Word of the Day Archive
August 2000

  1. obsequious: servilely attentive; fawning.
  2. simulacrum: a representation; an insubstantial or vague semblance.
  3. miasma: a thick vaporous atmosphere, often noxious.
  4. ululate: to howl; to wail.
  5. toothsome: pleasing to the taste; palatable.
  6. asperity: roughness of surface, sound, or manner.
  7. impervious: impenetrable; also, not capable of being affected.
  8. auspicious: favorable; also, prosperous; fortunate.
  9. puissant: powerful.
  10. otiose: ineffective; also, being at leisure; also, of no use.
  11. lucubration: laborious work, study, thought, etc., esp. at night.
  12. quaff: to drink heartily.
  13. perdurable: very durable; long lasting.
  14. crapulous: given to or characterized by excess in drinking or eating.
  15. equanimity: mental or emotional stability or composure; calmness.
  16. megalomania: a mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.
  17. verbose: wordy.
  18. gauche: lacking social polish; tactless.
  19. euphonious: pleasing or sweet in sound.
  20. fustian: pompous or pretentious language.
  21. contradistinction: distinction by contrast.
  22. disparate: fundamentally different; also, composed of dissimilar elements.
  23. palaver: idle talk; also, to talk idly.
  24. malleable: capable of being shaped; also, adaptable.
  25. termagant: a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman.
  26. consanguineous: related by blood; descended from the same ancestor.
  27. verisimilitude: the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability.
  28. tendentious: marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.
  29. avoirdupois: weight; heaviness.
  30. dudgeon: a state or fit of intense indignation.
  31. rusticate: to go to the country.


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