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Word of the day  for February 1
nuance n   help, file
  1. A minor distinction.
  2. Subtlety or fine detail.

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Word of the day  for February 2
gesticulate v   help, file
  1. To make gestures or motions while speaking.
  2. To say or express through gestures.

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Word of the day  for February 3
cartouche n   help, file
  1. An ornamental figure, often on an oval shield.
  2. An oval figure containing hieroglyphics that represent the names of royal or divine people.

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Word of the day  for February 4
slapdash adv   help, file
  1. In a hasty or careless manner.
  2. Directly, right there.

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Word of the day  for February 5
flibbertigibbet n   help, file
  1. An offbeat, skittish person, especially of a young woman.

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Word of the day  for February 6
pirouette v   help, file
  1. To turn or whirl on the toes like a dancer.

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Word of the day  for February 7
inimical adj   help, file
  1. Harmful in effect.
  2. Unfriendly; hostile.

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Word of the day  for February 8
banter v   help, file
  1. To engage in good-humoured, playful conversation.

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Word of the day  for February 9
puerile adj   help, file
  1. Boyish, childish, silly.

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Word of the day  for February 10
malapropism n   help, file
  1. The blundering use of an absurdly inappropriate word in place of a similar sounding one.
  2. An absurdly inappropriate word that has been improperly used in place of a similar sounding word.

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Word of the day  for February 11
docile adj   help, file
  1. Ready to accept instruction or direction.
  2. Yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management; tractable.

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Word of the day  for February 12
lunge v   help, file
  1. To make a sudden forward movement.

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Word of the day  for February 13
apostrophe n   help, file
  1. (rhetoric) An exclamatory piece of dialogue addressed to someone or something, especially absent
  2. (orthography) The text character , used to mark the possessive case or show the omission of characters.

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Word of the day  for February 14
lavish v   help, file
  1. To expend or bestow with profusion; as, to lavish money or praise.

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Word of the day  for February 15
xenial adj   help, file
  1. Hospitable, especially to visiting strangers or foreigners.
  2. Of the relation between a host and guest.

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Word of the day  for February 16
calumniate v   help, file
  1. To make hurtful untrue comments about someone; to slander.

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Word of the day  for February 17
hegemony n   help, file
  1. Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one group or nation over another.

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Word of the day  for February 18
obstreperous adj   help, file
  1. Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise.
  2. Noisily and stubbornly defiant.

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Word of the day  for February 19
quintessentially adv   help, file
  1. In a manner that is typical or characteristic of a thing's nature.

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Word of the day  for February 20
oneirocritic adj   help, file
  1. Of or related to the interpretation of dreams.

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Word of the day  for February 21
negotiate v   help, file
  1. To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
  2. To succeed in coping with, or getting over something.

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Word of the day  for February 22
eidolon n   help, file
  1. An image or representation of an idea; a representation of an ideal form.

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Word of the day  for February 23
pococurante adj   help, file
  1. Apathetic, unconcerned, or nonchalant.

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Word of the day  for February 24
sonorous adj   help, file
  1. Noisy; producing much sound.
  2. Capable of making sound, such as a bell.

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Word of the day  for February 25
talisman n   help, file
  1. A small object worn or carried as a protection against evil or the supernatural.

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Word of the day  for February 26
rhetorical adj   help, file
  1. Part of or similar to rhetoric; pertaining to the use of language as a means to persuade.

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Word of the day  for February 27
vilify v   help, file
  1. To denounce or belittle through speech; to put down.
  2. To say defamatory things about someone or something.

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Word of the day  for February 28
suppliant n   help, file
  1. One who pleads or requests earnestly.

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