Word of the Day Archive
April 2007

  1. jocular: given to or characterized by joking.
  2. arriviste: an upstart.
  3. errant: wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving.
  4. tenet: any opinion, principle, or doctrine held to be true.
  5. deign: to condescend.
  6. clarion: a kind of trumpet; also, loud and clear.
  7. toper: a drunkard; a sot.
  8. obviate: to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary.
  9. abecedarian: a person who is learning the letters of the alphabet.
  10. rivulet: a small stream or brook.
  11. putsch: an attempt to overthrow a government.
  12. brio: vigor; vivacity.
  13. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
  14. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party.
  15. refractory: stubbornly disobedient.
  16. cavort: to bound or prance about.
  17. efficacious: producing, or capable of producing, a desired effect.
  18. bedaub: to besmear; also, to overdecorate.
  19. trice: an instant; a moment.
  20. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against.
  21. apostasy: desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.
  22. prolix: wordy.
  23. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.
  24. circumspect: cautious; prudent.
  25. prepotency: predominance.
  26. argot: a specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group.
  27. quagmire: a predicament.
  28. ukase: an edict.
  29. indigence: extreme poverty.
  30. supplant: to take the place of.


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