Word of the Day Archive
January 2008

  1. Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.
  2. faineant: doing nothing; idle; also, a do-nothing.
  3. arcanum: a secret; a mystery.
  4. obdurate: hardened in feelings or in wrongdoing; unyielding.
  5. lacuna: a blank space; a missing part.
  6. friable: easily crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder.
  7. scrabble: to scrape or scratch with the hands or feet.
  8. mimetic: imitative.
  9. pertinacious: holding obstinately to a belief, purpose or design; also, stubbornly persistent.
  10. remonstrate: to present and urge reasons in opposition.
  11. imprimatur: approval or sanction.
  12. raillery: good-humored banter or teasing repartee.
  13. supplicate: to make a humble and earnest petition.
  14. primogeniture: the state of being the firstborn; also, an exclusive right of inheritance that belongs to the eldest son.
  15. inculcate: to teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.
  16. nonagenarian: someone whose age is in the nineties.
  17. upbraid: to scold or criticize harshly.
  18. stoic: indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; also, one who is stoic.
  19. quietus: final acquittance, as from debt; also, rest; death.
  20. adventitious: added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
  21. callow: immature.
  22. permeate: to spread or diffuse through.
  23. effusive: excessively demonstrative.
  24. nolens volens: whether unwilling or willing.
  25. disheveled: in loose disorder; disarranged.
  26. caterwaul: to make a harsh cry or screech.
  27. indelible: that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, or the like.
  28. neophyte: a novice.
  29. sylvan: pertaining to woods or forests.
  30. canorous: melodious; musical.
  31. irascible: easily provoked to anger.


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