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Word Of The Day Archives - January 2008

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

hyperbole (n)  obvious exaggeration
Sentence:  Hyperbole will not persuade your parents; try speaking plainly instead.
Similar Words:  overstatement

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

miniscule (adj)  tiny
Sentence:  It is hard to imagine that transistors are so miniscule that thousands can fit on the head of a pin.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

reprisal (n)  revenge
Sentence:  Everyone in my town believed that the burning of the preacher's house was in reprisal for the preacher's infidelity long ago.
Similar Words:  recompense, vengeance

Friday, January 4, 2008

vehement (adj)  forceful
Sentence:  In closing arguments, the lawyer delivered a vehement defense of his client.
Similar Words:  vigorous, strong

Saturday, January 5, 2008

debacle (n)  utter downfall or defeat
Sentence:  The team was confident, but the game turned out to be a debacle.
Similar Words:  disaster, collapse

Sunday, January 6, 2008

fortitude (n)  strength of mind
Sentence:  On D-Day, 18-year olds showed unimaginable fortitude in the face of deadly enemy gunfire.
Similar Words:  resolve

Monday, January 7, 2008

florid (adj)  flowery, embellished
Sentence:  An elaborate, florid display of new merchandise adorned the store window.
Similar Words:  ornate, flamboyant

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

wither (v)  shrivel
Sentence:  While we were on vacation, our beautiful tomatoes withered on the vine.
Similar Words:  decay

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

vacuous (adj)  empty
Sentence:  The vacuous expression on the man's face accurately depicted his empty head.
Similar Words:  inane

Thursday, January 10, 2008

gesticulate (v)  gesture
Sentence:  Gesticulating wildly, my overcharged physics professor tried to demonstrate the fine points of relativity.
Similar Words:  signal

Friday, January 11, 2008

cosmopolitan (adj)  worldly
Sentence:  As he aged, my father's attitudes became more cosmopolitan.
Similar Words:  urbane

Saturday, January 12, 2008

capricious (adj)  impulsive
capriciousness, caprice
Sentence:  The tyrant's harsh, capricious decrees made him loathed throughout the country.
Similar Words:  unpredictable

Sunday, January 13, 2008

anguish (n)  agonizing pain
Sentence:  I felt anguish at my son's failure in law school.
Similar Words:  torment

Monday, January 14, 2008

incipient (adj)  just beginning
Sentence:  I detected an incipient jealousy in my new girlfriend.
Similar Words:  inchoate

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

hirsute (adj)  hairy
Sentence:  Once exceptionally hirsute, the old man did not have a hair left on his head.
Similar Words:  whiskered, bushy

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

tactile (adj)  relating to sense of touch
Sentence:  Many people buy leather for its tactile qualities rather than for its durability.
Similar Words:  sensual

Thursday, January 17, 2008

whet (v)  sharpen
Sentence:  That aroma of fresh-baked bread whets my appetite.
Similar Words:  arouse

Friday, January 18, 2008

ubiquitous (adj)  everywhere
Sentence:  Election posters for the incumbent are a ubiquitous site in my town.
Similar Words:  omnipresent

Saturday, January 19, 2008

mendacity (n)  lie
Sentence:  The senator's testimony at the trial was nothing but mendacity -- for which he was eventually charged with perjury.
Similar Words:  falsehood

Sunday, January 20, 2008

guise (n)  appearance
Sentence:  Communism sometimes has been termed utopianism in a new guise.
Similar Words:  aspect, semblance

Monday, January 21, 2008

mellifluous (adj)  pleasant sounding
Sentence:  Mellifluous tunes were drifting from my old radio.
Similar Words:  resonant, euphonious

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

pretentious (adj)  showy
Sentence:  A pretentious display of wealth in our neighborhood irritated the rest of our town.
Similar Words:  ostentatious

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

purview (n)  scope
Sentence:  Are you sure that decision is within the purview of your assignment?
Similar Words:  range

Thursday, January 24, 2008

repose (n)  rest, peace
Sentence:  Don't disturb Mrs. Smith; she is in repose.
Similar Words:  tranquility

Friday, January 25, 2008

dissonant (adj)  clashing
Sentence:  The dissonant views of the two politicians made for angry debates on the Senate floor.
Similar Words:  incompatible, incongruent

Saturday, January 26, 2008

maladroit (adj)  inept
Sentence:  Although an accomplished athlete, Will was maladroit at darts.
Similar Words:  awkward, unskillful

Sunday, January 27, 2008

ken (n)  range of knowledge
Sentence:  That philosophical question is well beyond the ken of a typical high school student.
Similar Words:  cognizance

Monday, January 28, 2008

integrate (v)  combine
Sentence:  City officials managed to integrate 20 immigrant families into our town smoothly and quickly.
Similar Words:  blend, unify

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

truant (adj)  absent without permission
Sentence:  The teenager was truant from school for the third time in the semester and risked expulsion.
Similar Words:  idle, malingering

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

cupidity (n)  greed
Sentence:  The king's cupidity made his miserliness seem trifling.
Similar Words:  avarice

Thursday, January 31, 2008

punctilious (adj)  attentive to details
Sentence:  We are on vacation; you do not need to be so punctilious about your eating habits!
Similar Words:  meticulous, exacting

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