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Word of the day for October 1
cosmopolitan adj
  1. (of a place) Composed of people from all over the world.
  2. (of a person) At ease in any part of the world.
  3. (of a plant) Growing in many parts of the world; widely distributed
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Word of the day for October 2
synchronize v
  1. To make two or more events happen at exactly the same time, or at the same rate
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Word of the day for October 3
kindle v
  1. To start a fire or light a flame.
  2. To arouse or inspire
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Word of the day for October 4
febrile adj
  1. Feverish, or having a high temperature.
  2. Full of nervous energy
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Word of the day for October 5
pseudonym n
  1. A fictitious name, often used by writers
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Word of the day for October 6
disavow v
  1. To refuse strongly and solemnly to own or acknowledge
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Word of the day for October 7
odious adj
  1. Arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure
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Word of the day for October 8
anathema n
  1. A ban or curse pronounced with religious solemnity by church authority.
  2. Any person or thing anathematized, or cursed by ecclesiatical authority.
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Word of the day for October 9
sesquipedalian adj
  1. Of long words, polysyllabic.
  2. Given to the use of long words; long-winded
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Word of the day for October 10
harangue v
  1. To give a forceful and lengthy lecture or criticism to another person
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Word of the day for October 11
mountebank n
  1. One who sells by deception; a con artist; a charlatan
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Word of the day for October 12
ersatz adj
  1. Made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality
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Word of the day for October 13
triskaidekaphobia n
  1. Fear, hate, or dislike of the number thirteen (13).
  2. Fear of Friday the 13th
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Word of the day for October 14
solecism n
  1. An error in the use of language, especially an error concerning etiquette.
  2. Any faux pas involving a transgression against the norms of expected behavior
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Word of the day for October 15
reticent adj
  1. Keeping one's thoughts and opinions to oneself; reserved or restrained
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Word of the day for October 16
gild the lily phrase
  1. To embellish something that does not need it
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Word of the day for October 17
cavalcade n
  1. A company of riders.
  2. A parade
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Word of the day for October 18
nth adj
  1. (mathematics): Occurring at position n in a sequence.
  2. Occurring in a relatively large but unspecified position in a series
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Word of the day for October 19
ensconce v
  1. To place in a safe or secure environment
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Word of the day for October 20
iconoclast n
  1. One who opposes orthodoxy and religion.
  2. One who attacks cherished beliefs
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Word of the day for October 21
renege v
  1. To break a promise or commitment.
  2. (cards): To break one's commitment to follow suit when capable
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Word of the day for October 22
doctored adj
  1. Altered or falsified.
  2. Repaired, as by a doctor
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Word of the day for October 23
zeitgeist n
  1. The spirit of the age; the taste, outlook, and spirit characteristic of a period
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Word of the day for October 24
maunder v
  1. To speak in a disorganized or desultory manner; to babble or ramble.
  2. To wander or walk aimlessly
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Word of the day for October 25
bawdily adv
  1. In a bawdy manner; done lewdly or obscenely with humorous intent
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Word of the day for October 26
technobabble n
  1. Technical or scientific language used to convey a false impression of meaningful technical or scientific content
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Word of the day for October 27
idyllic adj
  1. Extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque
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Word of the day for October 28
anguine adj
  1. Pertaining to snakes or serpents; snakelike
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Word of the day for October 29
for crying out loud interj
  1. Expresses frustration, exasperation or annoyance
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Word of the day for October 30
flabbergasted adj
  1. Appalled, amazed or stunned
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Word of the day for October 31
sinister adj
  1. Evil or seeming to be evil.
  2. Of the left side
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