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Word of the day  for August 1
calque n   help, file
  1. A word-for-word translation of a saying, or a morpheme-by-morpheme translation of a word, from one language to another.

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2

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Word of the day  for August 2
meretricious adj   help, file
  1. Of, or relating to prostitutes or prostitution.
  2. (hence) Tastelessly gaudy, making a false show of being attractive.

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3

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Word of the day  for August 3
take by storm v   help, file
  1. (military) To capture by force.
  2. To rapidly gain popularity in a place.

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4

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Word of the day  for August 4
antimacassar n   help, file
  1. A cover for the back or arms of a chair or sofa, originally intended to prevent them from being soiled by macassar oil.

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5

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Word of the day  for August 5
diaphanous adj   help, file
  1. Of a fine, almost transparent texture.
  2. Transparent; allowing light to pass through; capable of being seen through.

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6

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Word of the day  for August 6
horde n   help, file
  1. A wandering troop or gang; especially, a clan or tribe of a nomadic people migrating from place to place for the sake of plunder.
  2. A large number of people.

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7

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Word of the day  for August 7
vivacious adj   help, file
  1. Lively and animated; full of life and energy.

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8

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Word of the day  for August 8
lionize v   help, file
  1. To treat (a person) as if he were important, or a celebrity.
  2. To visit famous places in order to revere them.

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9

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Word of the day  for August 9
parochial adj   help, file
  1. Of or relating to a parish.
  2. Narrowly restricted or elementary in scope or outlook.

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10

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Word of the day  for August 10
glib adj   help, file
  1. Having a ready flow of words but lacking accuracy or understanding; superficial; shallow
  2. Smooth or slippery.

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11

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Word of the day  for August 11
foible n   help, file
  1. A quirk, idiosyncrasy, or mannerism; unusual habit or way that is slightly strange or silly.
  2. A weakness or failing of character.

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12

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Word of the day  for August 12
turgid adj   help, file
  1. Distended beyond the natural state by some internal agent, especially fluid, or expansive force.
  2. (Of language or style) Tediously pompous or bombastic.

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13

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Word of the day  for August 13
implicit adj   help, file
  1. Implied indirectly, without being directly expressed.
  2. Contained in the essential nature of something but not openly shown.
  3. Having no reservations or doubts; unquestioning or unconditional.

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14

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Word of the day  for August 14
synopsis n   help, file
  1. A brief summary of the major points of a written work, either as prose or as a table; an abridgment or condensation of a work.
  2. (Orthodoxy) A prayer book for use by the laity of the church.

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15

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Word of the day  for August 15
nestle v   help, file
  1. To settle oneself comfortably and snugly.
  2. To press oneself against another affectionately.
  3. To lie half-hidden or in shelter.

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16

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Word of the day  for August 16
vehemence n   help, file
  1. An intense concentration, force or power.
  2. A wild or turbulent ferocity or fury.
  3. Eagerness, fervor, excessive strong feeling.

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17

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Word of the day  for August 17
astronomical adj   help, file
  1. Of or relating to astronomy.
  2. Very large; of vast measure.

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18

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Word of the day  for August 18
pretzel n   help, file
  1. A toasted bread or cracker usually in the shape of a loose knot.
  2. (idiomatic) Anything that is knotted, twisted, or tangled.

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19

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Word of the day  for August 19
deify v   help, file
  1. To make a god of something or someone; to treat as worthy of worship, as a deity.

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20

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Word of the day  for August 20
bodybuilder n   help, file
  1. A person who builds an aesthetically muscular physique, through diet and exercise, in order to compete in bodybuilding.

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21

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Word of the day  for August 21
machination n   help, file
  1. A clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes.
  2. The act of machinating or plotting.

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22

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Word of the day  for August 22
reify v   help, file
  1. To regard something abstract as if it were a concrete material thing.

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23

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Word of the day  for August 23
cheval de frise n   help, file
  1. (military) An obstacle made of wood with spikes, for use against attacking cavalry.
  2. Protective row of spikes or broken glass set into the top of a wall and used to prevent intrusion.
  3. (fashion) The jagged edge of 18th century women's clothing.

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24

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Word of the day  for August 24
ephemeral adj   help, file
  1. Lasting for a short period of time.
  2. (biology) Existing for only one day, as with some flowers, insects, and diseases.

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25

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Word of the day  for August 25
pandemonium n   help, file
  1. Chaos; tumultuous or lawless violence.
  2. An outburst; a loud, riotous uproar, especially of a crowd.

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26

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Word of the day  for August 26
cachinnate v   help, file
  1. To laugh loudly, immoderately, or too often.

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27

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Word of the day  for August 27
obdurate adj   help, file
  1. Stubbornly persistent, generally in wrongdoing; refusing to reform or repent.
  2. (obsolete) Physically hardened, toughened.

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28

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Word of the day  for August 28
temerity n   help, file
  1. Reckless boldness; stupid bravery.

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29

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Word of the day  for August 29
innocuous adj   help, file
  1. Harmless; producing no ill effect; innocent.
  2. Inoffensive, unprovocative, not exceptional.

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30

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Word of the day  for August 30
curtail v   help, file
  1. To limit or restrict.
  2. To shorten or abridge the duration of something; to truncate.

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31

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Word of the day  for August 31
specious adj   help, file
  1. Seemingly well-reasoned or factual, but actually fallacious or insincere.
  2. Having an attractive appearance intended to generate a favorable response; deceptively attractive.

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