Word of the Day Archive
July 2010

  1. hunky dory: about as well as one could wish or expect.
  2. evanescence: a gradual disappearance.
  3. vespertine: of, pertaining to, or occurring in the evening.
  4. rataplan: to produce the sound as of the beating of a drum.
  5. squelch: to put down, or suppress, as with a crushing retort or argument.
  6. bijou: something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought.
  7. gizmo: a mechanical device or part whose name is forgotten or unknown.
  8. sibylline: prophetic; oracular.
  9. tantivy: at full gallop.
  10. snuff: to extinguish or suppress.
  11. aeromancy: the prediction of future events from observation of weather conditions.
  12. subtilize: to make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning.
  13. vestigial: relating to a body part that has become small and lost its use.
  14. spoor: a track or trail, esp. that of a wild animal pursued as game.
  15. brannigan: a carouse.
  16. undercast: something viewed from above through another medium, as of clouds viewed from an airplane.
  17. palladian: pertaining to wisdom, knowledge, or study.
  18. acedia: sloth.
  19. philogyny: love of or liking for women (opposite of misogyny.)
  20. impedimenta: baggage or other things that retard one's progress
  21. occlude: to shut in, out, or off.
  22. morganatic: pertaining to a form of marriage where a person of high rank weds someone of lower station without claim to the property of the high-ranking partner.
  23. fulgurate: to flash or dart like lightning.
  24. zaftig: full-bodied; well-proportioned.
  25. don: to put on or dress in.
  26. potlatch: a ceremony at which gifts are bestowed on the guests in a show of wealth that the guests later attempt to surpass.
  27. nitid: bright; lustrous.
  28. behemoth: any creature or thing of monstrous size or power.
  29. busticate: to break into pieces.
  30. casuistry: specious or deceptive reasoning, esp. in questions of morality.
  31. blithe: carefree and lighthearted.


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