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Today's Word "Obeisance"

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obeisance \o-BAY-sans, o-BEE-\ (noun) - 1 : A movement of the body expressing deep respect or deferential courtesy, as before a superior; a bow, curtsy, or other similar gesture. 2: Deference or homage.

"While Randy's personal rule of always showing obeisance before those senior to him had kept him out of trouble, it also guaranteed that he ...Read more

Today's Word "Remonstrant"

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remonstrant \reh-MAHN-strehnt\ (adjective) - In a state of vigorously objecting to, earnestly aggrieved by or opposed to something.

"The remonstrant set of Russel's jaw convinced Andre that she could never persuade him to give her the remote control for the TV."

From Medieval Latin remonstrare, "to demonstrate." The Latin monstrare "to show" ...Read more

Today's Word "Gremlin"

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gremlin \GREM-lin\ (noun) - A mischievous sprite imagined to cause the inexplicable problems in the real and virtual machinery of technology.

"I received your e-mail alright but the attachment was snatched by the gremlins of cyberspace."

Although today's word first emerged during World War II, evidence suggests a predecessor was in circulation...Read more

Today's Word "Goth"

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Goth /goth/ (noun) - A rude or uncivilized person.

"The speaker's announcements swung wildly between statesman and Goth."

From Goth, one of a Germanic tribe who invaded the Roman empire during the third, fourth and fifth centuries.

Today's Word "apparatchik"

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apparatchik \uh-pah-RAH-chik\ (noun) - Member of the (Soviet) bureaucracy; now extended to apply to any inflexible organisation man, particularly in a political party.

"Fed up with the usual assortment of apparatchiks and yes-men he was typically faced with, Mel decided to search outside of the regular pool in an attempt to find an assistant ...Read more

Today's Word "Gremlin"

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gremlin \GREM-lin\ (noun) - A mischievous sprite imagined to cause the inexplicable problems in the real and virtual machinery of technology.

"I received your e-mail alright but the attachment was snatched by the gremlins of cyberspace."

Although today's word first emerged during World War II, evidence suggests a predecessor was in circulation...Read more

Today's Word "Wamble"

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wamble \WOM-buhl\ (verb intr.) - 1 : To move unsteadily; to totter, waver, roll, etc. 2 : To feel nausea. 3 : (Of a stomach) To rumble or growl.

(noun) - 1 : An unsteady motion. 2 : A feeling of nausea.

"Such was the wamble introduced to the craft by the sea's violent pitching that Nell began to lurch and wamble about the interior of the cabin...Read more

Today's Word "supererogatory"

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supererogatory \soo-puhr-ih-ROG-uh-tor-ee\ (adjective) - 1 : Going beyond what is required or expected. 2 : Superfluous; unnecessary.

"He deemed the leading of an ascetic life ultimately as a supererogatory act, since baptism was the sole criterion by which one's Christian identity could be defined." -- Willemien Otten, 'Augustine on marriage,...Read more

Today's Word "aplomb"

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aplomb \uh-PLOM\ (noun) - Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.

"His initial broadcasting success was due at least as much to his considerable professional aplomb as it was to his father's broadcasting connections." -- John A. Jackson, 'American Bandstand: Dick Clark and the Making of a Rock 'n' Roll Empire' ...Read more

Today's Word "lissom"

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lissom \LISS-uhm\ (adjective) also lissome - 1 : Limber; supple; flexible. 2 : Light and quick in action; nimble; agile; active.

"Her foot touches the plate and sets off the trap, but so swift and lissome is she that her ankles evade the clash of the serrated iron jaws as they spring together." -- John Bayley, 'Iris and Her Friends'

Lissom ...Read more

Today's Word "pestiferous"

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pestiferous \pes-TIF-uh-ruhs\ (adjective) - 1 : Bearing or bringing disease. 2 : Infected with or contaminated by a pestilential disease. 3 : Morally evil or dangerous to society; pernicious. 4 : Bothersome; troublesome; annoying.

"Equatorial climate and pestiferous conditions made Guayaquil such an unattractive port in the past that it was ...Read more

Today's Word "amative"

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amative \AM-uh-tiv\ (adjective) - Pertaining to or disposed to love, especially sexual love; full of love; amorous.

"Theoretically, any given left-kisser should meet more right-kissers and, over an amative lifetime, or even good year in junior high, be subtly pressured to shift to the right in order to land a wet one -- or just avoid a broken ...Read more

Today's Word "magniloquen"

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magniloquent \mag-NIL-uh-kwent\ (adjective) - Lofty or grandiose in speech or expression; using a high-flown style of discourse; bombastic.

"Although Napoleon presented himself as 'the Enlightenment embodied, bringing rationality and justice to peoples hitherto ruled in the interests of privileged castes,' and although he may even have believed...Read more

Today's Word "countervail"

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countervail \kown-tur-VAYL\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract. 2 : To compensate for; to offset; to furnish or serve as an equivalent to.

(intransitive verb) - To exert force against an opposing, often bad, influence or power.

"In spite of its keel's weight, and even without the ...Read more

Political Potshots Have Always Packed Punch

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If you think today's political insults are nasty, consider these mud bombs hurled at Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Pierce and Grover Cleveland, respectively: "A drunken trowser-maker!" "The pimp of the White House!" "A moral leper!" John Adams was called "a blind, bald, crippled, toothless man who is a hideous hermaphroditic character....Read more

Today's Word "eructation"

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eructation \ih-ruhk-TAY-shuhn\ (noun) - The act of belching; a belch.

"Ignatius belched, the gassy eructations echoing between the walls of the alley." -- John Kennedy Toole, 'A Confederacy of Dunces'

Eructation comes from Latin eructatio , from eructare , from e- , "out" + ructare , "to belch."

Today's Word "contravene"

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contravene \kon-truh-VEEN\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To act or be counter to; to violate. 2 : To oppose in argument; to contradict.

"In 1620 most people considered the likelihood of reversing the seasons inside a building impossible, and many deemed it sacrilege, an attempt to contravene the natural order, to twist the configuration of the ...Read more

Today's Word "agon"

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agon \AH-gahn; ah-GOHN\ (noun) - A struggle or contest; conflict; especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work.

"Conflicts about moral claims are part of what it means to be human, and a political ideal stripped of sentimentality and the utopian temptation is one committed to the notion that political life is a permanent...Read more

Today's Word "discomfit"

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discomfit \dis-KUHM-fit; dis-kuhm-FIT\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To make uneasy or perplexed, or to put into a state of embarrassment; to disconcert; to upset. 2 : To thwart; to frustrate the plans of. 3 : (Archaic) To defeat in battle.

"Starr Bright was used to the attention of strangers and would have been discomfited if no one noticed her, so...Read more

Today's Word "perfunctory"

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perfunctory \pur-FUNGK-tuh-ree\ (adjective) - 1 : Done merely to carry out a duty; performed mechanically or routinely. 2 : Lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent.

"His hugs, although expansive and affectionate, did not linger, seemed perfunctory." -- Susan Bordo, 'The Male Body'

Perfunctory derives from Late Latin perfunctorius ,...Read more

 

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