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Word of the day for December 1
hebetude n
  1. Mental lethargy or dullness.

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Word of the day for December 2
sententious adj
  1. (obsolete) Full of meaning.
  2. Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.
  3. Tending to use aphorisms, especially given to trite moralizing.

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Word of the day for December 3
flaneur n
  1. One who wanders aimlessly, who roams, who travels at a lounging pace.

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Word of the day for December 4
piffle v
  1. To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner.

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Word of the day for December 5
consternation n
  1. Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement.

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Word of the day for December 6
maudlin adj
  1. Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; self-pitying.
  2. Affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, such as from drunkenness.

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Word of the day for December 7
animadversion n
  1. A criticism; a critical remark.

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Word of the day for December 8
John Lennon glasses n
  1. A pair of eyeglasses (spectacles) with round lenses.

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Word of the day for December 9
comport v
  1. To be in agreement (with); to be of an accord.
  2. (reflexive) To behave (in a given manner).

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Word of the day for December 10
intempestivity n
  1. Unseasonability; untimeliness.

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Word of the day for December 11
undownable adj
  1. Undeniably important; describing that which cannot be played down or ignored.
  2. Invincible; describing that which cannot be brought down or overcome.

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Word of the day for December 12
ideogram n
  1. A symbol which represents the idea of something without indicating the sequence of sounds used to pronounce it.

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Word of the day for December 13
tussock n
  1. A tuft or clump of green grass or similar verdure, forming a small hillock.

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Word of the day for December 14
ascribe v
  1. To attribute; to impute; to refer, as to a cause.

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Word of the day for December 15
pensive adj
  1. Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.
  2. Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness.

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Word of the day for December 16
bookish adj
  1. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with people; learned from books.
  2. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books.

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Word of the day for December 17
don't look a gift horse in the mouth proverb
  1. Do not unappreciatively question a gift or handout too closely.

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Word of the day for December 18
poltroon n
  1. An ignoble or arrant coward; a dastard; a mean-spirited wretch.

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Word of the day for December 19
contiguous adj
  1. Connected; touching; abutting.
  2. Adjacent; neighbouring.
  3. Connecting without a break.

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Word of the day for December 20
stertorously adv
  1. With heavy breathing, as if snoring; in a stertorous manner.

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Word of the day for December 21
frowst v
  1. To enjoy a warm, stuffy room.

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Word of the day for December 22
altruistic adj
  1. Regardful of others; beneficent; unselfish.

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Word of the day for December 23
dulse n
  1. A seaweed of a reddish-brown color (Palmaria palmata) which is sometimes eaten.

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Word of the day for December 24
unobtrusively adv
  1. In an unobtrusive manner; in a manner that is not noticeable or blatant.

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Word of the day for December 25
chiliasm n
  1. Belief in an earthly thousand-year period of peace and prosperity, sometimes equated with the return of Jesus for that period.

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Word of the day for December 26
supernal adj
  1. Pertaining to heaven or to the sky; celestial.
  2. Exalted, exquisite, superlative.

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Word of the day for December 27
inexorably adv
  1. In an inexorable manner; without the possibility of stopping or preventing.

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Word of the day for December 28
fiddle v
  1. To play aimlessly.
  2. To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc.
  3. To play the violin.

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Word of the day for December 29
impetuous adj
  1. Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner.
  2. Characterized by sudden and violent force.

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Word of the day for December 30
monochrome n
  1. A black and white image, especially a photograph.
  2. A ceramic glaze of a single colour, or an object so glazed.
  3. (dated) A painting executed in shades of a single colour.

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Word of the day for December 31
ancillary adj
  1. Subordinate; secondary; auxiliary; accessory.

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