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Word of the day for May 1
mayday interj
  1. An expression used by aircraft and shipping to call for help or assistance.

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2

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Word of the day for May 2
cogent adj
  1. Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence.
  2. Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning.

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Word of the day for May 3
rax v
  1. To stretch after sleep.
  2. To stretch, to reach out, to hand.

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Word of the day for May 4
flourish n
  1. A dramatic gesture, such as the waving of a flag.
  2. An ornamentation.
  3. (music) A ceremonious passage, such as a fanfare.

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Word of the day for May 5
bogus adj
  1. Counterfeit or fake; not genuine.
  2. Undesirable or harmful.
  3. Incorrect, useless, or broken.

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Word of the day for May 6
umpteenth num
  1. (informal) Occurring in a relatively large but unspecified position in a sequence.

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Word of the day for May 7
deicide n
  1. The killing of a god or goddess.
  2. The killer of a god or goddess.

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Word of the day for May 8
overshorten v
  1. To shorten too much; to make excessively or inappropriately short.

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Word of the day for May 9
theosophic adj
  1. Of or pertaining to a philosophy that holds that all religions have a portion of the truth.

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Word of the day for May 10
evoke v
  1. To cause the manifestation of something (emotion, picture, etc.) in someone's mind or imagination.

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Word of the day for May 11
neither determ
  1. Not one of two; not either.

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Word of the day for May 12
couple-close n
  1. (heraldry) A diminutive of the chevron, always borne in closely placed pairs.

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Word of the day for May 13
turncoat n
  1. A traitor; one who turns against a previous affiliation or allegiance.

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Word of the day for May 14
gubernatorial adj
  1. Of or pertaining to a governor.

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Word of the day for May 15
pleased as Punch adj
  1. (colloquial) Pleased with one's own actions or achievements.

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Word of the day for May 16
insofar as conj
  1. To the extent that.

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Word of the day for May 17
doge n
  1. The chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa.

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Word of the day for May 18
windmill v
  1. To rotate with a sweeping motion.

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Word of the day for May 19
Ruritanian adj
  1. Of or having the characteristics of adventure, romance, and intrigue, as in works of romantic fiction.
  2. Used to describe a fictitious and generic foreign government or person, as used to state a general or hypothetical situation.

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Word of the day for May 20
kinematic adj
  1. Of or relating to motion or to kinematics.

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Word of the day for May 21
don't shoot the messenger proverb
  1. The bearer of bad news should not be held accountable for the bad news.

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Word of the day for May 22
reveille n
  1. The sounding of a bugle or drum early in the morning to awaken soldiers.

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Word of the day for May 23
macaronic adj
  1. (archaic) Jumbled, mixed.
  2. (literature) Written in a hodgepodge mixture of two or more languages.

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Word of the day for May 24
egalitarian adj
  1. Characterized by social equality and equal rights for all people.

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Word of the day for May 25
abjectly adv
  1. With great shame, desperately; in an abject fashion.

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Word of the day for May 26
you-know-who pron
  1. Person or entity whose name one does not want to mention but which is known to the person to whom one is speaking.

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Word of the day for May 27
incubus n
  1. An evil spirit supposed to oppress people while asleep, especially to have sex with women as they sleep.
  2. A feeling of oppression during sleep; night terrors, a nightmare.
  3. Any oppressive thing or person; a burden.

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Word of the day for May 28
vote with one's feet v
  1. To express one's preferences through one's actions, by participating in or voluntarily withdrawing from an activity, group, or process.

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Word of the day for May 29
life of Riley n
  1. An ideal life of carefree prosperity and contentment.

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Word of the day for May 30
henpeck v
  1. (chiefly by a wife) To nag persistently.

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Word of the day for May 31
sans prep
  1. Without, lacking.

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