Word of the Day Archive
January 2004

  1. neoteric: recent in origin; new.
  2. surly: ill-humored; sullen and gruff.
  3. vivify: to endue with life; to enliven.
  4. sycophant: one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
  5. abrogate: to annul; to do away with.
  6. penury: extreme poverty; also, insufficiency.
  7. variegated: having marks or patches of different colors; also, varied.
  8. clamber: to climb with difficulty, or on all fours.
  9. asperity: roughness of surface, sound, or manner.
  10. effete: infertile; also, worn out; also, decadent, effeminate.
  11. venerate: to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
  12. gustatory: pertaining to the sense of taste.
  13. tergiversation: evasion; also, desertion of a cause, party, etc.
  14. obstreperous: noisily and stubbornly defiant; also, boisterous.
  15. serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental discoveries.
  16. yen: a desire or craving.
  17. timorous: full of apprehensiveness; fearful.
  18. irenic: promoting peace.
  19. bilious: of or pertaining to bile; also, ill-tempered.
  20. galvanic: pertaining to a direct current of electricity; also, having the effect of an electric shock.
  21. pantheon: the collective gods of a people; also, a group of highly esteemed persons.
  22. slaver: to slobber; to drool.
  23. unguent: an ointment.
  24. abeyance: suspension; temporary cessation.
  25. concinnity: elegance -- used chiefly of literary style.
  26. peripatetic: walking about or traveling from place to place.
  27. frangible: capable of being broken; easily broken.
  28. hebetude: mental dullness or sluggishness.
  29. soi-disant: self-styled; so-called.
  30. opprobrium: reproach mingled with contempt.
  31. quandary: a state of difficulty or perplexity.


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