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Word of the day for June 1
denigrate v
  1. (transitive) To criticise so as to besmirch; traduce, disparage or defame

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effulgent adj
  1. Shining, resplendent, radiant

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Word of the day for June 3
exhort v
  1. To urge, to advise earnestly

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Word of the day for June 4
germane adj
  1. Related to the topic being discussed or considered, pertinent, relevant

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homily n
  1. A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter.
  2. A moralizing lecture.
  3. A platitude

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Word of the day for June 6
urbane adj
  1. Courteous, polite, refined, suave

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Word of the day for June 7
otiose adj
  1. Resulting in no effect.
  2. Reluctant to work or to exert oneself, indolent.
  3. Having no reason for being (raison d’être); having no point, reason, or purpose

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Word of the day for June 8
tenebrous adj
  1. Dark and gloomy

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Word of the day for June 9
hobnob v
  1. (intransitive, obsolete, rare) To have or have not; to give or take.
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To toast one another by touching glasses.
  3. (intransitive) To drink together.
  4. (intransitive) To associate with in a friendly manner, often with those of a higher class or status.

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Word of the day for June 11
fossick v
  1. (intransitive) To be troublesome.
  2. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand) To search for something; to rummage.
    1. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, specifically) To elicit information; to ferret out. [from mid 19th c.]
    2. (intransitive, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, specifically) To search for gems, gold, etc., on the surface or in abandoned workings.

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rapprochement n
  1. The reestablishment of cordial relations, particularly between two countries; a reconciliation.
PointingHand.svg Today in 2018, a summit between Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea and President Donald Trump of the United States takes place in Singapore.

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liminal adj
  1. Of or pertaining to an entrance or threshold.
  2. Of or pertaining to a beginning or first stage of a process.

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move the goalposts v
  1. (idiomatic) To alter the terms of an agreement or an agreed target, or the rules of a negotiation while it is ongoing, especially in an unfair way.
PointingHand.svg The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins today in Moscow, Russia.

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coquina n
  1. Any of several small marine clams, of the species Donax variabilis, common in United States coastal waters.
  2. (geology) A soft form of limestone made of fragments of shells, sometimes used as a building or road paving material.

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winsome adj
  1. Charming, engaging, winning; inspiring approval and trust, especially if in an innocent manner.

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pleasing fungus beetle n
  1. Any of the fungus beetles of the family Erotylidae.
PointingHand.svg National Insect Week in the United Kingdom, a biennial event organized by the Royal Entomological Society, takes place from 18 to 24 June 2018.

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zongzi n
  1. A traditional Chinese dumpling of glutinous rice stuffed with a savoury or sweet filling, wrapped in large flat leaves, and cooked by steaming or boiling.
PointingHand.svg Duanwujie (端午節 (Duānwǔjié)) or the Dragon Boat Festival falls on this day in 2018, the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is traditional to enjoy zongzi on this day.

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Word of the day for June 19
shrithe v
  1. (intransitive) To move; to make one's way (toward), to proceed; (specifically) to creep.
  2. (intransitive) To go about, to roam, to wander.

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Word of the day for June 20
barcarole n
  1. (music) A Venetian folk song traditionally sung by gondoliers, often in 68 or 128 time with alternating strong and weak beats imitating a rowing motion.
  2. (music) A piece of music composed in imitation of such a song.
PointingHand.svg German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach was born on this day in 1819. His duetBelle nuit, ô nuit d’amour” (“Beautiful Night, O Night of Love”), known simply as the Barcarolle, from his last and unfinished opera The Tales of Hoffmann, is said to be the most famous barcarole ever written.

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Word of the day for June 21
melomaniac n
  1. One with an abnormal fondness of music; a person who loves music.
PointingHand.svg The Fête de la Musique (also known as World Music Day), which originated in France in 1982 and is now celebrated around the world, takes place today on the June solstice.

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today is a good day to die proverb
  1. An expression of willingness, even eagerness, to give one's life for a cause.
  2. An expression indicating that one should not live with any regrets, or tasks left undone.
PointingHand.svg The Oglala Lakota chief Low Dog, who was reported to have first used the phrase “this is a good day to die”, fought in the Battle of the Little Bighorn which started on this day in 1876.

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moiety n
  1. A half.
  2. A share or portion, especially a smaller share.
  3. (anthropology) Each descent group in a culture which is divided exactly into two descent groups.
  4. (chemistry) A specific segment of a molecule.

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latter-day adj
  1. Modern, recent.
PointingHand.svg Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism and the Latter-day Saint movement, died on this day in 1844.

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stonewall v
  1. (transitive) To obstruct.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To refuse to answer or cooperate, especially in supplying information.
PointingHand.svg On this day in 1969, a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, New York, USA, led to spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community, now known as the Stonewall riots. The event is regarded as a key moment in the fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

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abiogenesis n
  1. (evolutionary theory) The origination of living organisms from lifeless matter; such genesis as does not involve the action of living parents; spontaneous generation.
PointingHand.svg English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley, who coined the words biogenesis and abiogenesis, died on this day in 1895.

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Word of the day for June 30
pulse-pounding adj
  1. That increases the heartbeat rate, especially as a result of fear.

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