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Today's Word "benefaction"


benefaction \BEN-uh-fak-shuhn; ben-uh-FAK-shuhn\ (noun) - 1 : The act of conferring a benefit. 2 : A benefit conferred; especially, a charitable donation. "Benefaction is its own reward, to be sure, but benefaction is not enough. To do good is ...

Today's Word "xenophobia"


xenophobia \ZEN-uh-FOE-bee-uh\ (noun) - Fear or hatred of strangers, people from other countries, or of anything that is strange or foreign. "Even if Indians had been accepting of mixed alliances, the xenophobia of the British warranted no other ...

Today's Word "quaff"


quaff \KWOFF; KWAFF\ (transitive verb) - To drink with relish; to drink copiously of; to swallow in large draughts. (intransitive verb) To drink largely or luxuriously. (noun) A drink quaffed. "Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this ...

Today's Word "officious"


officious \uh-FISH-uhs\ (adjective) - Marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice where they are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome. "Another officious-looking woman, who looked remarkably like the first officious-looking ...

Today's Word "hauteur"


hauteur \haw-TUR; (h)oh-\ (noun) - Haughty manner, spirit, or bearing; haughtiness; arrogance. "The earl's eyes were momentarily hurt, his expression baffled; then he dismissed the emotions and replaced them with cold disdain, relying on the ...

Today's Word "deliquesce"


deliquesce \del-ih-KWES\ (intransitive verb) - 1 : To melt away or to disappear as if by melting. 2 : (Chemistry) To dissolve gradually and become liquid by attracting and absorbing moisture from the air, as certain salts, acids, and alkalies. 3 :...

Today's Word "modicum"


modicum \MOD-ih-kum\ (noun) - A small or moderate or token amount. "She and the last three queens before her had been hard pressed to maintain a modicum of control over the miners and smelters in the Mountains of Mist..." -- Robert Jordan, 'The ...

Today's Word "mountebank"


mountebank \MOUN-tuh-bank\ (noun) - 1 : A peddler of quack medicine, who stands on a platform to appeal to the audience. 2 : A charlatan; a boastful pretender to knowledge or a skill. "I am God's mountebank, doing God's precious business in my ...

Today's Word "quandary"


quandary \KWAHN-duh-ree; -dree\ (noun) - A state of difficulty, perplexity, doubt, or uncertainty. "It was a perfect correlative to my actual financial quandry, the thought of which sent me further into a dismal spiral. What would I do when the ...

Today's Word "scuttlebutt"


scuttlebutt \SKUHT-l-buht\ (noun) - 1 : A drinking fountain on a ship. 2 : A cask on a ship that contains the day's supply of drinking water. 3 : Gossip; rumor. "I'd never been there, of course, so my information was only scuttlebut." -- Stephen ...