By Troy Krahe
June 2, 2021: estival ~ belonging or appearing in summer
May 28, 2021: credibility ~ the quality of being trusted and believed in.
May 27, 2021: Exult ~ To be extremely joyful : rejoice
May 26, 2021: Deplorable- of very poor quality or condition.
May 25, 2021: Homage ~ a feudal ceremony by which a man acknowledges himself the vassal of a lord
May 24, 2021: Pedantic ~ of, relating to, or being a pedant
May 21, 2021: Arduous ~ involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring.
May 20, 2021: stratagem ~ a plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end.
May 19, 2021: Gradual- proceeding in small stages.
May 18, 2021: Ultracrepidarianism ~ expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one’s knowledge or expertise
May 17, 2021: Luddite ~ a member of any of the bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs
May 14, 2021: potential ~ having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future.
May 13, 2021: constituency ~ a body of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body.
May 12, 2021: grimace ~ an ugly, twisted expression on a person’s face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement.
May 11, 2021: scandal ~ an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage.
May 10, 2021: cucumber ~ a long, green-skinned fruit with watery flesh, usually eaten raw in salads or pickled.
May 7, 2021: secretion ~ a process by which substances are produced and discharged from a cell, gland, or organ for a particular function in the organism or for excretion.
May 6, 2021: digress ~ leave the main subject temporarily in speech or writing.
May 5, 2021: swallow ~ cause or allow (something, especially food or drink) to pass down the throat.
May 4, 2021: bulletin ~ a short official statement or broadcast summary of news.
May 3, 2021: freighter ~ a ship or aircraft designed to carry goods in bulk.
April 30, 2021: coalition ~ an alliance for combined action, especially a temporary alliance of political parties forming a government or of states.
April 29, 2021: steward ~ a person who looks after the passengers on a ship, aircraft, or train and brings them meals.
April 28, 2021: retiree ~ a person who has retired from employment.
April 27, 2021: Federation ~ a group of states with a central government but independence in internal affairs.
April 26, 2021: Nonremittal ~ loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid. synonyms: default, nonpayment.
April 23, 2021: memorandum ~ a written message in business or diplomacy.
April 22, 2021: conglomerate ~ a number of different things or parts that are put or grouped together to form a whole but remain distinct entities.
April 21, 2021: apparatus ~ the technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose.
April 20, 2021: gradient ~ an inclined part of a road or railway; a slope.
April 19, 2021: Gregarious ~ (of a person) fond of company; sociable.
April 16, 2021: relevance ~ the quality or state of being closely connected or appropriate
April 15, 2021: affinity ~ a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something.
April 14, 2021: Quarrel ~ a heated argument or disagreement, typically about a trivial issue and between people who are usually on good term.
April 13, 2021: concession ~ a thing that is granted, especially in response to demands; a thing conceded.
April 12, 2021: strikebreaker ~ a person who works or is employed in place of others who are on strike, thereby making the strike ineffectual.
April 9, 2021: ghostwriter ~ a person whose job it is to write material for someone else who is the named author.
April 8, 2021: Implicit ~ implied though not plainly expressed.
April 7, 2021: Inquiry ~ an act of asking for information.
April 6, 2021: Privilege ~ a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group.
March 26, 2021: Kinship ~ a sharing of characteristics or origins.
March 24, 2021: Deficit ~ the amount by which something, especially a sum of money, is too small.
March 23, 2021: Plaintiff ~ a person who brings a case against another in a court of law.
March 22, 2021: rhetoric ~ the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.
March 19, 2021: artificial – made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural.
March 18, 2021: empirical ~ based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic.
March 17, 2021: ambiguous ~ open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.
March 16, 2021: Earthflax ~ any of the fine silky varieties of asbestos
March 15, 2021: Guerrilla ~ a member of a small independent group taking part in irregular fighting, typically against larger regular forces.
March 12, 2021: Mad ~ Very Angry
March 11, 2021: Fastidious ~ very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
March 10, 2021: Constraint ~ a limitation or restriction.
March 9, 2021: Nonremittal ~ loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid.
March 8, 2021: chauvinist ~ a person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism.
March 5, 2021: Accessible ~ (of a place) able to be reached or entered.
March 4, 2021: Avant-garde ~ new and unusual or experimental ideas, especially in the arts, or the people introducing them.
March 3, 2021: Cultivate ~ prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening.
March 2, 2021: incongruous ~ not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.
March 1, 2021: Beneficiary ~ a person who derives advantage from something, especially a trust, will, or life insurance policy.
February 26, 2021: Instinct ~ an innate, typically fixed pattern of behavior in animals in response to certain stimuli.
February 25, 2021: referral ~ an act of referring someone or something for consultation, review, or further action.
February 24, 2021: Orthodox ~ conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved.
February 23, 2021: Consciousness ~ the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings.
February 19, 2021: Predestination ~ the doctrine that all events have been willed by God, usually with reference to the eventual fate of the soul.
February 18, 2021: Widdershins ~ in a direction contrary to the sun’s course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise.
February 17, 2021: Concession ~ a thing that is granted, especially in response to demands; a thing conceded.
