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Word of the day  for July 1
sheer adj   help, file
  1. (textiles) Very thin or transparent.
  2. Pure; unmixed; being only what it seems to be.
  3. Straight up and down; vertical.

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Word of the day  for July 2
denounce v   help, file
  1. To criticize or speak out against.
  2. To make a formal or public accusation against.
  3. (archaic) To make known in a formal manner; to proclaim.

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3

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Word of the day  for July 3
non sequitur n   help, file
  1. (logic) An invalid argument, the conclusion of which cannot be logically deduced from the premises.
  2. Any abrupt and inexplicable transition or occurrence.

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Word of the day  for July 4
keepsake n   help, file
  1. An object given by a person and retained in memory of something or someone.

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5

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Word of the day  for July 5
Pyrrhic victory n   help, file
  1. A very costly victory, wherein the considerable losses outweigh the gain, so as to render the battle unfavourable.

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Word of the day  for July 6
obfuscate v   help, file
  1. To make dark; to overshadow.
  2. To deliberately make (something) more confusing in order to conceal the truth.

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7

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Word of the day  for July 7
duplicitous adj   help, file
  1. Given to or marked by deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.

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8

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Word of the day  for July 8
agnostic n   help, file
  1. A person who holds to a form of agnosticism, especially someone uncertain of the existence of a deity.

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9

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Word of the day  for July 9
pertinaciously adv   help, file
  1. In a stubbornly resolute manner; tenaciously holding one's opinion or course of action.

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10

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Word of the day  for July 10
vacillate v   help, file
  1. To sway unsteadily from one side to the other; to oscillate.
  2. To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

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Word of the day  for July 11
invidious adj   help, file
  1. Prompted by or expressing or adapted to excite envious dislike or ill will; offensively or unfairly discriminating.
  2. Envious; causing or arising from envy.
  3. Hateful; odious; detestable.

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Word of the day  for July 12
calliope n   help, file
  1. A musical organ, consisting of steam whistles played with a keyboard.

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Word of the day  for July 13
umbrage n   help, file
  1. A feeling of anger or annoyance caused by something offensive.
  2. A feeling of doubt.
  3. (obsolete) A shadow, shade.

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Word of the day  for July 14
ratify v   help, file
  1. To give formal consent to; make officially valid.

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Word of the day  for July 15
coy adj   help, file
  1. Pretending shyness or modesty.
  2. (archaic) Quiet, reserved, modest.

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Word of the day  for July 16
escritoire n   help, file
  1. A writing desk with a hinged door that provides the writing surface.

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17

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Word of the day  for July 17
phlegmatic adj   help, file
  1. Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish.
  2. (archaic) Abounding in phlegm, as in "phlegmatic humors".

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18

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Word of the day  for July 18
anhedonia n   help, file
  1. (medicine, psychiatry) The inability to feel pleasure.

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Word of the day  for July 19
corbie step n   help, file
  1. (architecture) A series of step-like projections at the top of a gable.

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20

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Word of the day  for July 20
surfeit n   help, file
  1. An excessive amount of something.
  2. Overindulgence in either food or drink; overeating.
  3. A sickness or condition caused by overindulgence.

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21

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Word of the day  for July 21
garrulous adj   help, file
  1. Excessively or tiresomely talkative.
  2. (of something written or performed) Excessively wordy and rambling.

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Word of the day  for July 22
malinger v   help, file
  1. To feign illness, injury, or incapacitation in order to avoid work or obligation.

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23

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Word of the day  for July 23
goober n   help, file
  1. (Southern US) A peanut.

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24

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Word of the day  for July 24
serpentine adj   help, file
  1. Sinuous; curving in alternate directions.
  2. Having the shape or form of a snake.

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25

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Word of the day  for July 25
tilde n   help, file
  1. (orthography) A diacritical mark placed above a letter (as in ñ) to modify pronunciation, such as by palatalization or nasalization.

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Word of the day  for July 26
belie v   help, file
  1. To give a false representation of (something).
  2. To tell lies about (someone).
  3. To contradict or show to be false.

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Word of the day  for July 27
hierarchical adj   help, file
  1. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastic or priestly order.
  2. Classified or arranged according to various criteria into successive ranks or grades.

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Word of the day  for July 28
leitmotif n   help, file
  1. (music) A melodic theme associated with a particular character, place, thing or idea in an opera.
  2. A recurring theme.

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29

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Word of the day  for July 29
aleatory adj   help, file
  1. Depending on the throw of a die; random, arising by chance.

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30

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Word of the day  for July 30
foster v   help, file
  1. To nurture or bring up (offspring); or to provide similar parental care to (an unrelated child).
  2. To cultivate and grow (something).

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Word of the day  for July 31
pettifogger n   help, file
  1. Someone who quibbles over trivia, and raises petty, annoying objections.
  2. An unscrupulous or unethical lawyer, especially one of lesser skill.

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