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Word Of The Day Archives - January 2007

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

transitory (adj)  short-lived
transitoriness
Sentence:  My addiction to yoga turned out to be merely a transitory fling.
Similar Words:  transient, ephemeral

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

auxiliary (n)  helping
Sentence:  The auxiliary organization made our task infinitely easier.
Similar Words:  reserve, supplementary

Thursday, January 4, 2007

obtuse (adj)  unintelligent
obtuseness
Sentence:  Don't be obtuse; listen to the question carefully and answer it.
Similar Words:  dim, imperceptive

Friday, January 5, 2007

iconoclast (n)  critic of tradition
iconoclastic
Sentence:  The iconoclastic philosopher marched to his own drum.
Similar Words:  maverick, nonconformist

Saturday, January 6, 2007

abstract (adj)  not concrete
abstractness
Sentence:  My colleague's abstract ideas about revamping our manufacturing processes were interesting, but concrete proposals would have been more useful.
Similar Words:  theoretical

Sunday, January 7, 2007

digress (v)  turn aside
digression
Sentence:  Let me digress for a moment before we start the meeting.
Similar Words:  aberrate, stray

Monday, January 8, 2007

implicit (adj)  implied
implicitness
Sentence:  Although no one had said a word about it, there was an implicit agreement among the students not to do anything that would embarrass the school.
Similar Words:  understood

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

venerate (v)  respect highly
veneration
Sentence:  All citizens should venerate our soldiers for doing their duty.
Similar Words:  revere

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

sibilant (adj)  hissing
sibilance
Sentence:  The loud, sibilant ring of the alarm clock startled me.
Similar Words:  shrill

Thursday, January 11, 2007

throng (n)  crowd
Sentence:  A throng gathered at city hall to see what the mayor would say about the brewing scandal.
Similar Words:  mob, horde

Friday, January 12, 2007

congeal (v)  gel
Sentence:  The spilled juice congealed on the floor, making a sticky mess.
Similar Words:  coalesce

Saturday, January 13, 2007

moribund (adj)  dying
Sentence:  Before it had a chance to be tested in an election, the nascent political movement appeared moribund.
Similar Words:  stagnant

Sunday, January 14, 2007

abstinence (adj)  self-denial
abstinent
Sentence:  Abstinence from life's indulgences can build character.
Similar Words:  abstention, forbearance

Monday, January 15, 2007

collaborate (v)  work together
collaboration
Sentence:  Let's collaborate on the project; by working together we can do a better job.
Similar Words:  cooperate

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

littoral (adj)  coastal
Sentence:  With its littoral location, my weekend home was constantly buffeted by sea breezes.
Similar Words:  seaside, oceanfront

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

dogged (adj)  determined
doggedness
Sentence:  The wrongfully accused student was dogged in pursuit of justice.
Similar Words:  diligent, persistent, assiduous, tenacious

Thursday, January 18, 2007

eminent (adj)  standing out, noteworthy
eminence
Sentence:  The former president was an eminent spokesman for our issue.
Similar Words:  prominent

Friday, January 19, 2007

bigot (n)  prejudiced person
bigotry
Sentence:  It can be hard not to be a bigot when raised by intolerant parents.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

finagle (v)  obtain by craftiness
Sentence:  Did you finagle some free candy from the store clerk?
Similar Words:  fleece, bamboozle

Sunday, January 21, 2007

remnant (n)  something left over
Sentence:  My house showed remnants of the fire for many years.
Similar Words:  scrap, vestige

Monday, January 22, 2007

penitent (n)  regretful for misdeeds
penitence
Sentence:  Outwardly penitent, the former convict quickly resumed his life of crime.
Similar Words:  contrite

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

bucolic (adj)  rural
Sentence:  The bucolic scene at my friend's farm looked like a painting.
Similar Words:  serene, pastoral

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

egress (n)  exit
Sentence:  Where can I make my egress from the building?
Similar Words:  emergence

Thursday, January 25, 2007

pontificate (v)  preach
pontification
Sentence:  Stop pontificating! You've made your point.
Similar Words:  sermonize

Friday, January 26, 2007

manacle (n)  shackle for hands
Sentence:  The manacle squeezed the suspect's wrists and cut off his circulation
Similar Words:  fetter

Saturday, January 27, 2007

duplicity (n)  double-dealing
duplicitous
Sentence:  The veteran spy's duplicity shocked even agents who had known him for decades.
Similar Words:  deceitfulness

Sunday, January 28, 2007

impecunious (adj)  poor
impecuniousness
Sentence:  The young heir wasted his inheritance and ended up impecunious.
Similar Words:  penury, destitution

Monday, January 29, 2007

advocate (v)  plead in favor of
advocacy
Sentence:  As a teacher, do you advocate school uniforms?
Similar Words:  champion

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

cynosure (n)  focus of attention
Sentence:  The cynosure of my literary life was Shakespearean comedy.
Similar Words:  devotion

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

maestro (n)  master
Sentence:  A maestro, my music teacher can make the violin sing.
Similar Words:  virtuoso

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