Word of the Day Archive
October 2007

  1. bouleversement: complete overthrow; a reversal.
  2. supervene: to take place or occur as something additional, extraneous, or unexpected.
  3. distrait: divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
  4. redoubtable: formidable; also, illustrious; eminent.
  5. paroxysm: an outburst; a fit.
  6. exiguous: scanty; meager; small; slender.
  7. facetious: playfully jocular; humorous.
  8. maladroit: awkward; unskillful; inept.
  9. physiognomy: the face or appearance.
  10. slake: to allay (thirst, desire, wrath, etc.) by satisfying.
  11. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward.
  12. truckle: to act in a subservient manner.
  13. agglomeration: a cluster or mass.
  14. impervious: impenetrable; also, not capable of being affected.
  15. purblind: having greatly reduced vision.
  16. quotidian: occurring daily; also, ordinary.
  17. extant: still existing.
  18. abscond: to depart secretly.
  19. beholden: obliged; indebted.
  20. jocund: light-hearted; mirthful.
  21. oblation: an offering.
  22. flummery: mumbo jumbo; nonsense.
  23. inimical: unfriendly; unfavorable.
  24. recidivism: a tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior; esp., into prior criminal habits.
  25. stentorian: extremely loud.
  26. bravado: a real or pretended show of courage or boldness.
  27. impecunious: habitually without money; poor.
  28. valetudinarian: a weak or sickly person.
  29. terminus: the end of a transportation line or route; any finishing point.
  30. soi-disant: self-styled; so-called.
  31. ensorcell: to enchant; to bewitch.


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