Word of the Day Archive
October 2003

  1. expropriate: to deprive of possession; also, to transfer (property) to oneself.
  2. venal: capable of being bought; also, corruptible.
  3. pejorative: disparaging; belittling.
  4. nuptial: of or pertaining to marriage.
  5. imbue: to dye; to instill profoundly.
  6. denizen: an inhabitant.
  7. staid: steady or sedate in character.
  8. nonplus: to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
  9. adumbrate: to foreshadow; prefigure.
  10. turgid: swollen, bloated; also, bombastic, pompous.
  11. paragon: a model of excellence or perfection.
  12. ambit: circuit or compass; also, sphere of action or influence.
  13. profligate: shamelessly immoral; also, recklessly wasteful.
  14. cerebration: the act or product of thinking.
  15. rotund: round; rounded in figure.
  16. acquiesce: to accept or consent passively or without objection.
  17. bedaub: to besmear; also, to overdecorate.
  18. dilettante: an amateur; also, an admirer or lover of the fine arts.
  19. execrable: detestable; extremely bad.
  20. nebbish: a weak-willed, timid, or ineffectual person.
  21. filial: of, pertaining to, or befitting a son or daughter.
  22. panacea: a cure-all.
  23. leitmotif: a dominant and recurring theme.
  24. arbiter: one having the power of judging and determining.
  25. recidivism: a tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior; esp., into prior criminal habits.
  26. impassible: incapable of suffering; also, unfeeling or not showing feeling.
  27. contumacious: obstinate; stubbornly disobedient.
  28. largess: generous giving; also, gifts of money or other valuables.
  29. cataract: a large waterfall; also, a downpour, a flood.
  30. sotto voce: spoken low or in an undertone.
  31. wraith: a ghost; also, something insubstantial or shadowy.


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