Word of the Day Archive
January 2002

  1. asseverate: to affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
  2. sentient: capable of perceiving by the senses.
  3. malapropos: unseasonable or unseasonably; inappropriate or inappropriately.
  4. agitprop: propaganda.
  5. fiat: an arbitrary or authoritative command or order.
  6. nimiety: excess.
  7. surreptitious: done, made, or gotten by stealth; also, marked by stealth.
  8. pleonasm: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.
  9. abominate: to detest intensely.
  10. discursive: digressive; rambling; also, marked by analytical reasoning.
  11. countervail: to counteract; also, to offset.
  12. myrmidon: a loyal follower.
  13. perforce: by necessity.
  14. pusillanimous: cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
  15. claque: a group of fawning admirers.
  16. fugacious: lasting but a short time.
  17. hauteur: haughtiness; arrogance.
  18. somnolent: drowsy; also, tending to cause sleepiness.
  19. susurration: a whispering; a soft murmur.
  20. puerile: juvenile; childish.
  21. gelid: extremely cold; icy.
  22. philomath: a lover of learning; a scholar.
  23. redoubt: a stronghold.
  24. extant: still existing.
  25. incipient: beginning to exist or appear.
  26. extempore: without premeditation or preparation.
  27. potable: drinkable; also, a beverage, especially an alcoholic one.
  28. irascible: easily provoked to anger.
  29. descry: to catch sight of; to detect.
  30. mien: demeanor; also, aspect; appearance.
  31. nefarious: wicked in the extreme.


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