Word of the Day Archive
June 2001

  1. alfresco: outdoors; outdoor.
  2. dotage: feebleness of mind due to old age.
  3. parse: to analyze.
  4. commensurate: equal in measure or extent; also, proportionate.
  5. paterfamilias: the male head of a household; the father of a family.
  6. rotund: round; rounded in figure.
  7. wag: a humorous person; a wit.
  8. efficacious: producing, or capable of producing, a desired effect.
  9. aegis: a shield; protection.
  10. denouement: the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work.
  11. yen: a desire or craving.
  12. irenic: promoting peace.
  13. perorate: to conclude or sum up a long discourse; also, to speak at length.
  14. sui generis: unique.
  15. collegial: characterized by or having authority vested equally among colleagues.
  16. slaver: to slobber; to drool.
  17. discomfit: to disconcert; also, to thwart.
  18. sere: dry; withered.
  19. gadabout: one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.
  20. effusive: excessively demonstrative.
  21. languor: lack of energy or vitality.
  22. bloviate: to speak or write in a pompous manner.
  23. mephitic: offensive to the smell; also, noxious.
  24. oblation: an offering.
  25. interlard: to insert between; to mix.
  26. fait accompli: an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.
  27. blackguard: a scoundrel.
  28. peremptory: precluding or putting an end to all debate or action.
  29. genuflect: to bend the knee, as in worship; also, to grovel.
  30. redolent: having or exuding fragrance; also, evocative, reminiscent.


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