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Word Of The Day – Rue

Definition : to feel penitence, remorse, or regret for Did You Know? If you remember your high school French, or if you’ve ever strolled down the Rue de Rivoli in Paris,

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Word Of The Day – Cassandra

Definition 1: a daughter of Priam endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed 2: one that predicts misfortune or disaster Did You Know? The story of Cassandra comes from

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Word Of The Day – Dexterous

Definition 1: mentally adroit and skillful: clever 2: done with mental or physical skill, quickness, or grace: done with dexterity: artful 3: skillful and competent with the hands Did You Know? Dexterous comes from the Latin word dexter,

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Word Of The Day – Repine

Definition 1: to feel or express dejection or discontent: complaint 2: too long for something Did You Know? In longing, one can “repine over” something (“repining over her lost past”), or

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Word Of The Day – Sophomoric

Definition 1: conceited and overconfident of knowledge but poorly informed and immature 2: lacking in maturity, taste, or judgment Did You Know? Sophomores get a bad rap. A lot of people seem

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Word Of The Day – Cronyism

Definition : partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to the office without regard to their qualifications Did You Know? “Forsake not an old friend; for the

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Word Of The Day – Homologate

Definition : sanction, allow; especially : to approve or confirm officially Did You Know? Who needs homologate? We have any number of words that mean “to officially approve something”: accredit, affirm, approbate, authorize, certify, confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction, validate, and warrant, to name a few. Homologate has mostly been

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Word Of The Day – Obverse

Definition 1 : the side of a coin or currency note bearing the chief device and lettering; broadly : a front or principal surface 2 : a counterpart having the opposite orientation or force; also : opposite 3 : a proposition inferred immediately

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Word Of The Day – Homologate

Definition : sanction, allow; especially : to approve or confirm officially Did You Know? Who needs homologate? We have any number of words that mean “to officially approve something”: accredit, affirm, approbate, authorize, certify, confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction, validate, and warrant, to name a few. Homologate has mostly been

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Word Of The Day – Futile

Definition 1: serving no useful purpose: completely ineffective 2: occupied with trifles: frivolous Did You Know? Futile broke into 16th-century English as a Latinate borrowing from Middle French. The Latin derivative, fūtilis, was used to

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Word Of The Day – Kiln

Definition : an oven, furnace, or heated enclosure used for processing a substance by burning, firing, or drying Did You Know? The word kiln was kindled in Old English as a bundle of

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Word Of The Day – Benefic

Definition : producing good or helpful results or effects: beneficent Did You Know? Benefic comes from Latin beneficus, which in turn comes from bene (“well”) and facere (“to do”). The word was originally used by astrologers to

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Word Of The Day – Mythomania

Definition : an excessive or abnormal propensity for lying and exaggerating Did You Know? We wouldn’t lie to you about the history of mythomania. It comes, via the French mythomanie, from two ancient

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Word Of The Day – Pertinacious

Definition 1 a: adhering resolutely to an opinion, purpose, or design b: perversely persistent 2: stubbornly tenacious Did You Know? Remove the first syllable of pertinacious and say what remains out loud: you’ll hear something

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Word Of The Day – Leitmotif

Definition 1: a melodic phrase or figure that accompanies the reappearance of an idea, person, or situation in a music drama 2: a dominant recurring theme Did You Know? The English word leitmotif (or leitmotiv,

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Word Of The Day – Collogue

Definition 1 dialect: intrigue, conspire 2: to talk privately: confer Did You Know? Collogue has been with us since the 17th century, but beyond that little is known about its origin. In his 1755 dictionary,

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Word Of The Day – Forebear

Definition : ancestor, forefather; also: precursor Did You Know? Forebear (also spelled, less commonly, as forbear) was first used by our ancestors in the days of Middle English. Fore- means “coming before,” just as in forefather, and -bear means “one that

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Word Of The Day – Appreciable

Definition : capable of being perceived or measured Did You Know? Appreciable, like the verb appreciate, comes from the Late Latin verb appretiare (“to appraise” or “to put a price on”). It is one

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Word Of The Day – Meliorism

Definition : the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment Did You Know? In 1877, British novelist George Eliot believed she had coined meliorist when she

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Word Of The Day – Enhance

Definition : heighten, increase; especially : to increase or improve in value, quality, desirability, or attractiveness Did You Know? When enhance was borrowed into English in the 13th century, it literally meant to raise something higher. That

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Word Of The Day – Pachyderm

Definition : any of various nonruminant mammals (such as an elephant, a rhinoceros, or a hippopotamus) of a former group (Pachydermata) that have hooves or nails resembling hooves and usually thick skin; especially : elephant Did

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Word Of The Day – Inordinate

Definition 1: exceeding reasonable limits: immoderate 2 archaic: disorderly, unregulated Did You Know? At one time, if something was “inordinate,” it did not conform to the expected or desired order of things. That sense,

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Word Of The Day – Sinuous

Definition 1 a: of a serpentine or wavy form: winding b: marked by strong lithe movements 2: intricate, complex Did You Know? Although it probably makes you think more of snakes than head colds, sinuous is

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