Word of the Day Archive
June 2004

  1. starveling: one who is starving or being starved; also, poor in quality.
  2. autochthonous: indigenous; native.
  3. palliate: to make an offense seem less serious; also, to relieve or lessen without curing.
  4. vade mecum: a book or other thing that one regularly carries about.
  5. comely: pleasing to the sight.
  6. dictum: an authoritative statement.
  7. mendicant: a beggar.
  8. enjoin: to direct or impose with authority; also, to forbid.
  9. braggadocio: empty boasting.
  10. homily: a sermon or lecture; also, an inspirational saying or a platitude.
  11. recumbent: reclining; lying down.
  12. sonorous: yielding sound; impressive in sound.
  13. bedizen: to dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
  14. equanimity: mental or emotional stability or composure; calmness.
  15. primogeniture: the state of being the firstborn; also, an exclusive right of inheritance that belongs to the eldest son.
  16. ancillary: subordinate, subsidiary; auxiliary.
  17. Potemkin village: a false front or facade.
  18. favonian: pertaining to the west wind.
  19. trenchant: forceful and vigorous; also, caustic; also, clear-cut.
  20. yeasty: frothy; foamy; spumy, like yeast.
  21. deipnosophist: a person who is an adept conversationalist at table.
  22. jeremiad: a doleful story; also, a dolorous or angry tirade..
  23. delectation: great pleasure; delight.
  24. pin money: money for incidental expenses; also, a trivial sum.
  25. ab ovo: from the beginning.
  26. woolgathering: indulgence in idle daydreaming.
  27. peccant: sinning.
  28. nolens volens: whether unwilling or willing.
  29. quisling: a collaborator; a traitor.
  30. misprize: to despise; also, to undervalue.


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