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Word Of The Day Archives - April 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

aspersion (n)  defamation
Sentence:  Why do you cast aspersions on your former friend?
Similar Words:  calumny, slander, libel

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

adulterate (v)  make impure
Sentence:  Why did the food company adulterate the orange juice with preservatives?
Similar Words:  corrupt, debase, degrade

Thursday, April 3, 2008

pejorative (adj)  negative
Sentence:  Why the pejorative comments? Is there something wrong?
Similar Words:  disparaging, derogatory

Friday, April 4, 2008

recourse (n)  access to help
Sentence:  Besides your brother's possible pity, what other recourse do you have?
Similar Words:  relief, aid

Saturday, April 5, 2008

labyrinth (n)  maze
Sentence:  The streets of the old city were a labyrinth for the newcomer.
Similar Words:  morass, tangle, complexity

Sunday, April 6, 2008

misconstrue (v)  misunderstand
Sentence:  When I misconstrued the agent's treachery for loyalty, I jeopardized our whole mission.
Similar Words:  misinterpret

Monday, April 7, 2008

redundant (adj)  extra, backup
Sentence:  The spacecraft included redundant safety systems.
Similar Words:  surplus, superfluous

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

demure (adj)  shy, coy
Sentence:  In college, the once demure young girl turned into the life.
Similar Words:  reserved, bashful, diffident

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

wangle (v)  obtain by trickery
Sentence:  How did you wangle a tip out of that miser?
Similar Words:  chicane

Thursday, April 10, 2008

deduce (v)  reason
Sentence:  From the scanty evidence in the room, the forensic team deduced the age, sex, and size of the attacker.
Similar Words:  conclude, determine

Friday, April 11, 2008

knell (n)  bell sound
Sentence:  The death knell rang slowly through our town, as we all mourned the passing of our beloved mayor.
Similar Words:  tocsin

Saturday, April 12, 2008

caliber (adj)  level of quality
Sentence:  On the whole, the star's performance in the new play was of a very high caliber.
Similar Words:  competence

Sunday, April 13, 2008

reprove (v)  gently criticize
Sentence:  I reproved the fidgeting child with a snap of my fingers.
Similar Words:  rebuke, admonish, reproach, reprimand

Monday, April 14, 2008

embezzle (v)  steal while in a position of trust
Sentence:  Our club treasurer had been embezzling money from us for many years.
Similar Words:  misappropriate

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

dereliction (n)  neglect, abandonment
Sentence:  The commander of my squadron in the Army was court-martialed for dereliction of duty.
Similar Words:  delinquency

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

morose (adj)  gloomy
Sentence:  Why the morose face? It's a beautiful day.
Similar Words:  sullen, taciturn

Thursday, April 17, 2008

tyro (n)  beginner
Sentence:  A tyro at wine-collecting, the young socialite sought the advice of his friends.
Similar Words:  novice, neophyte

Friday, April 18, 2008

deviant (n)  differing from the norm
Sentence:  Jack's behavior was considered deviant in our country but normal overseas.
Similar Words:  aberrant

Saturday, April 19, 2008

regale (v)  entertain
Sentence:  The old fisherman regaled us with tall fish tales until late in the evening.
Similar Words:  amuse

Sunday, April 20, 2008

jocund (adj)  lighthearted
Sentence:  I was in a jocund mood, but everyone else was somber.
Similar Words:  cheerful, merry

Monday, April 21, 2008

equestrian (adj)  relating to horseback riding
Sentence:  Over the years I have trained more than 20 horses for the Olympic equestrian events.
Similar Words:  mounted

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

infallible (adj)  unerring
Sentence:  Politicians who believe themselves to be infallible in matters of public policy are usually the ones who make the most mistakes.
Similar Words:  incontrovertible, flawless

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

interim (n)  temporary
Sentence:  The interim measure eventually became permanent.
Similar Words:  provisional

Thursday, April 24, 2008

servile (adj)  unduly submissive
Sentence:  If you maintain a servile attitude, you will never get ahead in life.
Similar Words:  slavish

Friday, April 25, 2008

discourse (v)  formal discussion
Sentence:  The erudite professor delivered a two-hour discourse on Chaucer.
Similar Words:  lecture

Saturday, April 26, 2008

translucent (adj)  transmitting light
Sentence:  With translucent walls, the room was brightly lit from the sun.
Similar Words:  diaphanous, luminous

Sunday, April 27, 2008

tantamount (adj)  amounting to
Sentence:  Because of the 10 immature boys who must be watched every minute, that classroom is tantamount to a nursery.
Similar Words:  equivalent to

Monday, April 28, 2008

magnanimous (adj)  high-minded, noble
Sentence:  The old man's magnanimous gesture toward the orphanage inspired additional contributions from citizens throughout our town.
Similar Words:  generous

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

resolve (n)  firmness of mind
Sentence:  Jim's resolve to finish the task was unshaken, despite the serious setbacks.
Similar Words:  fortitude

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

glower (v)  scowl
Sentence:  Why do you glower at me when I am trying to give you good news?
Similar Words:  grimace

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