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

April 17, 2014, 4:22 pm


Word of the Day | limpid


limpid [ma-jǝ-'stir-ȇ-ǝl]
adjective

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

April 13, 2014, 3:10 pm


Word of the Day | dross


dross ['dräs]
noun

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

April 11, 2014, 9:45 am


Word of the Day | remunerative


remunerative [ri-'myü-nǝ-rǝ-tiv]
adjective

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

April 7, 2014, 10:50 am


Word of the Day | magisterial


magisterial [ma-jǝ-'stir-ȇ-ǝl]
adjective

  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

April 1, 2014, 10:07 am


Word of the Day | oscillate


oscillate ['ä-sǝ-lât]
verb

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

March 11, 2014, 3:15 pm


Word of the Day | conscript


conscript ['kän-skript]

verb: enroll into service compulsorily

noun: someone who is drafted into military service

March 10, 2014, 3:15 pm


Word of the Day | apolitical


apolitical [a-pǝ-'li-ti-kǝl]
adjective

: politically neutral

January 21, 2014, 1:35 pm


Word of the Day | incorrigible


incorrigible [in-'kór-ǝ-jǝ-bǝl]
adjective

:impervious to correction by punishment

January 11, 2014, 4:59 pm


Word of the Day | aria


aria ['är-ȇ-ǝ]
noun

:an elaborate song for solo voice

December 11, 2013, 4:59 pm


Word of the Day | defrock


defrock [de-'fräk]
verb

:deprive (a church official) of privileges and functions

December 10, 2013, 6:15 pm


Word of the Day | severity


severity [sǝ-'vǝr-ǝ-te]
noun

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, 2013, 1:35 pm


Word of the Day | virile


virile ['vir-ǝl]
adjective

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

December 08, 2013, 1:25 pm


Word of the Day | aversion


aversion [ǝ-'vǝr-zhǝn, -shǝn]
noun

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

December 07, 2013, 3:45 pm


Word of the Day | undulate


undulate [ǝn-jǝ-lǝt, ǝn-dǝ-, -,lat]
verb

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

October 30, 2013, 11:27 am


Word of the Day | cohort


cohort [kō- hórt]
noun

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

October 11, 2013, 2:34 pm


Word of the Day | hoary


hoary ['hór-ȇ]
adjective

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

October 10, 2013, 10:07 am


Word of the Day | odorous


odorous ['ō-dǝ-rǝs]
adjective

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

October 9, 2013, 10:05 am


Word of the Day | spasmodic


spasmodic [spaz-'mä-dik]
adjective

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

October 8, 2013, 10:05 am


Word of the Day | immolate


immolate ['i-mǝ- lãt]
verb

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

October 7, 2013, 12:02 am


Word of the Day | philatelist


philatelist [fǝ-'la-tǝ-list]
noun

a collector and student of postage stamps

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