Word of the Day Archive
April 2001

  1. appellation: a name, title, or designation.
  2. galvanic: pertaining to a direct current of electricity; also, having the effect of an electric shock.
  3. fillip: a snap; also, a stimulus.
  4. apologia: a formal defense or justification.
  5. flaneur: one who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
  6. hullabaloo: a confused noise; uproar.
  7. myriad: consisting of a very great but indefinite number; also, a very great many.
  8. nepotism: favoritism shown to members of one's family.
  9. potboiler: a usually inferior literary or artistic work, produced quickly for the purpose of making money.
  10. distrait: divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
  11. raiment: clothing in general; garments.
  12. politic: political; also, shrewdly tactful.
  13. internecine: destructive; especially, mutually destructive; also, relating to conflict within a group.
  14. bevy: a group; an assembly.
  15. furtive: obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy.
  16. pulchritude: beauty.
  17. mendicant: a beggar.
  18. plaudit: enthusiastic approval.
  19. abstruse: difficult to comprehend.
  20. swan song: a final or farewell appearance, action, or pronouncement.
  21. teetotaler: one pledged to abstinence from alcoholic drinks.
  22. undulant: resembling waves in form, motion, or occurrence.
  23. rapprochement: the establishment or state of cordial relations.
  24. chortle: to utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
  25. hobbledehoy: an awkward, gawky young fellow.
  26. bricolage: construction or something constructed by using whatever materials happen to be available.
  27. clamber: to climb with difficulty, or on all fours.
  28. nettlesome: causing irritation, vexation, or distress.
  29. patrician: a nobleman; also, a person of refined upbringing, manners, and taste.
  30. heterogeneous: consisting of dissimilar elements.


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