Word of the Day Archive
May 2006

  1. luminary: any body that gives light; also, a person of eminence or brilliant achievement.
  2. daedal: skillful; artistic; ingenious.
  3. temerity: unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger.
  4. wag: a humorous person; a wit.
  5. execrable: detestable; extremely bad.
  6. rapine: the act of plundering.
  7. pablum: something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.
  8. aspersion: a damaging or derogatory remark.
  9. otiose: ineffective; also, being at leisure; also, of no use.
  10. turgid: swollen, bloated; also, bombastic, pompous.
  11. derogate: to deviate from expectation; also, to detract; also, to disparage.
  12. virtu: love of or taste for fine objects of art; also, productions of art.
  13. appurtenance: an adjunct or accessory.
  14. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth.
  15. multifarious: having great diversity or variety.
  16. fulsome: offensive from excess of praise.
  17. arrant: outright; thoroughgoing.
  18. palimpsest: an object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent.
  19. spurious: not genuine; false; illegitimate.
  20. cognoscente: a person with special knowledge.
  21. bombinate: to buzz, hum, or drone.
  22. incontrovertible: indisputable; unquestionable.
  23. protean: readily assuming different shapes or forms.
  24. torpid: dull; sluggish; apathetic.
  25. junta: a governmental council or committee, esp. one that rules after a revolution.
  26. variegated: having marks or patches of different colors; also, varied.
  27. malcontent: one who is discontented or dissatisfied.
  28. cerebration: the act or product of thinking.
  29. forfend: to avert; also, to protect or preserve.
  30. equable: equal and uniform; also, not easily disturbed.
  31. pleonasm: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.


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