Word of the Day Archive
May 2002

  1. enervate: to weaken.
  2. condign: deserved; adequate.
  3. blandishment: flattering speech or action.
  4. plenary: full; complete.
  5. cosset: to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.
  6. sang-froid: coolness in trying circumstances.
  7. brio: vigor; vivacity.
  8. vociferous: clamorous; noisy.
  9. protean: readily assuming different shapes or forms.
  10. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
  11. somniferous: causing or inducing sleep.
  12. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.
  13. lassitude: lack of vitality or energy.
  14. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation.
  15. esurient: hungry; greedy.
  16. subterfuge: a deceptive device or stratagem.
  17. gastronome: a lover of good food and drink.
  18. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious.
  19. precipice: a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place.
  20. purblind: having greatly reduced vision.
  21. fulminate: to issue or utter verbal attacks or censures.
  22. cogitate: to think; to ponder.
  23. lambent: brilliantly playful.
  24. Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.
  25. pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome.
  26. acumen: quickness or keenness of perception or discernment.
  27. rapine: the act of plundering.
  28. autodidact: one who is self-taught.
  29. dilatory: given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay.
  30. bete noire: something or someone particularly detested or avoided.
  31. chary: wary; cautious.


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