Complete Word Of The Day List
Afluent and prolific writer,
especially one who writes professionally.
An expert on words.
Example sentence: Snoop Dogg, The 35-year-old wordsmith was cuffed near Los Angeles yesterday (Nov. 28) on weapons and drug charges after a performance at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
adj. Full of keen anticipation or excitement; eager.
agog a·gog' adv.
You are agog about reading my new WOD
At an appropriate time;
By the way; incidentally:
Apropos, where were you yesterday?
With regard to; concerning: Apropos our date for lunch, I can't
Apropos, where were you yesterday?
a·droit (e-droit¹) adjective
Skillful and adept under pressing
— a·droit¹ly adverb
— a·droit¹ness noun
He was very adroit except when faced with Lexicology where his
skill were reduced to blathering.
: acid in temper,
mood, or tone
Example sentence: Jerry's speech was punctuated by his usual acerbic wit, and some people in the audience thought that his comments went too far.
agglomeration \uh-glom-uh-RAY-shuhn\, noun:
1. The act or process of collecting in a mass; a heaping together.
2. A jumbled cluster or mass of usually varied elements.
"...symbiosis is the origin of complex life and that, if
artificial intelligence comes about, it will do so by an
agglomeration and binding up of functions, rather than through
some Frankensteinian (WOW) hauling down of a single power
switch.-- Roz Kaveney, "The Eight Technologies of
Definition: (noun) A style that involves indirect ways of expressing
Synonyms: circumlocution, periphrasis
Example sentence: His head was swimming when the lecture finally
ended, and he felt the speaker's ambage had taken him everywhere
and left him nowhere.
aghast \uh-GAST\ adjective
: struck with terror, amazement, or horror : shocked
Example sentence: In an effort to impress his date, Adam ordered the most expensive
items on the menu, then was aghast when the bill arrived.
Definition: (verb) To assert formally as a fact.
Synonyms: allege, say
Example sentence: For as my conscience does not accuse me, I
aver that I am not a criminal.
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billet-doux \bil-ay-DOO\, noun;
plural billets-doux \bil-ay-DOO(Z)\:
A love letter or note.
Perhaps she just looked first into the bouquet, Hoping for
a billet-doux hidden among the flowers.
ba·nal (be-nàl¹, bâ¹nel,
Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite. See Synonyms at
The folks at Blender magazine are taking no prisoners as they release their list of what they consider the 40 worst lyricists, or, as the magazine likes to call them, "metaphor-twisting, mysticism-spouting, Hallmark-card–quoting bards of
bouleversement \bool-vair-suh-MAWN\, noun:
Complete overthrow; a reversal; a turning upside down.
For the second time in his life Joe had had a complete
bouleversement and was hurrying into line with his
base·ness (bâs¹nîs) noun
The quality or state of being contemptible, mean-spirited, or
1. despicable, contemptible. 2. poor, inferior, cheap,
tawdry. 3. fake, spurious. 4. servile, ignoble, abject, slavish, menial.
They were not his misdeeds, but rather his
baseness she so eloquently
brought to his attention.
beholden \bih-HOHL-duhn\, adjective:
Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.
I used to think Beholden was a hillbilly word;
Example sentence: I am beholden to you. What does
he say of Brutus? He says, for Brutus' sake, lie finds himself
beholden to us all.
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The act or process of
a. An idea or meaning
suggested by or associated with a word or thing: Hollywood holds
connotations of romance and glittering success. b. The set of
associative implications constituting the general sense of a word in
addition to its literal sense.
Logic. The set of attributes
constituting the meaning of a term; intension.
Example sentence: The word "feminist" has different connotations for different people.
(kôr¹e-lèr-ê, kòr¹-) noun
A proposition that follows with
little or no proof required from one already proven.
2. A deduction or an inference.
Example sentence: An important corollary to eating more fresh fruits and less fat is weight loss
Definition: (noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against
which other things can be evaluated.
Synonyms: standard, touchstone, measure
Example sentence: Their criterion of a good rider is, a man
who can manage an untamed colt, or who, if his horse falls, alights on
his own feet.
Definition 2: A standard used to decide the correctness of a judgment or decision.
Example sentence: 2 The criterion of
true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it
lessens. — Lord Brook Fulke Greville (1554-1628).
com·men·su·rate (ke-mèn¹ser-ît, -sher-) adjective
Of the same size, extent, or duration as another.
2. Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate: a salary commensurate with my performance.
3. Measurable by a common standard; commensurable.
Example sentence: Carl Sagan coined the phrase the "extraordinary claims require extraordinary commensurtion."
