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Word of the day for October 1
agape adj
  1. (of a mouth) Gaping, as with wonder, expectation, or eager attention.
  2. Open wide

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Word of the day for October 2
heterographic adj
  1. Misspelled; of or pertaining to an incorrect spelling or a spelling that differs from accepted standards.
  2. (linguistics) Of a writing system in which a particular symbol represents more than one possible sound

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Word of the day for October 3
curfew n
  1. (historical) A regulation in feudal Europe by which fires had to be covered up or put out at a certain fixed time in the evening.
  2. The evening bell, which continued to be rung in many towns after the regulation itself became obsolete.
  3. Any regulation requiring people to be off the streets and in their homes by a certain time.
  4. The time when such restriction begins

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Word of the day for October 4
proscenium n
  1. (in a modern theater) The stage area between the curtain and the orchestra.
  2. (in an ancient theater) The stage area immediately in front of the scene building

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Word of the day for October 5
inure v
  1. To cause to become accustomed to something unpleasant by prolonged exposure

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Word of the day for October 6
balmy adj
  1. Soothing or fragrant.
  2. Mild and pleasant.
  3. (US, informal) Foolish; slightly crazy or mad; eccentric

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Word of the day for October 7
firebrand n
  1. An argumentative troublemaker or revolutionary; one who agitates against the current situation.
  2. A torch or other burning stick with a flame at one end

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Word of the day for October 8
newfangled adj
  1. Contemptibly modern, unfamiliar, or different

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Word of the day for October 9
beget v
  1. To cause; to produce.
  2. To procreate or to father; to get with child

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Word of the day for October 10
lickspittle n
  1. A toady, brown noser, base sycophant.
  2. (by extension) The practice of giving empty flattery for personal gain

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Word of the day for October 11
circumspect adj
  1. Carefully aware of all circumstances; considerate of all that is pertinent

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Word of the day for October 13
palaver v
  1. To discuss with much talk

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Word of the day for October 14
gratuitously adv
  1. Freely; in the manner of a gift, without being earned.
  2. In a manner not demanded by the circumstances, without reason, justification, cause, or proof

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Word of the day for October 15
verandah n
  1. A gallery, platform, or balcony, usually roofed and often partly enclosed, extending along the outside of a building

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Word of the day for October 16
catechumen n
  1. A convert to Christianity under instruction before baptism; a young Christian preparing for confirmation

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Word of the day for October 17
tranquil adj
  1. Free from emotional or mental disturbance.
  2. Calm; without motion or sound

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Word of the day for October 18
entourage n
  1. A retinue of attendants, associates or followers

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Word of the day for October 19
jury-rig v
  1. To make an improvised rigging or assembly from whatever is available.
  2. To create a makeshift, ad hoc solution from resources at hand

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Word of the day for October 20
stage whisper n
  1. (theater) A line that is performed on stage as if it were whispered, but is spoken loud enough that the audience can hear

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Word of the day for October 21
dumbfound v
  1. To confuse and bewilder; to leave speechless

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Word of the day for October 22
palatable adj
  1. Pleasing to the taste, tasty.
  2. Tolerable, acceptable

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Word of the day for October 23
haiku n
  1. A Japanese poem of a specific form, consisting of three lines, the first and last consisting of five morae, and the second consisting of seven morae, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.
  2. A three-line poem in any language, with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven syllables in the second, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme

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Word of the day for October 24
raspy adj
  1. (of sound) Rough, raw, especially used to describe vocal quality.
  2. Irritable

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Word of the day for October 25
abigeat n
  1. (archaic) Theft of cattle in herds

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Word of the day for October 26
skimp v
  1. To slight; to do carelessly; to scamp.
  2. To make insufficient allowance for; to scant; to scrimp.
  3. To save; to be parsimonious or stingy

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Word of the day for October 27
ugly duckling n
  1. A young person who is unattractive, but who is expected to become beautiful as they mature

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Word of the day for October 28
oracular adj
  1. Of or relating to an oracle.
  2. Prophetic; foretelling the future.
  3. Ambiguous; hard to interpret

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Word of the day for October 29
warp and woof n
  1. The threads in a woven fabric, comprised of the warp (lengthwise threads) and woof (crosswise threads).
  2. (by extension) The pattern of any process tending to alternate regularly between states

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Word of the day for October 30
morbid adj
  1. (originally) Of, or relating to disease.
  2. Unhealthy or unwholesome, especially psychologically.
  3. Suggesting the horror of death; macabre or ghoulish.
  4. Grisly or gruesome

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Word of the day for October 31
fetch n
  1. The source and origin of attraction; a force, quality or propensity which is attracting.
  2. A stratagem by which a thing is indirectly brought to pass; a trick or artifice.
  3. The apparition of a living person; a wraith

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