Word of the Day Archive
April 2011

  1. gravitas: high seriousness.
  2. unctuous: marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.
  3. abstemious: temperate; abstinent; refraining from indulgence.
  4. dapple: a small contrasting blotch; also, to mark with spots.
  5. irascible: easily provoked to anger.
  6. canorous: melodious; musical.
  7. métier: an occupation, especially in which one excels.
  8. futz: to pass time in idleness (usually followed by around).
  9. tenterhooks: in a state of uneasy suspense or painful anxiety.
  10. simpatico: congenial or like-minded.
  11. balderdash: senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense.
  12. oppugn: to assail by criticism, argument, or action.
  13. praxis: practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills.
  14. moratory: authorizing delay of payment.
  15. vociferate: to speak or cry out loudly or noisily; shout; bawl.
  16. undertone: a color modified by an underlying color.
  17. scurrilous: grossly or obscenely abusive.
  18. corybantic: frenzied; agitated; unrestrained.
  19. akimbo: with hand on hip and elbow bent outward.
  20. abaft: to the rear of; aft of.
  21. mumbo jumbo: senseless or pretentious language, usually designed to obscure an issue, or the like.
  22. homunculus: an artificially made, miniature person or creature.
  23. peregrinate: to travel or journey, especially to walk on foot.
  24. yin: a principle in Chinese philosophy associated with negative, dark, and feminine attributes.
  25. marginalia: notes in the margin of a book, manuscript, or letter.
  26. anneal: to toughen or temper.
  27. jamboree: a carousal; any noisy merrymaking.
  28. polymorphous: having, assuming, or passing through many or various forms, stages, or the like.
  29. osmose: to gradually or unconsciously assimilate some principle or object.
  30. effloresce: to burst into bloom; blossom.


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