Word of the Day Archive
January 2011

  1. plenipotentiary: invested with full power.
  2. nostrum: a questionable remedy.
  3. descry: to catch sight of; to detect.
  4. exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
  5. prevaricate: to depart from or evade the truth.
  6. chatoyant: changing in luster or color.
  7. katzenjammer: the discomfort and illness experienced as the aftereffects of excessive drinking; hangover.
  8. sockdolager: a decisive blow or remark.
  9. byzantine: complex or intricate.
  10. lickerish: fond of and eager for choice food.
  11. autoschediastical: something that is improvised or extemporized.
  12. mansuetude: mildness; gentleness.
  13. creolize: to combine local and foreign elements into a new, distinct whole.
  14. klatsch: a casual gathering of people.
  15. felicitate: to compliment upon a happy event; congratulate.
  16. spirituel: showing or having a refined and graceful mind or wit.
  17. offal: the edible internal parts of an animal, such as the heart, liver, and tongue.
  18. concupiscible: worthy of being desired.
  19. fain: gladly; willingly.
  20. grangerize: to add to the visual content of a book by inserting images not included in the original volume, often by mutilating other books.
  21. totemic: pertaining to an object or natural phenomenon with which a family or group considers itself closely related.
  22. lollop: to move forward with a bounding or leaping motion.
  23. homograph: a word of the same written form as another but of different meaning, whether pronounced the same way or not.
  24. paphian: of or pertaining to love, esp. illicit physical love.
  25. dharna: the practice of exacting justice by sitting at the doorstep of an offender until the demand is granted.
  26. gung-ho: wholeheartedly enthusiastic and loyal.
  27. jobbery: the conduct of public or official business for the sake of improper private gain.
  28. rakish: smart; jaunty; dashing.
  29. cacoethes: an irresistible urge; mania.
  30. vulpine: cunning or crafty.
  31. thimblerig: to cheat or swindle, as in the traditional shell game known as thimblerig.


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