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Word of the day for February 1
a priori adj
  1. (logic) Based on hypothesis rather than experiment.
  2. Self-evident, intuitively obvious
  3. (linguistics, of a constructed language) Developed entirely from scratch, without deriving it from existing languages
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Word of the day for February 2
be mother v
  1. (idiomatic, UK) To pour out tea for others
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Word of the day for February 3
dystopia n
  1. A vision of a future that is a corrupted (usually beyond recognition) utopian society.
  2. A miserable, dysfunctional state or society that has a very poor standard of living.
  3. (medicine) Anatomical tissue that is not found in its usual place
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Word of the day for February 4
sororate n
  1. The custom of the marriage of a man to the sister of his wife, usually after the wife has died.
  2. A marriage according to this custom
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Word of the day for February 5
inflicted insight n
  1. (psychology) Unsolicited revelation of aspects of one’s character, usually as a result of a deceitful experiment that has psychological dimensions, and especially where this results in emotional trauma and prolonged anxiety
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Word of the day for February 6
acculture v
  1. To familiarize oneself with, and adopt a new culture, especially by an immigrant
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Word of the day for February 7
senescence n
  1. The state or process of ageing, especially in humans; old age
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Word of the day for February 8
hypocoristic adj
  1. Pertaining to a nickname, usually indicating intimacy with the person
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Word of the day for February 9
twitcher n
  1. (informal) A compulsive bird watcher, travelling long distances to see rare species
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Word of the day for February 10
love goggles pl n
  1. (idiomatic, plurale tantum) Blindness to criticism or objectivity directed at a person that one is in love with
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Word of the day for February 11
thin-film interference n
  1. (optics) Interference of light caused by its reflection from both boundaries of a thin film of a transparent material
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Word of the day for February 12
plutodemocracy n
  1. A deceptive pseudodemocracy government that is in fact a hopeless hypercapitalist plutocracy
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Word of the day for February 13
ventripotent adj
  1. Having a big belly.
  2. Gluttonous
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Word of the day for February 14
agape n
  1. (Christianity) The love of God for mankind, or the benevolent love of Christians for others.
  2. Spiritual, altruistic, beneficial love which wills good for others
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Word of the day for February 15
Cisatlantic adj
  1. Situated on the same side of the Atlantic Ocean
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Word of the day for February 16
dandification n
  1. The condition or state of a man who is overly concerned about his clothes and appearance
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Word of the day for February 17
ultracrepidarian adj
  1. Of a critic, giving opinions on something beyond his or her knowledge
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Word of the day for February 18
commiserate v
  1. Feel or express compassion or sympathy for (someone or something)
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Word of the day for February 19
heisenbug n
  1. (computing) A software bug which fails to manifest itself during debugging; a problem that cannot be diagnosed in the debugger because it does not occur in that environment
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Word of the day for February 20
slash fiction n
  1. A work of fiction (frequently fanfiction) based on celebrities or fictional characters, usually of the same gender, involved in a romantic and/or sexual relationship
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Word of the day for February 21
homoglyph n
  1. A character identical or nearly identical in appearance to another, but which differs in the meaning it represents
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Word of the day for February 22
rheum n
  1. (physiology) A watery or thin discharge of serum or mucus, especially from the eyes or nose
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Word of the day for February 23
petrology n
  1. (geology) The study of the origin, composition and structure of rock
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Word of the day for February 24
vulcanize v
  1. To treat rubber with heat and (usually) sulphur to harden it and make it more durable
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Word of the day for February 25
pipette n
  1. A small glass tube, often with an enlargement or bulb in the middle, and usually graduated, used for transferring or delivering measured quantities of a liquid
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Word of the day for February 26
apologia n
  1. A written defense of a position or belief
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Word of the day for February 27
postremogeniture n
  1. Inheritance by the last-born child of the entirety of, or of a privileged position in, a parent’s wealth, estate, or office
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Word of the day for February 28
kettle of fish n
  1. An awkward situation; a predicament.
  2. A situation which is recognized as different from or as an alternative to some other situation, and which is not necessarily unfavorable
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Word of the day for February 29
unflappable adj
  1. Remaining composed and level-headed at all times; unswayed by adversity or excitement; impossible to fluster; not becoming frustrated or irritated easily
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