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Word of the day for January 1
saturnalia n
  1. A period or occasion of general license; a period of unrestrained revelry.

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Word of the day for January 2
passim adv
  1. Throughout or frequently; used to indicate that a particular word or idea appears many times within a book or article.

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Word of the day for January 3
truculent adj
  1. Fierce, barbarous, or cruel.
  2. Harsh and scathing.
  3. Defiant, uncompromising.

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Word of the day for January 4
calligram n
  1. A word, phrase, or longer text in which the typeface or the layout has some special significance.
  2. A signature made from interwoven Arabic words.

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Word of the day for January 5
flail v
  1. To beat using a flail or similar instrument.
  2. To move or beat in the manner of using a whip or scourge.

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Word of the day for January 6
rigmarole n
  1. Complex, obsolete procedures; excess steps or activity; needless motion.
  2. Confused and incoherent talk.

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Word of the day for January 7
gormless adj
  1. (British) Lacking intelligence, sense or discernment.
  2. Naive; innocent to the point of foolishness.

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Word of the day for January 8
platitude n
  1. An often-quoted saying that is supposed to be meaningful but has become unoriginal or hackneyed through overuse.

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Word of the day for January 9
acquiesce v
  1. To rest without opposition; to accept passively or consent by silence.

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Word of the day for January 10
ennui n
  1. A state of listlessness, boredom.
  2. Melancholia, depression.

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Word of the day for January 11
loquacious adj
  1. Talkative, chatty; given to excess conversation.

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Word of the day for January 12
shutterbug n
  1. A person who makes a hobby of photography.

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Word of the day for January 13
derail v
  1. To come off the tracks.
  2. To cause to deviate from a set course or direction.

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Word of the day for January 14
gloaming n
  1. Twilight, especially at early evening.

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Word of the day for January 15
Sisyphean adj
  1. Incessantly lengthy or recurring, but futile.

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Word of the day for January 16
placate v
  1. To calm down a person or situation; to bring peace.

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Word of the day for January 17
catharsis n
  1. A release of emotional tension after an overwhelming vicarious experience.

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Word of the day for January 18
it's all Greek to me idiom
  1. I don’t understand any of this; this makes no sense.
See translations in the main entry.

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Word of the day for January 19
transmogrify v
  1. To completely alter the form of something.

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Word of the day for January 20
otiose adj
  1. Reluctant to work or to exert oneself.
  2. Having no point or reason to exist.

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Word of the day for January 21
voracious adj
  1. Wanting or devouring great quantities of food.
  2. Having a great appetite or desire for some activity.

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Word of the day for January 22
scamper v
  1. To run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful way.

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Word of the day for January 23
pemmican n
  1. A food made from meat which has been dried and beaten into a paste, mixed with berries and rendered fat, and shaped into little patties.

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Word of the day for January 24
excruciating adj
  1. Causing tortuous pain or anguish.
  2. Very intense or extreme.

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Word of the day for January 25
brandish v
  1. To move or swing a weapon back and forth.
  2. To bear something in a showy display.

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Word of the day for January 26
dado n
  1. (architecture) The section of a pedestal above the base.
  2. (architecture) The lower portion of an interior wall decorated differently from the upper portion.
  3. (carpentry) The groove in a tongue and groove board.

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Word of the day for January 27
roborant adj
  1. Invigorating, strengthening, or energizing.

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Word of the day for January 28
Johnny-come-lately n
  1. A newcomer, a novice, an upstart.

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Word of the day for January 29
thenceforth adv
  1. From that time on.

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Word of the day for January 30
circuitous adj
  1. Not direct or to the point.
  2. Of a long and winding route.

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Word of the day for January 31
miasma n
  1. A noxious atmosphere or influence.

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