Word of the Day Archive
September 2001

  1. plaintive: expressive of sorrow or melancholy.
  2. tremulous: shaking, quivering; also, affected with fear.
  3. doughty: valiant; brave.
  4. contretemps: something inopportune or embarrassing.
  5. arbiter: one having the power of judging and determining.
  6. pablum: something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.
  7. milksop: an unmanly man.
  8. cajole: to coax.
  9. hardscrabble: barren, marginal; also, marked by poverty.
  10. potentate: one who possesses great power or sway.
  11. moil: to labor; to toil; to drudge.
  12. redact: to edit.
  13. privation: the state of being deprived of something.
  14. venerate: to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
  15. starveling: one who is starving or being starved; also, poor in quality.
  16. etiolate: to blanch or bleach; to make sickly.
  17. wiseacre: a smart aleck.
  18. quagmire: a predicament.
  19. dictum: an authoritative statement.
  20. quixotic: foolishly impractical; also, capricious, impulsive.
  21. maunder: to talk or wander aimlessly.
  22. vade mecum: a book or other thing that one regularly carries about.
  23. amicable: characterized by friendliness and good will.
  24. effrontery: shameless boldness; insolence.
  25. cabal: a group that seeks power usually through intrigue.
  26. forcible: effected by force used against resistance; also, powerful.
  27. neoteric: recent in origin; new.
  28. indigence: extreme poverty.
  29. frangible: capable of being broken; easily broken.
  30. grandiloquent: expressed in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic.

 







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