Word of the Day Archive
March 2004

  1. tenet: any opinion, principle, or doctrine held to be true.
  2. qua: in the capacity or character of; as.
  3. invective: insulting or abusive language.
  4. bowdlerize: to remove or modify the parts considered offensive.
  5. fait accompli: an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.
  6. pettifogger: a petty, unscrupulous lawyer; also, who quibbles over trivia.
  7. vagary: an extravagant, erratic, or unpredictable notion, action, or occurrence.
  8. idyll: a poem or prose work depicting rural or pastoral life; also, a carefree episode or experience.
  9. truckle: to act in a subservient manner.
  10. patrician: a nobleman; also, a person of refined upbringing, manners, and taste.
  11. apocryphal: of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
  12. efficacious: producing, or capable of producing, a desired effect.
  13. deign: to condescend.
  14. sanctum: a place where one is free from intrusion.
  15. malinger: to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
  16. redound: to have a consequence or effect.
  17. perfidy: faithlessness; treachery.
  18. doughty: valiant; brave.
  19. anathema: a curse; a person or thing cursed, or intensely disliked.
  20. salad days: a time of youthful inexperience, innocence, or indiscretion.
  21. connubial: of or pertaining to marriage.
  22. repletion: the condition of being completely or excessively full.
  23. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
  24. perorate: to conclude or sum up a long discourse; also, to speak at length.
  25. gambol: to dance and skip about in play.
  26. mephitic: offensive to the smell; also, noxious.
  27. inimical: unfriendly; unfavorable.
  28. ken: knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception.
  29. proscribe: to forbid; to prohibit.
  30. grandiloquent: expressed in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic.
  31. approbation: formal or official approval; also, praise.


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