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Today's Word "inveigh"


inveigh \in-VAY\ (intransitive verb) - To rail (against some person or thing); to protest strongly or attack with harsh and bitter language -- usually with "against." "I could inveigh against someone who denied his Jewishness, who played at being...

Today's Word "defenestrate"


defenestrate \dee-FEN-uh-strayt\ (transitive verb) - To throw out of a window. "You can't defenestrate every man who proposes to Nefret. It would take too much of your time." -- Elizabeth Peters, 'The Falcon at the Portal' Defenestrate is ...

Today's Word "edacious"


edacious \i-DAY-shus\ (adjective) - Given to eating; voracious; devouring. "Occasionally the road must be set back, and once the lighthouse was moved back from the cliffs, eaten away by the edacious tooth of the sea." -- Henry White Warren, '...

Today's Word "aberrant"


aberrant \a-BERR-unt; AB-ur-unt\ (adjective) - Markedly different from an accepted norm; Deviating from the ordinary or natural type; abnormal. "Another factor the court had to consider was whether the crime was part of a single period of ...

Today's Word "aggrandize"


aggrandize \uh-GRAN-dyz; AG-ruhn-dyz\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To make great or greater; to enlarge; to increase. 2 : To make great or greater in power, rank, reputation, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc. 3 : To make appear great or...

Today's Word "supererogatory"


supererogatory \soo-puhr-ih-ROG-uh-tor-ee\ (adjective) - 1 : Going beyond what is required or expected. 2 : Superfluous; unnecessary. "I shall attempt no such supererogatory task as a description of Paris." -- James Weldon Johnson, 'The ...

Today's Word "ennui"


ennui \on-WEE\ (noun) - A feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest; boredom. "The day at Swampscott passed in ennui, the lack of activity causing the three attorneys to make constant calls to their offices in the ...

Today's Word "blandishment"


blandishment \BLAN-dish-muhnt\ (noun) - Speech or action that flatters and tends to coax, entice, or persuade; allurement -- often used in the plural. "The woman was temptation personified, and every blandishment she offered contained a challenge...

Today's Word "sojourn"


sojourn \SOH-juhrn; so-JURN\ (intransitive verb) - To stay as a temporary resident; to dwell for a time. (noun) - A temporary stay. "At times during this interminable sojourn, I might disappear for hours on end; Sita would wake from her fitful ...

Today's Word "bombast"


bombast \BOM-bast\ (noun) - Pompous or pretentious speech or writing. "Sain Flint decided not to run Amelia Lowell's bombast on the front page. Instead, he put it on page three." -- Richard S. Wheeler, 'Flint's Truth' Bombast comes from Medieval...