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tr.v. dis·am·big·u·at·ed, dis·am·big·u·at·ing, dis·am·big·u·ates
To establish a single grammatical or semantic interpretation
Example sentence: "Can you disambiguate this statement?"
draconian \dray-KOH-nee-un\ adjective,
1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of
Draco or the severe code of laws held to have been framed by him
*2 : cruel; also : severe
Sue contends that the city's steep fine for
jaywalking is a draconian form of punishment.
distrait \dis-TRAY\, adjective:
Divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
Yet when she stopped for a cup of coffee, finding herself too
distrait to begin work, the picture was in the course of being
removed from the window.
di·ver·gence (dî-vûr¹jens, dì-) noun
1. a. The act of diverging. b. The state of being divergent. c. The
degree by which things diverge.
2. Physiology. A turning of both eyes outward from a common point or of
one eye when the other is fixed.
3. Departure from a norm; deviation.
4. Difference, as of opinion.
5. Biology. The evolutionary tendency or process by which animals or
plants that are descended from a common ancestor evolve into different
forms when living under different conditions.
6. Mathematics. The property or manner of diverging; failure to approach
7. A meteorological condition characterized by the uniform expansion in
volume of a mass of air over a region, usually accompanied by fair dry
Example sentence: I'm really a bit lost with this
divergence. Especially frusterating as I've always just taken this
as intuitively obvious. I'd really like to understand.
divergent (dî-vûr´jent, dì-) adjective
1. Drawing apart from a
common point; diverging.
2. Departing from
3. Differing from
another: a divergent opinion.
4. Mathematics. Failing
to approach a limit; not convergent.
- diver´gently adverb
Example sentence: From him they obtained the Master-Key which
explained and reconciled their divergent views, and thus the
Secret Doctrine was firmly established and now known as "The
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: tending or
serving to clear from alleged fault or guilt
Example sentence: The witness's
exculpatory testimony convinced the jury to find the defendant not
errant \AIR-uhnt\, adjective:
1. Wandering; roving, especially in search of adventure.
2. Deviating from an appointed course; straying.
3. Straying from the proper standards (as of truth or propriety).
4. Moving aimlessly or irregularly; as, an errant breeze.
The year 1980 finds him in Troy, the city where our errant
poet will spend the most stable years of his life.
enmity \EN-muh-tee\ noun
active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will
Example sentence: Having to work on the project together
only increased the enmity between Ralph and Debra, who had never
extant \EK-stunt; ek-STANT\, adjective:
Still existing; not destroyed, lost, or extinct.
Why, then, did the joint House-Senate committee insert a maximum? The
lack of extant records of the committee's deliberations requires
us to speculate
e·mote (i-mot') intr.v., e·mot·ed, e·mot·ing, e·motes.
To express emotion, especially in an excessive or theatrical manner
Example sentence: The more she emotes, the less he listens,
and the less he listens, the more strident and emotive she
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factotum \fak-TOH-tuhm\, noun:
A person employed to do all kinds of work or business.
Example sentence: Mr. Hersey thus became Mr. Lewis's summertime factotum, copying
pages of a play that Lewis was writing about Communism.
facetious \fuh-SEE-shuhs\, adjective:
1. Given to jesting; playfully jocular.
2. Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious.
Example sentence: Joe Cocker was being both serious and facetious when he claimed
that "the world's greatest water power is woman's tears."
He was by all odds the liveliest, most genial man in the group--"a
most engaging and entertaining companion of a sweet, even and lively
temper, full of facetious stories always applied with judgment and
Articulated with relatively strong pressure or tension of the
respiratory muscles, as in English p and t compared with
b and d.
Example sentence: He spoke with ease and judgment, and even threatened to be witty. She then with fortis spewed a bitter and abusive denunciation of every audience savored word he spoke!
fe·lic·i·ty (fî-lîs¹î-tê) noun
a. Great happiness; bliss. b.
An instance of great happiness.
A cause or source of happiness.
a. An appropriate and pleasing
manner or style: felicity of expression. b. An instance of
appropriate and pleasing manner or style.
Archaic. Good fortune.
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flummery \FLUHM-uh-ree\, noun:
Empty compliment; unsubstantial talk or writing; mumbo jumbo; nonsense.
Example sentence: This is not the age of reason, this is the age
of flummery, and the day of the devious approach.
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1.Having a pleasant or friendly
disposition or manner; cordial and kindly.
2. Conducive to life, growth, or
comfort; mild: “the genial sunshine . . . saturating his miserable
body with its warmth” (Jack London).
