Word of the Day Archive
December 2000

  1. oneiric: pertaining to or suggestive of dreams.
  2. execrable: detestable; extremely bad.
  3. patina: a superficial layer.
  4. provenance: origin; source.
  5. caveat: a warning or caution.
  6. nonage: a period of youth or immaturity.
  7. atelier: a workshop; a studio.
  8. fetid: stinking.
  9. itinerant: traveling from place to place.
  10. conurbation: an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.
  11. equipoise: equilibrium; also, counterbalance.
  12. coruscate: to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
  13. voluptuary: a person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites.
  14. harridan: a scolding, vicious woman.
  15. ambit: circuit or compass; also, sphere of action or influence.
  16. rapport: relation characterized by sympathetic understanding.
  17. pandemic: affecting a whole people or a number of countries.
  18. apocryphal: of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
  19. cormorant: a gluttonous or greedy person.
  20. microcosm: a smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.
  21. harbinger: a precursor; one that presages what is to come.
  22. censure: to criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval.
  23. capricious: whimsical; changeable.
  24. sporadic: occurring singly, or occasionally, or in scattered instances.
  25. wassail: an expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to some one.
  26. quidnunc: a gossip; a busybody.
  27. impassible: incapable of suffering; also, unfeeling or not showing feeling.
  28. gloaming: twilight; dusk.
  29. manse: a large and imposing residence.
  30. Grub Street: the world or category of impoverished literary hacks.
  31. Hogmanay: a gift given on New Year's Eve.


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