Word of the Day Archive
February 2003

  1. introspection: the act or process of self-examination; reflection.
  2. propound: to put forward for consideration.
  3. neophyte: a novice.
  4. rapport: relation characterized by sympathetic understanding.
  5. imbroglio: a complicated and embarrassing state of things.
  6. rictus: a gaping grin or grimace.
  7. winsome: light-hearted.
  8. melee: a confused conflict.
  9. obdurate: hardened in feelings or in wrongdoing; unyielding.
  10. placate: to appease; to pacify.
  11. spurious: not genuine; false; illegitimate.
  12. waylay: to ambush or accost.
  13. ingenue: a naive girl or young woman, or an actress representing such a person.
  14. osculation: the act of kissing; a kiss.
  15. voluptuary: a person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites.
  16. enmity: hatred; ill will.
  17. sub rosa: secretly; privately; confidentially.
  18. compunction: anxiety or unease from guilt; also, a scruple.
  19. upbraid: to scold or criticize harshly.
  20. gaucherie: a socially awkward or tactless act; also, lack of tact.
  21. aggress: to make an attack.
  22. mores: customs; habits; ways.
  23. sough: to make a soft, low sighing or rustling sound.
  24. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful.
  25. grandee: a man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman.
  26. complaisant: exhibiting a desire to please.
  27. spoony: foolishly or sentimentally in love.
  28. forfend: to avert; also, to protect or preserve.

 







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