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Word Of The Day Archives - August 2007

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

abnegate (v)  renounce
Sentence:  My whole family abnegated candy for a month in a collective effort to lose weight.
Similar Words:  relinquish, reject

Thursday, August 2, 2007

defamation (n)  slander
Sentence:  The TV report defamed the controversial activist.
Similar Words:  aspersion, calumny, libel, vilification

Friday, August 3, 2007

utopia (n)  ideal place
Sentence:  If you keep searching for utopia your whole life, you will die a disappointed person.
Similar Words:  nirvana, paradise

Saturday, August 4, 2007

collegial (adj)  cooperative, friendly
Sentence:  My office-mate and I were once rivals, but now we work together collegially.
Similar Words:  collaborative

Sunday, August 5, 2007

astute (adj)  perceptive
Sentence:  The sleuth's astute observation led us rapidly to the prize.
Similar Words:  keen, smart

Monday, August 6, 2007

belated (adj)  tardy
Sentence:  Here is a belated birthday card for you; sorry for the delay.
Similar Words:  delayed

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

heedless (adj)  unmindful
Sentence:  Heedless of the blackening sky, the novice sailor left the dock and soon foundered in the open water.
Similar Words:  negligent

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

apposite (adj)  fitting
Sentence:  The speaker's serious comments were perfectly apposite for the solemn occasion.
Similar Words:  apt, pertinent, relevant

Thursday, August 9, 2007

peripatetic (adj)  wandering
Sentence:  Would you like a peripatetic lifestyle, like a nomad?
Similar Words:  nomadic

Friday, August 10, 2007

nihilism (n)  rejection of morals, values
Sentence:  After subscribing to numerous social theories for 50 years, my grandfather adopted nihilism late in life, giving up all his lifelong beliefs.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

solace (n)  sympathy
Sentence:  All we can do now is give Mary our solace for her loss.
Similar Words:  consolation

Sunday, August 12, 2007

undulate (v)  move in waves
Sentence:  From a distance, the train looked like a snake undulating through the hills.
Similar Words:  ripple, roll

Monday, August 13, 2007

ardent (adj)  passionate
Sentence:  I hope you will not disappoint your ardent admirer.
Similar Words:  zealous, eager

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

ennui (n)  boredom
Sentence:  After three days on the deserted Pacific island, a deep sense of ennui swept over me.
Similar Words:  lassitude, listlessness

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

manumit (v)  free
Sentence:  When the rebels manumitted the political prisoners, there was dancing in the streets.
Similar Words:  liberate

Thursday, August 16, 2007

wry (adj)  devious
Sentence:  My father's wry sense of humor always left my mother scratching her head.
Similar Words:  insidious, crafty, sly

Friday, August 17, 2007

assiduous (adj)  determined
Sentence:  The assiduous efforts of our newest player made all the difference in the team's triumph.
Similar Words:  persistent, diligent, tenacious, dogged, sedulous

Saturday, August 18, 2007

largess (n)  generosity
Sentence:  The family's largess built almost all of the schools in my town.
Similar Words:  philanthropy, benefaction

Sunday, August 19, 2007

respite (n)  pause
Sentence:  A golf shack provided some respite from the lightening storm.
Similar Words:  shelter

Monday, August 20, 2007

ascribe (v)  attribute
Sentence:  To what do you ascribe your great success?
Similar Words:  impute, assign

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

austere (adj)  severe, plain
Sentence:  The hermit's austere lifestyle contrasted with his earlier life of luxury.
Similar Words:  ascetic

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

molt (v)  shed
Sentence:  The rattlesnake molted his skin right in front of us, leaving it in a pile behind the rocks.
Similar Words:  discard, jettison

Thursday, August 23, 2007

prudent (adj)  careful, sensible
Sentence:  The plant shut-down was a prudent decision by an experienced manager.
Similar Words:  cautious, judicious

Friday, August 24, 2007

ascertain (v)  determine
Sentence:  How did you ascertain that your son's alibi was true?
Similar Words:  learn

Saturday, August 25, 2007

inculcate (v)  impress upon; teach
Sentence:  Good teachers try to inculcate in their students a love of learning.
Similar Words:  instill, indoctrinate

Sunday, August 26, 2007

mire (n)  swamp
Sentence:  Stuck in a deep mire, our ancient model T eventually came through.
Similar Words:  fen, marsh

Monday, August 27, 2007

concierge (n)  doorkeeper
Sentence:  I left the keys with my apartment's concierge.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

brevity (adj)  conciseness
Sentence:  The crowd appreciated the brevity of the candidate's stump speech.
Similar Words:  succinctness, economy

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

idiosyncrasy (n)  eccentricity
Sentence:  My quirky friend had many idiosyncrasies.
Similar Words:  quirk

Thursday, August 30, 2007

nuptial (adj)  pertaining to marriage
Sentence:  My finance and I plan to exchange our nuptial vows in Las Vegas.
Similar Words:  wedding

Friday, August 31, 2007

deft (adj)  skilled
Sentence:  My father's deft wit always had a way of defusing family fights.
Similar Words:  competent, adroit

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