Word of the Day Archive
July 2006

  1. plaudit: enthusiastic approval.
  2. depredation: an act of plundering or ravaging.
  3. complaisant: exhibiting a desire to please.
  4. emblazon: to display pompously; to decorate.
  5. apotheosis: a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
  6. hubris: overbearing pride or presumption.
  7. genuflect: to bend the knee, as in worship; also, to grovel.
  8. histrionic: theatrical.
  9. quisling: a collaborator; a traitor.
  10. cap-a-pie: from head to foot.
  11. mountebank: a quack; also, a charlatan.
  12. connubial: of or pertaining to marriage.
  13. florid: flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.
  14. arrant: outright; thoroughgoing.
  15. quandary: a state of difficulty or perplexity.
  16. imbroglio: a complicated and embarrassing state of things.
  17. innocuous: harmless; also, unlikely to offend or provoke.
  18. scuttlebutt: gossip; rumor.
  19. bon ton: the height of the fashion; fashionable society.
  20. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.
  21. exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
  22. cursory: hastily or superficially performed.
  23. mordant: biting; caustic; sarcastic.
  24. limn: to draw or paint; also, to describe.
  25. plebeian: common; vulgar.
  26. grandiloquent: expressed in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic.
  27. apologia: a formal defense or justification.
  28. germane: appropriate or fitting; relevant.
  29. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
  30. heterogeneous: consisting of dissimilar elements.
  31. contretemps: something inopportune or embarrassing.


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