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Word of the day for February 1
splinter v
  1. To come apart into long sharp fragments.
  2. To cause to break apart into long sharp fragments.
  3. (figuratively) To break, or cause to break, into factions.

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Word of the day for February 2
cunctation n
  1. (obsolete) Delay, hesitation, procrastination.

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Word of the day for February 3
oleaginous adj
  1. Oily, greasy.
  2. (of manner or speech) Falsely or affectedly earnest; persuasively suave.

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Word of the day for February 4
raconteur n
  1. A storyteller, especially a person noted for telling stories with skill and wit.

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Word of the day for February 5
mollycoddle v
  1. To be overprotective and indulgent toward; to pamper.

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Word of the day for February 6
fortnight n
  1. A period of fourteen nights; two weeks.

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Word of the day for February 7
desultory adj
  1. Jumping, or passing, from one thing or subject to another, without order or rational connection; without logical sequence.
  2. As a digression; not connected with the subject.

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Word of the day for February 8
revanchist adj
  1. Advocating a policy of revenge or retaliation.

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Word of the day for February 9
livery n
  1. Any distinctive identifying uniform worn by a group, such as the uniform worn by chauffeurs and male servants.
  2. The paint scheme of a vehicle or fleet of vehicles.
  3. (law) The delivery of property from one owner to the next.

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Word of the day for February 10
reproach v
  1. To criticize or rebuke someone.
  2. To disgrace, or bring shame upon someone.

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Word of the day for February 11
adjacent adj
  1. Lying next to, close, or contiguous; neighboring; bordering on.
  2. Just before, after, or facing.

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Word of the day for February 12
maugre prep
  1. (obsolete) notwithstanding; in spite of.

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Word of the day for February 13
dogma n
  1. An authoritative principle, belief, or statement of opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true.
  2. A doctrine relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth authoritatively by a religious organization or leader.

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Word of the day for February 14
callipygous adj
  1. Having shapely, beautiful buttocks.

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Word of the day for February 15
exuviate v
  1. To shed or cast off a covering, especially a skin; to slough; to moult.

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Word of the day for February 16
sobriquet n
  1. A familiar name for a person, such as a pet name or nickname.

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Word of the day for February 17
Ishikawa diagram n
  1. A diagram used in quality management to display a detailed list of causes and effects of a problem and thus to decipher the root cause of a problem.

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Word of the day for February 18
xanthous adj
  1. Yellow-brown; yolk-colored.
  2. (archaic) Pertaining to people with skin and hair that is lighter than usual for their race or ethnicity.

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Word of the day for February 19
atone v
  1. To make reparation, compensation, or amends, for an offence or a crime one has committed.

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Word of the day for February 20
herptile n
  1. (biology, especially ecology) A reptile or amphibian.

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Word of the day for February 21
perfunctory adj
  1. Performed out of routine and with little care.

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Word of the day for February 22
moniker n
  1. A personal name or nickname.

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Word of the day for February 23
banyan n
  1. A tropical Indian fig tree, Ficus bengalensis, that has many aerial roots.

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Word of the day for February 24
lope v
  1. To travel an easy pace with long strides.

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Word of the day for February 25
plenary adj
  1. Fully attended; for everyone's attendance.
  2. (theology or law) Complete, entire.

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Word of the day for February 26
encomium n
  1. Warm praise, especially a formal expression of such praise; a tribute.

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Word of the day for February 27
penny for your thoughts phrase
  1. (idiomatic) A phrase used to inquire into the thoughts and feelings of another, especially when the person appears pensive or conflicted.

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Word of the day for February 28
Tom Jones n
  1. (rare) A desirable man of loose morals, prone to having sex with many women.

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