Word of the Day Archive
May 2003

  1. simulacrum: a representation; an insubstantial or vague semblance.
  2. putative: commonly thought or deemed; supposed.
  3. vitiate: to make faulty or imperfect.
  4. daedal: skillful; artistic; ingenious.
  5. autocrat: a ruler with unlimited authority.
  6. comestible: suitable to be eaten.
  7. objurgate: to scold or rebuke sharply.
  8. sardonic: scornful, mocking.
  9. lexicon: a dictionary; also, the vocabulary of a person, group, etc.
  10. contemporaneous: originating, existing, or occurring at the same time.
  11. panoply: a splendid or impressive array.
  12. supererogatory: going beyond what is required or expected; also, superfluous, unnecessary.
  13. comity: a state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect.
  14. eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable.
  15. inclement: harsh; severe -- especially said of the weather.
  16. hugger-mugger: secret; also, muddled, disorderly.
  17. genial: sympathetically cheerful and cheering; kindly.
  18. florid: flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.
  19. sapient: wise; sage; discerning.
  20. disparate: fundamentally different; also, composed of dissimilar elements.
  21. prevaricate: to depart from or evade the truth.
  22. inveigle: to persuade or obtain by ingenuity or flattery.
  23. harridan: a scolding, vicious woman.
  24. segue: to proceed without interruption.
  25. lascivious: lewd; lustful.
  26. visage: the face; also, appearance; aspect.
  27. lugubrious: mournful; gloomy; dismal.
  28. interstice: a space between things or parts.
  29. sempiternal: everlasting; eternal.
  30. idee fixe: a fixed idea; an obsession.
  31. prestidigitation: performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks with the hands; sleight of hand.


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