February 16, 2021: Durable ~ able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing.
February 12, 2021: Litigation ~ the process of taking legal action.
February 11, 2021: Agita ~ anxiety, stress, or aggravation.
February 10, 2021: Akimbo ~ with hands on the hips and elbows turned outward.
February 9, 2021: Agog ~ Very eager or curious to hear or see something.
February 8, 2021: swashbuckler ~ a person who engages in daring and romantic adventures with bravado or flamboyance.
February 5, 2021: Confuzzled: simultaneously confused and puzzled
February 4, 2021: Jentacular ~ Relating to breakfast
February 3, 2021: Skirmish ~ An episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting, especially between small or outlying parts of armies or fleets
By Jake Eastburn
January 14, 2021: Servile ~ of or befitting a menial position
January 13, 2021: Rapport ~ a friendly, harmonious relationship; especially : a relationship characterized by agreement, mutual understanding, or empathy that makes communication possible or easy.
January 12, 2021: Pedantic ~ of, relating to, or being a pedant
January 11, 2021: Mimesis ~ imitation, mimicry
January 8, 2021: Amok ~ in a violently raging, wild, or uncontrolled manner
January 7, 2021: devious ~ moving without a fixed course.
January 6, 2021: Pugilism ~ boxing
January 5, 2021: Comely ~ pleasurably conforming to notions of good appearance, suitability, or proportion
January 4, 2021: Dissociate ~ to separate from association or union with another.
December 22, 2020: Opprobrium ~ something that brings disgrace
December 21, 2020: Gelid ~extremely cold : icy
December 18, 2020: Idiopathic ~ arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause
December 17, 2020: Doyen ~ the senior member of a body or group.
December 16, 2020: Vilify ~ to utter slanderous and abusive statements against : defame
December 15, 2020: Prehensile ~ adapted for seizing or grasping especially by wrapping around
December 14, 2020: Homage ~ a feudal ceremony by which a man acknowledges himself the vassal of a lord
December 11, 2020: Contraband ~ goods or merchandise whose importation, exportation, or possession is forbidden; also : smuggled goods
December 9, 2020: Rescind ~ to make void by action of the enacting authority or a superior authority : repeal
December 8, 2020: Paucity ~ smallness of number : fewness
December 5, 2020: Lucrative ~ producing wealth
December 4, 2020: Distend ~ to enlarge, expand, or stretch out (as from internal pressure)
December 3, 2020: Brainiac ~ a very intelligent person
November 30, 2020: Ambient ~ existing or present on all sides : encompassing
November 24, 2020: Mogul ~ a great personage : magnate
November 23, 2020: Vaunted ~ highly or widely praised or boasted about
November 20, 2020: Emigrate ~ to leave one’s place of residence or country to live elsewhere
November 19, 2020: Cohesive ~ exhibiting or producing cohesion : causing parts or members to unify or stick together
November 18, 2020: Bugbear ~ an object or source of dread
November 17, 2020: Fulvous ~ of a dull brownish yellow : tawny
November 13, 2020: Farrier ~ a person who shoes horses
November 12, 2020: Abnegate ~ deny, renounce
November 11, 2020: Impeccable ~ free from fault or blame : flawless
November 10, 2020: Bailiwick ~ law enforcement : the office or jurisdiction of a bailiff
November 7, 2020: Reprove~ to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent
November 6, 2020: Accident ~ an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance
November 5, 2020: Perseverate ~ to repeat or recur persistently : to go back over previously covered ground
November 4, 2020: Erudite ~ having or showing knowledge that is gained by studying
November 3, 2020: Candidate ~ One that aspires to or is nominated or qualified for an office, membership, or award
November 2, 2020: Exult ~ To be extremely joyful : rejoice
October 30, 2020: Truculent ~ aggressively self-assertive : belligerent
October 29, 2020: Rue ~ to feel penitence, remorse, or regret for
October 28, 2020: Cassandra ~ one that predicts misfortune or disaster
October 27, 2020: Dexterous ~ mentally adroit and skillful : clever
October 26, 2020: Repine ~ to feel or express dejection or discontent : complain
October 22, 2020: Adduce ~ to offer as example, reason, or proof in discussion or analysis
October 20, 2020: Visage ~ the face, countenance, or appearance of a person or sometimes an animal
October 19, 2020: quotidian ~ occurring every day
October 16, 2020: futile ~ serving no useful purpose : completely ineffective
October 15, 2020: Kiln ~ an oven, furnace, or heated enclosure used for processing a substance by burning, firing, or drying
October 13, 2020: usurp ~ to seize and hold (office, place, functions, powers, etc.) in possession by force or without right
October 12, 2020: mythomania ~ an excessive or abnormal propensity for lying and exaggerating
October 9, 2020: Leitmotif ~ a melodic phrase or figure that accompanies the reappearance of an idea, person, or situation in a music drama
October 8, 2020: collogue ~ to talk privately : confer
October 7, 2020: pecuniary ~ consisting of or measured in money
October 6, 2020: forebear ~ ancestor, forefather; also : precursor
October 5, 2020: appreciable ~ capable of being perceived or measured
October 2, 2020: pachyderm ~ any of various nonruminant mammals
October 1, 2020: Inordinate ~ exceeding reasonable limits : immoderate
September 30, 2020: sinuous ~ of a serpentine or wavy form
September 29, 2020: gauntlet ~ a glove worn with medieval armor to protect the hand
September 25, 2020: translucent ~ transmitting and diffusing light so that objects beyond cannot be seen clearly
September 24, 2020: nepotism ~ favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship
September 23, 2020: Crabwise ~ in a sidling or cautiously indirect manner
September 22, 2020: operose ~ tedious, wearisome
September 21, 2020: diphthong ~ sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves toward another
September 18, 2020: Alcazar ~ a Spanish palace or fortress
September 17, 2020: Bumfuzzle ~ to confuse or fluster
September 16, 2020: abecedarian ~ arranged alphabetically
September 15, 2020: Taciturn ~ reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.
