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Word of the day for April 1
percussive maintenance n
  1. (humorous) The use of physical concussion, such as a knock or a tap, in an attempt to make a malfunctioning device or person work.
PointingHand.svg To celebrate April Fools’ Day, this week we are featuring a series of unusual concepts – enjoy! Today is also the anniversary of the founding of Apple Inc. in 1976, an American company established to develop and sell a product sometimes subject to percussive maintenance – the personal computer.
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Word of the day for April 2
beer o'clock n
  1. (slang, humorous) The time of the first beer (or alcoholic beverage) of the day.
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chairness n
  1. The essence of what it means to be a chair; the qualities that make a chair what it is.
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Word of the day for April 4
disemvowel v
  1. (transitive, sometimes humorous) To remove the vowels from, for example, for the purpose of expurgating offensive words.
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Word of the day for April 5
eucatastrophe n
  1. (literature) A catastrophe (dramatic event leading to plot resolution) that results in the protagonist's well-being.
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Word of the day for April 6
pornocracy proper n
  1. (Roman Catholicism, historical, sometimes capitalized) The period of the papacy known as the saeculum obscurum (Latin for “dark age”), and also as the “Rule of the Harlots”, which began with the installation of Pope Sergius III in 904 and lasted for sixty years until the death of Pope John XII in 964, during which time the popes were strongly influenced by the Theophylacti, a powerful and corrupt aristocratic family.

pornocracy n

  1. (derogatory, often figuratively) A government by, or dominated by, prostitutes or corrupt persons.
  2. (derogatory) A societal culture dominated by pornography.
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Word of the day for April 7
chivvy v
  1. (transitive, Britain) To coerce or hurry along, as by persistent request.
  2. (transitive, Britain) To subject to harassment or verbal abuse.
  3. (transitive, Britain) To sneak up on or rapidly approach.
  4. (transitive, Britain) To pursue as in a hunt.
PointingHand.svg To mark World Health Day today and the benefits of being active, we are featuring a series of action words or verbs.
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Word of the day for April 8
comply v
  1. To yield assent; to accord; to acquiesce, agree, consent; to adapt oneself, to conform.
  2. (archaic) To accomplish, to fulfil. [from late 16th c.]
  3. (archaic) To be ceremoniously courteous; to make one's compliments.
  4. (archaic) To enfold; to embrace.
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Word of the day for April 9
grandfather v
  1. (intransitive, law) To retain existing laws or rules only for people or organizations previously affected by them, and to apply new laws or rules to the unaffected people or organizations.
  2. (transitive, law) To retain existing laws or rules for (a person or organization previously affected by them).
PointingHand.svg To mark World Health Day on 7 April and the benefits of being active, we are featuring a series of action words or verbs. The tongue-in-cheek International Be Kind to Lawyers Day also falls on this day in 2019, the second Tuesday of April.
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Word of the day for April 10
deem v
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To judge, to pass judgment on; to doom, to sentence.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To adjudge, to decree.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To dispense (justice); to administer (law).
  4. (transitive) To hold in belief or estimation; to adjudge as a conclusion; to regard as being; to evaluate according to one's beliefs; to account.
  5. (transitive, intransitive) To think, judge, or hold as an opinion; to decide or believe on consideration; to suppose.
  6. (intransitive) To have or hold as an opinion; to judge; to think.
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Word of the day for April 11
flabbergast v
  1. (transitive) To overwhelm with bewilderment; to amaze, confound, or stun, especially in a ludicrous manner.
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Word of the day for April 12
spraddle v
  1. (transitive, Canada, Caribbean (West Indies), US) To spread apart (the legs).
  2. (transitive, Canada, Caribbean (West Indies), US) To spread apart the legs of (someone or something).
  3. (intransitive, Canada, Caribbean (West Indies), US) To lie, move, or stand with legs spread.
