Word of the Day Archive
July 2011

  1. deciduous: falling off or shed at a particular season, stage of growth, etc.
  2. bedlam: a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.
  3. chow: food, especially hearty dishes or a meal.
  4. suffrage: the right to vote, especially in a political election.
  5. aporia: difficulty determining the truth of an idea due to equally valid arguments for and against it.
  6. stonewall: to block, stall, or resist intentionally.
  7. futilitarian: believing that human hopes are vain and unjustified.
  8. patois: a regional version of a language differing from its standard, literary form.
  9. sublimate: to direct the energy of a primitive impulse into activities that are considered to be socially more acceptable.
  10. skylark: to frolic; sport.
  11. trig: neat, trim, smart.
  12. assay: to examine or analyze.
  13. gumption: initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness.
  14. usufruct: the right to use the property of another as long as it isn't damaged.
  15. apodictic: necessarily true or logically certain.
  16. abject: utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched
  17. torque: the moment of a force that tends to cause rotation.
  18. canonical: authorized; recognized; accepted.
  19. zugzwang: a situation in which a player is limited to moves that have a damaging effect.
  20. dearth: an inadequate supply; scarcity; lack.
  21. detente: a relaxing of tension, especially between nations.
  22. feign: to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of.
  23. erubescent: becoming red or reddish; blushing.
  24. somatic: of the body; bodily; physical.
  25. handsel: first encounter with or use of something taken as a token of what will follow.
  26. mantic: of or pertaining to divination.
  27. hoary: tedious from familiarity; stale.
  28. deadpan: marked by or accomplished with a careful pretense of seriousness or calm detachment.
  29. aureate: characterized by an ornate style of writing or speaking.
  30. gazump: to cheat (a house buyer) by raising the price, at the time a contract is to be signed, over the amount originally agreed upon.
  31. ambsace: the smallest amount or distance.


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