September 14, 2020: Purport ~ appear or claim to be or do something, especially falsely; profess.
By Sam O’Brien
March 12, 2020: chapfallen ~ having the lower jaw hanging loosely
March 11, 2020: Byzantine ~ of, relating to, or characteristic of the ancient city of Byzantium
March 10, 2020: Escapade ~ a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct
March 9, 2020: Devise ~ to plan to obtain or bring about
March 6, 2020: Oleaginous ~ marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality
March 5, 2020: flich ~ to steal secretly or casually
March 4, 2020: Albeit ~ Even though; Although.
March 3, 2020: Rectitudinous ~ Characterized by the quality of being honest and morally correct.
March 2, 2020: Perquisite ~ something held or claimed as an exclusive right or possession
February 26, 2020: injunction ~ a court order requiring a party to do or refrain from doing a specified act
February 25, 2020: : Dissemble ~ to hide under a false appearance
February 24, 2020: Acumen ~ keenness and depth of perception and discernment especially in practical matters
February 21, 2020: Erinaceous ~ of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog
February 20, 2020: judgment ~ The capacity for judging
February 18, 2020: Bootless ~ useless or unprofitable
February 13, 2020: Gustatory ~ Concerned with tasting or the sense of taste.
February 12, 2020: Magnolia ~ a tree or shrub with pink waxy flowers
February 11, 2020: Obloquy~ a strongly condemnatory utterance : abusive language
February 10, 2020: Debonair ~ lighthearted and nonchalant
February 7, 2020: infantilize ~ to make or keep infantile
February 6, 2020: Canard ~ a groundless rumor or belief
February 5, 2020: ancillary ~ providing necessary support to the primary activities or operation of an organization, institution, industry, or system.
February 4, 2020: scumble ~ to soften the lines of a drawing
February 3, 2020: hierophant ~ a person who explains
January 31, 2020: Macabre ~ dwelling on the gruesome
January 30, 2020: Gubbins ~ an object that has little or no value
January 29, 2020: Allege ~ to assert without proof or before proving
January 28, 2020: Diligent ~ characterized by steady earnest, and energetic effort
January 27, 2020: Parvenu ~ one that has recently or suddenly unaccustomed position of wealth or power
January 24, 2020: euphoria ~ a feeling of well being or elevation
January 23, 2020: Outlandish ~ strikingly out of the ordinary
December 18, 2019: Aught ~ anything
December 17, 2019: Flibbertigibbet ~ a silly flighty person
December 16, 2019: Mellifluous ~ having a smooth rich flow
December 13, 2019: Tractable ~ capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled
December 12, 2019: Nescient ~ Lacking knowledge; ignorant
December 11, 2019: Sodden ~ heavy with or as if with moisture or water
December 10, 2019: Reiterate ~ to state or do over again or repeatedly sometimes with wearying effect
December 9, 2019: Oxymoron ~ a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (such as cruel kindness)
December 6, 2019: Gingerly ~ very cautious or careful
December 5, 2019: Spoonerism ~ the transposition of initial or other sounds of words, usually by accident, as in a blushing crow for a crushing blow
December 4, 2019: Cattywampus ~ askew, awry, kitty-corner
December 3, 2019: Ersatz ~ being a usually artificial and inferior substitute or imitation
December 2, 2019: Bon vivant ~ a sociable person who has cultivated and refined tastes especially with respect to food and drink
November 26, 2019: Retinue ~ a group of retainers or attendants
November 25, 2019: Sempiternal ~ of never-ending duration: eternal
November 22, 2019: Heterodox ~ contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religion
November 21, 2019: Fortitude ~ strength of mind that enables a person to encounter danger or bear pain or adversity with courage
November 20, 2019: Expedite ~ to accelerate the process or progress of
November 19, 2019: Recondite ~ difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend
November 18, 2019: Mot Juste ~ the exactly right word or phrasing
November 15, 2019: White elephant ~ a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit
November 14, 2019: Incongruous ~ lacking congruity
November 13, 2019: Gambit ~ a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position
November 12, 2019: Bruit ~ report, rumor
November 11, 2019: Armistice ~ temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents
November 8, 2019: Lyric ~ suitable for singing to the lyre or for being set to music and sung
