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Word Of The Day Archives - December 2007

Saturday, December 1, 2007

scintilla (n)  barest amount
Sentence:  There is not a scintilla of evidence of the man's guilt.
Similar Words:  iota

Sunday, December 2, 2007

manifest (adj)  plain, apparent
Sentence:  Pele's prowess as a soccer player was manifest to anyone who watched him for even a few minutes.
Similar Words:  patent

Monday, December 3, 2007

finesse (n)  clever maneuver
Sentence:  The general's artful finesse put a quick end to the battle.
Similar Words:  stratagem, craftiness

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

testy (adj)  irritable
testiness
Sentence:  Please don't be testy with me just because you've had a hard day
Similar Words:  cantankerous

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

exhort (v)  strongly encourage
exhortation
Sentence:  The president exhorted the troops to push on to victory.
Similar Words:  urge

Thursday, December 6, 2007

abdicate (v)  abandon, step down
abdication
Sentence:  Old and sick, the king abdicated the throne.
Similar Words:  relinquish

Friday, December 7, 2007

patent (adj)  apparent
patency
Sentence:  The effects of the flood on our town will be patent if you just take a drive down main street.
Similar Words:  manifest, plain

Saturday, December 8, 2007

argot (n)  jargon, slang
Sentence:  The local gang's argot mystified the state police.
Similar Words:  vernacular

Sunday, December 9, 2007

culpable (adj)  guilty, blameworthy
culpability
Sentence:  A jury found the bus driver culpable for the injury to his passengers.
Similar Words:  reprehensible

Monday, December 10, 2007

burgeon (v)  burst forth
Sentence:  The burgeoning flowers soon covered the meadow.
Similar Words:  explode

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

corrupt (v)  taint, spoil
corruption
Sentence:  The radio's circuits were corrupted by water.
Similar Words:  adulterate, degrade, debase

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

inimical (adj)  hostile, unfriendly
inimicality
Sentence:  The preacher's fiery sermons were inimical to the restoration of order in our town.
Similar Words:  antagonistic, noxious

Thursday, December 13, 2007

queue (n)  line of people
Sentence:  Hold a place in the queue while I buy a ticket.
Similar Words:  file

Friday, December 14, 2007

abate (v)  lessen
abatement
Sentence:  Noise-abatement is always an issue for people who live near airports.
Similar Words:  mitigate, alleviate

Saturday, December 15, 2007

equivocate (v)  speak ambiguously
equivocation; equivocal
Sentence:  Don't equivocate! Tell me exactly what you need.
Similar Words:  hedge, prevaricate

Sunday, December 16, 2007

proselytize (v)  seek to convert
proselytism, proselyte
Sentence:  Don't try to proselytize us; we are happy as we are.
Similar Words:  recruit

Monday, December 17, 2007

palpitate (v)  quiver
palpitation
Sentence:  After running the marathon, the palpitations in my calf muscles shook by whole body.
Similar Words:  throb, tremble

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

agnostic (adj)  doubtful about God
agnosticism
Sentence:  My best friend grew up in a religious home but ended up agnostic.
Similar Words:  skeptical

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

epitaph (n)  inscription on cemetery monument
Sentence:  When you die, how would you like your epitaph to read?
Similar Words:  remembrance

Thursday, December 20, 2007

pique (v)  provoke, arouse
Sentence:  We piqued the kitten's curiosity with new ball of yarn.
Similar Words:  stimulate, incite

Friday, December 21, 2007

protracted (adj)  prolonged
protractedness, protract
Sentence:  The protracted proceedings of the committee kept the staff on the job throughout the weekend.
Similar Words:  extended, drawn-out

Saturday, December 22, 2007

equitable (adj)  fair
equity, equitableness
Sentence:  The warring sides attempted to work out an equitable compromise.
Similar Words:  impartial

Sunday, December 23, 2007

sacrilege (n)  misuse of something sacred
sacrilegious
Sentence:  It was a sacrilege to deface the old church.
Similar Words:  desecration

Monday, December 24, 2007

rejoinder (n)  quick reply
Sentence:  My lawyer's clever rejoinder in court saved the day for us.
Similar Words:  retort, riposte

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

choleric (adj)  temperamental
Sentence:  The arrival of the choleric, troubled old man sent everyone fleeing.
Similar Words:  irascible

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

spelunk (v)  explore caves
Sentence:  Spelunking in the Appalachian limestone is my new hobby.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

interloper (n)  intruder, meddler
Sentence:  Please leave; we do not need any interlopers here.
Similar Words:  trespasser

Friday, December 28, 2007

bereave (v)  leave alone by death
bereavement
Sentence:  The whole town was bereaved by the mayor's passing.
Similar Words:  mourn

Saturday, December 29, 2007

dither (n)  agitation
Sentence:  The principal's comments about extra homework had put the entire school into a dither for the afternoon.
Similar Words:  frenzy, commotion

Sunday, December 30, 2007

thwart (v)  prevent
Sentence:  We thwarted the surprise attack with little difficulty.
Similar Words:  prevent, interrupt

Monday, December 31, 2007

harbinger (n)  omen
Sentence:  The stock market crash was a harbinger -- and perhaps a cause -- of the Great Depression.
Similar Words:  sign, portent, augury

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