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Word Of The Day Archives - September 2007

Saturday, September 1, 2007

duress (n)  compulsion
Sentence:  It was not my choice to rob the bank; I acted under duress.
Similar Words:  intimidation

Sunday, September 2, 2007

boisterous (adj)  noisy, rowdy
Sentence:  A boisterous group of teens kept the whole street awake until after midnight.
Similar Words:  raucous

Monday, September 3, 2007

obviate (v)  prevent
Sentence:  Your quick thinking obviated the need for expensive repairs.
Similar Words:  avert, preclude

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

degrade (v)  reduce in quality
Sentence:  Over time, a lack of jobs degraded my home town and caused young people to settle elsewhere.
Similar Words:  debase, corrupt, demote

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

prevalent (adj)  commonly existing
Sentence:  June bugs actually were prevalent in my home town in July.
Similar Words:  rife, prevailing

Thursday, September 6, 2007

motley (adj)  varied
Sentence:  I owned a motley collection of clothing -- mostly mismatched hand-me-downs.
Similar Words:  assorted, heterogeneous

Friday, September 7, 2007

disperse (v)  scatter
dispersible, dispersibility
Sentence:  The police ordered the unruly crowd to disperse, but no one left the scene
Similar Words:  disseminate

Saturday, September 8, 2007

ostentatious (adj)  showy
Sentence:  The peacock puts on an ostentatious display of feathers.
Similar Words:  pretentious

Sunday, September 9, 2007

effluvium (n)  residue, waste stream
Sentence:  The effluvium from the plant threatened the ecosystem of the entire region.
Similar Words:  emanation

Monday, September 10, 2007

maverick (n)  non-conformist
Sentence:  Don't be a maverick; just do what your colleagues are doing.
Similar Words:  iconoclast

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

despot (n)  tyrant
Sentence:  After two decades of exercising absolute power, the benevolent king turned into a cruel despot.
Similar Words:  autocrat, dictator

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

taciturn (adj)  sad, quiet
Sentence:  The taciturn face on the small child saddened us all.
Similar Words:  dour, stern

Thursday, September 13, 2007

contentious (adj)  argumentative
Sentence:  Cooperative at first, the witness turned out to be contentious.
Similar Words:  belligerent, quarrelsome

Friday, September 14, 2007

pragmatic (adj)  practical
Sentence:  Eschewing untested theories, Jill made a pragmatic choice.
Similar Words:  realistic, commonsensical

Saturday, September 15, 2007

nocturnal (adj)  active at night
Sentence:  Bats are nocturnal creatures.
Similar Words:  nightly

Sunday, September 16, 2007

uncanny (adj)  mysterious, eerie
Sentence:  My son's uncanny ability to add large numbers as a toddler fascinated the whole neighborhood.
Similar Words:  bizarre, weird

Monday, September 17, 2007

salient (adj)  prominent
Sentence:  My daughter's dimples were the most salient features of her face.
Similar Words:  conspicuous

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

reciprocity (n)  mutual exchange of privileges
reciprocal, reciprocate
Sentence:  Under our clubs' reciprocity arrangement, I could play tennis at Joe's club, and he could play tennis at mine.
Similar Words:  corresponding, matching

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

palpable (adj)  real
Sentence:  A palpable feeling of doom entered the classroom with the angry principal.
Similar Words:  material, corporeal

Thursday, September 20, 2007

panacea (n)  cure-all
Sentence:  Don't hold your breath waiting for a panacea for war.
Similar Words:  elixir

Friday, September 21, 2007

heretic (n)  nonbeliever
Sentence:  During the Spanish Inquisition, the Christian authorities burned many heretics at the stake.
Similar Words:  dissenter

Saturday, September 22, 2007

inchoate (adj)  in early stage
Sentence:  As a young boy, George Washington demonstrated an inchoate leadership ability.
Similar Words:  incipient

Sunday, September 23, 2007

castigate (v)  punish severely
Sentence:  If you castigate the young delinquent this time, will he finally learn his lesson?
Similar Words:  chastise

Monday, September 24, 2007

conducive (adj)  favorable
Sentence:  The legal and demographic conditions in China were conducive to fast economic growth.
Similar Words:  propitious, auspicious

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

impudent (adj)  rude
Sentence:  That impudent girl needs to learn some manners.
Similar Words:  insolent

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

maudlin (adj)  overly sentimental
Sentence:  There's no need for such a maudlin display over losing a customer; this is just business, after all.
Similar Words:  lachrymose, sentimental

Thursday, September 27, 2007

garrulous (adj)  talkative, friendly
Sentence:  Naturally garrulous, my son could get even the shyest friends to talk and laugh.
Similar Words:  loquacious

Friday, September 28, 2007

sumptuous (adj)  lavish
Sentence:  I prefer eating a sumptuous feast to almost any other activity I can think of.
Similar Words:  luxurious, opulent

Saturday, September 29, 2007

effect (v)  cause, trigger
Sentence:  The activist's fiery speeches effected lasting change in our committee.
Similar Words:  produce, render

Sunday, September 30, 2007

errant (adj)  wandering
Sentence:  My errant younger brother hopped from job to job and city to city before settling down.
Similar Words:  straying

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