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Word Of The Day Archives - November 2007

Thursday, November 1, 2007

replete (adj)  full of
Sentence:  The candidate's after-dinner speech was replete with humor.
Similar Words:  sated, glutted

Friday, November 2, 2007

seminal (adj)  influential because of originality
Sentence:  Charles Darwin wrote the seminal book on biology.
Similar Words:  pre-eminent

Saturday, November 3, 2007

coterie (n)  group
Sentence:  Our small coterie of model train enthusiasts has been meeting weekly for nearly two decades.
Similar Words:  retinue, clique

Sunday, November 4, 2007

onerous (adj)  burdensome
Sentence:  The task may be onerous, but it will also be rewarding when completed on time.
Similar Words:  demanding, oppressive

Monday, November 5, 2007

covet (v)  unduly desire
Sentence:  Do not covet your neighbor's goods.
Similar Words:  envy

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

flagrant (adj)  offensively conspicuous
Sentence:  If you flagrantly disregard common etiquette, your reputation will suffer.
Similar Words:  blatant

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

courtier (n)  attendant
Sentence:  King Edward's courtiers included magicians and dancers.
Similar Words:  retinue

Thursday, November 8, 2007

preternatural (adj)  surpassing the normal
Sentence:  The student's ability to remember names and dates seemed almost preternatural.
Similar Words:  supernatural

Friday, November 9, 2007

saga (n)  heroic legend
Sentence:  The saga of Thomas Edison has inspired generations of inventors.
Similar Words:  epic, tale

Saturday, November 10, 2007

scorn (n)  contempt
Sentence:  The jaded high school students felt nothing but scorn for the newcomer, with his constant good cheer.
Similar Words:  disdain

Sunday, November 11, 2007

palliate (v)  relieve
Sentence:  The king tried and failed to palliate the restiveness of his subjects.
Similar Words:  mitigate

Monday, November 12, 2007

puerile (adj)  child-like
puerileness, puerility
Sentence:  The tennis player's puerile display of anger on the court led to his suspension.
Similar Words:  juvenile, immature

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

nubile (adj)  physically suitable for marriage
Sentence:  The nubile young girls were not reluctant to display their bodies on the beach.
Similar Words:  developed

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

apex (n)  top point
Sentence:  The apex of my short baseball career was a stand-up double in second grade.
Similar Words:  summit

Thursday, November 15, 2007

ferocious (adj)  with violent energy
Sentence:  The hurricane's ferocious power destroyed most of our county.
Similar Words:  savage, fierce

Friday, November 16, 2007

temperance (n)  moderation
Sentence:  My mature daughter approached the freedoms of college with her usual temperance and caution.
Similar Words:  abstinence, self-restraining

Saturday, November 17, 2007

stoic (adj)  without pain
Sentence:  The political prisoner's stoic determination in the face of torture became the stuff of legends.
Similar Words:  impassive

Sunday, November 18, 2007

fetid (adj)  foul-smelling
Sentence:  The swamp had a fetid odor emanating from rotting vegetation.
Similar Words:  putrid, rank, rancid

Monday, November 19, 2007

turgid (adj)  swollen, excessively ornate
Sentence:  The young lawyer's turgid prose was inappropriate for a plain business letter.
Similar Words:  pompous, bombastic

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

aberration (n)  departure from normal
Sentence:  The scholar's poorly-written paper was an aberration from the usual high quality of his work.
Similar Words:  deviation, anomaly

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

fledged (adj)  ready for flight
Sentence:  The baby bird was fully fledged in only two weeks but did not attempt flight for another month.
Similar Words:  mature

Thursday, November 22, 2007

circumvent (v)  evade
Sentence:  Why must you always try to circumvent the rules?
Similar Words:  bypass, detour

Friday, November 23, 2007

depredate (v)  vandalize
Sentence:  Vandals depredated King Tut's tomb hundreds of years ago.
Similar Words:  plunder, ransack

Saturday, November 24, 2007

decry (v)  publicly condemn
Sentence:  The president decried the misdeeds of his former allies.
Similar Words:  disparage, derogate, deprecate

Sunday, November 25, 2007

timorous (adj)  fearful
Sentence:  Even the bravest of people brave can turn timorous under difficult circumstances.
Similar Words:  timid

Monday, November 26, 2007

fecund (adj)  fertile
Sentence:  The fecund soil on my family's new farm would grow anything.
Similar Words:  productive

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

renege (v)  go back on
Sentence:  Are you trying to renege on your bet, or do you play to pay up?
Similar Words:  repudiate

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

preponderance (n)  superiority in weight or force
Sentence:  The jury decided that the preponderance of the evidence lay with the plaintiff.
Similar Words:  dominance

Thursday, November 29, 2007

dross (n)  waste matter
Sentence:  The dross from our local coal mine was piled in mountains near my house.
Similar Words:  refuse

Friday, November 30, 2007

tryst (n)  secretive meeting
Sentence:  Romeo and Juliet arranged a tryst in the woods, out of sight of either of their feuding families.
Similar Words:  rendezvous

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