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Word Of The Day – Bugbear

Definition 1 : an imaginary goblin or specter used to excite fear 2 a : an object or source of dread b : a continuing source of irritation : problem Did You Know? Bugbear sounds like some kind of grotesque

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Word Of The Day – Fulvous

Definition : of a dull brownish yellow : tawny Did You Know? Fulvous has never been a common word. You are most likely to encounter it in texts from the 19th century—unless, that is,

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Word Of The Day – Libertine

Definition 1 disparaging : a freethinker especially in religious matters 2 : a person who is unrestrained by convention or morality; specifically : one leading a dissolute life Did You Know? “I only ask to be free,” says Mr.

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Word Of The Day – Infinitesimal

Definition 1: taking on values arbitrarily close to but greater than zero 2: immeasurably or incalculably small Did You Know? Infinite, as you probably know, means “endless” or “extending indefinitely.” It is

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Word Of The Day – Farrier

Definition : a person who shoes horses Did You Know? Farrier is now usually applied specifically to a blacksmith who specializes in shoeing horses, a skill that requires not only the ability

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Word Of The Day – Abnegate

Definition 1 formal : deny, renounce 2 formal : surrender, relinquish Did You Know? There’s no denying that the Latin root negāre has given English some useful words. That verb, which means “to deny,” is the source of the noun abnegation,

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Word Of The Day – Impeccable

Definition 1 : free from fault or blame : flawless 2 : not capable of sinning or liable to sin Did You Know? The word impeccable has been used in English since the 16th century. It derives from

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Word Of The Day – Bailiwick

Definition 1 law enforcement: the office or jurisdiction of a bailiff 2 : the sphere in which one has superior knowledge or authority : a special domain Did You Know? The first half of the word bailiwick comes

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Word Of The Day – Reprove

Definition 1: to scold or correct usually gently or with kindly intent 2: to express disapproval of censure 3: to express rebuke or reproof Did You Know? Reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, and chide all mean to criticize. Reprove implies an

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Word Of The Day – Octothorpe

Definition : the symbol # Did You Know? A versatile symbol with many names (among them hash mark, number sign, and pound sign), the octothorpe has become popularized in hashtags, those words or phrases prefixed

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Word Of The Day – Multifarious

Definition : having or occurring in great variety : diverse Did You Know? Before the late 16th-century appearance of multifarious, there was another word similar in form and meaning being used: multifary, meaning “in many

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Word Of The Day – Accident

Definition 1 a : an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance b : lack of intention or necessity : chance 2 a : an unfortunate event resulting especially from carelessness or ignorance b medical : an unexpected and

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Word Of The Day – Perseverate

Definition 1: to repeat or recur persistently: to go back over previously covered ground 2: to exhibit perseveration: to show especially by speech or some other form of overt behaviour the continual involuntary

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Word Of The Day – Erudite

Definition : having or showing knowledge that is gained by studying Did You Know? Erudite derives from Latin eruditus, the past participle of the verb erudire, meaning “to instruct.” A closer look at that

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Word Of The Day – Exult

Definition 1: to be extremely joyful: rejoice 2 obsolete: to leap for joy Did You Know? Exult leaped into English in the 16th century as a verb meaning “to leap for joy.” George Chapman used it

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Word Of The Day – Hallowed

Definition 1: holy, consecrated 2: sacred, revered Did You Know? The adjective hallowed probably doesn’t give you the shivers—or does it? Hallowed is the past participle of the verb hallow, a term that descends from the Middle English halowen. That

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Word Of The Day – Wraith

Definition 1 a: the exact likeness of a living person seen usually just before death as an apparition b: ghost, spectre 2: an insubstantial form or semblance: shadow 3: a barely visible gaseous or vaporous column

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Word Of The Day – Truculent

Definition 1: aggressively self-assertive: belligerent 2: scathingly harsh: vitriolic 3: feeling or displaying ferocity: cruel, savage 4: deadly, destructive Did You Know? Truculent derives from truculentus, a form of the Latin adjective trux, meaning “savage.” It has been used

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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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