Word of the Day Archive
October 2005

  1. puerile: juvenile; childish.
  2. nadir: the lowest point.
  3. effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant.
  4. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation.
  5. beneficence: the practice of doing good.
  6. sempiternal: everlasting; eternal.
  7. onus: burden; also, blame; stigma.
  8. abstemious: temperate; abstinent; refraining from indulgence.
  9. cant: to talk hypocritically.
  10. laconic: using or marked by the use of a minimum of words.
  11. palpable: plain; distinct; obvious.
  12. gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble.
  13. conurbation: an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.
  14. sinecure: an office or position that involves little work or responsibility.
  15. abjure: to renounce, reject, or shun.
  16. lackadaisical: lacking spirit or liveliness.
  17. aberrant: abnormal.
  18. votary: one devoted to some pursuit, worship, study, or way of life.
  19. pelf: money; riches.
  20. tocsin: a warning.
  21. lexicon: a dictionary; also, the vocabulary of a person, group, etc.
  22. umbrage: offense; resentment.
  23. orotund: full in sound; also, bombastic.
  24. loquacious: very talkative.
  25. bruit: To report; to noise abroad.
  26. virago: an ill-tempered, overbearing woman; also, a woman of great strength and courage.
  27. mawkish: sickly or excessively sentimental.
  28. malediction: a curse.
  29. susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound.
  30. neophyte: a novice.
  31. immolate: to kill or destroy, often by fire.


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