3. Obsolete. Relating to or marked by genius.
Example sentence: Our genial host immediately offered us refreshments and introduced us to everyone.
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hu·bris (hy¡¹brîs) noun
Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance:
Example sentence: “There is no safety in unlimited technological hubris”
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1 : not capable of being broken or separated into parts
2 : not to be infringed or violated
Example sentence: Page explainedthat family is sacred to her because she believes that few things in life are more infrangible than the bonds of kinship.
id·i·o·syn·cra·sy (îd´ê-o-sîng¹kre-sê) noun
A structural or behavioral characteristic
peculiar to an individual or a group.
2. A physiological or temperamental
3. An unusual individual reaction to food or a
— id´i·o·syn·crat¹ic (-sîn-kràt¹îk) adjective
— id´i·o·syn·crat¹i·cal·ly adverb
In one particular it was observed that he did not take after his father: owing either to his peculiar
upbringing or to a more fundamental idiosyncrasy he had a marked distaste for the opposite
sex. "Queen Victoria"
in·fe·lic·i·ty (în´fî-lîs¹î-tê) noun
1. The quality or condition of being
2. Something inappropriate or unpleasing.
The official transcript distributed by the White House cleaned up his
grammatical infelicity, printing the statement without the S on
"children"; where upon Mr. Bush vetoed the Medical
Funding for the needy children; Opposite of the platform he ran on in the
Resolutely courageous; fearless.
Example sentence: The truly intrepid think of themselves as normal.
inimical \ih-NIM-ih-kul\, adjective:
1. Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly;
2. Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic; adverse
Example sentence: Yeats's conflict with his father was not only
about the conventional employment which J. B. Yeats believed was
inimical to creative freedom.
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jactitation \jak-tuh-TAY-shun\ noun
: a tossing to and
fro or jerking and twitching of the body
Example sentence: It is clear that my tics are far more complex in form than mere
Parkinsonian jerks, jactitations, or precipitations
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kvetch \KVECH\, adjective:
1. To complain habitually.
1. A complaint.
2. A habitual complainer.
Example sentence: People kvetched when someone else wouldn't relinquish his
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1 : magnetite possessing polarity
2 : something that strongly attracts
The old battlefield is a lodestone
for history buffs, and many people travel long distances to visit
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mendacious \men-DAY-shuhs\, adjective:
1. Given to deception or falsehood; lying; untruthful; as, a mendacious
2. False; untrue; as, a mendacious statement.
Example sentence: Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, two very different men, each from a
different party, were seen as mendacious and deceitful, driven to
self-destructive actions by forces they could not control.
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nescience \NESH-uhn(t)s; NESH-ee-uhn(t)s\, noun:
Lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance.
Example sentence: The ancients understood that too much knowledge could actually impede
human functioning -- this at a time when the encroachments on global
nescience were comparatively few.
Seeming to be coolly unconcerned or indifferent.
Example sentence: I am still amazed at the nonchalant attitude of the custodial mother up to the point of her vanity.
nonplus \non-PLUHS\, transitive verb:
To cause to be at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; to confound; to
perplex; to bewilder.
"Man, they lost me on this
But I could see in his little blinking eyes that my success had
Definition: (noun) A beginner or novice.
Synonyms: fledgling, newbie, newcomer, freshman, entrant, starter
Example sentence: You have no right to preach to me, you
neophyte, that have not passed the porch of life, and are
absolutely unacquainted with its mysteries.
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palindrome \PAL-in-drohm\, noun:
A word, phrase, sentence, or verse that reads the same backward or
A few examples:
1. Madam, I'm Adam. (Adam's first words to Eve?)
2. A man, a plan, a canal -- Panama! (The history of the Panama Canal in
paroxysm \PAIR-uhk-siz-uhm\, noun:
1. (Medicine) A sudden attack, intensification, or recurrence of a
2. Any sudden and violent emotion or action; an outburst; a fit.
Example sentence: I love words that can have positive or negative connotations
But when he's on target -- and more often than not he is -- he can send
you into paroxysms of laughter.
1. A headlong fall or rush.
2. Abrupt or impulsive haste.
3. A hastening or acceleration, especially one that is sudden or
unexpected: He is responsible for the precipitation of his own
Example sentence: My love for this beautiful soul came with such a precipitation
that foolishly ending any chance of further involvement.
pronunciamento \pro-nun-see-uh-MEN-toe\, noun:
1. A proclamation or manifesto; a formal announcement or
2. A pronouncement.
Example sentence: This was, then, not merely the official closing statement of a lost war,
but the opening pronunciamento of a deviously contrived insurgent
campaign to maintain imperial control as well as social and political
stability in a shattered nation.
pro·sa·ic (pro-zâ¹îk) adjective
a. Consisting or characteristic of
prose. b. Matter-of-fact; straightforward.
