Word of the Day Archive
February 2004

  1. surreptitious: done, made, or gotten by stealth; also, marked by stealth.
  2. quixotic: foolishly impractical; also, capricious, impulsive.
  3. languor: lack of energy or vitality.
  4. pulchritude: beauty.
  5. censure: to criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval.
  6. hector: to bully or harass.
  7. miasma: a thick vaporous atmosphere, often noxious.
  8. rapport: relation characterized by sympathetic understanding.
  9. forcible: effected by force used against resistance; also, powerful.
  10. bombinate: to buzz, hum, or drone.
  11. insuperable: incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome.
  12. latitudinarian: having or expressing broad and tolerant views.
  13. hinterland: backcountry.
  14. buss: a kiss; to kiss.
  15. discrete: constituting a separate thing; also, consisting of distinct or unconnected parts.
  16. plaintive: expressive of sorrow or melancholy.
  17. tractable: docile; manageable, governable.
  18. quietus: final acquittance, as from debt; also, rest; death.
  19. inscrutable: difficult to fathom or understand.
  20. avatar: an incarnation.
  21. expiate: to make amends for; to atone for.
  22. gauche: lacking social polish; tactless.
  23. lambaste: to scold sharply; also, to beat.
  24. recrudescent: breaking out again.
  25. flibbertigibbet: a gossip.
  26. malapropism: the usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word.
  27. raffish: gaudily vulgar or cheap; also, characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality.
  28. vet: to subject to thorough appraisal; to evaluate.
  29. pleonasm: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.


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