Word of the Day Archive
July 2007

  1. ratiocination: the process of logical reasoning.
  2. fractious: tending to cause trouble; also, irritable.
  3. carom: to strike and rebound; also, a glancing off.
  4. phantasmagoria: a shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined.
  5. heterodox: holding unorthodox opinions.
  6. sere: dry; withered.
  7. acclimate: to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate, environment, or situation.
  8. didactic: conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson.
  9. aborning: (while) being produced or born.
  10. pecuniary: relating to money.
  11. betimes: early; also, on occasion.
  12. desideratum: something desired.
  13. triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13.
  14. verbose: wordy.
  15. providential: resulting from divine providence; also, peculiarly fortunate or appropriate.
  16. fructuous: fruitful; productive.
  17. gallimaufry: a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
  18. bibelot: a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity.
  19. tortuous: marked by repeated turns and bends.
  20. nonage: a period of youth or immaturity.
  21. sotto voce: spoken low or in an undertone.
  22. avatar: an incarnation.
  23. trenchant: forceful and vigorous; also, caustic; also, clear-cut.
  24. confabulation: familiar talk.
  25. riposte: a quick and effective reply by word or act.
  26. serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental discoveries.
  27. coruscate: to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
  28. matutinal: relating to or occurring in the morning.
  29. ambuscade: an ambush; also, to ambush.
  30. punctilious: precise; exact in the smallest particulars.
  31. stasis: a state of balance, equilibrium, or stagnation.


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