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Word of the day  for September 1
ossify v   help, file
  1. To transform from a softer substance into bone.
  2. To become inflexible and rigid in habits or opinions.
  3. To grow formulaic and permanent.

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Word of the day  for September 2
spoilsport n   help, file
  1. Someone who puts an end to harmless fun.

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Word of the day  for September 3
forensic adj   help, file
  1. Relating to the use of science and technology in a court of law.
  2. (dated) Relating to, or appropriate for courts of law.
  3. (archaic) Relating to, or used in debate or argument.

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Word of the day  for September 4
wane v   help, file
  1. To progressively loses its splendor, ardor, power, etc.
  2. (of light) To dim or diminish in strength.
  3. (of the Moon) To decrease in visible surface during its phases.

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Word of the day  for September 5
sempiternal adj   help, file
  1. Seemingly everlasting or eternal.

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Word of the day  for September 6
debacle n   help, file
  1. An event or enterprise that ends suddenly and disastrously.
  2. (ecology) A breaking up of a natural dam by a river and the ensuing rush of water.

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Word of the day  for September 7
cavort v   help, file
  1. To move about carelessly or boisterously.

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Word of the day  for September 8
fisticuffs n   help, file
  1. (informal) An impromptu fight with the fists, usually between only two people.
  2. (sports, dated) Bare-knuckled boxing.

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Word of the day  for September 9
apropos adj   help, file
  1. Of an appropriate or pertinent nature.

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Word of the day  for September 10
ventriloquist n   help, file
  1. Someone, especially an entertainer, who practices ventriloquism.

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Word of the day  for September 11
realm n   help, file
  1. A sphere of real or imaginary influence.
  2. The domain of a certain abstraction.
  3. (formal or law) A territory or state, as ruled by a specific power.

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Word of the day  for September 12
tare v   help, file
  1. (economics and law) To take into account the weight of the container.
  2. (science) To set a zero value on an instrument.

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Word of the day  for September 13
discus n   help, file
  1. A round plate-like object that is thrown for sport.
  2. The athletics sport of discus throwing.
  3. A discus fish.

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Word of the day  for September 14
unabashed adj   help, file
  1. Not disconcerted or embarrassed.
  2. Not concealed or disguised, or not eliciting shame.

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Word of the day  for September 15
bide n   help, file
  1. (dialectal) To bear; to endure; to tolerate.
  2. (archaic) To dwell or reside in a location; to abide.
  3. (archaic) To wait; to be in expectation.

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Word of the day  for September 16
indubitably adv   help, file
  1. In a manner that leaves no possibility of doubt; undoubtedly.

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Word of the day  for September 15
complicit adj   help, file
  1. Involved in or compliant with some behavior, especially of a questionable nature.

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Word of the day  for September 18
postulate v   help, file
  1. To assume as a truthful or accurate premise.
  2. (Christianity, historical) To appoint or request one's appointment to an ecclesiastical office.

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Word of the day  for September 19
kitsch adj   help, file
  1. Considered of questionable aesthetic value; excessively sentimental, overdone or vulgar.

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Word of the day  for September 20
sack v   help, file
  1. To plunder or pillage, especially after capture.
  2. (informal) To fire or remove someone from their job.
  3. (American football) To tackle the offensive quarterback before he is able to throw a pass.
  4. (slang) To hit a person, usually male, in the groin.

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Word of the day  for September 21
between a rock and a hard place adv   help, file
  1. Having the choice between two unpleasant or distasteful options.

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Word of the day  for September 22
peruse v   help, file
  1. To examine or consider with care.
  2. To read completely.
  3. (informal) To look over casually; to skim.

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Word of the day  for September 23
yarmulke n   help, file
  1. A skullcap worn by religious Jewish males.

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Word of the day  for September 24
obtund v   help, file
  1. (medicine) To reduce the edge or effects of; to mitigate; to dull.

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Word of the day  for September 25
taupe adj   help, file
  1. Of a dark brownish-gray colour.

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Word of the day  for September 26
anomaly n   help, file
  1. Something that is strange or unusual.
  2. (sciences and computing) Something that diverges from what is expected of it.
  3. (sciences) Any event that is out of the ordinary.

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Word of the day  for September 27
expiate v   help, file
  1. To atone or make reparation for.
  2. To make amends or pay the penalty for.

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Word of the day  for September 28
refractory adj   help, file
  1. Obstinate and unruly; strongly opposed to something.
  2. Not affected by great heat.
  3. (medicine) Difficult to treat.
  4. (biology) Incapable of registering a reaction or stimulus.

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Word of the day  for September 29
parlance n   help, file
  1. A certain way of speaking, of using words.
  2. (archaic) Speech, discussion or debate.

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Word of the day  for September 30
consummate v   help, file
  1. To bring to completion; to accomplish.
  2. To make (a marriage) complete by engaging in first sexual intercourse.

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