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Word Of The Day Archives - March 2007

Thursday, March 1, 2007

dissemble (v)  conceal the truth
Sentence:  Do you think our boss was dissembling when he hinted at raises for the staff this year?
Similar Words:  disguise, feign

Friday, March 2, 2007

garb (n)  clothing
Sentence:  The girls wore colorful garb to the heritage day festival.
Similar Words:  apparel, raiment

Saturday, March 3, 2007

discern (v)  perceive
Sentence:  From the snippets of the conversation that I was able to hear, I was able to discern the nature of the argument.
Similar Words:  detect, distinguish

Sunday, March 4, 2007

fulsome (adj)  abundant
Sentence:  The prize was accompanied by fulsome praise for the hero.
Similar Words:  expansive, exuberant

Monday, March 5, 2007

subtle (adj)  difficult to detect
Sentence:  The Mona Lisa's subtle smile has eluded imitators for centuries.
Similar Words:  elusive

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

livid (adj)  enraged
Sentence:  Livid, my boss yelled and screamed all the way down the hall.
Similar Words:  fuming, furious

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

boorish (adj)  crude, ill-mannered
Sentence:  The stranger was not only annoyingly loud but also boorish.
Similar Words:  churlish, impudent, insolent

Thursday, March 8, 2007

ungainly (adj)  awkward
Sentence:  The young gymnast transformed herself from an ungainly novice into a state champion in only one season.
Similar Words:  clumsy, maladroit

Friday, March 9, 2007

propinquity (n)  nearness
Sentence:  Have you ever lived in propinquity to a casino?
Similar Words:  proximity

Saturday, March 10, 2007

idyllic (adj)  simple, carefree
Sentence:  Would you like to trade your fast life in the city for an idyllic life in the country?
Similar Words:  pastoral, bucolic

Sunday, March 11, 2007

meticulous (adj)  careful
Sentence:  Always meticulous, my daughter would not quit polishing the car until every scratch and every smudge were gone.
Similar Words:  fastidious

Monday, March 12, 2007

factitious (adj)  artificial
Sentence:  The bored teenager exhibited a factitious curiosity while the museum curator was guiding our group.
Similar Words:  fabricated, bogus

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

invective (n)  verbal abuse
Sentence:  My opponent hurled every imaginable invective at me, but I still won the election.
Similar Words:  vituperation, vitriol

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

gambit (n)  clever maneuver
Sentence:  With his ratings sinking in the polls, the senior senator was willing to try any gambit to restore his popularity.
Similar Words:  stratagem, tactic

Thursday, March 15, 2007

lucid (adj)  clear
Sentence:  Is it possible to give a concise, lucid explanation of the quantum theory of physics?
Similar Words:  comprehensible, limpid

Friday, March 16, 2007

hackneyed (adj)  overused
Sentence:  Try not to use hackneyed expressions in your writing; be fresh and creative instead.
Similar Words:  trite

Saturday, March 17, 2007

petulant (adj)  easily annoyed
Sentence:  We are always on pins and needles in the office lest we irritate our petulant boss.
Similar Words:  testy, irritable, peevish

Sunday, March 18, 2007

abbey (n)  resident of nuns or monks
abbess, abbott
Sentence:  In the Sound of Music, Maria resided in an abbey but did not become a nun.
Similar Words:  convent

Monday, March 19, 2007

coherent (adj)  logical
Sentence:  Although I tried my best, I was never able to give my teacher a coherent explanation of the theory of relativity.
Similar Words:  orderly, lucid

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

saturnine (adj)  gloomy
Sentence:  The child's saturnine mood brightened when the rain stopped.
Similar Words:  melancholy, lugubrious, sullen, despondent

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

wile (n)  trickery
Sentence:  I cajoled my dour boss with wile and wit.
Similar Words:  artifice, ruse, stratagem, chicanery

Thursday, March 22, 2007

expurgate (v)  remove objectionable material
Sentence:  Was the novel still readable after the authorities expurgated it?
Similar Words:  purge, censor

Friday, March 23, 2007

philistine (adj)  hostile to art and culture
Sentence:  Stop being philistine; there's nothing wrong with modern art!
Similar Words:  boorish, barbarous

Saturday, March 24, 2007

indigent (adj)  poor
Sentence:  Society has a duty to help the indigent and downtrodden.
Similar Words:  destitute,

Sunday, March 25, 2007

tribulation (n)  great distress
Sentence:  Oh, the trials and tribulations our rebellious son has put us through!
Similar Words:  burden

Monday, March 26, 2007

nefarious (adj)  wicked
Sentence:  Benedict Arnold is prototypical example of a nefarious villain.
Similar Words:  evil

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

extricate (v)  release from an entanglement
Sentence:  How can you hope to extricate yourself from such a web of deceit?
Similar Words:  liberate

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

complaisant (adj)  agreeable
Sentence:  Mark was the most complaisant employee in the office, always eager to please the boss and his colleagues alike.
Similar Words:  obliging

Thursday, March 29, 2007

caricature (n)  exaggerated portrait
Sentence:  Caricatures of the President showed him with giant-sized jowls.
Similar Words:  parody, satire

Friday, March 30, 2007

acumen (n)  shrewdness
Sentence:  My boss's acumen in civil engineering was unmatched in our company.
Similar Words:  insightfulness

Saturday, March 31, 2007

unwieldy (adj)  difficult to handle
Sentence:  The unwieldy package, though light, took two men to maneuver up the stairway.
Similar Words:  cumbersome

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