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Word of the day for March 1
cantankerous adj
  1. Stubborn, cranky, or surly.

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Word of the day for March 2
remonstrate v
  1. To formally protest, object to, or rebel against.

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Word of the day for March 3
orthoepy n
  1. The correct pronunciation of words.
  2. The study of correct pronunciation.

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Word of the day for March 4
tetromino n
  1. (geometry) A polyomino made up of four squares.

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Word of the day for March 5
weird adj
  1. Strange, unusual, bizarre.
  2. Having supernatural powers over human destiny.

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Word of the day for March 6
dissemble v
  1. To disguise or conceal something; to feign.
  2. To deliberately ignore something; to pretend not to notice.
  3. To falsely hide one's opinions or feelings.

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Word of the day for March 7
upbraid v
  1. To charge with something wrong or disgraceful; to reproach.
  2. To reprove severely; to chide.

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Word of the day for March 8
portmanteau n
  1. A large travelling case usually made of leather, and opening into two equal sections.
  2. (linguistics) A word formed which combines the meanings of two words by combining the words themselves.

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Word of the day for March 9
ethereal adj
  1. Pertaining to the hypothetical upper, purer air, or to the higher regions beyond the earth or atmosphere; celestial.
  2. Delicate, light and airy.

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Word of the day for March 10
stentorian adj
  1. (of a voice) Loud, powerful, booming; suitable for giving speeches to large crowds.

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Word of the day for March 11
mutter v
  1. To utter words, especially complaints or angry expressions, indistinctly or with a low voice and lips partly closed; to say under one's breath.

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Word of the day for March 12
congeries n
  1. A collection or aggregation of disparate items.

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Word of the day for March 13
solace n
  1. Comfort or consolation in a time of distress.
  2. A source of comfort or consolation.

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Word of the day for March 14
digress v
  1. To step or turn aside; to deviate; especially, to turn aside from the main subject in writing or speaking.

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Word of the day for March 15
enshrine v
  1. (transitive) To enclose (a sacred relic etc.) in a shrine or chest.
  2. (transitive) To preserve or cherish (something) as though in a shrine; to preserve or contain, especially with some reverence.

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Word of the day for March 16
bone of contention n
  1. Something that continues to be disputed; an issue on which no agreement can be reached.

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Word of the day for March 17
limerick n
  1. A humorous, often bawdy verse of five anapestic lines, with the rhyme scheme aabba.

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Word of the day for March 18
gnash v
  1. To grind one's teeth in pain or in anger.

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Word of the day for March 19
ogive n
  1. (architecture) A Gothic pointed arch, or a rib of a Gothic vault.
  2. (ballistics) The pointed, curved nose of a bullet, missile, or rocket
  3. (mathematics) The curve of a cumulative distribution function.

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Word of the day for March 20
contemn v
  1. To treat or regard with contempt.

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Word of the day for March 21
supercilious adj
  1. Arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.

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Word of the day for March 22
procure v
  1. To acquire or obtain an item, usually through extra effort.

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Word of the day for March 23
zugzwang n
  1. (chess) A situation in which one is forced to make a move that will be disadvantageous.

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Word of the day for March 24
frugal adj
  1. Economical; thrifty; avoiding waste.

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Word of the day for March 25
pusillanimous adj
  1. Faint of heart; cowardly; contemptibly timid.

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Word of the day for March 26
harbinger n
  1. A person or thing whose arrival foretells the coming of someone or something.

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Word of the day for March 27
spirit away v
  1. To remove something without anyone noticing.

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Word of the day for March 28
negligibly adv
  1. To a degree that is negligible; so small or slight that it may be ignored.

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Word of the day for March 29
jactitation n
  1. Bragging or boasting, especially in a false manner to another's detriment.
  2. (medicine) Restless twitching or tossing in bed.

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Word of the day for March 30
impute v
  1. To assign or ascribe fault.
  2. To attribute or credit responsibility.

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Word of the day for March 31
laconic adj
  1. Using as few words as possible to communicate much; pithy and concise.

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