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Word of the day  for March 1
polymath n   help, file
  1. A person with extraordinarily broad and comprehensive knowledge.

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Word of the day  for March 2
pedagogic adj   help, file
  1. Relating to teaching, pedagogy.
  2. Haughty and/or formal.

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3

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Word of the day  for March 3
dearth n   help, file
  1. A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine.
  2. (by extension) Scarcity; a lack or short supply.

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Word of the day  for March 4
abhor v   help, file
  1. To regard with horror or detestation; to shrink from with shuddering.

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Word of the day  for March 5
viscous adj   help, file
  1. Having a thick, sticky consistency between solid and liquid.

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Word of the day  for March 6
dumbledore n   help, file
  1. (dialectal) A bumblebee.

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Word of the day  for March 7
malfunction v   help, file
  1. To function improperly.
  2. To fail to function.

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Word of the day  for March 8
flagrant adj   help, file
  1. Obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous.
  2. (archaic) On fire, flaming.

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Word of the day  for March 9
trepidation n   help, file
  1. A fearful state; a state of hesitation or concern.

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Word of the day  for March 10
hunker v   help, file
  1. To crouch or squat close to the ground.

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Word of the day  for March 11
superlative adj   help, file
  1. Exceptionally good; of the highest quality; superb.
  2. (grammar) Pertaining to the form of an adjective that expresses which of several items has the highest degree of the quality expressed by the adjective.

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Word of the day  for March 12
candor n   help, file
  1. Sincere and open speech, honesty in expression.
  2. Impartiality.

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Word of the day  for March 13
tin-pot adj   help, file
  1. (informal) Inferior; shoddy.

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Word of the day  for March 14
scoff v   help, file
  1. To jeer; laugh at with contempt and derision.
  2. (South Africa) To eat.

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Word of the day  for March 15
bourgeois adj   help, file
  1. Of or related to the middle class, especially its attitudes and conventions.

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Word of the day  for March 16
mummer n   help, file
  1. A person who dons a disguising costume, as for a parade or a festival.
  2. An actor in a pantomime; one who communicates entirely through gesture and facial expression.

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Word of the day  for March 17
kudos n   help, file
  1. Praise; accolades.

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Word of the day  for March 18
contraption n   help, file
  1. A mechanical device of any sort, especially one that is complicated.

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Word of the day  for March 19
vaunt v   help, file
  1. To speak boastfully.

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Word of the day  for March 20
poignant adj   help, file
  1. Incisive; penetrating.
  2. Evoking strong mental sensation, to the point of distress; emotionally moving.

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Word of the day  for March 21
ambivalent adj   help, file
  1. Simultaneously feeling opposing or contradictory feelings.
  2. Alternately having one opinion or feeling, and then the opposite.

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Word of the day  for March 22
epiphany n   help, file
  1. A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.
  2. An illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.

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Word of the day  for March 23
lorem ipsum n   help, file
  1. A pseudo-Latin text used in printing and website design in place of English in order to emphasise design elements over content.

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Word of the day  for March 24
impart v   help, file
  1. To give a part or share.
  2. To communicate the knowledge of; to make known; to disclose.

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Word of the day  for March 25
rostrum n   help, file
  1. A dais, pulpit, or similar platform for a speaker, conductor or other performer.
  2. The projecting prow of a rowed warship, such as a trireme.

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Word of the day  for March 26
intercalary adj   help, file
  1. Of an extra day or month inserted into a calendar.

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Word of the day  for March 27
nascent adj   help, file
  1. Emerging; just coming into existence.

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Word of the day  for March 28
caterwaul v   help, file
  1. To cry as cats in rutting time; to make a harsh, offensive noise.

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Word of the day  for March 29
pervasive adj   help, file
  1. Manifested throughout; penetrating or affecting everything.

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Word of the day  for March 30
MacGuffin n   help, file
  1. A plot element or other device used to catch the viewers' attention and maintain suspense, especially when the device has little to do with the storyline.

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Word of the day  for March 31
endemic adj   help, file
  1. Native to a particular area or culture; originating where it occurs.
  2. Peculiar to a particular area or region; not found in other places.
  3. Prevalent in a particular area or region.

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