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A daily word, its definition, and an example of its usage.

November 17, 2018, 4:22 pm

Word of the Day | limpid

limpid [ma-jǝ-'stir-ȇ-ǝl]

  1. clear and bright
  2. transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
  3. (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable

November 13, 2018, 3:10 pm

Word of the Day | dross

dross ['dräs]

  1. worthless or dangerous material that should be removed
  2. the scum formed by oxidation at the surface of molten metals

November 11, 2018, 9:45 am

Word of the Day | remunerative

remunerative [ri-'myü-nǝ-rǝ-tiv]

  1. serving to pay for work done
  2. producing a sizable profit

November 7, 2018, 10:50 am

Word of the Day | magisterial

magisterial [ma-jǝ-'stir-ȇ-ǝl]

  1. of or relating to a magistrate
  2. used of a person's appearance or behavior; befitting an eminent person
  3. offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

November 1, 2018, 10:07 am

Word of the Day | oscillate

oscillate ['ä-sǝ-lât]

  1. move or swing from side to side regularly
  2. be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

October 11, 2018, 3:15 pm

Word of the Day | conscript

conscript ['kän-skript]

verb: enroll into service compulsorily

noun: someone who is drafted into military service

October 10, 2018, 3:15 pm

Word of the Day | apolitical

apolitical [a-pǝ-'li-ti-kǝl]

: politically neutral

September 21, 2018, 1:35 pm

Word of the Day | incorrigible

incorrigible [in-'kór-ǝ-jǝ-bǝl]

:impervious to correction by punishment

September 11, 2018, 4:59 pm

Word of the Day | aria

aria ['är-ȇ-ǝ]

:an elaborate song for solo voice

August 11, 2018, 4:59 pm

Word of the Day | defrock

defrock [de-'fräk]

:deprive (a church official) of privileges and functions

August 10, 2018, 6:15 pm

Word of the Day | severity

severity [sǝ-'vǝr-ǝ-te]

1. excessive sternness
2. extreme plainness
3. something hard to endure
4. the degree of something being undesirable or unpleasant, such as pain or weather

December 09, 2018, 1:35 pm

Word of the Day | virile

virile ['vir-ǝl]

1. characterized by energy and vigor
2. characteristic of a man

August 08, 2018, 1:25 pm

Word of the Day | aversion

aversion [ǝ-'vǝr-zhǝn, -shǝn]

1. a feeling of intense dislike
2. the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away

August 07, 2018, 3:45 pm

Word of the Day | undulate

undulate [ǝn-jǝ-lǝt, ǝn-dǝ-, -,lat]

1. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
2. stir up (water) so as to form ripples
3. increase and decrease in volume or pitch, as if in waves
4. occur in soft rounded shapes

April 30, 2018, 11:27 am

Word of the Day | cohort

cohort [kō- hórt]

1. a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
2. a company of companions or supporters
3. a group of people having approximately the same age

April 11, 2018, 2:34 pm

Word of the Day | hoary

hoary ['hór-ȇ]

1. showing characteristics of age, especially having gray or white hair
2. ancient

April 10, 2018, 10:07 am

Word of the Day | odorous

odorous ['ō-dǝ-rǝs]

1. having a characteristic smell
2. emitting a smell
3. having a natural fragrance

April 9, 2018, 10:05 am

Word of the Day | spasmodic

spasmodic [spaz-'mä-dik]

1. occurring in spells and often abruptly
2. affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions

April 8, 2018, 10:05 am

Word of the Day | immolate

immolate ['i-mǝ- lãt]

: offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction

April 7, 2018, 12:02 am

Word of the Day | philatelist

philatelist [fǝ-'la-tǝ-list]

a collector and student of postage stamps

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