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Word Of The Day Archives - August 2008

Friday, August 1, 2008

mundane (adj)  ordinary
mundaneness, mundanity
Sentence:  To me, weeding the garden is the most mundane of household chores.
Similar Words:  temporal

Saturday, August 2, 2008

traduce (v)  humiliate through defamation
Sentence:  I never forgave my boss for traducing my character in front of the whole firm.
Similar Words:  defame, slander, libel, malign, calumniate, vilify

Sunday, August 3, 2008

diffident (adj)  shy
Sentence:  The diffident child said few words, even to other children.
Similar Words:  timid

Monday, August 4, 2008

exude (v)  emit
Sentence:  Mary always exuded confidence, even when she attempted to act timid.
Similar Words:  emanate

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

forestall (v)  prevent
Sentence:  Were you able to forestall the advance of the lava by using bulldozers?
Similar Words:  thwart, deter

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

recalcitrant (adj)  unruly, rebellious
Sentence:  Unable to accept any authority, the recalcitrant teen is sure to end up in jail.
Similar Words:  contumacious

Thursday, August 7, 2008

deplete (v)  use up
Sentence:  We depleted our supplies two days before the relief truck was to arrive.
Similar Words:  exhaust

Friday, August 8, 2008

deign (v)  condescend
Sentence:  Would you deign to allow your employees in your house?
Similar Words:  stoop

Saturday, August 9, 2008

bumptious (adj)  overly assertive
Sentence:  The bumptious Congressman scratched and clawed his way into a leadership position.
Similar Words:  aggressive

Sunday, August 10, 2008

vicarious (adj)  through another
Sentence:  Watching the kids on the roller coaster gave me a vicarious thrill.
Similar Words:  indirect, substituted

Monday, August 11, 2008

vapid (adj)  without liveliness
Sentence:  The vapid story in the book did not become any livelier when the book was made into a movie.
Similar Words:  insipid, empty, banal

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

satire (n)  literary work of ridicule
Sentence:  The author's otherwise serious poetry always included satire.
Similar Words:  caricature, parody

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

malodorous (adj)  foul-smelling
Sentence:  A malodorous breeze wafted off the polluted lake next to our town.
Similar Words:  noisome, rank

Thursday, August 14, 2008

falter (adj)  make a misstep
Sentence:  Our game plan went well for three periods, but we faltered in the closing minutes.
Similar Words:  waver, hesitate

Friday, August 15, 2008

apocryphal (adj)  of doubtful validity
Sentence:  My teenager's apocryphal story was so elaborate I was tempted to believe it.
Similar Words:  dubious

Saturday, August 16, 2008

swindle (v)  cheat
Sentence:  Lacking any shame at all, Joe swindled money out of his aged neighbor.
Similar Words:  defraud

Sunday, August 17, 2008

enmity (n)  deep-seated hatred
Sentence:  The employee's pent-up enmity for his former colleague led to a tragic fight in which both men were severely injured.
Similar Words:  animosity, animus, hostility, rancor, antagonism, resentment, acrimony

Monday, August 18, 2008

loiter (v)  linger
Sentence:  I do not allow teenagers to loiter in my store; I ask them to make their purchases and leave.
Similar Words:  dawdle, stroll

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

arcane (adj)  not widely understood
Sentence:  It is a rare student who shares my interest in arcane economic theories of production.
Similar Words:  esoteric

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

imbroglio (n)  confusing situation; dilemma
Sentence:  How do I extricate us from the imbroglio you've created?
Similar Words:  dispute, entanglement

Thursday, August 21, 2008

drone (n)  monotonous sound
Sentence:  A low drone from the crowd could be heard in the blimp far above.
Similar Words:  alt. meaning: tireless worker

Friday, August 22, 2008

glutinous (adj)  like glue
Sentence:  The gravy had an unfortunate glutinous taste that disappointed all the diners.
Similar Words:  sticky, viscous

Saturday, August 23, 2008

founder (v)  become wrecked
Sentence:  The beautiful new yacht foundered on the reef and disappeared under the waves.
Similar Words:  sink, collapse

Sunday, August 24, 2008

insipid (adj)  banal, dull
Sentence:  Her insipid article put me to sleep.
Similar Words:  bland, vacuous

Monday, August 25, 2008

acrimony (n)  bitter animosity
Sentence:  An unfortunate acrimony existed between the two former business allies.
Similar Words:  animus, animosity, rancor, antagonism, enmity, resentment, hostility

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

befitting (adj)  suitable
Sentence:  Only champagne is befitting of the occasion of my daughter's wedding.
Similar Words:  appropriate

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

renown (n)  fame
Sentence:  Our town was fortunate to have a visit by a renowned violinist from Russia.
Similar Words:  celebrity, acclaimed

Thursday, August 28, 2008

depict (v)  portray
Sentence:  The child's testimony accurately depicted the horror of the crime scene.
Similar Words:  illustrate, describe

Friday, August 29, 2008

recriminate (v)  accuse (in return)
recrimination, recriminatory
Sentence:  The parties to the lawsuit recriminated one another almost daily.
Similar Words:  countercharge

Saturday, August 30, 2008

galvanize (v)  arouse to action
Sentence:  FDR's speeches had a way of galvanizing a crowd.
Similar Words:  energize, inspire

Sunday, August 31, 2008

libidinous (adj)  lustful
Sentence:  The young girl's libidinous boss was fired for sexual harassment.
Similar Words:  prurient, lecherous

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