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Word of the day  for December 1
abstemiously adv   help, file
  1. Marked by abstinence or restraint, especially in relation to food or drink.

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Word of the day  for December 2
carry the message to Garcia v   help, file
  1. To perform a requisite task despite obstacles.

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Word of the day  for December 3
effectually adv   help, file
  1. In such a way as to achieve a desired result; effectively.

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Word of the day  for December 4
grimalkin n   help, file
  1. A cat, especially an elderly female.
  2. An old, bad-tempered woman; a crone.

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Word of the day  for December 5
inevitably adv   help, file
  1. In a manner that is impossible to avoid or prevent; as expected.
  2. As usual; predictably.

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Word of the day  for December 6
kick the bucket v   help, file
  1. (idiomatic, euphemism) To die.

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Word of the day  for December 7
matter-of-factly adv   help, file
  1. As though stating a fact.
  2. As though the situation is normal and not unusual.

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Word of the day  for December 8
oblation n   help, file
  1. The offering of worship, thanks etc. to a deity.
  2. A deed or gift offered charitably.

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9

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Word of the day  for December 9
resoundingly adv   help, file
  1. With a loud, resonant sound.
  2. (by extension) Emphatically, so as to be celebrated.

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10

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Word of the day  for December 10
thunderstruck adj   help, file
  1. Astonished, amazed or so suddenly surprised as to be unable to speak.

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Word of the day  for December 11
verbatim adv   help, file
  1. Word for word; in exactly the same words as were used originally.

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Word of the day  for December 12
dot the i's and cross the t's v   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) To take care of every detail, even minor ones; to be meticulous or thorough.

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Word of the day  for December 13
bibulously adv   help, file
  1. Drunkenly; as if intoxicated.

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Word of the day  for December 14
dodecahedron n   help, file
  1. (geometry) A polyhedron with twelve faces; the regular dodecahedron has twelve regular pentagons as faces.

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Word of the day  for December 15
fatuously adv   help, file
  1. With smug stupidity; idiotically.

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Word of the day  for December 16
lambent adj   help, file
  1. Brushing or flickering gently over a surface.
  2. Glowing or luminous, but lacking heat.
  3. Clever or talented without effort.

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Word of the day  for December 17
just in case adv   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) In the event; should there be a need.

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Word of the day  for December 18
hymnody n   help, file
  1. The writing, composing, or singing of hymns or psalms.
  2. The hymns of a particular church or of a particular time.

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Word of the day  for December 19
nebulously adv   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) Vaguely, without clear purpose or specific intention.
  2. In a manner like that of a cloud or haze.
  3. As if viewed through a cloud or haze.

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20

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Word of the day  for December 20
piping hot adj   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) Very hot; originally from a literary comparison in The Canterbury Tales.

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Word of the day  for December 21
sheepishly adv   help, file
  1. Meekly; self-consciously; with embarrassment.

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Word of the day  for December 22
ursine adj   help, file
  1. Of or relating to bears.
  2. Having the appearance or characteristics of a bear.

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Word of the day  for December 23
with bated breath adv   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) Eagerly; with great anticipation.

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Word of the day  for December 24
workshop n   help, file
  1. A small room where things are manufactured, or light industrial work is done.
  2. A brief intensive course of education for a small group.

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Word of the day  for December 25
nativity n   help, file
  1. Birth; the place, time and circumstances of a birth.

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Word of the day  for December 26
piecemeal adv   help, file
  1. Piece by piece; in small amounts, stages, or degrees.
  2. Into pieces or parts..

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Word of the day  for December 27
snowclone n   help, file
  1. A type of cliché which uses an old idiom formulaically in a new context.

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Word of the day  for December 28
querulously adv   help, file
  1. With grumbling, complaining, or whining.

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Word of the day  for December 29
hogan n   help, file
  1. A one-room Navajo dwelling or ceremonial lodge.

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Word of the day  for December 30
jubilantly adv   help, file
  1. With jubilation or triumph..

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Word of the day  for December 31
disco ball n   help, file
  1. A mirrored sphere designed to slowly rotate while suspended from the ceiling.

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