Word of the Day Archive
October 2012

  1. utile: useful.
  2. hamartia: tragic flaw.
  3. true: to make true; shape, adjust, place exactly or accurately.
  4. agita: agitation; anxiety.
  5. hirtellous: minutely hirsute.
  6. fracas: a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar.
  7. tardigrade: slow in pace or movement.
  8. apophasis: denial of one's intention to speak of a subject that is in fact named.
  9. catachresis: misuse or strained use of words in error or for rhetorical effect.
  10. anacoluthon: a construction involving a break in grammatical sequence.
  11. litotes: understatement, especially that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary.
  12. zeugma: the use of a word to modify two or more words when it is appropriate to only one.
  13. draggle: to soil by dragging over damp ground or in mud.
  14. crasis: composition; constitution; makeup.
  15. versicolor: changeable in color.
  16. mucro: a short point projecting abruptly, as at the end of a leaf.
  17. fulgurant: flashing like lightning.
  18. ombudsman: a government official who investigates complaints by private citizens.
  19. veloce: played at a fast tempo.
  20. assoil: to absolve; acquit; pardon.
  21. recusant: a person who refuses to submit, comply, etc.
  22. acephalous: without a leader or ruler.
  23. parturient: bearing or about to bear young; travailing.
  24. delate: to inform against; denounce or accuse.
  25. uncanny: having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary.
  26. supernormal: in excess of the normal or average.
  27. teratoid: resembling a monster.
  28. cantrip: a magic spell; trick by sorcery.
  29. eidolon: a phantom; apparition.
  30. loup-garou: a werewolf; lycanthrope.
  31. lily-livered: weak or lacking in courage; cowardly; pusillanimous.

 

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