Word of the Day Archive
November 2009

  1. irenic: promoting peace.
  2. truculent: fierce; savage; ferocious.
  3. sommelier: a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.
  4. skulduggery: devious, dishonest, or unscrupulous behavior or activity.
  5. maunder: to talk or wander aimlessly.
  6. felicitous: apt or appropriate; also, delightful.
  7. abeyance: suspension; temporary cessation.
  8. billet: to provide or obtain lodging.
  9. fungible: interchangeable.
  10. soporific: causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
  11. forfend: to avert; also, to protect or preserve.
  12. asseverate: to affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
  13. carapace: a shell; a protective covering.
  14. quiescent: at rest; still; inactive.
  15. agog: in eager desire.
  16. hoi polloi: the common people; the masses.
  17. perseverate: to repeat something insistently or redundantly.
  18. exegesis: critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
  19. obfuscate: to make obscure or unclear; also, to darken.
  20. billingsgate: foul, abusive language.
  21. germane: appropriate or fitting; relevant.
  22. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious.
  23. benison: blessing; an utterance of good wishes.
  24. martinet: a strict disciplinarian.
  25. Brobdingnagian: gigantic; enormous.
  26. provender: food or provisions.
  27. gourmand: one who enjoys good food in great quantities.
  28. rusticate: to go to the country.
  29. malleable: capable of being shaped; also, adaptable.
  30. couture: the high-fashion clothing created by designers.


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