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Word of the day for January 1
vociferation n
  1. The act of exclaiming; violent outcry; vehement utterance of the voice.

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Word of the day for January 2
contumelious adj
  1. Rudely contemptuous; showing contumely; insolent or disdainful.

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Word of the day for January 3
judder v
  1. To spasm; to shake violently.

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Word of the day for January 4
selcouth adj
  1. (obsolete) Strange, unusual, rare; marvellous, wondrous.

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Word of the day for January 5
mettle n
  1. A quality of endurance and courage.
  2. Good temperament and character.

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Word of the day for January 6
exigent adj
  1. Urgent; needing immediate action.
  2. Demanding; needing great effort.

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Word of the day for January 7
smudge v
  1. To obscure by blurring; to smear.
  2. To soil or smear with dirt.
  3. To use dense smoke to protect from insects.

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Word of the day for January 8
asseveration n
  1. An earnest affirmation or declaration of support.

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Word of the day for January 9
in the swim adj
  1. (idiomatic) Actively participating in the flow of events; very involved.

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Word of the day for January 10
meidan n
  1. An expanse of open space in or by a city or town.

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Word of the day for January 11
Sapphic adj
  1. Relating to the Greek poet Sappho or her poetry.
  2. Relating to lesbianism; lesbian.

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Word of the day for January 12
insignia n
  1. A patch or other object that indicates a person's official or military rank, or membership in a group or organization.
  2. A symbol or token of personal power, status, or office, or of an official body of government or jurisdiction.

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Word of the day for January 13
acervate adj
  1. (botany) Heaped; growing in heaps or in closely compacted clusters.

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Word of the day for January 14
occult v
  1. (astronomy) To cover or hide from view.

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Word of the day for January 15
damask n
  1. An ornate silk fabric originating from Damascus.
  2. A damask rose.
  3. A grayish-pink color, like that of the damask rose.

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Word of the day for January 16
heinous adj
  1. Totally reprehensible, horrible, wicked.

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Word of the day for January 17
parataxis n
  1. Speech or writing in which clauses or phrases are placed together without being separated by conjunctions, for example "I came; I saw; I conquered".
  2. The juxtaposition of two images or fragments, usually starkly dissimilar, without a clear connection.

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Word of the day for January 18
karst n
  1. (geology) A type of land formation, usually with many caves formed through the dissolving of limestone by underground drainage.

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Word of the day for January 19
disdain v
  1. To regard (someone or something) with strong contempt.

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Word of the day for January 20
transmontane adj
  1. Of or relating to the other side of the mountains.

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Word of the day for January 21
beneficiary n
  1. (law) One who benefits from the distribution, especially of an estate.

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Word of the day for January 22
inane adj
  1. Lacking sense or meaning (often implying, "to the point of boredom or annoyance").

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Word of the day for January 23
tsuris n
  1. (US, colloquial) Problems or troubles.

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Word of the day for January 24
at loggerheads adj
  1. (figuratively) Unable to agree; opposing.

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Word of the day for January 25
copacetic adj
  1. (US) Fine, excellent.

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Word of the day for January 26
furcate v
  1. To fork or branch out.

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Word of the day for January 27
ratiocinative adj
  1. Pertaining to reasoning; rational.

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Word of the day for January 28
bier n
  1. A litter to transport the corpse of a dead person
  2. A platform or stand where a body or coffin is placed.

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Word of the day for January 29
usher v
  1. To guide people to their seats.
  2. To accompany or escort (someone).
  3. (figuratively) To precede; to act as a forerunner or herald.

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Word of the day for January 31
sedition n
  1. The organized incitement of rebellion or civil disorder against authority or the state.
  2. Insurrection or rebellion.

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