Word of the Day Archive
April 2000

  1. coxcomb: a conceited, foolish dandy.
  2. chicanery: the use of trickery to deceive.
  3. habitue: one who habitually frequents a place.
  4. pellucid: transparent, shining through; also, easily understandable.
  5. buss: a kiss; to kiss.
  6. factitious: artificial; not authentic or genuine.
  7. profligate: shamelessly immoral; also, recklessly wasteful.
  8. bedaub: to besmear; also, to overdecorate.
  9. bifurcate: to divide into two branches.
  10. contumacious: obstinate; stubbornly disobedient.
  11. firmament: the sky; the heavens.
  12. arcane: understood or known by only a few.
  13. perfunctory: done routinely.
  14. temerity: unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger.
  15. superannuated: old; discharged or disqualified on account of old age.
  16. egregious: outrageously bad.
  17. tutelary: guardian; protecting.
  18. condign: deserved; adequate.
  19. lambent: brilliantly playful.
  20. confabulation: familiar talk.
  21. expiate: to make amends for; to atone for.
  22. somniferous: causing or inducing sleep.
  23. aubade: a song greeting the dawn.
  24. cogitate: to think; to ponder.
  25. persiflage: frivolous or bantering talk.
  26. obfuscate: to make obscure or unclear; also, to darken.
  27. calumny: malicious misrepresentation; slander.
  28. ablution: the washing of the body or some part of it.
  29. undulate: to move in waves.
  30. cosset: to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.


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