Word of the Day Archive
March 2006

  1. doula: a woman who assists in childbirth.
  2. largess: generous giving; also, gifts of money or other valuables.
  3. dilettante: an amateur; also, an admirer or lover of the fine arts.
  4. simulacrum: a representation; an insubstantial or vague semblance.
  5. toothsome: pleasing to the taste; palatable.
  6. countermand: to revoke (a former command) or recall by a contrary order.
  7. expropriate: to deprive of possession; also, to transfer (property) to oneself.
  8. perambulate: to stroll; to walk through or over.
  9. contradistinction: distinction by contrast.
  10. ululate: to howl; to wail.
  11. crapulous: given to or characterized by excess in drinking or eating.
  12. parvenu: an upstart; one newly risen in class or economic status.
  13. manse: a large and imposing residence.
  14. uxorious: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.
  15. Ides: the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October, and the thirteenth day of the other months.
  16. megalomania: a mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.
  17. verdant: green.
  18. amalgam: an alloy of mercury with other metals; also, a mixture.
  19. dudgeon: a state or fit of intense indignation.
  20. paragon: a model of excellence or perfection.
  21. aubade: a song greeting the dawn.
  22. succor: aid; help; also, to help or relieve.
  23. paterfamilias: the male head of a household; the father of a family.
  24. stolid: unexcitable; unemotional.
  25. métier: an occupation, especially in which one excels.
  26. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
  27. confluence: a flowing or coming together.
  28. superfluous: more than is wanted or is sufficient.
  29. invidious: tending to provoke envy or ill will.
  30. benignant: kind; gracious; favorable.
  31. edacious: given to eating.


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