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Word Of The Day Archives - July 2007

Sunday, July 1, 2007

gaffe (n)  social blunder
Sentence:  Our state's governor never recovered politically from his well-publicized gaffe during a speech five years ago.
Similar Words:  faux pas

Monday, July 2, 2007

versatile (adj)  multi-functioning
Sentence:  The versatile young man excelled at all he tried.
Similar Words:  protean

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

caustic (adj)  burning, stinging
Sentence:  The critic's unnecessarily caustic remark inflamed his opponents.
Similar Words:  trenchant, sarcastic

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

abstention (n)  self-denial
Sentence:  Abstention from alcohol is mandatory for a designated driver.
Similar Words:  abstinence, forbearance

Thursday, July 5, 2007

illicit (adj)  illegal
Sentence:  The teenagers were engaged in illicit drinking at the party.
Similar Words:  forbidden, improper

Friday, July 6, 2007

jaded (adj)  dulled, worn-out
Sentence:  To my jaded friend who had seen combat in two wars, deadly auto accidents were no concern.
Similar Words:  enervated, depleted

Saturday, July 7, 2007

gauche (adj)  tactless
Sentence:  My rude brother was too gauche even to recognize that he had deeply offended the host.
Similar Words:  rude, boorish

Sunday, July 8, 2007

unrequited (adj)  not reciprocated
Sentence:  It can take a long time for a teenage girl to get over her first unrequited love.
Similar Words:  unanswered

Monday, July 9, 2007

truculent (adj)  violent, scathing
Sentence:  A truculent tirade against our project persuaded the county board to reject it.
Similar Words:  pugnacious

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

transcend (v)  rise above
Sentence:  The scholar transcended even his own strict standards of excellence
Similar Words:  surpass

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

proliferate (v)  grow rapidly
Sentence:  Most countries of the world hope that nuclear weapons will no longer proliferate around the globe.
Similar Words:  multiply

Thursday, July 12, 2007

fiat (n)  command
Sentence:  The chief executive accomplished the corporate reorganization overnight by executive fiat.
Similar Words:  edict, order

Friday, July 13, 2007

coalesce (v)  come together
Sentence:  The once-independent patriots coalesced into an effective army.
Similar Words:  gel, form

Saturday, July 14, 2007

reticent (adj)  shy, quiet
Sentence:  I was reticent to divulge the information that had been given to me in confidence.
Similar Words:  timid, fearful

Sunday, July 15, 2007

forage (n)  feed for animals
Sentence:  During the harsh winter, we distributed forage for the deer.
Similar Words:  fodder

Monday, July 16, 2007

provident (adj)  economical
Sentence:  If you were provident, you would be investing an individual retirement account.
Similar Words:  frugal

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

parsimonious (adj)  excessively frugal
Sentence:  Born in the depression, my mother was naturally parsimonious; she proudly displayed the first dollar she ever earned.
Similar Words:  cheap, stingy

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

reprieve (n)  respite from punishment
Sentence:  The lawyer sought an eleventh-hour reprieve in his client's execution.
Similar Words:  suspension

Thursday, July 19, 2007

putrefy (v)  rot
Sentence:  The animal carcass putrefied in the bright sun.
Similar Words:  decay

Friday, July 20, 2007

pastoral (adj)  rural
Sentence:  The young artist painted pastoral scenes reminiscent of the masters.
Similar Words:  rustic, idyllic

Saturday, July 21, 2007

inferno (n)  hellish place
Sentence:  The battle turned into an inferno of destruction.
Similar Words:  conflagration

Sunday, July 22, 2007

dexterous (adj)  skilled with hands
Sentence:  Do you think you are dexterous enough to build a ship in a bottle?
Similar Words:  adroit, nimble

Monday, July 23, 2007

embroil (v)  involve
Sentence:  Did your cousin embroil you in his family feud?
Similar Words:  entangle

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

stolid (adj)  emotionless
Sentence:  The accused molester remained stolid through his whole trial.
Similar Words:  impassive

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

averse (adj)  unwilling
Sentence:  Why are you averse to going to the movies tonight?
Similar Words:  disinclined, antipathetic

Thursday, July 26, 2007

forbear (v)  hold back
Sentence:  Because of the tough times, the bank decided to forbear in foreclosing on our farm.
Similar Words:  refrain

Friday, July 27, 2007

arbitrator (n)  negotiator
Sentence:  Did the arbitrator work out a settlement between the feuding parties?
Similar Words:  mediator

Saturday, July 28, 2007

diligent (adj)  persistent
Sentence:  Jack was hopelessly lazy, but his brother was exceptionally diligent.
Similar Words:  assiduous, attentive, sedulous

Sunday, July 29, 2007

distend (v)  swell
Sentence:  The pictures of the starving children with their distended bellies shocked the whole country.
Similar Words:  expand, bloat

Monday, July 30, 2007

countervail (v)  use equal force against
Sentence:  Countervailing tariffs are applied to offset foreign price advantages.
Similar Words:  offset

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

obdurate (adj)  stubborn
Sentence:  Ever obdurate, the rigid instructor would not make even the slightest exception from his lifelong training methods.
Similar Words:  intransigent, obstinate, intractable

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