WORD OF THE DAY

Friday, December 5, 2008

Word of the Day for Friday, December 5, 2008 dissever \dih-SEV-uhr\, verb: to separate or part; sever He had contrived, or rather he had happened, to dissever himself from the world -- to vanish -- to give up his place and privileges with living men. -- T. J. Lustig, Moments of Punctuation':... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Word of the Day for Thursday, December 4, 2008 curio \KYOOR-ee-oh\, noun: a valued, novel object; an object valued as a curiosity, often a collectible It is tempting to think of [it] not as a novel but as a glittering artifact, something an acquisitive traveler might discover in a musty Venetian... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

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Word of the Day for Wednesday, December 3, 2008 caitiff \KAY-tif\, noun, adjective: 1. cowardly and mean 2. a mean, cowardly person But there was no need: the towering threat and the flaming eye and the swift rush buffeted the caitiff away: he recoiled three steps, and nearly fell down. -- Charles... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Word of the Day for Monday, December 2, 2008 valediction \val-uh-DIK-shuhn\, noun: the action of bidding farewell; a farewell The playing of taps was a special moment in the ceremony, a final, haunting valediction for the men who had made the supreme sacrifice. -- John Glenn, John Glenn: A Memoir... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Word of the Day for Saturday, November 29, 2008 balustrade \BAL-uh-strayd; bal-uh-STRAYD\, noun: a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling The camera is a couple of floors up, pointing out over the balustrade and down toward us on the ground floor. -- Dan Zak, A... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Word of the Day for Friday, November 28, 2008 eminent \EM-uh-nuhnt\, adjective: 1. high in station, rank, or repute; prominent, distinguished 2. conspicuous; noteworthy 3. high; lofty 4. standing out above other things; prominent Several others of the most eminent artists of our country had urgently... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Word of the Day for Thursday, November 27, 2008 cadence \KAYD-'n(t)s\, noun: 1. the measure or beat of music, dancing, or a regularly repeated movement 2. a rising and falling sound; modulation; also, the falling inflection of the voice, as at the end of a sentence 3. a series of chords bringing... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Word of the Day for Wednesday, November 26, 2008 emollient \ih-MOL-yuhnt\, adjective: 1. softening or soothing 2. something that softens or soothes But his more emollient approach, winning hearts and minds through old-fashioned forms of persuasion, will also be crucial to building a coalition... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Word of the Day for Tuesday, November 25, 2008 reprobate \REP-ruh-bayt\, noun, adjective: 1. a very wicked, unprincipled person; scoundrel 2. very wicked; unprincipled 3. to disapprove; condemn, censure 4. a person predestined to damnation, rejected by God 5. rejected by God; damned 6. to reject... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Word of the Day for Friday, November 21, 2008 Lucullan \loo-KUHL-uhn\, adjective: rich; magnificent and luxurious In many calorie-conscious families, mini-meals have replaced Lucullan feasts. -- Jane Abrams, Lima News, November 9, 1964 Before the first fight, scholars fancied they could read a... Sign in to see full entry.

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