Word of the Day Archive
April 2008

  1. jollification: merrymaking; revelry.
  2. deus ex machina: an agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty.
  3. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
  4. ostentation: excessive or pretentious display.
  5. camarilla: a group of secret and often scheming advisers.
  6. importunate: troublesomely urgent.
  7. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
  8. voluble: characterized by a ready flow of speech.
  9. afflatus: a divine inspiration.
  10. pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome.
  11. caesura: a break or pause in a line of verse; also, any break or pause.
  12. salubrious: healthful.
  13. abulia: loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions.
  14. pin money: money for incidental expenses; also, a trivial sum.
  15. miasma: a thick vaporous atmosphere, often noxious.
  16. objurgate: to scold or rebuke sharply.
  17. roister: to revel; to carouse.
  18. inveigle: to persuade or obtain by ingenuity or flattery.
  19. portent: a sign or omen.
  20. lambaste: to scold sharply; also, to beat.
  21. chimera: a mental fabrication.
  22. lionize: to treat or regard as an object great interest or importance.
  23. ubiquitous: being everywhere.
  24. winsome: light-hearted.
  25. epigone: an inferior imitator.
  26. confluence: a flowing or coming together.
  27. posit: to postulate; also, to suggest.
  28. maelstrom: a large, powerful whirlpool; also, a violent, disordered, or turbulent state of affairs.
  29. gimcrack: a showy but useless or worthless object.
  30. lenity: the state or quality of being lenient.


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