Word of the Day Archive
September 2000

  1. ascetic: one who practices extreme self-denial; also, austere, severe.
  2. excoriate: to express strong disapproval of; also, to flay.
  3. dilettante: an amateur; also, an admirer or lover of the fine arts.
  4. truckle: to act in a subservient manner.
  5. nugatory: insignificant; also, ineffectual.
  6. moiety: a half; a small part.
  7. variegated: having marks or patches of different colors; also, varied.
  8. convivial: relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; festive.
  9. posit: to postulate; also, to suggest.
  10. expunge: to strike out or erase; to obliterate.
  11. largess: generous giving; also, gifts of money or other valuables.
  12. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
  13. milieu: environment; setting.
  14. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party.
  15. salient: noticeable; also, projecting; also, leaping.
  16. wunderkind: one who achieves success or acclaim during youth.
  17. obeisance: an expression of deference.
  18. felicitous: apt or appropriate; also, delightful.
  19. grandee: a man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman.
  20. disconsolate: hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.
  21. malinger: to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
  22. credulous: inclined to believe too readily.
  23. tryst: an appointment (as between lovers) to meet.
  24. paragon: a model of excellence or perfection.
  25. inscrutable: difficult to fathom or understand.
  26. soporific: causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
  27. congeries: a collection; an aggregation.
  28. didactic: conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson.
  29. officious: meddlesome.
  30. flippant: showing inappropriate levity; pert.


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