Word of the Day Archive
December 2012

  1. empurple: to color or become purple or purplish.
  2. alexipharmic: warding off poisoning or infection; antidotal.
  3. effervescent: high-spirited; vivacious; lively.
  4. pontificate: to speak in a pompous or dogmatic manner.
  5. erinaceous: of the hedgehog kind or family.
  6. quench: to slake, satisfy, or allay as in thirst, desires, or passion.
  7. howdah: a seat or platform for one or more persons placed on the back of an elephant.
  8. anopisthograph: a manuscript, parchment, or book having writing on only one side.
  9. mulligrubs: ill temper; colic; grumpiness.
  10. moor: to fix firmly; secure.
  11. cruciverbalist: a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.
  12. adiaphorous: doing neither good nor harm.
  13. plication: the act or procedure of folding.
  14. apopemptic: pertaining to leave-taking or departing; valedictory.
  15. buttress: to give encouragement or support.
  16. axial: situated in or on the line about which a rotating body turns.
  17. lagan: anything sunk in the sea, but attached to a buoy or the like so that it may be recovered.
  18. whinge: to complain; whine.
  19. echolalia: the imitation by a baby of the vocal sounds produced by others.
  20. counterblast: an unrestrained and vigorously powerful response to an attacking statement.
  21. algid: cold; chilly.
  22. decathect: to withdraw one's feelings from something in anticipation of a future loss.
  23. douce: sedate; modest; quiet.
  24. glissade: to perform a sliding or gliding step.
  25. tidings: news, information, or intelligence.
  26. avidity: enthusiasm or dedication.
  27. stridulous: making or having a harsh or grating sound.
  28. antepenultimate: third from the end.
  29. fastigiate: rising to a pointed top.
  30. anthropogenic: caused or produced by humans.
  31. compotation: an act or instance of drinking or tippling together.


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