Word of the Day Archive
November 2000

  1. perquisite: a benefit in addition to a salary.
  2. exigency: state of requiring immediate action; also, that which is required in a particular situation.
  3. succinct: brief; concise.
  4. ineffectual: without effect; weak; useless.
  5. sapient: wise; sage; discerning.
  6. pugilist: a boxer.
  7. deus ex machina: an agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.
  8. circumspect: cautious; prudent.
  9. tutelage: guardianship; protection; also, instruction.
  10. visage: the face; also, appearance; aspect.
  11. introspection: the act or process of self-examination; reflection.
  12. missive: a written message; a letter.
  13. expropriate: to deprive of possession; also, to transfer (property) to oneself.
  14. malcontent: one who is discontented or dissatisfied.
  15. ukase: an edict.
  16. derogate: to deviate from expectation; also, to detract; also, to disparage.
  17. raillery: good-humored banter or teasing repartee.
  18. neologism: a new word or expression; the use or creation of new words or expressions.
  19. malaise: a condition of uneasiness or ill-being.
  20. raffish: gaudily vulgar or cheap; also, characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality.
  21. parlous: fraught with danger; hazardous.
  22. querulous: habitually complaining; also, expressing complaint.
  23. cornucopia: the horn of plenty; also, an abundance.
  24. panacea: a cure-all.
  25. sine qua non: an indispensable thing.
  26. fractious: tending to cause trouble; also, irritable.
  27. vim: energy; vigor.
  28. perambulate: to stroll; to walk through or over.
  29. wizened: shriveled; withered.
  30. modicum: a small or token amount.


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