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Word of the day for September 1
precocious adj
  1. Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity.
  2. Exhibiting advanced skills at an abnormally early age.

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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.

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Word of the day for September 3
sublimate v
  1. (physics): 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
turquoise n
  1. A sky-blue, greenish-blue, or greenish-gray semi-precious gemstone.
  2. A pale greenish-blue colour, like that of the gemstone.

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Word of the day for September 6
cascade v
  1. To fall as a waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
  2. To occur as a causal sequence.

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Word of the day for September 7
haggard adj
  1. Looking exhausted and unwell.
  2. Wild, untamed.

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Word of the day for September 8
predilection n
  1. Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity.

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Word of the day for September 9
benthic adj
  1. Living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean.

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Word of the day for September 10
humble v
  1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to humiliate.
  2. To make meek or lowly in mind; to make submissive.

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Word of the day for September 11
semiotics n
  1. The study of signs and symbols, especially as means of language or communication.

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Word of the day for September 12
monotone n
  1. A single unvaried tone of speech or a sound.

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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
cloister n
  1. A covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle.
  2. A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion.

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Word of the day for September 16
serendipity n
  1. A fortunate occurrence created by unanticipated luck.

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Word of the day for September 15
ingenue n
  1. An innocent, unsophisticated, naive, wholesome girl or young woman.

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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
kinkajou n
  1. A carnivorous mammal of Central America and South America with a long, prehensile tail.

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Word of the day for September 20
memento n
  1. A keepsake; an object kept as a reminder of a place or event.

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Word of the day for September 21
valetudinarian adj
  1. Of infirm health; seeking to recover health; sickly; weakly; infirm.

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Word of the day for September 22
asthenia n
  1. Weakness; loss of strength.

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Word of the day for September 23
paradiorthosis n
  1. A false correction.

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Word of the day for September 24
enticing adj
  1. Anyone or anything which entices, is alluring, attractive or charming.

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Word of the day for September 25
ochlocracy n
  1. Mob rule; government by the masses.

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Word of the day for September 26
zeugma n
  1. The act of using a word, particularly an adjective or verb, to apply to more than one noun when its sense is appropriate to only one or in different ways.

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Word of the day for September 27
dyscalculia n
  1. (pathology) Difficulty in solving mathematical problems.

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Word of the day for September 28
autodidactic adj
  1. Of, relating to, or being self-taught.

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Word of the day for September 29
xenogenetic adj
  1. Being of foreign origin; having originated elsewhere.

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Word of the day for September 30
procrustean adj
  1. Producing or designed to produce strict conformity by ruthless or arbitrary means; marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances.

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