Word of the Day Archive
May 2004

  1. commensurate: equal in measure or extent; also, proportionate.
  2. urbane: polished and smooth in manner.
  3. abstruse: difficult to comprehend.
  4. militate: to have force or influence.
  5. embonpoint: plumpness of person.
  6. preternatural: beyond of different from what is natural; inexplicable; extraordinary; abnormal.
  7. hardscrabble: barren, marginal; also, marked by poverty.
  8. ignoramus: an ignorant person; a dunce.
  9. apologia: a formal defense or justification.
  10. sentient: capable of perceiving by the senses.
  11. conflagration: a large and destructive fire.
  12. bromide: a commonplace or conventional saying.
  13. suasion: the act of persuading.
  14. roue: a man devoted to a life of sensual pleasure.
  15. hullabaloo: a confused noise; uproar.
  16. neologism: a new word or expression; the use or creation of new words or expressions.
  17. redoubtable: formidable; also, illustrious; eminent.
  18. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party.
  19. doyen: the senior member of a body or group.
  20. abecedarian: a person who is learning the letters of the alphabet.
  21. crabwise: sideways; also, in a cautiously indirect manner.
  22. glabrous: without hairs or projections; smooth.
  23. tarradiddle: a fib; also, pretentious nonsense.
  24. irrupt: to burst in forcibly or suddenly.
  25. agrestic: pertaining to fields or the country.
  26. cap-a-pie: from head to foot.
  27. fetor: a strong, offensive smell.
  28. olla podrida: a kind of seasoned stew; also, a mixture, a hodgepodge.
  29. pernicious: deadly; destructive; exceedingly harmful.
  30. aegis: a shield; protection.
  31. politic: political; also, shrewdly tactful.


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