November 7, 2019: Espouse ~ to take up and support as a cause
November 6, 2019: Chilblain ~ an inflammatory swelling or sore caused by exposure
November 5, 2019: Posthaste ~ with all possible speed
November 4, 2019: Sobriquet ~ a descriptive name or epithet
November 1, 2019: Apocryphal ~ of doubtful authenticity
October 31, 2019: Phantasm ~ a product of fantasy
October 30, 2019: Respite ~ a period of temporary delay
October 29, 2019: Lackadaisical ~ lacking life, spirit, or zest
October 28, 2019: Undulate ~ to form or move in waves
October 25, 2019: Coruscate ~ to give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes
October 24, 2019: Noachian ~ of or relating to the patriarch Noah or his time
October 23, 2019: Spoonerism ~ a transposition of usually initial sounds of two or more words
October 22, 2019: Fiduciary ~ of, relating to, or involving a confidence or trust
October 21, 2019: Comprise ~ to be made up of
October 17, 2019: Maunder ~ to wander slowly and idly
October 15, 2019: Belfry ~ a bell tower; especially: one surmounting or attached to another structure
October 14, 2019: Exoteric ~ suitable to be imparted to the public
October 11, 2019: Idée fixe ~ an idea that dominates one’s mind especially for a prolonged period
October 10, 2019: Blandish ~ to coax with flattery
October 8, 2019: Caustic ~ capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
October 7, 2019: Redound ~ to have an effect for good or ill
October 4, 2019: Futhark ~ any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3rd to the 13th centuries
October 3, 2019: Pursy ~ having a puckered appearance
October 2, 2019: Sawbones ~ physician, surgeon
October 1, 2019: Mitigate ~ to cause to become less harsh or hostile
September 30, 2019: Buttress ~ a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building
September 27, 2019: Cleave ~ to divide by or as if by a cutting blow
September 26, 2019: Frowsy ~ musty, stale
September 25, 2019: Lèse-majesté ~ a crime (such as treason) committed against a sovereign power
September 24, 2019: Axiomatic ~ taken for granted
September 23, 2019: Suffuse ~ to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light
September 20, 2019: Misprision ~ neglect or wrong performance of official duty
September 19, 2019: Issuable ~ open to contest, debate, or litigation
September 18, 2019: Bivouac ~ to make a usually temporary encampment under little or no shelter
September 17, 2019: Labile ~ readily or continually undergoing chemical, physical, or biological change or breakdown
September 16, 2019: Yopper ~ a native or resident of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan — used as a nickname
September 13, 2019: Abscond ~ to depart secretly and hide oneself
September 12, 2019: Deleterious ~ harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way
September 11, 2019: Repertoire ~ a list or supply of dramas, operas, pieces, or parts that a company or person is prepared to perform
September 10, 2019: Pell-mell ~ in mingled confusion or disorder
September 9, 2019: Olfactory ~ of or relating to the sense of smell
September 6, 2019: Skulk ~ to move in a stealthy or furtive manner
September 5, 2019: Adscititious ~ derived or acquired from something extrinsic
September 4, 2019: Minim ~ a musical half note
September 3, 2019: Fecund ~ fruitful in offspring or vegetation
August 29, 2019: Augur ~ to foretell especially from omens
August 28, 2019: Irascible ~ having a hot temper and easily angered
By Sam Leygraaf
May 22, 2019: Peer-to-peer ~ relating to, using, or being a network by which computers operated by individuals can share information and resources directly without relying on a dedicated central server
May 21, 2019: Pungle ~ to make a payment or contribution of (money)
May 20, 2019: Remittance ~ transmittal of money (as to a distant place)
May 17, 2019: Palimpsest ~ something usually having diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface
May 16, 2019: Countermand ~ to revoke (a command) by a contrary order
May 14, 2019: Expatiate- to move or wander about intellectually, imaginatively, etc., without restraint.
May 13, 2019: Regale ~ to entertain sumptuously; to feast with delicacies
May 9, 2019: Stratagem – a cleverly contrived trick or scheme.
May 8, 2019: Perfunctory- an action or gesture carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection.
May 7, 2019: Links – sandhills especially along the seashore
May 6, 2019: wilder verb [wil-der] to cause to lose one’s way.
