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Word Of The Day Archives - April 2007

Sunday, April 1, 2007

alcove (n)  recessed room
Sentence:  Our living room has an alcove in the back for private reading.
Similar Words:  nook

Monday, April 2, 2007

innocuous (adj)  harmless
innocuousness
Sentence:  We witnessed an angry, but innocuous, demonstration in the town square.
Similar Words:  painless, inoffensive

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

juncture (n)  important point in time
Sentence:  At this juncture, it is perhaps time for us to step back and reconsider all our options.
Similar Words:  crossroads

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

wastrel (n)  wasteful person
Sentence:  Winning a lottery can turn a thrifty, prudent person into a wastrel overnight.
Similar Words:  spendthrift

Thursday, April 5, 2007

erratic (adj)  lacking consistency
Sentence:  The child's erratic, unpredictable behavior concerned us all.
Similar Words:  fickle, mercurial

Friday, April 6, 2007

intransigent (adj)  stubborn, uncompromising
intransigence
Sentence:  My uncle's intransigent views on social issues revealed his shallow intellect.
Similar Words:  intractable, obdurate, obstinate

Saturday, April 7, 2007

abrade (v)  rub away
abrasion
Sentence:  The relentless wind abraded the surface of the rock into a glassy smoothness.
Similar Words:  chafe

Sunday, April 8, 2007

eddy (n)  swirling winds or water
Sentence:  Caught in the eddy, I was spinning wildly until the currents took me past the jetty.
Similar Words:  whirlpool

Monday, April 9, 2007

lithe (adj)  flexible
litheness
Sentence:  Exceptionally lithe his whole life, my father could do a full backbend at age 60.
Similar Words:  lissome, supple, limber

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

grovel (v)  behave in a subservient manner
Sentence:  When you grovel to the boss, you alienate all your fellow employees.
Similar Words:  fawn

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

factious (adj)  hostile, dissenting
factiousness
Sentence:  After learning that Joe was factious and belligerent almost all the time, the civic group barred him from further meetings.
Similar Words:  seditious, insurgent

Thursday, April 12, 2007

redress (v)  set right
Sentence:  Our town plans to redress the bigotry of the past.
Similar Words:  correct

Friday, April 13, 2007

abstruse (adj)  hard to understand
abstruseness
Sentence:  The mathematician offered an abstruse proof of an ancient theorem.
Similar Words:  recondite

Saturday, April 14, 2007

cavil (v)  raise trivial objections
Sentence:  If you have an important objection, I would like to hear it; but please do not cavil.
Similar Words:  carp, quibble

Sunday, April 15, 2007

savory (adj)  flavorful
savoriness
Sentence:  The cook set out a savory dinner of turkey and dressing.
Similar Words:  pleasing

Monday, April 16, 2007

imperious (adj)  arrogantly domineering
imperiousness
Sentence:  Our imperious boss terrified us all with his dictatorial attitude.
Similar Words:  overbearing, authoritarian, dictatorial

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

meretricious (adj)  attractive in a vulgar or insincere way
meretriciousness
Sentence:  The old curmudgeon's meretricious display of lust on the solemn occasion annoyed all his neighbors.
Similar Words:  gaudy, flashy, specious

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

swaggering (adj)  strutting, boastful
swagger
Sentence:  With his nose in the air and a swaggering look on his face, the movie star truly thought he was a demigod.
Similar Words:  haughty, disdainful, supercilious, arrogant

Thursday, April 19, 2007

buttress (v)  support
Sentence:  Are you able to buttress your argument with real-life examples?
Similar Words:  shore up, strengthen

Friday, April 20, 2007

yen (n)  desire
Sentence:  Do you have a yen to play hooky from school today?
Similar Words:  itch, urge

Saturday, April 21, 2007

lugubrious (adj)  mournful, gloomy
lugubriousness
Sentence:  The star athlete's funeral marked a lugubrious day in our town's history.
Similar Words:  dismal, melancholy

Sunday, April 22, 2007

ascetic (adj)  severely self-denying
asceticism
Sentence:  The hermit led an ascetic lifestyle in a small room in the monastery.
Similar Words:  austere

Monday, April 23, 2007

alias (n)  assumed name
Sentence:  The crook operated his flim-flam business under several aliases.
Similar Words:  pseudonym

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

articulate (adj)  well-spoken
articulateness
Sentence:  The new press secretary was an articulate spokesman for the President.
Similar Words:  fluent

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

obsequious (adj)  fawning, compliant
obsequiousness
Sentence:  The obsequious young aide never stopped trying to ingratiate himself with the boss.
Similar Words:  sycophantic

Thursday, April 26, 2007

gainsay (v)  deny
Sentence:  Do you gainsay your prediction of only one week ago?
Similar Words:  dispute, contradict

Friday, April 27, 2007

nexus (n)  link
Sentence:  Do you think is a nexus between crime and poverty?
Similar Words:  connection

Saturday, April 28, 2007

fastidious (adj)  careful, exacting
fastidiousness
Sentence:  A fastidious proofreader, the administrative aide would tolerate no typos.
Similar Words:  meticulous

Sunday, April 29, 2007

sedition (n)  treason
seditious
Sentence:  Sedition against one's country is usually a capital offense.
Similar Words:  insurrection

Monday, April 30, 2007

adduce (v)  cite as proof
Sentence:  What evidence did you adduce to substantiate your client's alibi?
Similar Words:  produce, offer

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