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Word Of The Day Archives - September 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

penchant (n)  tendency
Sentence:  With his penchant for sweets, Joe kept the local candy shop in business.
Similar Words:  predilection

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

pastiche (n)  a collection, in art
Sentence:  The composer's music was considered a pastiche of the German masters.
Similar Words:  medley, potpourri

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

buffoon (n)  a fool, a clown
buffoonery
Sentence:  Be smart; don't act like a buffoon around potential employers.
Similar Words:  dolt, oaf

Thursday, September 4, 2008

sublime (adj)  worthy of awe or reverence
sublimeness
Sentence:  I stared for hours at the sublime painting by El Greco.
Similar Words:  revered, venerated

Friday, September 5, 2008

feckless (adj)  ineffective, irresponsible
fecklessness
Sentence:  My feckless attempts at plumbing brought nothing but laughter from my wife.
Similar Words:  inept

Saturday, September 6, 2008

overbearing (adj)  domineering
Sentence:  Joe tried hard to be accommodating to his co-workers, but he could not help being overbearing most of the time.
Similar Words:  imperious, authoritarian, dictatorial

Sunday, September 7, 2008

embellish (v)  decorate
embellishment
Sentence:  If necessary, you can embellish the story with a few white lies; no one will know the difference.
Similar Words:  adorn, aggrandize, exaggerate

Monday, September 8, 2008

supplicate (v)  ask for humbly
supplicant
Sentence:  I supplicated the school principal not to be suspended.
Similar Words:  beseech, entreat

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

trite (adj)  overused
triteness
Sentence:  Avoid trite expressions in your writing; try to be fresh.
Similar Words:  hackneyed

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

animosity (n)  ill will
Sentence:  I tried to be a friend to my colleague who had been promoted, but at heart all I felt was animosity.
Similar Words:  animus, hostility, rancor, antagonism, enmity, resentment, acrimony

Thursday, September 11, 2008

venal (adj)  able to be bribed
venality
Sentence:  The venal judge was convicted of corruption for taking a payoff.
Similar Words:  corruptible

Friday, September 12, 2008

aloof (adj)  reserved, distant
aloofness
Sentence:  Aloof as always, my brother stood by himself at the wedding.
Similar Words:  detached, indifferent

Saturday, September 13, 2008

salve (adj)  soothe
Sentence:  Can you salve the executive's bruised ego after his demotion?
Similar Words:  mollify

Sunday, September 14, 2008

incarcerate (v)  imprison
incarceration
Sentence:  After being incarcerated for 10 years, the man was cleared of all crimes.
Similar Words:  jail

Monday, September 15, 2008

virulent (adj)  deadly
virulence
Sentence:  A virulent strain of the flu virus proved to be fatal to young children.
Similar Words:  lethal

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

oblivion (n)  state of being forgotten
oblivious
Sentence:  How quickly the President's misdeeds -- once front-page news -- have descended into oblivion!
Similar Words:  obsolescence

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

supple (adj)  flexible
suppleness
Sentence:  The dancer's lifetime of ballet explains her strong, supple legs at age 70.
Similar Words:  pliant

Thursday, September 18, 2008

surreptitious (adj)  stealthy
surreptitiousness
Sentence:  The rebel's surreptitious plan to disrupt the meeting was discovered and averted.
Similar Words:  secret

Friday, September 19, 2008

synopsis (n)  summary
Sentence:  Can you give me a quick synopsis of your favorite Melville novel?
Similar Words:  outline, abstract

Saturday, September 20, 2008

condone (v)  tolerate
condonation
Sentence:  Does your teacher condone cheating or does she takes steps to prevent it?
Similar Words:  excuse, forgive

Sunday, September 21, 2008

dubious (adj)  doubtful
dubiousness
Sentence:  The inexperienced young lawyer filed a lawsuit based on a dubious claim to certain property.
Similar Words:  unreliable, suspicious

Monday, September 22, 2008

recidivism (n)  return to criminal behavior
recidivist
Sentence:  In our state's justice system, recidivism is increasing as ex-convicts fail to find work and end up back in crime.
Similar Words:  relapse

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

unwitting (adj)  inadvertent
Sentence:  My son's unwitting grimace when I asked him a question told me there was much more to the story.
Similar Words:  unaware, unintentional

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

inveterate (adj)  persistent, deep-rooted
inveterateness
Sentence:  The inveterate Marxist insisted on airing her views at every committee hearing.
Similar Words:  chronic, ingrained

Thursday, September 25, 2008

euphonious (adj)  pleasant-sounding
Sentence:  A deep, euphonious voice filled the chamber when the senate pro tempore spoke.
Similar Words:  mellifluous, resonant

Friday, September 26, 2008

exigency (n)  urgency
exigent
Sentence:  Is your attendance at the planning meeting really an exigency, or are you just looking for an excuse to leave the office?
Similar Words:  priority, necessity

Saturday, September 27, 2008

abut (v)  be next to
abutment
Sentence:  Ironically, the church of my childhood abutted the busiest liquor store in town.
Similar Words:  touch, border on

Sunday, September 28, 2008

transgress (v)  commit a violation
transgressor
Sentence:  Children who transgress the bounds of proper frivolity should be reprimanded.
Similar Words:  sin

Monday, September 29, 2008

fatuous (adj)  without sense
fatuousness
Sentence:  The critic's comments at meetings were usually fatuous; no one listed to him any longer.
Similar Words:  inane, foolish

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

wistful (adj)  sentimental
wistfulness
Sentence:  Leaving my village to join the army, I turned around to take one more wistful look at my friends and my home.
Similar Words:  pensive, melancholy

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