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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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Word Of The Day – Abstain

Definition 1: to choose not to do or have something: to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice 2: to choose not to vote Did You Know?

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Word Of The Day – Rambunctious

Definition : marked by uncontrollable exuberance: unruly Did You Know? Rambunctious first appeared in print in the early half of the 19th century, at a time when the fast-growing United States was forging

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Word Of The Day – Emollient

Definition : something that softens or soothes Did You Know? Emollient derives from the present participle of the Latin verb emollire, which, unsurprisingly, means “to soften or soothe.” Emollire, in turn, derives ultimately from mollis,

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Word Of The Day – Operose

Definition : tedious, wearisome Did You Know? Operose comes from the Latin operōsus, which has the meaning of “diligent,” “painstaking” or “laborious.” That word combines opera, meaning “activity,” “effort,” or “work,” with -ōsus—the Latin equivalent of

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Word Of The Day – Nepotism

Definition : favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship Did You Know? During his papacy from 1471–1484, Sixtus IV granted many special favors to members of his family, in particular

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Word of the Day – Crabwise

Definition 1: sideways 2: in a sidling or cautiously indirect manner Did You Know? There’s no reason to be indirect when explaining the etymology of crabwise—we’ll get right to the point. As you might guess,

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Space Word Scramble

Challenge your knowledge with our space word scramble. Do you have what it takes to unscramble the range of word problems related to space, astronomy, our solar system and the

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Word of the Day – Parse

Definition 1 a : to divide (a sentence) into grammatical parts and identify the parts and their relations to each other b : to describe (a word) grammatically by stating

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