Word of the Day Archive
December 2001

  1. pantheon: the collective gods of a people; also, a group of highly esteemed persons.
  2. surly: ill-humored; sullen and gruff.
  3. fatidic: of, relating to, or characterized by prophecy.
  4. enjoin: to direct or impose with authority; also, to forbid.
  5. turbid: muddy; not clear; also, confused; disordered.
  6. renege: to go back on a promise or commitment.
  7. enunciate: to utter articulately; also, to state or set forth precisely or systematically.
  8. punctilious: precise; exact in the smallest particulars.
  9. foofaraw: a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.
  10. autochthonous: indigenous; native.
  11. gambol: to dance and skip about in play.
  12. bowdlerize: to remove or modify the parts considered offensive.
  13. remunerate: to pay an equivalent to for any service, loss, or expense.
  14. discrete: constituting a separate thing; also, consisting of distinct or unconnected parts.
  15. nascent: beginning to exist.
  16. excrescence: something growing out from something else; also, a disfiguring or unwanted part.
  17. refractory: stubbornly disobedient.
  18. heterodox: holding unorthodox opinions.
  19. conflate: to bring together; to meld.
  20. bombinate: to buzz, hum, or drone.
  21. putsch: an attempt to overthrow a government.
  22. bilious: of or pertaining to bile; also, ill-tempered.
  23. foundling: a deserted or abandoned child.
  24. bedizen: to dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
  25. tintinnabulation: a tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells.
  26. cosmopolite: a cosmopolitan person.
  27. galumph: to move in a clumsy manner or with a heavy tread.
  28. salad days: a time of youthful inexperience, innocence, or indiscretion.
  29. affray: a tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl.
  30. faineant: doing nothing; idle; also, a do-nothing.
  31. prink: to primp.


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