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Word of the day for September 1
brazen-faced adj
  1. Impudent; open and without shame
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Word of the day for September 2
hedonism n
  1. (philosophy): The belief that pleasure or happiness is the highest good in life.
  2. A lifestyle based on or implying hedonism
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Word of the day for September 3
sublimate v
  1. (chemistry): To change state from a solid to a gas (or from a gas to a solid) without passing through the liquid state.
  2. To redirect the natural expression of a sexual or primitive instinct in a socially acceptable activity
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Word of the day for September 4
caesura n
  1. A a pause or interruption in a poem, music, building or other work of art.
  2. In Classical prosody, using two words to divide a metrical foot
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Word of the day for September 5
nemorous adj
  1. Full of trees, dark with shady groves
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Word of the day for September 6
sidereal adj
  1. Pertaining to the stars.
  2. (astronomy): Pertaining to a measurement of time made relative to the position of the stars
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Word of the day for September 7
ameliorate v
  1. To make better, to improve; to heal or solve a problem
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Word of the day for September 8
funambulate v
  1. To walk on ropes; to tightrope-walk
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Word of the day for September 9
phantasmagoria n
  1. A series of events involving rapid changes in light intensity and colour.
  2. A dreamlike state where real and imagined elements are blurred together
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Word of the day for September 10
galvanise v
  1. To To shock or stimulate into sudden activity.
  2. To coat with rust-resistant zinc.
  3. (chemistry): To coat with a thin layer of metal by electrochemical means
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Word of the day for September 11
deasil adv
  1. Clockwise; following the direction of the sun's movement.
  2. Turning towards the right
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Word of the day for September 12
pontificate v
  1. To to speak at length or be unnecessarily wordy, often in a patronizing or pompous manner.
  2. To express one's position as if it is absolutely right.
  3. To preside, as at a religious ceremony
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Word of the day for September 13
fermata n
  1. (music): A notation to hold a note for longer than its usual duration, until the conductor cuts it off
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Word of the day for September 14
clandestine adj
  1. Done or kept in secret, sometimes to conceal an illicit or improper purpose
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Word of the day for September 15
mete v
  1. To measure.
  2. To dispense punishment or suffering
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Word of the day for September 16
vicarious adj
  1. Experienced or gained through someone else; done by watching or reading rather than through personal experience
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Word of the day for September 17
diphthong n
  1. (phonetics): A complex vowel sound that begins with the sound of one vowel and ends with the sound of another vowel
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Word of the day for September 18
ardor n
  1. Great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion
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Word of the day for September 19
reconnoiter v
  1. To survey something (generally an enemy's land and position)
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Word of the day for September 20
internecine adj
  1. Mutually destructive, most often applied to warfare.
  2. Struggle within a group, usually applied to an ethnic or familial relationship
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Word of the day for September 21
thaumaturgy n
  1. The working of miracles.
  2. Magic, witchcraft, wizardry
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Word of the day for September 22
expectorate v
  1. To cough up fluid from the lungs.
  2. To spit
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Word of the day for September 23
nadir n
  1. (astronomy): The point of the celestial sphere, directly opposite the zenith.
  2. The lowest point; time of greatest depression
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Word of the day for September 24
quaquaversal adj
  1. Going off in all directions at once
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Word of the day for September 25
exiguous adj
  1. Extremely scanty; meager
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Word of the day for September 26
synecdoche n
  1. A form of metaphor, whereby an inclusive term stands for something included, or vice versa
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Word of the day for September 27
bellwether n
  1. Anything that indicates future trends
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Word of the day for September 28
wroth adj
  1. Full of anger; wrathful
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Word of the day for September 29
assuage v
  1. To lessen the intensity of; to pacify; to soothe
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Word of the day for September 30
southpaw n
  1. A left-handed person, especially in sports
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