Word of the Day Archive
March 2008

  1. amanuensis: one employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.
  2. garrulous: talkative; also, wordy.
  3. recherche: exotic; rare; also, affected, pretentious.
  4. probity: complete and confirmed integrity.
  5. busker: a street musician or performer.
  6. rara avis: a rare or unique person or thing.
  7. cabal: a group that seeks power usually through intrigue.
  8. kismet: destiny; fate.
  9. gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble.
  10. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation.
  11. assuage: to soften; to ease, or lessen.
  12. diffident: bashful or unassertive.
  13. rodomontade: pretentious, bragging speech.
  14. bedizen: to dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
  15. sojourn: to dwell for a time; also, a temporary stay.
  16. chagrin: acute vexation or embarrassment.
  17. indolent: lazy; inactive.
  18. nefarious: wicked in the extreme.
  19. transmute: to change from one nature, form, substance, or state into another.
  20. acerbic: sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.
  21. myriad: consisting of a very great but indefinite number; also, a very great many.
  22. remunerate: to pay an equivalent to for any service, loss, or expense.
  23. anathema: a curse; a person or thing cursed, or intensely disliked.
  24. plethora: excess.
  25. repine: to feel or express discontent.
  26. misnomer: a misnaming.
  27. acrid: sharp and harsh; bitter.
  28. hullabaloo: a confused noise; uproar.
  29. excrescence: something growing out from something else; also, a disfiguring or unwanted part.
  30. obsequious: servilely attentive; fawning.
  31. xenophobia: fear or hatred of what is strange or foreign.


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