Word of the Day Archive
November 2003

  1. vapid: flat; dull; spiritless.
  2. internecine: destructive; especially, mutually destructive; also, relating to conflict within a group.
  3. potentate: one who possesses great power or sway.
  4. crux: the essential point or feature.
  5. avuncular: resembling an uncle, as in kindness or indulgence.
  6. deracinate: to uproot.
  7. amity: friendship; friendly relations.
  8. microcosm: a smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.
  9. juxtaposition: the act or an instance of placing in nearness.
  10. exemplar: an ideal model or type.
  11. solicitous: manifesting, expressing, or full of care or concern.
  12. dyspeptic: pertaining to or having indigestion; also, irritable or ill-humored.
  13. obfuscate: to make obscure or unclear; also, to darken.
  14. termagant: a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman.
  15. extraneous: coming from the outside; also, not essential; also, irrelevant.
  16. bifurcate: to divide into two branches.
  17. felicitous: apt or appropriate; also, delightful.
  18. portent: a sign or omen.
  19. bellicose: inclined to or favoring war or strife.
  20. interlard: to insert between; to mix.
  21. Argus-eyed: extremely observant; watchful.
  22. repine: to feel or express discontent.
  23. plaudit: enthusiastic approval.
  24. limpid: clear; also, serene.
  25. aficionado: an enthusiastic admirer; a fan.
  26. rapacious: grasping; greedy.
  27. satiety: fullness to or beyond the point of satisfaction.
  28. obtrude: to thrust out; also, to impose on others.
  29. patina: a superficial layer.
  30. animus: a feeling of ill will; also, animating spirit; disposition.


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