Word of the Day Archive
March 2011

  1. masticate: to chew.
  2. wunderkind: one who achieves success or acclaim during youth.
  3. gimcrack: a showy but useless or worthless object.
  4. gastronome: a lover of good food and drink.
  5. confute: to refute conclusively.
  6. demagogue: a leader who obtains power by means of appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
  7. chortle: to utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
  8. puckish: whimsical; mischievous; impish.
  9. fanfaronade: empty boasting; bluster.
  10. ersatz: being a substitute or imitation.
  11. epicene: having the characteristics of both the male and the female.
  12. prolix: wordy.
  13. aver: to assert as true.
  14. pusillanimous: cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
  15. blandishment: flattering speech or action.
  16. apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance.
  17. quaff: to drink heartily.
  18. truckle: to act in a subservient manner.
  19. interregnum: the interval between two reigns; also, any breach of continuity in an order.
  20. largess: generous giving; also, gifts of money or other valuables.
  21. prescience: knowledge of events before they take place.
  22. fugacious: lasting but a short time.
  23. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
  24. kismet: destiny; fate.
  25. bumptious: crudely, presumptuously, or noisily self-assertive.
  26. verisimilitude: the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability.
  27. equivocate: to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear.
  28. afflatus: a divine inspiration.
  29. bedaub: to besmear; also, to overdecorate.
  30. lucre: money; profit.
  31. bivouac: a usually temporary encampment; also, to encamp.


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