May 3, 2019: Asperity- a roughness of manner or of temper: harshness of behavior or speech that expresses bitterness or anger
May 2, 2019: Prodigious- resembling or befitting a prodigy: strange, unusual
April 30, 2019: Circadian- being, having, characterized by, or occurring in approximately 24-hour periods or cycles
April 29, 2019: Accolade- a mark of acknowledgment
April 26, 2019: Putsch- a secretly plotted and suddenly executed attempt to overthrow a government
April 25, 2019: Nonpareil- having no equal
April 24, 2019: Writhe- to move or proceed with twists and turns
April 23, 2019: Inexorable- not to be persuaded, moved or stopped: relentless
April 17, 2019: Gullible- easily duped or cheated
April 12, 2019: Thole- chiefly dialectal: endure
April 11, 2019: Despot-: a ruler with absolute power and authority
April 10, 2019: Parthian- of, relating to, or characteristic of ancient Parthia or its people
April 9, 2019: Opusculum- a minor work (as of literature) — usually used in plural
April 8, 2019: Cerebral- of or relating to the brain or the intellect
April 5, 2019: Brummagem- not genuine: spurious; also: cheaply showy
April 4, 2019: Rowel- to goad with or as if with a pointed disk at the end of a spur
April 3, 2019: Arduous- hard to accomplish or achieve: difficult
April 2, 2019: Fantod- a state of irritability and tension
April 1, 2019: Hoodwink-to deceive by false appearance: dupe
March 22, 2019: Purview- the body or enacting part of a statute
March 21, 2019: Hamartia- a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy
March 20, 2019: Canker- to become infested with erosive or spreading sores
March 19, 2019: Orthography- the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage
March 18, 2019: Parabolic- expressed by or being a parable: allegorical
March 15, 2019: Two-Bit- cheap or trivial of its kind
March 14, 2019: Animadversion- a critical and usually censorious remark — often used with on
March 12, 2019: Delate- accuse, denounce
March 11, 2019: Bathetic- characterized by triteness or sentimentalism
March 7, 2019: Mirandize- to recite the Miranda warnings to (a person under arrest)
March 6, 2019: Abecedarian- of or relating to the alphabet
March 5, 2019: Leviathan- a large sea animal
March 4, 2019: Feisty- full of nervous energy
March 1, 2019: Gormless- chiefly British: lacking intelligence: stupid
February 28, 2019: Billion- US: a number equal to 1,000 million; also, British: a number equal to 1,000
February 27, 2019: Grift- to obtain (money) illicitly (as in a confidence game)
February 26, 2019: Avuncular- suggestive of an uncle especially in kindliness or geniality
February 25, 2019: Impetus- a driving force: impulse
February 21. 2019: Hoopla- excited commotion
February 20, 2019: Obsequious- marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
February 19, 2019: Emote: to give expression to emotion especially in acting
February 14, 2019: Heartstring- the deepest emotions or affections — usually used in plural
February 13, 2019: Cacophony- harsh or discordant sound: dissonance; specifically: harshness in the sound of words or phrases
February 12, 2019: Teem- to become filled to overflowing
February 11, 2019: Bardolater- a person who idolizes Shakespeare
February 8, 2019: Wisacre- one who pretends to knowledge or cleverness
February 7, 2019: Abstruse- difficult to comprehend : recondite
February 5, 2019: Mettlesome- full of vigor and stamina : spirited
February 4, 2019: Rigmarole- an elaborate or complicated procedure
February 1, 2019: Largesse- liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior; also : something so given
January 29, 2019: Amorphous- Without a clearly defined shape or form. Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable.
January 28, 2019: Sleuth- to act as a detective : search for information
January 25, 2019: Myopic- lacking in foresight or discernment : narrow in perspective and without concern for broader implications
January 24, 2019: Adjudicate- to make an official decision about who is right (in a dispute): to settle judicially
January 23, 2019: Imbroglio- an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding
January 22, 2019: Gargantuan- tremendous in size, volume, or degree
January 18, 2019: Lamporphony- Loudness and clarity of enunciation
By: Amayah Dancy or Ana Gebler
December 19, 2018: Tchotchke- knickknack, trinket.
December 18, 2018: Elucidate: to give a clarifying explanation
December 17, 2018: Grinch- a person or thing that spoils or dampens the pleasure of others
December 13, 2018: Perennial- present at all seasons of the year.
December 12, 2018: Lunette: something that has the shape of a crescent or half-moon.
December 11, 2018: Immure: to enclose within or as if within walls.
December 10, 2018: Repartee: a quick and witty reply.
December 6, 2018: Dossier: a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject.
December 4, 2018: Perspicacious: of acute mental vision or discernment.
December 3, 2018: Circumventplay: to manage to get around especially by ingenuity or stratagem
November 28, 2018: Betwixt: Between.
November 27, 2018: Yahoo: a boorish, crass, or stupid person.
November 26, 2018: Quirk- curve, twist.
November 20, 2018: Establishment: the action of establishing something or being established.
November 19, 2018: Henchman: A trusted follower.
November 16, 2018: Exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
November 13, 2018: Recalcitrant: difficult to manage or operate.
November 12, 2018: Admonish-to indicate duties or obligations to.
November 9, 2018: Boustrophedon: Lines written in alternating directions.
November 8, 2018: Palmary: Outstanding, best.
November 7, 2018: Derring-do: daring action: daring.
November 6, 2018: Umbrage: shade, shadow.
November 5, 2018: Mordant: burning, pungent.
November 1, 2018: Verbose: given to wordiness.
October 31, 2018: Hullaballoo- Sounds that people make when they are yelling at eachother.
October 30, 2018: Goblin- A creepy creature that comes out on Halloween.
October 29, 2018: Shambles- slaughterhouse : a scene or a state of great destruction : wreckage.
October 25, 2018: Fugacious: Lasting a short time.
October 24, 2018: Indoctrinate- to instruct especially in fundamentals or rudiments : teach.
October 23, 2018: Mawkish- lacking flavor or having an unpleasant taste.
October 22, 2018: Brouhaha: A state of commotion or excitement.
October 19, 2018: Squirrelled- to hide something of value away in a safe place
October 18, 2018: De Rigueur: Prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom.
