WORD OF THE DAY

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Word of the Day for Wednesday, January 7, 2009 candor \KAN-der\, noun: 1. honesty in giving one's view or opinion; frankness and sincerity 2. fairness; impartiality What remains to be seen is whether the candor he offered in his early memoir will be greeted with a new-style acceptance by voters. --... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Word of the Day for Tuesday, January 6, 2009 beleaguer \bi-LEE-ger\, verb: 1. to surround with troops; besiege 2. to surround or beset Among the strangers who befriend and beleaguer Jimmy are a band of circus freaks led by a foulmouthed midget, a Hindu ice cream and curry vendor, a club of raving... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Word of the Day for Monday, January 5, 2009 abstinent \AB-stuh-nuhnt\, adjective: abstaining, especially from self-indulgence The main reason I am abstinent is I don't want to become pregnant. That would be the worst thing. I wouldn't be able to finish school. -- Tia Whipple, Time, 2006-09-15 It's... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Word of the Day for Sunday, January 4, 2009 zealous \ZEL-uhs\, adjective: full of zeal; actively enthusiastic To remain obdurate before authority, to display one's loyalty to the collective, to be a zealous student wholeheartedly eager to deepen one's grasp of doctrine--these were qualities that... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Word of the Day for Saturday, January 3, 2009 yegg \yeg\, noun: a burglar who robs safes; safecracker Except for a series of cartoons, showing Tammany as a little yegg in a tiger-striped sweater, Mr. Hearst subsequently published nothing very damaging to the Brown Derby. -- Time, 1928-09-10 "A train... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Word of the Day for Friday, January 2, 2009 xanthous \ZAN-thuhs\, adjective: yellow; yellowish King Elvis, who is not quite alert today, bares his rockin' soul on "Geraldo," yelling Michael Jackson's very unique, xanthous features complement zany daughter LisaMarie Presley. -- The Atlantic,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Word of the Day for Thursday, January 1, 2009 wanderlust \WON-der-luhst\, noun: a strong desire to wander or travel There are as many explanations for acute wanderlust as there are Travelers who suffer from it. But common to them all is the desire to break through the protective bubble that... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Word of the Day for Wednesday, December 31, 2008 ultimate \UHL-tuh-mit\, adjective, noun: 1. last possible, final; coming at the end 2. an ultimate point, result, fact, or other extreme condition 3. pertaining to an extremity; beyond which there is nothing or nothing greater 4. fundamental; basic;... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Word of the Day for Tuesday, December 30, 2008 tacit \TAS-it\, adjective: 1. implied or understood without being openly expressed 2. saying nothing; silent The word on the Hill is that Mr. Waxman enjoys the tacit support of übergreen Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who dislikes Mr. Dingell's independence. --... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Word of the Day for Monday, December 29, 2008 sacrilege \SAK-ruh-lij\, noun: an intentional injury to anything held sacred; disrespectful treatment of something sacred A big, catchy ad on Page One of the print edition would be considered sacrilege. The editorial staff wouldn't stand for it and... Sign in to see full entry.

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