readily assuming different shapes or forms.
  8. fulsome: offensive from excess of praise.
  9. constitutional: a walk taken for one's health.
  10. quondam: former; sometime.
  11. sinecure: an office or position that involves little work or responsibility.
  12. vainglory: excessive pride or vain display.
  13. canard: an unfounded or false report.
  14. gainsay: to contradict; to deny.
  15. portend: to foreshadow; to bode.
  16. ratiocination: the process of logical reasoning.
  17. equivocate: to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear.
  18. frisson: a sudden, passing sensation of excitement.
  19. tchotchke: a trinket; a knickknack.
  20. inveigh: to rail (against some person or thing).
  21. propound: to put forward for consideration.
  22. acrid: sharp and harsh; bitter.
  23. lachrymose: given to causing tears.
  24. fop: a man who is vain about his dress and appearance.
  25. defenestrate: to throw out of a window.
  26. brio: vigor; vivacity.
  27. supercilious: disdainfully arrogant.
  28. gesticulate: to make gestures or motions.
  29. probity: complete and confirmed integrity.
  30. inveterate: deep-rooted; of long standing.
  31. Hobson's choice: a choice without an alternative.


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