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When we understand that man is the only animal who must create meaning, who must open a wedge into neutral nature, we already understand the essence of love. Love is the problem of an animal who must find life, create a dialogue with nature in order to experience his own being.
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Word of the day  for November 1
incipient adj   help, file
  1. Beginning, starting, coming into existence.

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2

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Word of the day  for November 2
tmesis n   help, file
  1. (prosody) The insertion of one or more words between the components of a compound word.

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3

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Word of the day  for November 3
connote v   help, file
  1. To signify beyond a literal or principal meaning.
  2. To possess an inseparable related condition; to imply as a logical consequence.

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4

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Word of the day  for November 4
vituperative adj   help, file
  1. Marked by harsh spoken or written abuse; invective; scolding; abusive.

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Word of the day  for November 5
autochthonous adj   help, file
  1. Native to the place where found; indigenous.
  2. (geology) Buried in place, especially of a fossil preserved in its life position without disturbance or disarticulation.

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Word of the day  for November 6
sentience n   help, file
  1. The state or quality of being sentient; possessing consciousness, perception, and thought.

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Word of the day  for November 7
grandiloquent adj   help, file
  1. Of a person, their language or writing: overly wordy, pompous, flowery, or elaborate.

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Word of the day  for November 8
blithely adv   help, file
  1. Without care, concern, or consideration.
  2. In a joyful, carefree manner.

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9

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Word of the day  for November 9
fiasco n   help, file
  1. A ludicrous or humiliating failure.
  2. A wine bottle in a (usually straw) jacket.

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10

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Word of the day  for November 10
vouchsafe v   help, file
  1. To condescendingly grant a right, benefit, outcome, etc.; to deign to acknowledge.

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Word of the day  for November 11
apotheosis n   help, file
  1. Glorification, sometimes to a divine level; deification; crediting a person with god-like power.
  2. (mythology) The process of becoming a deity.

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Word of the day  for November 12
taciturn adj   help, file
  1. Silent; temperamentally untalkative; disinclined to speak.

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Word of the day  for November 13
deleterious adj   help, file
  1. Harmful or hurtful to physical, mental, or moral health.

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Word of the day  for November 14
extirpate v   help, file
  1. To pull up by the roots; uproot.
  2. To destroy completely; to annihilate.

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Word of the day  for November 15
panacea n   help, file
  1. A remedy believed to cure all disease and prolong life; a cure-all.
  2. Something that will solve all problems.

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Word of the day  for November 16
repudiate v   help, file
  1. To reject the truth or validity of something.
  2. To refuse to have anything to do with; to disown.

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Word of the day  for November 17
gravitas n   help, file
  1. Seriousness in bearing or manner; dignity.
  2. (figuratively) Substance, weight.

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Word of the day  for November 18
prurient adj   help, file
  1. Uneasy with desire; having a lascivious anxiety or propensity.
  2. Arousing or appealing to sexual desire.

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Word of the day  for November 19
hello interj   help, file
  1. A greeting said when meeting someone or acknowledging someone’s arrival or presence.
  2. A greeting used when answering the telephone.
  3. A call for responses if it is not clear whether anyone is present or listening.
  4. (colloquial) Used sarcastically to imply that the person addressed has done something the speaker considers to be foolish.
  5. An expression of puzzlement or discovery.

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20

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Word of the day  for November 20
conundrum n   help, file
  1. A difficult question or riddle.
  2. A difficult choice or decision that must be made.

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21

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Word of the day  for November 21
nickel and dime v   help, file
  1. (US) To quibble over trifling amounts of money.
  2. (figuratively) To quibble or obsess endlessly over trifles.

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Word of the day  for November 22
extraneous adj   help, file
  1. Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; not essential or intrinsic; foreign.

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Word of the day  for November 23
kismet n   help, file
  1. Fate; a predetermined or unavoidable destiny.

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Word of the day  for November 24
refute v   help, file
  1. To prove (something) to be false or incorrect.

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Word of the day  for November 25
ombudsman n   help, file
  1. An appointed official whose duty is to investigate complaints against institutions such as government departments.
  2. A designated internal mediator in an organization whose duty is to assist members with conflict resolution.

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Word of the day  for November 26
facetiously adv   help, file
  1. In a facetious or flippant manner; in a manner that treats serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor.
  2. (dated) In a pleasantly humorous or playful fashion.

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Word of the day  for November 27
spurious adj   help, file
  1. False; not authentic or genuine.

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Word of the day  for November 28
epigram n   help, file
  1. A brief but witty saying.
  2. A short, witty or pithy poem.

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Word of the day  for November 29
precipitate v   help, file
  1. To make something happen suddenly and quickly; hasten.
  2. To throw an object or person from a great height.
  3. (chemistry) To come out of a liquid solution into solid form.
  4. (meteorology) To have water in the air fall to the ground.

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Word of the day  for November 30
insinuate v   help, file
  1. Make a way for or introduce something by subtle, crafty or artful means.
  2. To ingratiate oneself; to obtain access or favor by flattery or cunning.
  3. To hint at (something); to suggest or express an idea indirectly.

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