Lacking in imagination and spirit;
I was christened in a comparatively prosaic
per·e·gri·nates verb, intransitive
To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot.
To travel through or over; traverse.
Example sentence: HOLOFERNES: "He is too picked, too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it were, too peregrinate, as I may call it." SIR NATHANIEL: "A most singular and choice epithet."
per·force (per-fôrs¹, -fors¹) adverb
By necessity; by force of circumstance.
Example sentence: The weariest nights, the longest
days, sooner or later must
perforce come to an end.
pasquinade \pass-kwuh-NAYD\ noun
1 : a lampoon posted in a public place
*2 : satirical writing : satire
The article, a pasquinade
mocking the proposed education reform, generated a lot of mail from
prelapsarian \pree-lap-SAIR-ee-uhn\, adjective:
Pertaining to or characteristic of the time or state before the Fall
Example sentence: The mid-twenties were, in general, a
prelapsarian period, before the stock market crash of 1929 and the
depression of the 1930s.
1. An indication or a warning of a future occurrence; an omen.
2. A feeling or an intuition of what is going to occur; a presentiment.
3. Prophetic significance or meaning.
4. Archaic. A prediction.
Example sentence: Lightly come or lightly go: Though thy heart presage thee woe.
pre·scind·ed, pre·scind·ing, pre·scinds
To separate or divide in thought; consider individually.
Example sentence: In the darkness and confusion, the bands of these commanders became prescind from each other.
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quail \KWAIL\ verb
1 : to give way : falter
*2 : to recoil in dread or terror : cower
Example sentence: Even though she quailed at the thought of rejection, Gwen asked Marcel out to dinner.
Did you know? Flinch," "recoil," and "wince" are all synonyms of "quail,"
quotidian \kwoh-TID-ee-uhn\, adjective:
1. Occurring or returning daily; as, a quotidian fever.
2. Of an everyday character; ordinary; commonplace.
Example sentence: Erasmus thought More's career as a lawyer was a waste of a fine mind, but it was precisely the human insights More derived from his life in the quotidian world that gave
him a moral depth Erasmus lacked.
quorum \KWOR-uhm\, noun:
1. Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally
competent to transact business.
2. A select group.
Example sentence: The extraordinary powers of the Senate
were vested in twenty-six men, fourteen of whom would constitute a
quorum, of which eight would make up a majority.
Example sentence 2: The IRS requires 501, non-profit
organizations to have a quorum present at their required, yearly
meetings. If it is not, then not only can they not vote, but they must
also have another meeting.
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recondite \REK-uhn-dyt\, adjective:
1. Difficult to understand; abstruse.
2. Concerned with obscure subject matter.
Example sentence: And his fondness for stopping his readers short in their tracks with evidence of his recondite vocabulary is wonderfully
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synchronism syn·chro·nism noun
1 : the quality or state of being synchronous
2 : chronological arrangement of historical events and personages so as
to indicate coincidence or coexistence; also : a table showing such
Example sentence: Einstein’s "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" (OEMB); is irrelevant because; all the cars alike, all the kids bounce their balls in perfect synchronism, because a giant heartbeat controls their every move.
supervene \soo-pur-VEEN\, intransitive verb:
1. To take place or occur as something additional, extraneous, or
unexpected (sometimes followed by 'on' or 'upon').
2. To follow immediately after; to ensue.
After all, doctors outside the hospital can pick up the pieces and re
admission is always possible, provided death doesn't
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turpitude \TUR-puh-tood; -tyood\, noun:
1. Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions;
2. A base act
They were not his misdeeds, but rather his turpitudes she so
eloquently brought to his attention.
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umbrage \UHM-brij\, noun:
1. Shade; shadow; hence, something that affords a shade, as a screen of
trees or foliage.
2. a. A vague or indistinct indication or suggestion; a hint.
3. b. Reason for doubt; suspicion.
4. Suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment.
Burr finally took umbrage, and challenged him to a
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wan·ton (wòn¹ten) adjective
or unchaste; lewd.
Gratuitously cruel; merciless. b. Marked by unprovoked, gratuitous
maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction.
Unrestrainedly excessive: wanton extravagance; wanton depletion of oil
Luxuriant; overabundant: wanton tresses.
Obsolete. Rebellious; refractory.
Example sentence: As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
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