Word of the Day Archive
October 2001

  1. approbation: formal or official approval; also, praise.
  2. dishabille: the state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
  3. clerisy: the intelligentsia.
  4. debouch: to emerge; to issue.
  5. epicene: having the characteristics of both the male and the female.
  6. braggadocio: empty boasting.
  7. hubris: overbearing pride or presumption.
  8. gustatory: pertaining to the sense of taste.
  9. ken: knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception.
  10. recherche: exotic; rare; also, affected, pretentious.
  11. chimera: a mental fabrication.
  12. mulct: to defraud.
  13. hector: to bully or harass.
  14. disquisition: a formal discourse on a subject.
  15. tatterdemalion: a person dressed in tattered clothing.
  16. panjandrum: an important or self-important official.
  17. dulcet: melodious.
  18. serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental discoveries.
  19. extemporaneous: composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment.
  20. copse: a thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.
  21. ludic: playful.
  22. popinjay: a vain and talkative person.
  23. embonpoint: plumpness of person.
  24. idyll: a poem or prose work depicting rural or pastoral life; also, a carefree episode or experience.
  25. unguent: an ointment.
  26. redoubtable: formidable; also, illustrious; eminent.
  27. tenet: any opinion, principle, or doctrine held to be true.
  28. benison: blessing; an utterance of good wishes.
  29. arcanum: a secret; a mystery.
  30. diablerie: sorcery; also, mischievous conduct.
  31. eldritch: unearthly; weird; eerie.


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