Word of the Day Archive
October 2011

  1. weltschmerz: sentimental pessimism; sorrow that one feels and accepts as one's necessary portion in life.
  2. mendacity: a tendency to lie; untruthfulness.
  3. billow: to rise or roll in or like a great wave; surge.
  4. endemic: belonging exclusively or confined to a particular place.
  5. bandersnatch: an imaginary wild animal of fierce disposition.
  6. druthers: one's own way, choice, or preference.
  7. vesuvian: volcanic, or pertaining to a fierce or fiery disposition.
  8. pica: an abnormal appetite for substances that are not fit to eat.
  9. milquetoast: a very timid, unassertive, spineless person.
  10. titubant: a disturbance resulting in an uncertain gait and trembling.
  11. jaundiced: affected with or exhibiting prejudice, as from envy or resentment.
  12. etiology: the study of the causes of diseases.
  13. flaxen: of the pale yellowish color of dressed flax or linen.
  14. cosmogony: a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe.
  15. askance: with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval.
  16. lummox: a clumsy, stupid person.
  17. dorsal: situated on the back.
  18. moot: open to discussion or debate; doubtful.
  19. harrowing: extremely disturbing or distressing; grievous.
  20. tawdry: gaudy, showy and cheap.
  21. loll: to recline or lean in a relaxed, lazy, or indolent manner; lounge.
  22. anomie: a sense of loneliness and anxiety.
  23. ferly: something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror.
  24. anoesis: a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content.
  25. mesmerize: to spellbind; fascinate.
  26. animadvert: to comment unfavorably or critically.
  27. perdition: a state of final spiritual ruin; loss of the soul; damnation.
  28. berserk: violently or destructively frenzied; wild; crazed; deranged.
  29. sepulchral: proper to or suggestive of a tomb; funereal or dismal.
  30. thanatopsis: a view or contemplation of death.
  31. nyctophobia: an abnormal fear of night or darkness.


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