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Word Of The Day Archives - February 2007

Thursday, February 1, 2007

nebulous (adj)  vague
nebulousness
Sentence:  At best, my understanding of physics is nebulous.
Similar Words:  cloudy, indefinite

Friday, February 2, 2007

mete (v)  parcel (out)
Sentence:  The king insisted on personally meting out punishment in his realm.
Similar Words:  distribute

Saturday, February 3, 2007

incursion (n)  raid
incursive
Sentence:  The enemy made a surprise incursion into one of our strongholds.
Similar Words:  invasion

Sunday, February 4, 2007

virtuoso (n)  master, in arts
virtuosity
Sentence:  As a child, Mozart was virtuoso on the piano.
Similar Words:  maestro

Monday, February 5, 2007

mendicant (n)  beggar
mendicancy
Sentence:  A homeless mendicant approached my classmates to ask for money for dinner.
Similar Words:  panhandler

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

belabor (v)  repeat
Sentence:  Please don't belabor the point; I understood you the first time.
Similar Words:  overuse

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

keen (adj)  clever
keenness
Sentence:  A keen mind can make up for a soft body.
Similar Words:  sharp

Thursday, February 8, 2007

apprehension (n)  fearfulness
apprehensive
Sentence:  The shy little boy was full of apprehension for his first day of school.
Similar Words:  unease, dread

Friday, February 9, 2007

euphoria (n)  feeling of exaggerated happiness
euphoric
Sentence:  Our whole town was in euphoria when the trapped miners emerged alive.
Similar Words:  elation

Saturday, February 10, 2007

anecdote (n)  amusing narrative
anecdotal
Sentence:  My grandfather's anecdotes always held us in rapt attention.
Similar Words:  narrative, sketch

Sunday, February 11, 2007

morbid (adj)  unwholesome
morbidity
Sentence:  The young boy had a morbid fascination with cancer and death.
Similar Words:  pathological

Monday, February 12, 2007

disparate (adj)  scattered
disparateness
Sentence:  The English professor's demonstration project in biology reflected his disparate talents.
Similar Words:  eclectic

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

disdainful (adj)  scornful
disdain; disdainfulness
Sentence:  Why are you so disdainful of the poor? Weren't your parents poor at one time?
Similar Words:  contemptuous

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

invidious (adj)  causing ill will
invidiousness
Sentence:  The chairman's invidious comments turned club member against club member.
Similar Words:  hateful, odious, calumnious

Thursday, February 15, 2007

diatribe (n)  tirade
Sentence:  Over and over, my teacher delivered a diatribe on the perils of not studying for final exams.
Similar Words:  harangue, denunciation

Friday, February 16, 2007

exorbitant (adj)  extreme
exorbitance
Sentence:  We paid an exorbitant price to park our car in New York City, but we had no choice.
Similar Words:  unreasonable, unconscionable

Saturday, February 17, 2007

schism (n)  split
Sentence:  A schism permanently divided our faculty into two warring camps.
Similar Words:  fault, rift

Sunday, February 18, 2007

comport (v)  behave
comportment
Sentence:  Did the students comport themselves well at the school dance?
Similar Words:  deport

Monday, February 19, 2007

inherent (adj)  existing as an essential part
inherence
Sentence:  Musical talent seems to be inherent in my family.
Similar Words:  intrinsic, innate

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

resilient (adj)  having ability to recover
resilience
Sentence:  My resilient neighbors never looked back after a fire destroyed their house.
Similar Words:  flexible, elastic

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

itinerant (adj)  traveling
Sentence:  My grandfather was an itinerant farm worker, migrating back and forth from California to the Midwest.
Similar Words:  migrant, peripatetic

Thursday, February 22, 2007

impeccable (adj)  flawless
impeccability
Sentence:  The young player's impeccable jump shop led to a spot in the starting five on the basketball team.
Similar Words:  ideal, faultless

Friday, February 23, 2007

myriad (adj)  numerous
Sentence:  Surprisingly, myriad species of fish inhabit my small pond.
Similar Words:  countless

Saturday, February 24, 2007

venial (adj)  excusable
veniality
Sentence:  To have a chance of joining the FBI, you must stay out of trouble; avoid even minor, venial offenses.
Similar Words:  trifling, minor

Sunday, February 25, 2007

epistle (n)  letter
Sentence:  When you were at camp, did you send any epistles to your parents?
Similar Words:  dispatch, communication

Monday, February 26, 2007

rebuke (v)  sharply criticize
Sentence:  Do you think the legislature should rebuke the senator for his apparent conflict of interest?
Similar Words:  admonish, reprove, reproach, reprimand

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

accost (v)  approach and confront
Sentence:  The pushy salesman accosted me in the park and would not stop talking.
Similar Words:  interrupt

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

foist (v)  force upon
Sentence:  Please do not try to foist your views upon me; if it want your views, I will ask for them.
Similar Words:  burden, compel

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