Word of the Day Archive
May 2008

  1. cloy: to weary or become distasteful through excess.
  2. halcyon: peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
  3. sub rosa: secretly; privately; confidentially.
  4. disparate: fundamentally different; also, composed of dissimilar elements.
  5. fustian: pompous or pretentious language.
  6. amalgam: an alloy of mercury with other metals; also, a mixture.
  7. contrite: feeling or expressing grief and regret for sins or offenses.
  8. moiety: a half; a small part.
  9. sentient: capable of perceiving by the senses.
  10. parsimonious: frugal to excess.
  11. acumen: quickness or keenness of perception or discernment.
  12. cavil: to raise trivial objections; also, a trivial objection.
  13. umbrage: offense; resentment.
  14. fetter: a restraint; also, to impose restraints on.
  15. paean: a song or other expression of praise or joy.
  16. subfusc: dark or dull in color.
  17. latitudinarian: having or expressing broad and tolerant views.
  18. tirade: a long angry speech.
  19. obtrude: to thrust out; also, to impose on others.
  20. Potemkin village: a false front or facade.
  21. boulevardier: a man-about-town.
  22. cadge: to beg; to sponge.
  23. aright: rightly; correctly.
  24. ruminate: to chew the cud; also, to ponder; to reflect.
  25. listless: having no desire or inclination.
  26. vehement: marked by intensity of emotions or convictions.
  27. ribald: characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor.
  28. forgo: to do without.
  29. schadenfreude: a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.
  30. grandee: a man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman.
  31. patina: a superficial layer.


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