Word of the Day Archive
June 2010

  1. oleaginous: having the nature or qualities of oil.
  2. goad: to prod; incite.
  3. swain: a male admirer or lover.
  4. Manichean: pertaining to a strongly dualistic worldview.
  5. penumbra: an area in which something exists to an uncertain degree.
  6. bathos: triteness or triviality in style.
  7. fathom: to penetrate to the truth of.
  8. Occidental: Western.
  9. noctivagant: pertaining to wandering at night.
  10. ruth: pity or compassion.
  11. kowtow: to act in an obsequious manner; show servile deference.
  12. juggernaut: any large, overpowering, destructive force.
  13. vernacular: the plain variety of language in everyday use.
  14. quintessential: being the most typical.
  15. festoon: to adorn with hanging chains or strands of any material.
  16. indemnity: security against damage or loss.
  17. oscitant: yawning, as with drowsiness.
  18. hegira: a journey to a more desirable or congenial place.
  19. amok: in or into a jumbled or confused state.
  20. couvade: when the husband of a pregnant woman acts as though he were bearing the child.
  21. heliolatry: worship of the sun.
  22. proliferate: to increase or spread at a rapid rate.
  23. rococo: ornate or florid in speech, writing, or style.
  24. haptic: relating to the sense of touch; tactile.
  25. cakewalk: something easily accomplished.
  26. enthrall: to captivate or charm.
  27. zephyr: a gentle, mild breeze.
  28. yen: a desire or craving.
  29. yaw: to move unsteadily; weave.
  30. macabre: gruesome and horrifying.


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