Word of the Day Archive
August 2003

  1. alfresco: outdoors; outdoor.
  2. plethora: excess.
  3. jocular: given to or characterized by joking.
  4. physiognomy: the face or appearance.
  5. constitutional: a walk taken for one's health.
  6. tutelage: guardianship; protection; also, instruction.
  7. incommunicado: without means or right to communicate.
  8. fillip: a snap; also, a stimulus.
  9. phantasmagoria: a shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined.
  10. cum: with; along with; combined with.
  11. excoriate: to express strong disapproval of; also, to flay.
  12. skulk: to hide in a sneaking manner.
  13. apothegm: a short, witty, and instructive saying.
  14. sine qua non: an indispensable thing.
  15. cognoscente: a person with special knowledge.
  16. vehement: marked by intensity of emotions or convictions.
  17. amalgam: an alloy of mercury with other metals; also, a mixture.
  18. wunderkind: one who achieves success or acclaim during youth.
  19. cozen: to deceive or obtain by deceit.
  20. bucolic: rustic; pastoral.
  21. irrefragable: impossible to refute.
  22. stolid: unexcitable; unemotional.
  23. redact: to edit.
  24. hyperbole: extravagant exaggeration.
  25. vainglory: excessive pride or vain display.
  26. requisite: required; indispensable.
  27. dour: stern or unyielding or gloomy.
  28. equipoise: equilibrium; also, counterbalance.
  29. doppelganger: a ghostly double.
  30. gainsay: to contradict; to deny.
  31. flout: to treat with contempt and disregard.


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