Word of the Day Archive
September 2002

  1. palpable: plain; distinct; obvious.
  2. billingsgate: foul, abusive language.
  3. anodyne: serving to relieve pain.
  4. schadenfreude: a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.
  5. euphonious: pleasing or sweet in sound.
  6. quaff: to drink heartily.
  7. ostensible: appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.
  8. xenophobia: fear or hatred of what is strange or foreign.
  9. recrimination: a counter accusation.
  10. malleable: capable of being shaped; also, adaptable.
  11. perdurable: very durable; long lasting.
  12. onus: burden; also, blame; stigma.
  13. triskaidekaphobia: fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.
  14. bravado: a real or pretended show of courage or boldness.
  15. littoral: pertaining to the shore of a lake, sea, or ocean.
  16. redivivus: living again; revived; restored.
  17. paladin: a champion of a cause.
  18. bootless: unavailing; useless.
  19. gimcrack: a showy but useless or worthless object.
  20. munificent: very generous.
  21. hobnob: to associate familiarly.
  22. fiduciary: relating to the holding of something in trust for another.
  23. indelible: that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, or the like.
  24. fortuitous: happening by chance.
  25. diktat: an authoritative decree or order.
  26. boulevardier: a man-about-town.
  27. convivial: relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; festive.
  28. legerdemain: sleight of hand.
  29. foment: to nurse to life or activity; to incite.
  30. concatenation: a chain; a succession.


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