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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
oniomania n
  1. (psychology) An abnormal impulse to buy things, or a condition characterised by such impulses.

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Word of the day for January 6
circumbendibus n
  1. (often humorous) A roundabout route or process.
  2. (often humorous) A roundabout, indirect, or confusing manner of speech or writing
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Word of the day for January 7
hoo-ha n

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Word of the day for January 8
centiday n
  1. One one-hundredth (1/100) of one day; that is, 14 minutes and 24 seconds.

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Word of the day for January 9
neither fish, flesh, nor good red herring adj
  1. (idiomatic) Unsuitable for anyone or anything; unfit for any purpose.

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Word of the day for January 10
prodigy n
  1. An amazing or marvellous thing.
  2. An extremely talented person, especially a child.

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Word of the day for January 11
rictus n
  1. A bird's gaping mouth.
  2. Any open-mouthed expression.

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Word of the day for January 12
fiduciary n
  1. (law) One who holds a thing in trust for another; a trustee.

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Word of the day for January 13
antepenultimate adj
  1. Two before the last, i.e., the one immediately before the penultimate, in a series.

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Word of the day for January 14
go hand in hand v
  1. (idiomatic) Of two things, to be closely related or to go together well.

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Word of the day for January 15
transfenestrate v
  1. To eject or throw (someone or something) through a closed window.

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Word of the day for January 16
twenty-five/eight adv
  1. (colloquial, hyperbolic) Unceasingly.

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Word of the day for January 17
abecedarian n
  1. One who is learning the alphabet.
  2. One who is a beginner in some field.

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Word of the day for January 18
septempartite adj
  1. Divided or separated into seven parts or sections.

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Word of the day for January 19
dysphoria n
  1. A state of feeling unwell or unhappy; a feeling of emotional and mental discomfort and suffering from restlessness, malaise, depression or anxiety.

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Word of the day for January 20
derring-do n
  1. Valiant deeds in desperate times.

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Word of the day for January 21
phobosophy n
  1. The fear of abstract knowledge or philosophical thinking; anti-philosophy.

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Word of the day for January 22
aghast adj
  1. Terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or horror.

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Word of the day for January 23
nincompoop n
  1. A silly or foolish person.

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Word of the day for January 24
manumit v
  1. To release from slavery, to free.

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Word of the day for January 25
quacksalver n
  1. One falsely claiming to possess medical or other skills, especially one who dispenses potions, ointments, etc. supposedly having curative powers.

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Word of the day for January 26
ding-dong ditch v
  1. (US, Canadian) To perform a children's prank in which a doorbell of a house is rung, and then the pranksters run away before the occupants of the house open the door..

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Word of the day for January 27
dubitation n
  1. The process of doubting or the state of being in doubt; hesitation, uncertainty.
  2. A pang or expression of doubt.

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Word of the day for January 28
putsch n
  1. A coup; an illegal effort to forcibly overthrow the current government.

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Word of the day for January 29
spuria npl
  1. Spurious things; especially, a counterfeit or forged written work or one of doubtful attribution.

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Word of the day for January 30
indign adj
  1. (archaic) Unworthy, undeserving.

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Word of the day for January 31
caltrop n
  1. A small, metal object with spikes arranged so that, when thrown onto the ground, one always faces up as a threat to passers-by.

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