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Word Of The Day Archives - October 2007

Monday, October 1, 2007

fervent (adj)  showing great emotion
Sentence:  Citizens of a democracy have an obligation to remain fervent in defense of personal liberties.
Similar Words:  zealous, ardent, passionate

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

admonish (v)  gently criticize
admonishment; admonition; admonitory
Sentence:  I admonished the normally careful worker to take his time.
Similar Words:  rebuke, reprove, reproach, reprimand

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

brazen (adj)  shameless, audacious
Sentence:  A brazen display, the crime occurred in broad daylight.
Similar Words:  flagrant

Thursday, October 4, 2007

strident (adj)  harsh, shrill
Sentence:  A strident harangue by a parent to discipline a child is usually less effective than a quiet word or two.
Similar Words:  discordant

Friday, October 5, 2007

contagious (adj)  communicable
Sentence:  Colds and flu's are highly contagious.
Similar Words:  infectious

Saturday, October 6, 2007

blandishment (n)  flattery, coaxing
Sentence:  Despite all the salesman's blandishments, I managed to resist buying an expensive sports car.
Similar Words:  wheedling, cajolery

Sunday, October 7, 2007

sequester (v)  make separate
Sentence:  The funds were sequestered into a safe account.
Similar Words:  isolate, segregate

Monday, October 8, 2007

detract (v)  take from
Sentence:  A few typos will not detract from an otherwise excellent essay.
Similar Words:  divert

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

oaf (n)  a clumsy fool
Sentence:  Be smart; don't act like an oaf around your teachers.
Similar Words:  dolt, buffoon

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

intrepid (adj)  brave
Sentence:  The intrepid explorers felt their way down the roaring waters of the Grand Canyon.
Similar Words:  dauntless, bold

Thursday, October 11, 2007

rakish (adj)  stylish
Sentence:  The rakish young man stole many hearts.
Similar Words:  dashing

Friday, October 12, 2007

unconscionable (adj)  extortionate, egregious
Sentence:  The authorities finally shut down the loan shark because of his unconscionable lending practices.
Similar Words:  extreme, unscrupulous

Saturday, October 13, 2007

vicissitude (n)  change in fortune
Sentence:  Sometimes the vicissitudes of life are responsible for great advances in human skill.
Similar Words:  variation

Sunday, October 14, 2007

tedium (n)  weariness
Sentence:  The tedium of the professor's lectures caused his classes to shrink on a weekly basis.
Similar Words:  boredom, ennui

Monday, October 15, 2007

discursive (adj)  rambling
Sentence:  The inexperienced teacher's discursive remarks were nearly impossible to follow.
Similar Words:  desultory, incoherent

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

aplomb (n)  self-confidence
Sentence:  Even as a young girl, my confident daughter could handle herself with aplomb in any situation.
Similar Words:  assurance, poise

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

pivotal (adj)  centrally important
Sentence:  The pivotal event in the Civil War was Gettysburg.
Similar Words:  crucial, vital

Thursday, October 18, 2007

loquacious (adj)  talkative
Sentence:  My loquacious friend wore our ears out.
Similar Words:  garrulous

Friday, October 19, 2007

affable (adj)  friendly
Sentence:  The young actress's affable nature won her friends wherever she went.
Similar Words:  congenial, sociable

Saturday, October 20, 2007

subservient (adj)  submissive
Sentence:  The proud employee was subservient to no one.
Similar Words:  submissive, slavish

Sunday, October 21, 2007

doggerel (n)  crude, comic verse
Sentence:  I wrote some irreverent doggerel to entertain my colleagues at our company retreat.
Similar Words:  poem, jingle

Monday, October 22, 2007

consecrate (v)  declare sacred
Sentence:  The priest consecrated the venerable old church building.
Similar Words:  sanctify

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

ambiguous (adj)  of multiple meanings
Sentence:  The spy did not know what the ambiguous message meant.
Similar Words:  vague, obscure

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

malign (v)  speak evil of
Sentence:  Unable to speak kindly of anyone, the tyrant maligned even his close friends.
Similar Words:  defame, slander, libel, calumniate, vilify, traduce

Thursday, October 25, 2007

salutary (adj)  intended for improvement
Sentence:  The chairman's salutary suggestion corrected a long-standing problem in our club.
Similar Words:  healthful, wholesome

Friday, October 26, 2007

gait (n)  way of walking
Sentence:  The colt's gait was steady and sure.
Similar Words:  pace

Saturday, October 27, 2007

grievous (adj)  dire, extreme
Sentence:  The murderer's grievous crime shook our whole town.
Similar Words:  awful, atrocious

Sunday, October 28, 2007

rescind (v)  void, cancel
Sentence:  Did you have authority to rescind the contract unilaterally?
Similar Words:  terminate, abrogate, revoke, annul

Monday, October 29, 2007

diabolical (adj)  fiendish
Sentence:  The diabolical plot of the out-of-town fans was to steal our mascot and hang it from the rafters of our gym.
Similar Words:  wicked, devilish

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

anomaly (n)  departure from normal
Sentence:  The opera singer's baritone voice was an anomaly in a room full of tenors.
Similar Words:  aberration, deviation

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

persistent (adj)  determined
Sentence:  A persistent effort, over many years, finally resulted in a cleanup of the bay.
Similar Words:  diligent, assiduous, tenacious, dogged, sedulous

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