Word of the Day Archive
December 2006

  1. debouch: to emerge; to issue.
  2. machination: a crafty scheme intended to accomplish some usually evil end.
  3. unguent: an ointment.
  4. skulk: to hide in a sneaking manner.
  5. dictum: an authoritative statement.
  6. risible: exciting or provoking laughter.
  7. sartorial: of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or clothing.
  8. interstice: a space between things or parts.
  9. Argus-eyed: extremely observant; watchful.
  10. syncretic: uniting and blending together different belief systems.
  11. ossify: to harden or to become bone.
  12. approbation: formal or official approval; also, praise.
  13. inkhorn: affectedly or ostentatiously learned.
  14. olla podrida: a kind of seasoned stew; also, a mixture, a hodgepodge.
  15. neologism: a new word or expression; the use or creation of new words or expressions.
  16. pule: to whimper; to whine.
  17. reticent: inclined to keep silent.
  18. opportune: suitable for a given purpose or occasion.
  19. impassive: devoid of emotion; also, showing no emotion.
  20. derogate: to deviate from expectation; also, to detract; also, to disparage.
  21. malaise: a condition of uneasiness or ill-being.
  22. flibbertigibbet: a gossip.
  23. urbane: polished and smooth in manner.
  24. wassail: an expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to some one.
  25. irenic: promoting peace.
  26. bricolage: construction or something constructed by using whatever materials happen to be available.
  27. efface: to cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.
  28. equanimity: mental or emotional stability or composure; calmness.
  29. acuity: acuteness of perception or vision.
  30. ignoramus: an ignorant person; a dunce.
  31. fait accompli: an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.

 







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