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Word of the day for April 1
mumpsimus n
  1. A person who obstinately adheres to old ways despite clear evidence of being wrong.
  2. An obvious error that is obstinately repeated despite correction.

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Word of the day for April 2
stultify v
  1. To cause to appear foolish or incompetent.
  2. To deprive of strength or efficacy; make useless or worthless.

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Word of the day for April 3
lexeme n
  1. (linguistics) The abstract unit of vocabulary, roughly corresponding to the set of inflected forms from the same lemma.

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Word of the day for April 4
sectarian adj
  1. Of or relating to a sect.
  2. Dogmatic or partisan.
  3. Narrow-minded or bigoted.

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Word of the day for April 5
ostensibly adv
  1. Seemingly, apparently, reputedly.

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Word of the day for April 6
jettison v
  1. To eject from a watercraft or aircaft in order to lighten the load.
  2. To discard as useless or defective.

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Word of the day for April 7
hypochondriac adj
  1. Pertaining to or affected by a psychological disorder characterized by a persistent feeling that one is ill.

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Word of the day for April 8
pot calling the kettle black idiom
  1. A situation in which somebody comments on or accuses someone else of a fault which the accuser shares.

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Word of the day for April 9
capitulate v
  1. To end all resistance; to give up or surrender.

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Word of the day for April 10
torus n
  1. (geometry) A three-dimensional shape consisting of a ring with a circular cross-section.
  2. (architecture) A molding which projects at the base of a column and above the plinth.

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Word of the day for April 11
rugose adj
  1. Wrinkled; covered with creases or ridges.

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Word of the day for April 12
coquetry n
  1. Attempts to attract admiration or notice, for the mere gratification of vanity; flirting.

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Word of the day for April 13
flabellum n
  1. A large fan used for religious ceremonies.
  2. (anatomy) Any fan-shaped structure.

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Word of the day for April 14
fey adj
  1. Magical or fairylike.
  2. Doomed to die.

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Word of the day for April 15
germane adj
  1. Relevant to the topic being discussed or considered.

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Word of the day for April 16
subtlety n
  1. The quality or fact of being subtle or barely noticed.
  2. An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.
  3. An ornate medieval illusion dish, made from one thing but crafted to look like another.

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Word of the day for April 17
plutocracy n
  1. Government by the wealthy.
  2. A controlling class of the wealthy.

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Word of the day for April 18
pootle v
  1. To wander or ramble, such as by walking or riding.

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Word of the day for April 19
troglodyte n
  1. A member of a supposed prehistoric race that lived in caves or holes.
  2. (by extension) Anything that lives underground.
  3. (idiomatic) A reclusive, reactionary or out-of-date person, especially if brutish.

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Word of the day for April 20
bona fide adj
  1. Done in good faith.
  2. Genuine; not counterfeit.

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Word of the day for April 21
kink v
  1. To form a tight curl or bend in a length of thin material.

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Word of the day for April 22
contemporaneously adv
  1. In the same period of time; during the same historical era.

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Word of the day for April 23
djinn n
  1. (Islam) An invisible spirit that influences mankind by appearing in human or animal form.
  2. A supernatural being with extraordinary powers that usually takes a human form and serves its summoner; a genie.

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Word of the day for April 24
sardonic adj
  1. Scornfully mocking or cynical; disdainful.

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Word of the day for April 25
onychophagist n
  1. A person who bites his or her own fingernails.

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Word of the day for April 26
puckish adj
  1. Mischievous; impish; excessively playful.

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Word of the day for April 27
crepuscular adj
  1. Of or related to twilight.
  2. (zoology) Active at or around the time of sunset or sunrise.

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Word of the day for April 28
schism n
  1. A split or separation within a group or organization, typically caused by discord.
  2. A formal division or split within a religious body.

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Word of the day for April 29
mardy adj
  1. (UK) Sulky or whining; non-cooperative.

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Word of the day for April 30
differentiate v
  1. To show or illustrate the distinction between two things.
  2. To perceive the difference between things; to discriminate.
  3. (biology) To produce distinct organs or parts by a process of development.
  4. (mathematics) To calculate the derivative of a function.

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