Word of the Day Archive
February 2010

  1. mondegreen: a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation, as in misheard lyrics.
  2. gelid: extremely cold; icy.
  3. aubade: a song greeting the dawn.
  4. pecuniary: relating to money.
  5. distrait: divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
  6. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
  7. ignoramus: an ignorant person; a dunce.
  8. approbation: formal or official approval; also, praise.
  9. vitiate: to make faulty or imperfect.
  10. tarradiddle: a fib; also, pretentious nonsense.
  11. coquetry: flirtation.
  12. quietus: final acquittance, as from debt; also, rest; death.
  13. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth.
  14. billet-doux: a love letter.
  15. vivify: to endue with life; to enliven.
  16. inexorable: unyielding; relentless.
  17. hypnagogic: inducing sleep; of or pertaining to drowsiness.
  18. duplicity: deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
  19. gastronome: a lover of good food and drink.
  20. egregious: outrageously bad.
  21. bombast: pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
  22. fractious: tending to cause trouble; also, irritable.
  23. fructuous: fruitful; productive.
  24. arcanum: a secret; a mystery.
  25. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.
  26. mulct: to defraud.
  27. supplicate: to make a humble and earnest petition.
  28. quixotic: foolishly impractical; also, capricious, impulsive.


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