Word of the Day Archive
April 2002

  1. lachrymose: given to causing tears.
  2. abscond: to depart secretly.
  3. probity: complete and confirmed integrity.
  4. taciturn: not inclined to talk.
  5. proclivity: a natural inclination.
  6. demagogue: a leader who obtains power by means of appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
  7. exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
  8. recalcitrant: stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.
  9. quondam: former; sometime.
  10. pellucid: transparent, shining through; also, easily understandable.
  11. desuetude: disuse.
  12. apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance.
  13. jocund: light-hearted; mirthful.
  14. firmament: the sky; the heavens.
  15. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
  16. perfunctory: done routinely.
  17. beholden: obliged; indebted.
  18. polyglot: speaking or containing many languages.
  19. abjure: to renounce, reject, or shun.
  20. collude: to act in concert; to conspire.
  21. dissolute: loose in morals and conduct.
  22. mendacious: untruthful; also, untrue.
  23. clemency: disposition to show mercy; also, an act of mercy.
  24. ebullient: high-spirited.
  25. propitious: presenting favorable circumstances.
  26. indolent: lazy; inactive.
  27. adamant: not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
  28. bonhomie: a pleasant and easy manner.
  29. depredation: an act of plundering or ravaging.
  30. lissom: supple; nimble.


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