Word of the Day Archive
August 2012

  1. incondite: ill-constructed; unpolished.
  2. cathect: to invest emotion or feeling in an idea, object, or another person.
  3. foible: a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect.
  4. billet-doux: a love letter.
  5. compeer: close friend; comrade.
  6. hew: to uphold, follow closely, or conform.
  7. guff: empty or foolish talk; nonsense.
  8. orectic: of or pertaining to desire; appetitive.
  9. vicinage: the region near or about a place; vicinity.
  10. pillory: to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse.
  11. pelagic: of or pertaining to the open seas or oceans.
  12. natty: neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce.
  13. fallow: not in use; inactive.
  14. aseptic: free from the germs of disease, fermentation, or putrefaction.
  15. concatenate: to link together; unite in a series or chain.
  16. belletristic: related to literature regarded as a fine art.
  17. phthisis: a wasting away.
  18. nomothetic: giving or establishing laws; legislative.
  19. lodestar: something that serves as a guide or on which the attention is fixed.
  20. simper: to smile in a silly, self-conscious way.
  21. velleity: volition in its weakest form.
  22. hieratic: highly restrained or severe in emotional import.
  23. bole: the stem or trunk of a tree.
  24. concertina: to fold, crush together, or collapse in the manner of a concertina.
  25. antic: ludicrous; funny.
  26. fabulist: a liar.
  27. compère: a host, master of ceremonies.
  28. bathetic: displaying or characterized by insincere emotion.
  29. truncate: to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short.
  30. crucible: a severe, searching test or trial.
  31. gull: to deceive, trick, or cheat.


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