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Word of the Day Archives

A list of the past entries in our "Word of the Day" feature:

14-Dec-17 Intersperse
[in-ter-SPERSS]   Verb

Definition:
To place something at intervals in or among other things

Example:
The candy cane lights were interspersed along the sidewalk leading up to our grandparents' house.

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13-Dec-17 Wend
[WEND]  Verb

Definition:
To direct one's course; travel, proceed

Example:
The hikers wended their way along the forest trail toward the evening's campsite.
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12-Dec-17 Scurrilous
[SKUR-uh-lus]    Adjective

Definition:

1 a : using or given to coarse language

b : vulgar and evil

2 : containing obscenities, abuse, or slander

Example:
The actor publically apologized to his young fans for his scurrilous tweets.

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11-Dec-17 Maudlin
[MAUD-lin]  Adjective

Definition:
Drunk enough to be emotionally silly.
Weakly and effusively sentimental.

Example:

Rather than give his aunt a maudlin greeting card, Jake looked for one that was more in line with her snarky sense of humor.


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08-Dec-17 Complicit
[com·plic·it]  Adjective

Definition:
Helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.

Example:
Police wanted the names of every individual complicit in this illegal operation.
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07-Dec-17 Bludge
[BLUJ]  Verb

Definition:
To avoid work or responsibility.  To get something from or live on another by imposing on hospitality or good nature.

Example:
My friend had a nasty habit of dropping by at suppertime so that he could bludge a free meal.

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06-Dec-17 Non Sequitur
[NAHN-SEK-wuh-ter]   Noun

Definition:
A statement (such as a response) that does not follow logically from or is not clearly related to anything previously said.

Example:
Unprepared for the question, the speaker gave a response that was a jumble of non sequiturs and irrelevant observations.

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05-Dec-17 Harbinger
[HAHR-bun-jer]   Noun

Definition:

One that initiates a major change.
Something that foreshadows a future event.

Example:
Thunder is an example of a harbinger of a rainstorm.
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04-Dec-17 Wifty
[WIF-tee]   Adjective

Definition:
Eccentrically silly, giddy, or inane : ditzy

Example:
Hybrid and electric cars are no longer the wifty dreams of environmentalists.
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01-Dec-17 Obliterate
[uh-BLIT-uh-rayt]  Verb

Definition:
To remove from recognition or memory or from existence.
To make undecipherable by wiping out or covering over.

Example:
The early snowfall obliterated any unraked leaves left on the path.


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30-Nov-17 Bombinate
[BAHM-buh-nayt]  Verb

Definition:
To make a sustained deep murmuring, humming, or buzzing sound : buzz, drone.

Example:

We could hear the mosquitoes bombinate outside of our tent.
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29-Nov-17 Stellar
[STEL-er]  Adjective

Definition:
1. Relating to the stars; astral.
2. Principal, leading, outstanding.

Example:
Kelly's stellar academic record should help her gain meaningful employment.
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28-Nov-17 Cacophony
[ca·coph·o·ny]  Noun

Definition:
Harsh or jarring sound. Dissonance  Harshness in the sound of words or phrases.

Example:
The sounds of barking dogs and sirens added to the cacophony on the streets.
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27-Nov-17 Deference
[def·er·ence]  Noun

Definition:
Respect and esteem due a superior or an elder. Regard for another's wishes.

Example:
The children were taught to show proper deference to their elders.

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24-Nov-17 Abnegate
[ab·ne·gate]  Verb

Definition:
Deny, renounce, surrender, relinquish.

Example:
If you can not give the proper answers to visa officer, he or she can abnegate your visa.

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23-Nov-17 Fortitude
[for·ti·tude]  Noun

Definition:
Strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage.

Example:
She has endured disappointments with fortitude and patience.
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22-Nov-17 Traverse
[tra·verse]  Verb

Definition:


To go or travel across or over.  To move or pass along or through.  To make a study of.  To lie or extend across.
 
 Example:
Competitors in the Iditarod traverse mountain ranges, frozen rivers and remote tundras.
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21-Nov-17 Otiose
[ oti·ose ]   Adjective

Definition:

Producing no useful result, futile. Being at leisure, idle.  Lacking use or effect.

Example:
Since you haven't read the book, it would be otiose to ask you if you liked it.
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20-Nov-17 Pundit
[pun·dit]  Noun

Definition:

A learned person or teacher.  A person who gives opinions in an authoritative manner usually through the mass media.

Example:
The new mini laptop has gotten a thumbs-up from industry pundits.
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17-Nov-17 Causerie
[kohz-REE]  Noun

Definition:
An informal conversation or chat.  A short informal essay.

Example:
The instructor invited the award-winning author to her class to have a causerie with her literature students.

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16-Nov-17 Dilly
[dil·ly]  Noun

Definition:
One that is remarkable or outstanding.

Example:
The weatherman predicted a dilly of a snowstorm.
 
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15-Nov-17 Adversity
[ad-VER-suh-tee]  Noun

Definition:
State or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune.

Example:
The movie is about a group of determined mountain climbers who triumph in the face of adversity.
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14-Nov-17 Knee-jerk
[NEE-jerk]  Adjective

Definition:
Readily predictable : automatic.  Reacting in a predictable way.

Example:
It was my knee-jerk reaction to become defensive when I received harsh criticism.
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10-Nov-17 Remembrance
[ri-ˈmem-brən(t)s]  Noun

Definition:
A memory of a person, thing, or event.

Example:
Remembrance Day isn't just about war; it's about respecting our past and thanking those who have served and hopefully looking forward.



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09-Nov-17 Chary
[CHAIR-ee]  Adjective

Definition:
Hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks. Slow to grant, accept, or expend.

Example:
Since my car accident, I have been chary about getting behind the wheel.


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08-Nov-17 Malign
[muh-LYNE]  Verb

Definition:
To utter injuriously misleading or false reports about : speak evil of.

Example:
During an election,  candidates are quick to malign each other.
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07-Nov-17 Palliate
[PAL-ee-ayt]  Verb

Definition:
To get rid of or alleviate.

Example:
After surgery, Greg received large doses of medications to palliate his suffering.
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06-Nov-17 Ensconce
[in-SKAHNSS]

Definition:
To place or hide securely : conceal. To establish or settle firmly, comfortably, or snugly.

Example:
Once we were all ensconced safely in our beds, Mother could relax and unwind from the busy day.

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03-Nov-17 Abnegation
[ab·ne·ga·tion]  noun

Definition:
The act of rejecting or refusing something; denial.

Example:
Jane's abnegation of ice cream and cookies is due to her Olympic team training.
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02-Nov-17 Slake
[SLAYK]  Verb

Definition:
To satisfy, quench.  To cause a substance to heat and crumble by treatment with water; hydrate.

Example:
The aroma from food trucks offering tacos, pizza, and fries were able to slake my cravings,

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