Word of the Day Archive
October 2000

  1. castigate: to punish or criticize severely.
  2. aver: to assert as true.
  3. callow: immature.
  4. lucre: money; profit.
  5. epigone: an inferior imitator.
  6. imbue: to dye; to instill profoundly.
  7. concupiscence: lust.
  8. irrefragable: impossible to refute.
  9. rictus: a gaping grin or grimace.
  10. nostrum: a questionable remedy.
  11. scintilla: a tiny amount; a spark.
  12. ergo: therefore; consequently.
  13. animus: a feeling of ill will; also, animating spirit; disposition.
  14. ignoramus: an ignorant person; a dunce.
  15. interregnum: the interval between two reigns; also, any breach of continuity in an order.
  16. lexicography: the writing or compiling of dictionaries.
  17. circumambient: surrounding; encompassing.
  18. purdah: social seclusion.
  19. proscribe: to forbid; to prohibit.
  20. coquetry: flirtation.
  21. cadre: a core or nucleus of trained or otherwise qualified personnel around which an organization is formed.
  22. titivate: to make decorative additions to; to spruce.
  23. bromide: a commonplace or conventional saying.
  24. orotund: full in sound; also, bombastic.
  25. pertinacious: holding obstinately to a belief, purpose or design; also, stubbornly persistent.
  26. Promethean: of or pertaining to Prometheus; also, boldly original.
  27. extraneous: coming from the outside; also, not essential; also, irrelevant.
  28. amity: friendship; friendly relations.
  29. pettifogger: a petty, unscrupulous lawyer; also, who quibbles over trivia.
  30. mountebank: a quack; also, a charlatan.
  31. apparition: a ghost; also, an unexpected appearance.


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