Word of the Day Archive
April 2005

  1. jape: a trick or practical joke.
  2. biddable: easily led or commanded; obedient.
  3. cloy: to weary or become distasteful through excess.
  4. amanuensis: one employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.
  5. shibboleth: a word, pronunciation, saying, belief, practice, etc., that distinguishes one group from another.
  6. complement: something that fills up or completes.
  7. maudlin: excessively sentimental.
  8. Panglossian: excessively or naively optimistic.
  9. supervene: to take place or occur as something additional, extraneous, or unexpected.
  10. hagiography: biography of saints; also, idealizing or idolizing biography.
  11. malapropos: unseasonable or unseasonably; inappropriate or inappropriately.
  12. redoubt: a stronghold.
  13. detritus: debris.
  14. obloquy: ill repute.
  15. extant: still existing.
  16. arbitrage: the nearly simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit from price discrepancies.
  17. panegyric: a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing.
  18. masticate: to chew.
  19. fettle: a state or condition of fitness, order, or mind.
  20. cavalcade: a procession.
  21. enervate: to weaken.
  22. atavism: reversion to a remote ancestral type or to an earlier form.
  23. rara avis: a rare or unique person or thing.
  24. euphonious: pleasing or sweet in sound.
  25. scintilla: a tiny amount; a spark.
  26. matutinal: relating to or occurring in the morning.
  27. detritus: debris.
  28. pusillanimous: cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
  29. extol: to praise.
  30. intransigent: uncompromising.


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