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Word of the day for November 1
sanctify v
  1. To make holy; to consecrate; to set aside for sacred or ceremonial use.
  2. To free from sin; to purify.
  3. To endorse with religious sanction.

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Word of the day for November 2
frisson n
  1. A sudden surge of excitement.
  2. A shiver.

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Word of the day for November 3
atavistic adj
  1. (biology) Of a trait reappearing after an absence of one or more generations due to a chance combination of genes.
  2. Of a throwback or exhibiting primitivism.

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Word of the day for November 4
waspish adj
  1. Suggestive of the behaviour of a wasp.
  2. Spiteful or irascible.

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Word of the day for November 5
klatch n
  1. An informal social gathering, especially for the purpose of conversation.

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Word of the day for November 6
doodle v
  1. To draw or scribble (something) aimlessly.

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Word of the day for November 7
monophthongal adj
  1. Of or pertaining to a vowel that has the same sound throughout its pronunciation.
  2. Pronounced as a single vowel sound, especially of vowels normally pronounced as a diphthong.

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Word of the day for November 8
psychosomatic adj
  1. Pertaining to physical diseases, symptoms, etc. which have mental causes.
  2. (now rare) Pertaining to both the mind and the body.

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Word of the day for November 9
charabanc n
  1. A horse-drawn, and then later, motorized omnibus with open sides and, often, no roof.

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Word of the day for November 10
opine v
  1. To hold or state as an opinion.

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Word of the day for November 11
lunette n
  1. A small opening in a vaulted roof of a circular or crescent shape.
  2. A crescent-shaped recess or void in the space above a window or door.

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Word of the day for November 12
enchorial adj
  1. Indigenous, native.
  2. Of, relating to, or written in the vulgar form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.

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Word of the day for November 13
maxim n
  1. A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct.

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Word of the day for November 14
traipse v
  1. To walk about, especially when expending much effort.

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Word of the day for November 15
cerebral adj
  1. (anatomy) Of, or relating to the brain, especially the cerebral cortex of the brain.
  2. Intellectual rather than emotional.

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Word of the day for November 16
rhonchus n
  1. A dry rattling sound heard during breathing, due to deposits in the bronchial tubes.

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Word of the day for November 17
idiomatic adj
  1. Pertaining or conforming to the mode of expression characteristic of a language.
  2. Resembling or characteristic of an idiom.

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Word of the day for November 18
buttress v
  1. To support something physically with, or as if with, a prop or buttress.
  2. To support something or someone by supplying evidence; to corroborate or substantiate.

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Word of the day for November 19
frenetic adj
  1. Fast, frantic, harried, or frenzied.

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Word of the day for November 20
Jezebel n
  1. An evil, scheming, or shameless woman; an immoral woman.

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Word of the day for November 21
plicate adj
  1. Folded lengthwise, especially in multiple in parallel sections; corrugated.

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Word of the day for November 22
leaven v
  1. To add an agent, such as yeast, used to make dough rise.
  2. To cause to rise by fermentation.

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Word of the day for November 23
gestalt n
  1. A collection of entities that creates a unified concept, configuration, or pattern which is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Word of the day for November 24
claptrap n
  1. Empty verbiage or nonsense.

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Word of the day for November 25
shill v
  1. To promote or endorse in return for payment, especially dishonestly.

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Word of the day for November 26
limbate adj
  1. (biology, paleontology) Having a distinct edge; bordered.

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Word of the day for November 27
wallflower n
  1. Any of several short-lived herbs or shrubs of the genus Erysimum with bright yellow to red flowers.
  2. A person who is socially awkward, especially one who does not dance at a party due to shyness.

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Word of the day for November 28
astrobleme n
  1. A pit-like structure created by an impacting meteoroid, asteroid or comet.

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Word of the day for November 29
languish v
  1. To lose strength and become weak; to be in a state of weakness or sickness.
  2. To pine away in longing for something; to have low spirits, especially from lovesickness.
  3. To live in miserable or disheartening conditions.
  4. To be neglected; to make little progress, be unsuccessful.

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Word of the day for November 30
sartorial adj
  1. Of or relating to the tailoring of clothing.
  2. Of or relating to the quality of dress.

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