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Word of the day for June 1
progeny n
  1. (uncountable) Offspring or descendants.
  2. (countable) Result of a creative effort
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Word of the day for June 2
superannuate v
  1. (transitive) To retire or put out of use due to age.
  2. (intransitive) To become obsolete or antiquated
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Word of the day for June 3
guardian angel n
  1. A spirit believed to protect and to guide a particular person
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Word of the day for June 4
sexton n
  1. A church official who looks after a church and its graveyard and may act as a gravedigger and bell-ringer
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Word of the day for June 5
vulgarian n
  1. A vulgar individual, especially one who emphasizes or is oblivious to their vulgar qualities
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Word of the day for June 6
enfranchise v
  1. To grant the franchise to an entity, generally meaning to grant the privilege of voting to a person
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Word of the day for June 7
trendite n
  1. (slang) A person given to following trends
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Word of the day for June 8
oneironaut n
  1. A person who explores dream worlds, usually associated with lucid dreaming
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Word of the day for June 9
colloquy n
  1. A conversation or dialogue.
  2. (law) A discussion during a trial in which a judge ensures that the defendant understands what is taking place in the trial and what their rights are
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Word of the day for June 10
obloquy n
  1. Abusive language.
  2. Disgrace suffered from abusive language
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Word of the day for June 11
ifs, ands, or buts n
  1. (idiomatic) Modifications, limitations, or addenda; qualifications of any kind; speculations about whether a particular idea or enterprise is good
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Word of the day for June 12
literati n plural
  1. Well-educated, literary people; intellectuals who are interested in literature
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Word of the day for June 13
corniche n
  1. A road built alongside a sea, especially one cut into a cliff
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Word of the day for June 14
vexillology n
  1. The study of flags
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Word of the day for June 15
encapsulate v
  1. To cover something as if in a capsule # To epitomize something by expressing it as a brief summary
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Word of the day for June 16
abeyance n
  1. (law) Expectancy; condition of being undetermined; undetermined ownership # Suspension; temporary suppression
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Word of the day for June 17
postilion n
  1. A rider mounted on the near, leading horse pulling a carriage who guides the team
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Word of the day for June 18
chiaroscuro n
  1. An artistic technique developed during the Renaissance, referring to the use of exaggerated light contrasts in order to create the illusion of volume
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Word of the day for June 19
salad dodger n
  1. (informal) An overweight person
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Word of the day for June 20
demagogue n
  1. (pejorative) An orator or leader who gains favor by pandering to or exciting the passions and prejudices of the audience
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angst n
  1. A feeling of acute but vague anxiety or apprehension often accompanied by depression, especially philosophical anxiety.
  2. More commonly, painful sadness or emotional turmoil, as teen angst
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Word of the day for June 22
avocation n
  1. A hobby or recreational or leisure pursuit.
  2. Pursuits; duties; affairs which occupy one's time; usual employment; vocation
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Word of the day for June 23
unbeknownst adv
  1. (followed by to) Without the knowledge of
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Word of the day for June 24
dead tree edition n
  1. (idiomatic, pejorative, humorous) Paper version of a publication that can be found online
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Word of the day for June 25
flense v
  1. To strip the blubber or skin from, as from a whale, seal, etc
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Word of the day for June 26
not dog n
  1. A vegetarian imitation-sausage, or hot dog sandwich made with one
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Word of the day for June 27
philander v
  1. To make love to women; to play the male flirt
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Word of the day for June 28
röck döts n plural
  1. (informal, humorous) Heavy metal umlauts; umlauts over letters in the name of a heavy metal band (as in "Motörhead", "Queensrÿche" and "Mötley Crüe"), added gratuitously for mere stylistic effect
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Word of the day for June 29
enterolith n
  1. A mineral concretion in the intestinal tract
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Word of the day for June 30
miserabilist n
  1. One who is unhappy, or extols being miserable as a virtue; a philosopher of pessimism
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