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Word of the day for December 7
afflatus n
  1. A sudden rush of creative impulse or inspiration, often attributed to divine influence.
PointingHand.svg The Roman orator and philosopher Cicero, who first used the related Latin word adflātū in the “inspiration” sense in his work De Natura Deorum (The Nature of the Gods, 44 B.C.E.), died on this day in 43 B.C.E.

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Word of the day for December 9
genticide n
  1. (rare) The killing of a race or nation of people; the slaughter of an ethnic group; a genocide.
  2. (rare) The killing of a kinsman or kinswoman; the murder of a blood relative.
PointingHand.svg Today, the anniversary of the adoption of the Genocide Convention in 1948, is recognized by the United Nations as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

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Word of the day for December 18
fit as a fiddle adj
  1. (simile, colloquial) Perfectly fit; in excellent condition or health.
PointingHand.svg The Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari died on this day in 1737.

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Word of the day for December 19
unguligrade n
  1. (zoology) An animal that walks on hooves.
PointingHand.svg Today is celebrated as National Day of the Horse in the United States.

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Word of the day for December 21
on ice prepositional phrase
  1. (idiomatic) Not being used; temporarily unavailable or suspended; on hold.
  2. Of an entertainment normally performed on a stage: performed by ice skaters as an ice show.
  3. Of a sporting or other contest: in a state of assured victory for the leading contestant. []
PointingHand.svg The winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere falls on this day in 2017.

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