Word of the Day Archive
October 2002

  1. parsimonious: frugal to excess.
  2. moiety: a half; a small part.
  3. venial: capable of being forgiven; excusable.
  4. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party.
  5. portend: to foreshadow; to bode.
  6. chthonic: dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld.
  7. mercurial: changeable; temperamental; volatile.
  8. ineffable: incapable of being expressed.
  9. adventitious: added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
  10. omnipresent: present in all places at the same time.
  11. gourmand: one who enjoys good food in great quantities.
  12. crepuscular: pertaining to twilight.
  13. exalt: to praise, glorify, or honor.
  14. contradistinction: distinction by contrast.
  15. soporific: causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
  16. deride: to laugh at with contempt.
  17. laconic: using or marked by the use of a minimum of words.
  18. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
  19. effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant.
  20. riparian: of or pertaining to the bank of a river.
  21. mordant: biting; caustic; sarcastic.
  22. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
  23. scintilla: a tiny amount; a spark.
  24. halcyon: peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
  25. tendentious: marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.
  26. palimpsest: an object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent.
  27. ostentation: excessive or pretentious display.
  28. captious: disposed to find fault or raise objections.
  29. ersatz: being a substitute or imitation.
  30. paroxysm: an outburst; a fit.
  31. tenebrous: dark; gloomy.


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