Word of the Day Archive
September 2005

  1. capacious: able to contain much.
  2. trammel: something that impedes activity, progress, or freedom; also, to hamper.
  3. busker: a street musician or performer.
  4. sybarite: a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
  5. deride: to laugh at with contempt.
  6. cavil: to raise trivial objections; also, a trivial objection.
  7. farrago: an assortment; a medley.
  8. demagogue: a leader who obtains power by means of appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
  9. quaff: to drink heartily.
  10. hirsute: covered with hair or bristles.
  11. tenebrous: dark; gloomy.
  12. ostentation: excessive or pretentious display.
  13. officious: meddlesome.
  14. afflatus: a divine inspiration.
  15. quorum: such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business.
  16. hauteur: haughtiness; arrogance.
  17. xenophobia: fear or hatred of what is strange or foreign.
  18. bacchanalia: a revel.
  19. immure: to imprison.
  20. deliquesce: to melt away or become liquid.
  21. capitulate: to surrender under agreed conditions.
  22. adventitious: added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
  23. modicum: a small or token amount.
  24. fetid: stinking.
  25. gimcrack: a showy but useless or worthless object.
  26. banal: devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite.
  27. halcyon: peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
  28. adamant: not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
  29. jocund: light-hearted; mirthful.
  30. segue: to proceed without interruption.


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