Word of the Day Archive
February 2012

  1. doyenne: a woman who is the senior member of a group, class, or profession.
  2. peroration: a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.
  3. excogitate: to think out; devise; invent.
  4. caprice: a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather.
  5. pied: having patches of two or more colors, as various birds and other animals.
  6. filiopietistic: pertaining to reverence of forebears or tradition, especially if carried to excess.
  7. crib: to pilfer or steal, especially to plagiarize.
  8. piacular: expiatory; atoning; reparatory.
  9. screed: a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe.
  10. depone: to testify under oath; depose.
  11. burled: having small knots that produce a distorted grain in wood.
  12. auscultation: the act of listening to sounds within the body as a method of diagnosis.
  13. exoteric: suitable for or communicated to the general public.
  14. cordate: heart-shaped.
  15. vilipend: to regard or treat as of little value or account.
  16. mammonism: the greedy pursuit of riches.
  17. tramontane: being or situated beyond the mountains.
  18. pachyderm: a person who is not sensitive to criticism, ridicule, etc.
  19. spruce: to make neat or dapper (often followed by up).
  20. morceau: piece; morsel.
  21. bespeak: to show; indicate.
  22. ad rem: without digressing; in a straightforward manner.
  23. plenum: a full assembly, as a joint legislative assembly.
  24. adamantine: utterly unyielding or firm in attitude or opinion.
  25. bandy: to pass from one to another or back and forth; give and take.
  26. hircine: of, pertaining to, or resembling a goat.
  27. flexuous: full of bends or curves; sinuous.
  28. pettifog: to bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters.
  29. quadrennial: occurring every four years.


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