October 17, 2018: Acceptation- acceptance; especially : favorable reception or approval.
October 16, 2018: Nary: Not any : not one.
October 15, 2018: Aeipathy: An enduring and consuming passion.
October 9, 2018: Ambivalent: having or showing simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings toward something.
October 8, 2018: Occident: Regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation.
October 4, 2018: Intestine: internal; specifically : of or relating to the internal affairs of a state or country.
October 3, 2018: Weltschmerz- A mood of sentimental sadness.
October 2, 2018: Cloister- to seclude from the world in or as if in a cloister.
October 1, 2018: Manifesto- A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer.
September 27, 2018: Orotund- marked by fullness, strength, and clarity of sound : sonorous.
September 26, 2018: Habiliment- characteristic apparatus.
September 25, 2018: Secrete- To deposit or conceal in a hiding place.
September 24, 2018: Glade- An open space surrounded by woods.
September 21, 2018: Panoply- A full suit of armor.
September 20, 2018: Milieu- the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops : environment
September 19, 2018: Atone- to make amends : to provide or serve as reparation or compensation for something bad or unwelcome: to make reparation or supply satisfaction for : expiate
September 18, 2018: Lenitive- Alleviating pain or harshness: soothing.
September 17, 2018: Chiliad- A group of 1000.
September 14, 2018: Advert- To turn the mind or attention – used with to.
September 13, 2018: Taradiddle – a trivial or childish lie : fib : pretentious nonsense
September 12, 2018: Enigmatic: Of, relating to, or resembling an enigma : mysterious.
September 11, 2018: Deportment: The manner in which one conducts oneself: behavior.
September 10, 2018: Fathom: Probe.
September 7,2018: Schmooze: To converse informally.
September 6,2018: Quiddity: Essence, quibble, or eccentricity.
September 5, 2018: Banshee: a female spirit who wails as a warning.
September 4, 2018: Ingratiate: to gain favor for by deliberate effort.
By Nathan Arnold
May 22, 2018: Garrulous – given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity : pointlessly or annoyingly talkative.
May 21, 2018: Raillery – an instance of joking or ridicule.
May 16, 2018: Aggress – to make an attack : to act aggressively.
May 15, 2018: Layman – a person who is not a member of the clergy
May 14, 2018: Transpire – to take place
May 11, 2018: Otiose – producing no useful result
May 10, 2018: Slumgullion- a meat stew
May 7, 2018: Decimate- to select by lot and kill every tenth man of
May 3, 2018: Beaucoup- great in quantity or amount.
May 2, 2018: Ominous- menacing.
May 1, 2018: Eventuate- to come out finally.
April 30, 2018: Chivalry- mounted men at arms.
April 27, 2018: Treen- made entirely of wood.
April 26, 2018: Mollycoddle- to treat with excessive attention.
April 25, 2018: Slew- a large number.
April 24, 2018: Loath- unwilling to do something contrary to one’s ways of thinking.
April 23, 2018: Grudging- unwilling or reluctant.
April 20, 2018: Bloviate- to speak or write verbosely and windily.
April 19, 2018: Fruition- pleasurable use or possession.
April 18, 2018: Embarrass- to cause to experience a state of self-conscious distress.
April 17, 2018: Deplorable- of very poor quality or condition.
April 16, 2018: Vulnerable- capable of being physically or emotionally wounded.
April 13, 2018: Reify- to consider or represent.
April 12, 2018: Newfangled- attracted to novelty.
April 11, 2018: Defer- put off
April 10, 2018: Ballamonger- an inferior poet.
April 9, 2018: Maladroit- lacking skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations.
April 6, 2018: Mushyheaded- informal.
April 5, 2018: Veld- a grassland of southern Africa.
April 4, 2018: Career- to go at top speed in a headlong manner.
April 3, 2018: Sensibility- ability to receive sensations.
March 23, 2018: Malevolent- wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred.
March 22, 2018: Confabulate- to converse informally.
March 21, 2018: Dorp- a village.
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March 20, 2018: Genteel- Refined in manner; well-bred and polite.
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March 19, 2018: Dornick- a small stone that is easy to throw.
March 16, 2018: Anent- about, concerning.
March 15, 2018: Confabulate- to converse informally.
March 14, 2018: Invigilate- to keep watch.
March 13, 2018: Gradual- proceeding in small stages.
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March 7, 2018: Woolgathering- indulgence in idle day dreaming.
March 6, 2018: Scarify- to make scratches or small cuts in something.
March 5, 2018: Rabble- a disorganized or confused collection of things.
March 1, 2018: Sneak- move or go in a furtive or stealthy way.
February 28, 2018: Service- the action of helping or doing work for someone.
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February 27, 2018: Ring- a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger.
February 26, 2018: Validate- to make legally valid.
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February 23, 2018: Advance- move forwards in a purposeful way.
February 22, 2018: Narrate- give a spoken or written account of.
February 21, 2018: Eternity- infinite or unending time.
February 20, 2018: Daisy- a small European grassland plant which has flowers with a yellow disc and white rays.
February 15, 2018: Float- rest or move on near the surface of a liquid without sinking.
