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Word of the day for May 1
ukase n
  1. An arbitrary authoritarian command; a decree
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Word of the day for May 2
neonism n
  1. A newly-coined word or phrase; a neologism
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Word of the day for May 3
open relationship n
  1. A romantic relationship in which both parties are considered free to pursue additional relationships with other people
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Word of the day for May 4
vestiary adj
  1. Pertaining to clothes or clothing
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Word of the day for May 5
sejunct adj
  1. Separated; separate, distinct
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Word of the day for May 6
percept n
  1. The object of perception; something which has been perceived
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Word of the day for May 7
favicon n
  1. A small icon used to identify a given website or web page
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Word of the day for May 8
anodyne adj
  1. Assuaging pain; soothing.
  2. Provoking only a weak response or reaction; bland, inoffensive
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Word of the day for May 9
behest n
  1. An order; a command or instruction
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Word of the day for May 10
petrichor n
  1. The distinctive smell present after the first rain to follow a warm, dry period
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Word of the day for May 11
bereft adj
  1. Deprived, robbed (of something)
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Word of the day for May 12
psephology n
  1. The study of voting and elections
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Word of the day for May 14
dénouement n
  1. The final revelation of a solution to a complicated mystery or difficulty, especially as part of a dramatic plot
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Word of the day for May 15
trompe-l'oeil n
  1. (art) A painting designed to look very realistic, such that it acts as an optical illusion
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Word of the day for May 16
promiscuous adj
  1. Made up of many disparate elements.
  2. Indiscrimiate; applied to everything equally.
  3. Undiscrimiating in one's choice of sexual partners; sexually active with many different people
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Word of the day for May 17
inquinate v
  1. To sully or pollute
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Word of the day for May 23
destitution n
  1. The condition of being without the necessary resources for life; extreme poverty
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Word of the day for May 24
jacquerie n
  1. A peasants' revolt
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Word of the day for May 25
repel v
  1. To force back; to drive away.
  2. To cause repulsion or dislike
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Word of the day for May 26
cleanskin n
  1. A person with no prior criminal record.
  2. (Australia) An unbranded farm animal.
  3. (Australia) An unlabelled bottle of wine
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Word of the day for May 27
nefandous adj
  1. Horrific; unspeakably appalling
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Word of the day for May 28
personal space n
  1. The area in which a person or animal usually moves and which it knows well.
  2. The area immediately surrounding someone which is felt to be theirs, encroachment on which may cause discomfort or hostility
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deathwatch n
  1. Any of various insects which give off a ticking noise, especially the deathwatch beetle, Xestobium rufovillosum.
  2. A vigil held over a dying person
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Word of the day for May 30
nictate v
  1. To wink or blink
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Word of the day for May 31
chlamys n
  1. (historical) A short cloak gathered at the shoulder, worn by hunters and soldiers in ancient Greece
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