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Word of the day for December 1
abstemiously adv
  1. Marked by abstinence or restraint, especially in relation to food or drink

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Word of the day for December 2
carry the message to Garcia v
  1. To perform a requisite task despite obstacles

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Word of the day for December 3
effectually adv
  1. In such a way as to achieve a desired result; effectively

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Word of the day for December 4
grimalkin n
  1. A cat, especially an elderly female.
  2. An old, bad-tempered woman; a crone

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Word of the day for December 5
inevitably adv
  1. In a manner that is impossible to avoid or prevent; as expected.
  2. As usual; predictably

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Word of the day for December 6
kick the bucket v
  1. (idiomatic, euphemism) To die

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Word of the day for December 7
matter-of-factly adv
  1. As though stating a fact.
  2. As though the situation is normal and not unusual

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Word of the day for December 8
oblation n
  1. The offering of worship, thanks etc. to a deity.
  2. A deed or gift offered charitably

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Word of the day for December 9
resoundingly adv
  1. With a loud, resonant sound.
  2. (by extension) Emphatically, so as to be celebrated

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Word of the day for December 10
thunderstruck adj
  1. Astonished, amazed or so suddenly surprised as to be unable to speak

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Word of the day for December 11
verbatim adv
  1. Word for word; in exactly the same words as were used originally

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Word of the day for December 12
dot the i's and cross the t's v
  1. (idiomatic) To take care of every detail, even minor ones; to be meticulous or thorough

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Word of the day for December 13
bibulously adv
  1. Drunkenly; as if intoxicated

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Word of the day for December 14
dodecahedron n
  1. (geometry) A polyhedron with twelve faces; the regular dodecahedron has twelve regular pentagons as faces

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Word of the day for December 15
fatuously adv
  1. With smug stupidity; idiotically

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Word of the day for December 16
lambent adj
  1. Brushing or flickering gently over a surface.
  2. Glowing or luminous, but lacking heat.
  3. Clever or talented without effort

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Word of the day for December 17
just in case adv
  1. (idiomatic) In the event; should there be a need

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Word of the day for December 18
hymnody n
  1. The writing, composing, or singing of hymns or psalms.
  2. The hymns of a particular church or of a particular time

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Word of the day for December 19
nebulously adv
  1. (idiomatic) Vaguely, without clear purpose or specific intention.
  2. In a manner like that of a cloud or haze.
  3. As if viewed through a cloud or haze

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Word of the day for December 20
piping hot adj
  1. (idiomatic) Very hot; originally from a literary comparison in The Canterbury Tales

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Word of the day for December 21
sheepishly adv
  1. Meekly; self-consciously; with embarrassment

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Word of the day for December 22
ursine adj
  1. Of or relating to bears.
  2. Having the appearance or characteristics of a bear

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Word of the day for December 23
with bated breath adv
  1. (idiomatic) Eagerly; with great anticipation

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Word of the day for December 24
workshop n
  1. A small room where things are manufactured, or light industrial work is done.
  2. A brief intensive course of education for a small group

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Word of the day for December 25
nativity n
  1. Birth; the place, time and circumstances of a birth

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Word of the day for December 26
piecemeal adv
  1. Piece by piece; in small amounts, stages, or degrees.
  2. Into pieces or parts.

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Word of the day for December 27
snowclone n
  1. A type of cliché which uses an old idiom formulaically in a new context

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Word of the day for December 28
querulously adv
  1. With grumbling, complaining, or whining

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Word of the day for December 29
hogan n
  1. A one-room Navajo dwelling or ceremonial lodge

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Word of the day for December 30
jubilantly adv
  1. With jubilation or triumph.

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Word of the day for December 31
disco ball n
  1. A mirrored sphere designed to slowly rotate while suspended from the ceiling

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