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Dictionary:Word of the day/Archive/2008/January

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Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Henry Miller
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Word of the day  for January 1
reiterate v   help, file
  1. To say or do (something) for a second time, such as for emphasis.
  2. To say or do (something) repeatedly.

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Word of the day  for January 2
contretemps n   help, file
  1. An unforeseen, inopportune, or embarrassing event.

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Word of the day  for January 3
bombastic adj   help, file
  1. (of a person, their language or writing) Pompous or overly wordy.
  2. High-sounding but with little meaning.
  3. (archaic) Inflated, overfilled.

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Word of the day  for January 4
steerageway n   help, file
  1. (nautical) The minimum speed of a ship, below which she does not answer the helm and cannot be steered.

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Word of the day  for January 5
desecrate v   help, file
  1. To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something.
  2. To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
  3. To inappropriately change.

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Word of the day  for January 6
incunabulum n   help, file
  1. A book, single sheet, or image that was printed in Europe before the year 1501.

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Word of the day  for January 7
perspicacious adj   help, file
  1. Of acute discernment; having keen insight; mentally perceptive.

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Word of the day  for January 8
hinder v   help, file
  1. To keep back; to delay or impede.
  2. To make difficult to accomplish.

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Word of the day  for January 9
asinine adj   help, file
  1. Failing to exercise intelligence or judgment.
  2. Of or relating to a donkey.

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Word of the day  for January 10
great unwashed n   help, file
  1. (idiomatic) A contemptuous term for the populace, particularly the working class.

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Word of the day  for January 11
malodorous adj   help, file
  1. Having a bad smell.

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Word of the day  for January 12
browbeat v   help, file
  1. To bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way.

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Word of the day  for January 13
hostler n   help, file
  1. A person employed at an inn, hostelry, or stable to look after horses; a groom.

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Word of the day  for January 14
teratoid adj   help, file
  1. (genetics, medicine) Monster-like, exhibiting abnormal development.

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Word of the day  for January 15
epenthesis n   help, file
  1. (linguistics) The insertion of a phoneme, letter, or syllable into a word, usually to satisfy the phonological constraints of a language or poetic context.

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Word of the day  for January 16
contumacious adj   help, file
  1. Contemptuous of authority; willfully disobedient; rebellious.

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Word of the day  for January 17
accentuate v   help, file
  1. To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
  2. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.

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Word of the day  for January 18
peripatetic n   help, file
  1. One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.

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Word of the day  for January 19
impecunious adj   help, file
  1. Lacking money.

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Word of the day  for January 20
redolent adj   help, file
  1. Fragrant or aromatic; having a sweet scent.
  2. Having the smell of.
  3. (idiomatic) Suggestive or reminiscent.

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Word of the day  for January 21
bastion n   help, file
  1. A projecting part of a rampart or other fortification.
  2. A well-fortified position; a stronghold or citadel.
  3. (figurative) A person, or group, who strongly defends some principle.

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Word of the day  for January 22
genuflect v   help, file
  1. To bend the knee, as in servitude or worship; grovel.

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Word of the day  for January 23
crwth n   help, file
  1. (historic, UK) An archaic stringed instrument associated particularly with Wales.

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Word of the day  for January 24
lackadaisical adj   help, file
  1. Showing no interest or enthusiasm.

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Word of the day  for January 25
prehensile adj   help, file
  1. Able to take hold of and clasp objects; adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object.

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Word of the day  for January 26
nepotism n   help, file
  1. The favoring of relatives or personal friends because of their relationship rather than because of their abilities.

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Word of the day  for January 27
autological adj   help, file
  1. (grammar) Of an adjective, describing itself.

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Word of the day  for January 28
skedaddle v   help, file
  1. To move or run away quickly; to flee.

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Word of the day  for January 29
jeremiad n   help, file
  1. A long speech or prose work that bitterly laments the state of society and its morals, and often contains a prophecy of its coming downfall.

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Word of the day  for January 30
dichotomous adj   help, file
  1. Dividing or branching into two equal pieces.

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Word of the day  for January 31
vignette n   help, file
  1. A decorative design, originally representing vine branches or tendrils.
  2. (by extension) Any small borderless picture in a book, especially an engraving, photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
  3. (by extension) A short story that presents a scene or tableau, or paints a picture.

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