Word of the Day Archive
August 2011

  1. melismatic: characterized by the singing of several notes to one syllable of text, for emotional impact, as in blues and other musical styles.
  2. entelechy: a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
  3. hacienda: a large estate, especially one used for farming or ranching.
  4. aesopian: conveying meaning by hint, euphemism, innuendo, or the like.
  5. overslaugh: to pass over or disregard (a person) by giving a promotion, position, etc., to another instead.
  6. moxie: vigor; verve; pep.
  7. nervure: a vein, as of a leaf or the wing of an insect.
  8. chaptalize: to increase the alcohol in a wine by adding sugar.
  9. amaranthine: unfading; everlasting.
  10. willowwacks: a wooded, uninhabited area.
  11. billet: to provide or obtain lodging.
  12. mundify: to purge or purify.
  13. holus-bolus: all at once; altogether.
  14. burke: to suppress or get rid of by some indirect means.
  15. polemic: a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
  16. polysemous: having a diversity of meanings.
  17. jointure: property given to a woman upon marriage, to be owned by her after her husband's death.
  18. purloin: to take dishonestly; steal.
  19. runic: having some secret or mysterious meaning.
  20. conglobate: to form into a ball.
  21. odoriferous: yielding or diffusing an odor.
  22. glace: ice placed in a drink to cool it.
  23. hobson jobson: the alteration of a word borrowed from a foreign language to accord more closely with the linguistic patterns of the borrowing language.
  24. collogue: to confer secretly.
  25. footle: to act or talk in a foolish or silly way.
  26. proclitic: (of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the following word and not having an independent accent.
  27. personalia: personal details such as biographical data, reminiscences, or the like.
  28. homologate: to approve; confirm or ratify.
  29. flounce: to go with impatient, exaggerated movements.
  30. parergon: work undertaken in addition to one's principal work.
  31. metaphrastic: having the quality of a literary work that has been translated or changed from one form to another, as prose into verse.


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