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Note this was the first month of the official WOTD - off to a shaky start.

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Word of the day

agon
Definition

  1. A struggle or contest; conflict; especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work.

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sybarite n   help, file
  1. A person devoted to pleasure and luxury; a voluptuary.

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12

Word of the day

alpenglow
Etymology

  • Alpenglow is a partial translation of German Alpenglühen, from Alpen, "Alps" + glühen, "to glow."

Definition

  • rosy or reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains, especially snow covered mountains.

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13

Word of the day

ekstasis
Etymology

  • Greek ἔκστασις (ecstasis, displacement, cession, trance)

Definition

  • The state of being beside one's self or rapt out of one's self

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concatenation noun   help, file
  1. A series of links united; a series or order of things depending on each other, as if linked together; a chain, a succession.

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crapulous adj   help, file
  1. Surcharged with liquor; alcoholism; sick from excessive indulgence in drinking or eating; drunk; given to excesses.

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16

Word of the day

vade mecum
Etymology

  • From the Latin vade mecum, which literally means "go with me"

Definition

  1. A referential book such as a handbook or manual
  2. A useful object, constantly carried on one's person


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burgage noun   help, file
  1. a medieval tenure in socage under which property in England and Scotland was held under the king or a lord of a town, and was maintained for a yearly rent or for rendering an inferior service (not knight's service) such as watching and warding.

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brume noun   help, file
  1. mist or fog.

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Word of the day  for January 19
gossamer noun   help, file
  1. A fine film or strand as of cobwebs, floating in the air or caught on bushes etc.

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Word of the day  for January 20
statism noun   help, file
  1. A belief in the importance of the power of the state over an individual, used to describe more extreme views.

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Word of the day  for January 21
eon noun   help, file
  1. A long time, a period of 1,000,000,000 years.

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Word of the day  for January 22
topography noun   help, file
  1. a detailed graphic representation of the surface features of a place or object; the features themselves (the terrain); the surveying of the features.

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Word of the day  for January 23
butterfly noun   help, file
  1. A flying insect of the order Lepidoptera, usually having colorful/colourful wings (Entry including hundreds of translations).

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Word of the day  for January 24
epigenetics noun   help, file
  1. the study of heritable changes caused by the activation and deactivation of genes without any change in DNA sequence.

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Word of the day  for January 25
caprice noun   help, file
  1. an impulsive, seemingly unmotivated notion or action.

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Word of the day  for January 26
indelible adj   help, file
  1. having the quality of being difficult to remove, wash away, blot out, or efface.

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Word of the day  for January 27
oniochalasia noun   help, file
  1. The purchasing of objects as a form of mental relaxation.

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Word of the day  for January 28
syzygy noun   help, file
  1. An alignment of three celestial bodies (for example, the Sun, Earth, and Moon) such that one body is directly between the other two, such as an eclipse.

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Word of the day  for January 29
diatribe noun   help, file
  1. A verbal or written attack on a person.

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Word of the day  for January 30
Blind Freddy noun   help, file
  1. (Australia) (colloquial) Imaginary incapacitated person.

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Word of the day  for January 31
swabby noun   help, file
  1. Another word for swab, a sailor.

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