Word of the Day Archive
December 2003

  1. tutelary: guardian; protecting.
  2. arcane: understood or known by only a few.
  3. rusticate: to go to the country.
  4. fractious: tending to cause trouble; also, irritable.
  5. stanch: to stop the flowing of; to check.
  6. furtive: obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy.
  7. Elysium: paradise.
  8. otiose: ineffective; also, being at leisure; also, of no use.
  9. plangent: beating with a loud or deep sound; also, expressing sadness.
  10. malcontent: one who is discontented or dissatisfied.
  11. gallimaufry: a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
  12. meretricious: tawdry.
  13. solace: comfort in grief.
  14. admonition: gentle or friendly reproof; friendly warning.
  15. interregnum: the interval between two reigns; also, any breach of continuity in an order.
  16. velleity: volition in its weakest form.
  17. derogate: to deviate from expectation; also, to detract; also, to disparage.
  18. mazy: resembling a maze; intricate or confusing.
  19. pablum: something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.
  20. wag: a humorous person; a wit.
  21. eremite: a hermit.
  22. pertinacious: holding obstinately to a belief, purpose or design; also, stubbornly persistent.
  23. Hobson's choice: a choice without an alternative.
  24. luminary: any body that gives light; also, a person of eminence or brilliant achievement.
  25. benefaction: the act of conferring a benefit; also, a benefit conferred.
  26. superannuated: old; discharged or disqualified on account of old age.
  27. expunge: to strike out or erase; to obliterate.
  28. fustian: pompous or pretentious language.
  29. dissimulate: to hide under a false appearance; also, to feign or pretend.
  30. stripling: an adolescent youth.
  31. terminus: the end of a transportation line or route; any finishing point.


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