Word of the Day Archive
July 2003

  1. ostracize: to banish or expel.
  2. thaumaturgy: the performing of miracles or magic.
  3. paucity: fewness; insufficiency.
  4. encomium: expression of praise.
  5. requisite: required; indispensable.
  6. toper: a drunkard; a sot.
  7. plaint: an expression of sorrow; also, a complaint.
  8. travail: painful, arduous work; also, agony, anguish.
  9. alacrity: a cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptness.
  10. disheveled: in loose disorder; disarranged.
  11. junta: a governmental council or committee, esp. one that rules after a revolution.
  12. respite: an interval of rest or relief.
  13. wheedle: to entice by flattery.
  14. febrile: feverish.
  15. habitue: one who habitually frequents a place.
  16. Pyrrhic victory: a victory achieved at great cost.
  17. animadversion: harsh criticism or disapproval.
  18. encumbrance: a burden, impediment, or hindrance.
  19. copious: large in quantity; also, affording an abundant supply.
  20. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against.
  21. ascetic: one who practices extreme self-denial; also, austere, severe.
  22. aggrandize: to make or make appear great or greater.
  23. syncretic: uniting and blending together different belief systems.
  24. donnybrook: a brawl or dispute.
  25. surcease: cessation; stop; end.
  26. perquisite: a benefit in addition to a salary.
  27. scion: a descendant; an heir.
  28. proselytize: to convert (someone) to another religion, belief, etc.
  29. abattoir: a slaughterhouse.
  30. tchotchke: a trinket; a knickknack.
  31. factitious: artificial; not authentic or genuine.


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