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Word Of The Day Archives - June 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

adamant (adj)  unyielding
Sentence:  My father was adamant that I finish my homework before I left for the game.
Similar Words:  determined, resolute

Monday, June 2, 2008

phlegmatic (adj)  apathetic, sluggish
Sentence:  Your phlegmatic disposition does not inspire confidence that you will move quickly to solve the problem.
Similar Words:  stolid, impassive

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

extant (adj)  still existing
Sentence:  Communism may be nearly dead in Russia, but it is extant in Cuba.
Similar Words:  alive

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

incongruous (adj)  incompatible
Sentence:  Your tattered shirt is incongruous with your new tuxedo.
Similar Words:  discordant, conflicting

Thursday, June 5, 2008

rift (n)  opening
Sentence:  The new requirements imposed by the state exposed a deep rift within our formerly unified organization.
Similar Words:  break, fissure, breach

Friday, June 6, 2008

exasperate (v)  annoy
Sentence:  My bratty little brother exasperated me from morning until night.
Similar Words:  frustrate, bother

Saturday, June 7, 2008

inane (adj)  lacking sense
Sentence:  No more inane comments! Think before you talk.
Similar Words:  vacuous, fatuous, mindless

Sunday, June 8, 2008

endorse (v)  express approval of
Sentence:  Our club endorsed and actively supported the political activities of our members.
Similar Words:  sanction

Monday, June 9, 2008

arrogant (adj)  having a sense of superiority
Sentence:  If you win a Nobel Prize, perhaps you will have a reason to be arrogant.
Similar Words:  supercilious, disdainful, swaggering, haughty

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

flout (v)  disregard openly
Sentence:  The young driver finally got into trouble for flouting stop signs.
Similar Words:  scorn

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

rotund (adj)  overweight
Sentence:  Would you describe your teacher as obese or merely rotund?
Similar Words:  portly, stout, pudgy

Thursday, June 12, 2008

chicanery (n)  trickery, deception
Sentence:  There's no telling to what chicanery my son will resort to get his way.
Similar Words:  artifice, ruse, stratagem, wile

Friday, June 13, 2008

parochial (adj)  narrow-minded
Sentence:  The man's parochial attitudes were not surprising, given his sheltered youth.
Similar Words:  provincial

Saturday, June 14, 2008

impious (adj)  irreligious
Sentence:  The impious young man was a constant disappointment to his deeply religious parents.
Similar Words:  irreverent

Sunday, June 15, 2008

shunt (v)  turn aside
Sentence:  The switch automatically shunted the train onto the next track.
Similar Words:  divert, bypass

Monday, June 16, 2008

jingoism (n)  chauvinism
Sentence:  The jingoism of the local crowd was out of place at an international sporting event.
Similar Words:  nationalism

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

dire (adj)  urgent, grave
Sentence:  Dire consequences await any sailor who crosses the admiral.
Similar Words:  calamitous

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

flamboyant (adj)  elaborately ornamented
Sentence:  My flamboyant hat was just right for the Mardi Gras parade.
Similar Words:  florid, resplendent

Thursday, June 19, 2008

quintessence (n)  pure essence
Sentence:  Shakespeare was the quintessence of genius.
Similar Words:  epitome, embodiment

Friday, June 20, 2008

ruffian (n)  thug
Sentence:  We crossed to the other side of the street to avoid the ruffians on the sidewalk.
Similar Words:  hooligan, gangster

Saturday, June 21, 2008

lament (n)  cry of sorrow and grief
Sentence:  Their laments over the loss of their child could be heard in the street.
Similar Words:  dirge

Sunday, June 22, 2008

eclectic (adj)  of varied sources
Sentence:  My father liked only British literature, but he owned a surprisingly eclectic music collection.
Similar Words:  assorted, catholic

Monday, June 23, 2008

banal (adj)  commonplace, trite
Sentence:  The author's newspaper columns, at one time fresh and scintillating, are now banal, at best.
Similar Words:  insipid

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

chary (adj)  cautious
Sentence:  Go ahead if you wish, but be chary of the many risks involved.
Similar Words:  wary

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

supercilious (adj)  scornfully proud
Sentence:  Once modest, Jack adopted a supercilious air after spending time in Hollywood.
Similar Words:  haughty, disdainful, swaggering, arrogant

Thursday, June 26, 2008

auspicious (adj)  favorable
Sentence:  The auspicious beginning of the game was not reflected in the humiliating final score.
Similar Words:  propitious, conducive

Friday, June 27, 2008

mitigate (v)  lessen, ease
Sentence:  Can you try to mitigate the damage you helped create?
Similar Words:  alleviate

Saturday, June 28, 2008

emulate (v)  imitate
Sentence:  We should emulate people of high morals and integrity, not people who cut corners.
Similar Words:  follow, copy

Sunday, June 29, 2008

antagonistic (adj)  hostile
Sentence:  Why must you be antagonistic to the counselors who are trying to help you?
Similar Words:  combative, belligerent

Monday, June 30, 2008

brusque (adj)  abrupt, curt
Sentence:  The rude waiter acknowledged my order with a brusque grunt.
Similar Words:  tactless

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