February 14, 2018: Necklace- an ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn around the neck.
February 13, 2018: Strive- make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.
February 12, 2018: Score- the number of points, goals, runs, etc. achieved in a game or by a team or an individual.
February 9, 2018: Freedom- the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.
February 8, 2018: Aspire- direct ones hopes or ambitions towards achieving something.
February 7, 2018: Snow- atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer.
February 6, 2018: Evergreen- a plant that retains green leaves throughout the year.
February 5, 2018: Recreation- activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.
February 2, 2018: Shadow- a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.
February 1, 2018: Snap- break suddenly and completely, typically with a sharp cracking sound.
January 31,2018: Hibernate- spend the winter in a dormant state.
January 30, 2018; Burrow- a hole or tunnel dug by a small animal, especially a rabbit, as a dwelling.
January 29, 2018: Groundhog- another name for a woodchuck, a stocky rodent that hibernates in Winter.
January 26,2018: Inspire- fill with urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
January 25, 2018: Extreme- either of two abstract things that are as different from each other as possible.
January 24, 2018: Duel- a contest with deadly weapons arranged between two people in order to settle a point of honor.
January 23,2018: Iodine- the chemical element of atomic number 53, a non-metallic element forming black crystals and a violet vapour.
January 22, 2018: Elements- an essential or characteristic part of something abstract
December 18, 2017: Permeable- allowing a liquid or gas to pass through
Diaphanous- of very fine texture or delicate form
December 12, 2017: Petrichor- a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
December 11, 2017: Zoomorphic- having the form of an animal
December 8, 2017: Wend- to direct one’s course
December 7, 2017: maieutic- resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another.
December 6, 2017: Candor- open, honest, or sincere expression
December 5, 2017: Anachronism- something belonging to the wrong time
December 1, 2017: Eu-catastrophe- a sudden and favorable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.
November 30, 2017: Nostrum- a scheme, theory, device, ect.
November 29, 2017: Bludge- to avoid work or responsibility
November 28, 2017: Harbinger- one that foreshadows what is to come
November 27, 2017: Viand- food, provisions, or a tasty dish
November 21, 2017: Shilly- shally- to show hesitation or indecision
November 20, 2017: Bombinate- to buzz or drone
November 17, 2017: Jalousie- a blind with adjustable horizontal slats
November 15, 2017: Pathos- An element evoking pity or compassion
November 14, 2017: Pneumatic- of or relating to air, gases, or wind
November 13, 2017: Wastrel- a wasteful person
November 9, 2017: Cotton- to begin to like or understand
November 8, 2017: Archetype- an original pattern or model
November 7, 2017: Parable- a usually short fictitious story that illustrates a moral attitude or a religious principle
November 3, 2017: Tin-pot- cheap or trivial of its kind: petty, small-time, two-bit
November 2, 2017: Clew- a ball of thread, yarn, or cord
November 1, 2017: Apodictic- expressing or of the nature of necessary truth or absolute certainty
October 31, 2017: Heebie-jeebies- a condition of extreme nervousness caused by fear, worry, strain, ect.; the jitters; the willies.
October 30, 2017: Petrichor- the cool smell after it rains outside.
October 27, 2017: Preta- a wandering or disturbed ghost
October 26, 2017: Slapdash- done or made without careful planning
October 25, 2017: Nuncupative- spoken rather than written
October 24, 2017: Pelf- money, riches
October 23, 2017: Burke- to suppress quietly or indirectly
October 20, 2017: Malign- to speak evil of
October 19, 2017: Hew- to cut or fell with blows (as of an ax)
October 18, 2017: Transgress:
October 17, 2017: Euphony: a harmonious succession of words having a pleasing sound
October 13, 2017: Moribund- in a dying state; near death
October 12, 2017: Netiquette- the rules of etiquette that apply when communicating over computer networks, especially the internet.
October 10, 2017: Astrobleme- an erosional scar on the earth’s surface, produced by the impact of a cosmic body, as a meteorite or asteroid
October 9, 2017: Denegation- denial
October 6, 2017: Upcycle- to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original
October 5, 2017: Ensconce- to place or hide securely
October 4, 2017: Agita- a feeling of agitation or anxiety
October 3, 2017: Salubrious- favorable to or promoting health or well-being
October 2, 2017: Hibernal- characteristic of or relating to winter
September 28, 2017: Pangram- a sentence, verse, ect., that includes all the letters of the alphabet.
September 27, 2017: Aggiornamento- the act of bringing something up to date to meet current needs
September 26, 2017: Sobersides- a humorless or habitually serious person (slang)
September 25, 2017: Monticule- a small mountain, hill, or mound
September 22, 2017: Deciduous- shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs
September 21, 2017: Polyhistor- a person of great and varied learning
September 20, 2017: Holus-bolus- all at once
September 19, 2017: Oceanicity- the degree to which the climate of a place is influenced by the sea
September 18, 2017: Amanuensis- one employed to write from dictation or copy manuscript
September 15, 2017: Sensorium- A part of the brain or the brain itself regarded as the seat of sensation
September 14, 2017: Marginalia- nonessential items
September 13, 2017: Concatenation- a series of interconnected or interdependent things or events
September 12, 2017: Sinecure- an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable return.
