WORD OF THE DAY

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Word of the Day for Thursday, November 20, 2008 amatory \AM-uh-tor-ee; -tohr-\, adjective: of love; expressing love, especially sexual She's cranky, self-absorbed and a compulsive flirt with a long series of amatory conquests to her record. -- Carol Shields, His Kisses Taste Like Bubble Gum," review... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Word of the Day for Wednesday, November 19, 2008 eminence grise \ay-mee-nahn(t)s-GREEZ\, noun: a person who wields power or exerts influence behind the scenes Some might hypothesize that Mr. Kissinger's perpetual re-emergence as eminence grise reflects the tendency of presidents to change their... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

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Word of the Day for Tuesday, November 18, 2008 affectation \af-ek-TAY-shuhn\, noun: 1. an artificial way of talking or behaving put on to impress others; pretense 2. an unnatural action, expression, or trait that indicates artificiality In a culture of electricity and annual holidays, for example,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 17, 2008

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Word of the Day for Monday, November 17, 2008 adulterate \uh-DUHL-tuh-rayt\, verb: 1. to add an inferior, impure, or improper substance to; lower the quality or purity of a food or other substance without greatly altering the appearance; corrupt 2. debased by adulteration; adulterated It would seem... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

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Word of the Day for Sunday, November 16, 2008 adduce \uh-DOOS; -DYOOS\, verb: to offer as a reason in support of an argument; bring up as an example; give as proof or evidence; cite Claude Chabrol defines absurdity as the gap between the awesome finality of death and the trivial reasons men adduce... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

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Word of the Day for Saturday, November 15, 2008 frowzy \FROW-zee\, adjective: 1. dirty and untidy; slovenly 2. smelling bad; musty "Lady," said a frowzy, spiritless panhandler, "c'n ya lemmee have a quarter to buy my little boy some milk?" -- The Bleatniks, Time, August 10, 1957 Based on an old... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 14, 2008

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Word of the Day for Friday, November 14, 2008 ensconced \en-SKONST\, adjective: 1. sheltered comfortably and firmly 2. sheltered safely; hidden Determined to make the continental crossing in style, Reed ensconced his wife and four children in an enormous, custom-built, two-story wagon, complete with... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

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Word of the Day for Thursday, November 13, 2008 obsequies \OB-sih-kweez\, noun: funeral rites or ceremonies The controversy that is to mark his obsequies surfaces soon after when two priests object that Pavarotti, a remarried divorcee, should be allowed to lie in state in the cathedral, "the highest... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Word of the Day for Wednesday, November 12, 2008 soiree \swah-RAY\, noun: an evening party or social gathering Rose was reminiscing at a soiree I hosted on a recent sultry evening on Chicago's North Side. -- Laura Washington, World still watching -- but now it's a love fest, Chicago Sun-Times,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008 sidereal \sy-DEER-ee-uhl\, adjective: measured or determined by the daily motion of the stars; of or having to do with the stars or constellations And everything flying away from everything else for fifteen or so billion years, affinities are established, sidereal... Sign in to see full entry.

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