Word of the Day Archive
August 2004

  1. apotheosis: a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
  2. fructuous: fruitful; productive.
  3. providential: resulting from divine providence; also, peculiarly fortunate or appropriate.
  4. conflate: to bring together; to meld.
  5. bloviate: to speak or write in a pompous manner.
  6. sui generis: unique.
  7. nonpareil: having no equal.
  8. efface: to cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.
  9. gamine: an urchin; also, a mischievous girl or young woman.
  10. senescent: growing old.
  11. arcanum: a secret; a mystery.
  12. flaneur: one who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
  13. presentiment: a premonition.
  14. countervail: to counteract; also, to offset.
  15. abominate: to detest intensely.
  16. pervicacious: stubborn; obstinate.
  17. foofaraw: a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.
  18. Cockaigne: an imaginary land of ease and luxury.
  19. imprimatur: approval or sanction.
  20. punctilio: a fine point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
  21. verbose: wordy.
  22. excrescence: something growing out from something else; also, a disfiguring or unwanted part.
  23. amicable: characterized by friendliness and good will.
  24. fungible: interchangeable.
  25. nimbus: a dark gray rain cloud; also, a halo, an aura.
  26. eddy: a current running contrary to a main current or in a circular direction.
  27. Methuselah: an extremely old man.
  28. bon vivant: a person with refined and sociable tastes.
  29. copse: a thicket of small trees or bushes; a small wood.
  30. contrite: feeling or expressing grief and regret for sins or offenses.
  31. sere: dry; withered.


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