Word of the Day Archive
December 2004

  1. ne plus ultra: the acme; also, the most profound degree.
  2. empyrean: the highest heaven; the heavens; the sky.
  3. malversation: misconduct in public office.
  4. cadre: a core or nucleus of trained or otherwise qualified personnel around which an organization is formed.
  5. exhort: to urge strongly.
  6. genuflect: to bend the knee, as in worship; also, to grovel.
  7. demur: to object; also, to delay.
  8. perfervid: ardent; impassioned.
  9. solecism: a breach of good manners or etiquette.
  10. extemporaneous: composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment.
  11. forgo: to do without.
  12. raiment: clothing in general; garments.
  13. aborning: (while) being produced or born.
  14. dulcet: melodious.
  15. hoi polloi: the common people; the masses.
  16. recherche: exotic; rare; also, affected, pretentious.
  17. permeate: to spread or diffuse through.
  18. germane: appropriate or fitting; relevant.
  19. disconsolate: hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.
  20. languid: lacking vigor or force.
  21. etiolate: to blanch or bleach; to make sickly.
  22. moil: to labor; to toil; to drudge.
  23. exegesis: critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
  24. cornucopia: the horn of plenty; also, an abundance.
  25. benison: blessing; an utterance of good wishes.
  26. punctilious: precise; exact in the smallest particulars.
  27. brackish: somewhat salty; also, distasteful.
  28. raillery: good-humored banter or teasing repartee.
  29. sedition: incitement of rebellion against lawful authority.
  30. riposte: a quick and effective reply by word or act.
  31. tintinnabulation: a tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells.


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