Word of the Day Archive
May 2010

  1. omnific: having unlimited powers of creation.
  2. sesquipedalianism: given to using long words.
  3. jnana: absolute insight acquired through study.
  4. iatrogenic: (of a medical disorder) caused by the actions of a physician.
  5. vamoose: to leave hurriedly or quickly; decamp.
  6. perpend: to ponder; deliberate.
  7. eristic: pertaining to argument for its own sake.
  8. chevron: a badge or insignia in the form of an inverted V.
  9. muliebrity: womanly nature or qualities.
  10. mugwump: a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, esp. in politics.
  11. matriculate: to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
  12. malapert: unbecomingly bold or saucy.
  13. afterclap: an unexpected repercussion.
  14. sawyer: a person who saws wood, esp. as an occupation.
  15. kibitz: to chat, to converse.
  16. eidetic: pertaining to visual imagery vividly experienced and readily reproducible.
  17. majuscule: of letters written either as capitals or uncials.
  18. tipple: to drink intoxicating liquor, esp. habitually or to some excess.
  19. habitué: one who frequents a particular place.
  20. plucky: having or showing courage.
  21. baksheesh: a tip, present, or gratuity.
  22. suspire: to utter with long, sighing breaths.
  23. phlegmatic: not easily excited to action or display of emotion.
  24. adumbrate: to foreshadow; prefigure.
  25. shivaree: a mock serenade with kettles and other noisemakers for a newly married couple.
  26. regnant: prevalent; widespread.
  27. waxing: to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, or power.
  28. ethereal: light, airy, or tenuous.
  29. epoch: the beginning of a distinctive period in history.
  30. scuttle: to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.
  31. threnody: a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, esp. for the dead.


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