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Word of the day for January 1
reiterate v
  1. To say or do (something) for a second time, such as for emphasis.
  2. To say or do (something) repeatedly.

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Word of the day for January 2
contretemps n
  1. An unforeseen, inopportune, or embarrassing event.

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Word of the day for January 3
bombastic adj
  1. (of a person, their language or writing) Pompous or overly wordy.
  2. High-sounding but with little meaning.
  3. (archaic) Inflated, overfilled.

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Word of the day for January 4
steerageway n
  1. (nautical) The minimum speed of a ship, below which she does not answer the helm and cannot be steered.

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Word of the day for January 5
desecrate v
  1. To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something.
  2. To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
  3. To inappropriately change.

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Word of the day for January 6
incunabulum n
  1. A book, single sheet, or image that was printed in Europe before the year 1501.

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Word of the day for January 7
perspicacious adj
  1. Of acute discernment; having keen insight; mentally perceptive.

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Word of the day for January 8
hinder v
  1. To keep back; to delay or impede.
  2. To make difficult to accomplish.

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Word of the day for January 9
asinine adj
  1. Failing to exercise intelligence or judgment.
  2. Of or relating to a donkey.

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Word of the day for January 10
great unwashed n
  1. (idiomatic) A contemptuous term for the populace, particularly the working class.

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Word of the day for January 11
malodorous adj
  1. Having a bad smell.

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Word of the day for January 12
browbeat v
  1. To bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way.

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Word of the day for January 13
hostler n
  1. A person employed at an inn, hostelry, or stable to look after horses; a groom.

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Word of the day for January 14
teratoid adj
  1. (genetics, medicine) Monster-like, exhibiting abnormal development.

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Word of the day for January 15
epenthesis n
  1. (linguistics) The insertion of a phoneme, letter, or syllable into a word, usually to satisfy the phonological constraints of a language or poetic context.

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Word of the day for January 16
contumacious adj
  1. Contemptuous of authority; willfully disobedient; rebellious.

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Word of the day for January 17
accentuate v
  1. To pronounce with an accent or vocal stress.
  2. To bring out distinctly; to make prominent; to emphasize.

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Word of the day for January 18
peripatetic n
  1. One who walks about; a pedestrian; an itinerant.

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Word of the day for January 19
impecunious adj
  1. Lacking money.

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Word of the day for January 20
redolent adj
  1. Fragrant or aromatic; having a sweet scent.
  2. Having the smell of.
  3. (idiomatic) Suggestive or reminiscent.

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Word of the day for January 21
bastion n
  1. A projecting part of a rampart or other fortification.
  2. A well-fortified position; a stronghold or citadel.
  3. (figurative) A person, or group, who strongly defends some principle.

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Word of the day for January 22
genuflect v
  1. To bend the knee, as in servitude or worship; grovel.

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Word of the day for January 23
crwth n
  1. (historic, UK) An archaic stringed instrument associated particularly with Wales.

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Word of the day for January 24
lackadaisical adj
  1. Showing no interest or enthusiasm.

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Word of the day for January 25
prehensile adj
  1. Able to take hold of and clasp objects; adapted for grasping especially by wrapping around an object.

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Word of the day for January 26
nepotism n
  1. The favoring of relatives or personal friends because of their relationship rather than because of their abilities.

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Word of the day for January 27
autological adj
  1. (grammar) Of an adjective, describing itself.

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Word of the day for January 28
skedaddle v
  1. To move or run away quickly; to flee.

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Word of the day for January 29
jeremiad n
  1. A long speech or prose work that bitterly laments the state of society and its morals, and often contains a prophecy of its coming downfall.

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Word of the day for January 30
dichotomous adj
  1. Dividing or branching into two equal pieces.

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Word of the day for January 31
vignette n
  1. A decorative design, originally representing vine branches or tendrils.
  2. (by extension) Any small borderless picture in a book, especially an engraving, photograph, or the like, which vanishes gradually at the edge.
  3. (by extension) A short story that presents a scene or tableau, or paints a picture.

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