September 11, 2017: Bibelot- a small household ornament or decorative object; trinket
September 7, 2017: Whoosis- an object or person whose name is not known or cannot be recalled
September 6, 2017: Coalesce- to unite into a whole or to join forces
September 5, 2017: Scrupulous: Having moral integrity, acting in strict regard or what is considered right or proper.
August 31, 2017: Soi-disant: self-proclaimed, so-called
May 24, 2017: Bureaucrat (byo͝orəˌkrat)- an official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people’s needs.
May 23, 2017: Nudnik (no͝odnik/)- a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore
May 22, 2017: Ultracrepidarianism (əltrəkrepəˈderēənism)- expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one’s knowledge or expertise
May 18, 2017: Slacktivism (slaktəˌvizəm)- actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website.
May 17, 2017: Zugzwang (zəɡˌzwaNG)- a situation in which the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage.
May 16, 2017: Hirsute (hərˌso͞ot) -hairy
May 15, 2017: Luddite (lədˌīt) -a member of any of the bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs
May 12, 2017: Imprimatur (imˈpriməˌt(y)o͝or) -an official license by the Roman Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book.
May 11, 2017: Supposititious (səˌpäzəˈtiSHəs) -substituted for the real thing; not genuine.
May 10, 2017: Erstwhile (ərstˌ(h)wīl) -formerly
May 9, 2017: Collusion (kəˈlo͞oZHən) -secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others.
May 8, 2017: Hypostatize (hīˈpästəˌtīz) -treat or represent (something abstract) as a concrete reality.
May 5, 2017: Abrazo (əˈbräsō) – an embrace
May 4, 2017: Visceral (vis(ə)rəl) -felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body:deep
May 3, 2017: Diacritical (dīəˈkridək(ə)l) -Serving to indicate different pronunciations of a letter above or below which it is written.
May 2, 2017: Dox (däks)- Search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.
May 1, 2017: Floriferous (flôˈrifərəs)-producing many flowers.
April 28, 2017: Altruism (altro͞oˌizəm) -the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.
April 27, 2017: Pollyanna (pälēˈanə) -an excessively cheerful or optimistic person
April 26, 2017: Perfidious (pərˈfidēəs) -deceitful and untrustworthy
April 25, 2017: Dinkum (diNGkəm) -genuine, honest, true
April 21, 2017: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (pneu·mo·no·ul·tra·mi·cro·scop·ic·sil·i·co·vol·ca·no·co·ni·o·sis \ˈn(y)ü-mə-(ˌ)nō-ˌəl-trə-ˌmī-krə-ˈskäp-ik-ˈsil-i-(ˌ)kō-väl-ˈkā-nō-ˌkō-nē-ˈō-səs\) – a pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust
April 20, 2017: Latitudinarian (ladəˌt(y)o͞odnˈerēən)- Allowing latitude, especially in religion; showing no preference among varying creeds and forms of worship
April 19, 2017: Tatterdemalion (tatt-er-dih-MAIL-yun)- ragged or disreputable in appearance
April 18, 2017: Avarice (avərəs)- extreme greed for wealth or material gain
April 7, 2017: Inveterate (inˈvedərət)- having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change
April 6, 2017: Kenning (keniNG)- a compound expression in Old English and Old Norse poetry with metaphorical meaning, e.g., oar-steed = ship
April 4, 2017: Chatoyant (SHəˈtoiənt)- showing a band of bright reflected light caused by aligned inclusions in the stone
April 3, 2017: Brachiate (brākēˌāt)- move by using the arms to swing from branch to branch.
March 31, 2017: Asterism (astəˌrizəm)- a prominent pattern or group of stars, typically having a popular name but smaller than a constellation.
March 30, 2017: Transpicuous (tranˈspikyo͞oəs)- easily understood; lucid.
March 29, 2017: Vulpine (vəlˌpīn)- relating to a fox or foxes.
March 28, 2017: Hortatory (hôrdəˌtôrē)- tending or aiming to exhort
March 27, 2017: Mumpsimus (məmpsiməs)- a traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable
March 24, 2017: Esoterica (esəˈterikə) noun- highly specialized subjects or publications
March 23, 2017: Throttlebottom (throt-l-bot-uh m)- a harmless incompetent in public office
March 22, 2017: Ameliorate (əˈmēlyəˌrāt)- make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better
March 17, 2017: Effulgence- giving off blinding, radiant rays of light
March 16, 2017: Cimmerian (səˈmirēən)- relating to or denoting members of a mythical people who lived in perpetual mist and darkness near the land of the dead
March 10, 2017: Jingoistic (ˈˌjiNGɡōˈistik)- characterized by extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy
March 8, 2017: Xenophobia (zenəˈfōbēə)- intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries
March 7, 2017: Syncretism (siNGkrəˌtizəm)- The amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought
March 6, 2017: Fusillade (fyo͞osəˌlād)- a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession
March 3, 2017: Arable (ˈerəb(ə)l- Land used or suitable for growing crops.
March 2, 2017: Laconic (ləˈkänik)- (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words
March 1, 2017: Arduous (ärjo͞oəs)- involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring