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Word Of The Day Archives - February 2008

Friday, February 1, 2008

foible (n)  minor fault
Sentence:  If you can ignore a few of your finance's foibles, you will grow to admire him.
Similar Words:  idiosyncrasy

Saturday, February 2, 2008

confluence (n)  flowing together
Sentence:  The confluence of their ideas produced a breakthrough.
Similar Words:  merging

Sunday, February 3, 2008

diminutive (adj)  tiny
Sentence:  The large man looked odd walking the diminutive dog.
Similar Words:  miniscule

Monday, February 4, 2008

peruse (v)  study
Sentence:  Have you perused the latest sports scores in the newspaper?
Similar Words:  read, examine

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

chimerical (adj)  imaginary
Sentence:  My goal of winning the U.S. Open was chimerical, but it did help me play better golf.
Similar Words:  illusory

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

moratorium (n)  permitted delay
Sentence:  During the recent recession, the banks in my town agreed to a moratorium on foreclosing on homes and farms.
Similar Words:  suspension

Thursday, February 7, 2008

impermeable (adj)  not permitting passage
permeate, permeability
Sentence:  Plastic is impermeable to air.
Similar Words:  airtight, impervious

Friday, February 8, 2008

cursory (adj)  brief
Sentence:  With a cursory glance, I could tell that someone had been in the room.
Similar Words:  perfunctory

Saturday, February 9, 2008

aggravate (v)  worsen
Sentence:  The marathon aggravated my chronically sore knees.
Similar Words:  exacerbate

Sunday, February 10, 2008

expostulate (v)  reason with
Sentence:  The young mother expostulated with her son on the danger of running out in the street.
Similar Words:  object

Monday, February 11, 2008

arduous (adj)  difficult
Sentence:  The arduous climb up the hill exhausted all of us.
Similar Words:  laborious

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

soluble (adj)  able to be solved
Sentence:  Is that math problem soluble -- or is it a black hole?
Similar Words:  explainable

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

secular (adj)  not relating to religion
Sentence:  Our church had many secular concerns -- such as how to pay the mortgage and how to prevent vandalism.
Similar Words:  lay, laity

Thursday, February 14, 2008

nascent (adj)  just started
Sentence:  Not 30 years ago, quantum theory was a nascent idea, just waiting to be explored by physicists.
Similar Words:  inchoate

Friday, February 15, 2008

harrowing (adj)  distressing, terrifying
Sentence:  We closed our eyes during the harrowing raft trip through the rapids.
Similar Words:  chilling, agonizing

Saturday, February 16, 2008

dissent (v)  differ in opinion
Sentence:  On principle, I dissented from our club's decision to expel a long-time member.
Similar Words:  disagree, object

Sunday, February 17, 2008

vituperation (n)  verbal abuse
vituperate, vituperative
Sentence:  Why are you using vituperation in a friendly school debate?
Similar Words:  castigation, aspersion

Monday, February 18, 2008

recreant (adj)  unfaithful, cowardly
Sentence:  The recreant young army officer went absent without leave just when the battle was heating up.
Similar Words:  craven, traitorous

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

ebullient (adj)  joyous
Sentence:  The Italians were ebullient after winning the World Cup.
Similar Words:  exuberant

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

tacit (adj)  understood
Sentence:  The principal gave us tacit approval when he did not object to my plan.
Similar Words:  unspoken

Thursday, February 21, 2008

pseudonym (n)  fictitious name
Sentence:  For sake of personal protection, I wrote the provocative book under a pseudonym.
Similar Words:  alias

Friday, February 22, 2008

foment (v)  stir up
Sentence:  Why did you try to foment a dispute between your two bosses?
Similar Words:  incite, instigate

Saturday, February 23, 2008

mercurial (adj)  volatile in mood
Sentence:  Mercurial, my boss smiled one minute and screamed the next.
Similar Words:  temperamental, capricious

Sunday, February 24, 2008

jocose (adj)  given to joking
Sentence:  Naturally jocose from her earliest years, my daughter could amuse her classmates for hours at a time.
Similar Words:  playful, jocular

Monday, February 25, 2008

rendezvous (n)  meeting
Sentence:  Our rendezvous is set for 3:00 at the park bench behind my office building.
Similar Words:  tryst

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

paradox (n)  illogic
Sentence:  The paradox of thrift bedeviled philosophers for centuries.
Similar Words:  contradiction, anomaly

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

amulet (n)  good-luck charm
Sentence:  What do the amulets hanging from your bracelet represent?
Similar Words:  talisman

Thursday, February 28, 2008

dilate (v)  widen
Sentence:  The ophthalmologist dilated my right eye and examined it closely for injury.
Similar Words:  stretch, expand

Friday, February 29, 2008

hypothetical (adj)  assumed
Sentence:  The candidate for mayor refused to answer hypothetical questions about how he would handle problems of our city.
Similar Words:  supposed, theoretical

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