Word of the Day Archive
August 2005

  1. circumlocution: the use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed by few.
  2. Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.
  3. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious.
  4. parsimonious: frugal to excess.
  5. beholden: obliged; indebted.
  6. waylay: to ambush or accost.
  7. castigate: to punish or criticize severely.
  8. somniferous: causing or inducing sleep.
  9. captious: disposed to find fault or raise objections.
  10. sojourn: to dwell for a time; also, a temporary stay.
  11. nugatory: insignificant; also, ineffectual.
  12. ubiquitous: being everywhere.
  13. tryst: an appointment (as between lovers) to meet.
  14. pari passu: without partiality; equably; fairly.
  15. enmity: hatred; ill will.
  16. numinous: spiritual.
  17. dilatory: given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay.
  18. parley: a conference or discussion; also, to confer.
  19. ephemeral: lasting a very short time.
  20. truculent: fierce; savage; ferocious.
  21. vicissitude: a change in condition or fortune.
  22. schadenfreude: a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.
  23. tyro: a novice.
  24. expatiate: to speak or write at length.
  25. peccadillo: a slight offense; a petty fault.
  26. bagatelle: a trifle; also, a short, light literary or musical piece.
  27. descant: a discourse; also, to discourse.
  28. canorous: melodious; musical.
  29. unctuous: marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.
  30. evanescent: fleeting.
  31. venial: capable of being forgiven; excusable.


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