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Word of the day for April 15
Leonardeschi n
  1. A group of artists who worked in the studio of, or under the influence of, Leonardo da Vinci.
PointingHand.svg Today, the anniversary of the day Italian Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452, is declared by the International Association of Art to be World Art Day to celebrate the fine arts.
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Word of the day for April 16
boiling frog n
  1. (idiomatic, often attributively) A person who, or thing which, is in a gradually worsening situation without any realization of the peril until it is too late.
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Word of the day for April 17
kyriarchy n
  1. A system of ruling and oppression in which many people may interact and act as oppressor or oppressed.
PointingHand.svg Romanian-born German feminist Roman Catholic theologian Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, who coined the word in a 1992 book, was born on this day 80 years ago in 1938.
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Word of the day for April 19
dreamworker n
  1. A person who attempts to discover what deeper meaning might be contained in his or her own, or another person's, dreams.
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Word of the day for April 20
words fail someone v
  1. (transitive, idiomatic) Of a person: to be incapable of describing something with words, especially due to fear, shock, or surprise.
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gens n
  1. (Ancient Rome, historical) A legally defined unit of Roman society, being a collection of people related through a common ancestor by birth, marriage or adoption, possibly over many generations, and sharing the same nomen gentilicium.
  2. (anthropology) A tribal subgroup whose members are characterized by having the same descent, usually along the male line.
PointingHand.svg Rome is traditionally regarded as having been founded on this day.
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Gaia proper n
  1. (ecology) The ecosystem of the Earth regarded as a self-regulating organism.
  2. Alternative form of Gaea (Greek goddess personifying the Earth).
PointingHand.svg Today is Earth Day, a day for observing the need to protect the Earth.
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tarn n
  1. (Northern England) A small mountain lake, especially in Northern England.
  2. (US, chiefly Montana) One of many small mountain lakes or ponds.
PointingHand.svg Today is Saint George’s Day, the feast day of the patron saint of England.
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Word of the day for April 24
platitudinous adj
  1. Characterised by clichés or platitudes.
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kenning n
  1. (obsolete) Sight, view; specifically a distant view at sea.
  2. (obsolete) The range or extent of vision, especially at sea; (by extension) a marine measure of approximately twenty miles.
  3. As little as one can discriminate or recognize; a small portion, a little. []
  4. (zoology, obsolete, rare) A chalaza or tread of an egg (a spiral band attaching the yolk of the egg to the eggshell); a cicatricula. []
  5. (poetry) A metaphorical phrase used in Germanic poetry (especially Old English or Old Norse) whereby a simple thing is described in an allusive way. []
  6. (Northern England) A dry measure equivalent to half a bushel; a container with that capacity.
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Word of the day for April 27
ghost town n
  1. A town which has become deserted, usually due to failing economic activity, especially one that still has substantial visible remains.
  2. (figuratively) Anything that has been deserted or abandoned, or has been empty all along.
PointingHand.svg The town of Pripyat in the Soviet Union (now in Ukraine) became a ghost town after it was evacuated on this date in 1986 following the meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
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Word of the day for April 28
do ill v
  1. (idiomatic) To harm, to injure.
PointingHand.svg Today is recognized by the United Nations as World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which emphasizes the importance of preventing accidents and diseases in the workplace.
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Word of the day for April 29
fraudulence n
  1. The condition of being fraudulent; deceitfulness.
PointingHand.svg American former financier and investment advisor Bernard “Bernie” Madoff, was born on this day 80 years ago in 1938. Madoff was convicted of operating a Ponzi scheme considered to be the largest financial fraud in United States history.
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Word of the day for April 30
sudorific adj
  1. In a state of perspiration; covered in sweat; sudoriferous, sweaty.
  2. (chiefly pharmacology) That produces sweating.
PointingHand.svg The song “Sweat (A La La La La Long)” was released in Europe by the Jamaican reggae fusion group Inner Circle on this day 25 years ago in 1993.
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