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Today's Word "transmogrify"


transmogrify \trans-MOG-ruh-fy\ (transitive verb) - To change into a different shape or to transform, often with bizarre or humorous effect. "Jennie suddenly felt suspicious; it wouldn't be Camille's fault, but grief could transmogrify that ...

Today's Word "aficionado"


aficionado \uh-fish-ee-uh-NAH-doh\ (noun) - An enthusiastic admirer; a fan. "He cautiously descended a dark, narrow stairway to a cool room with a smooth floor and every sort of treasure an art aficionado could imagine." -- Tamara Sneed, 'All the...

Today's Word "billingsgate"


billingsgate \BIL-ingz-gayt; -git\ (noun) - Coarsely abusive, foul, or profane language. "These are the people who make life a burthen to the tourist. Their tongues are never still. They talk forever and forever, and that is the kind of ...

Today's Word "choleric"


choleric \KOL-uh-rik; kuh-LAIR-ik\ (adjective) - 1 : Easily irritated; inclined to anger; bad-tempered. 2 : Angry; indicating or expressing anger; excited by anger. "My father says he is a bit choleric and it is better to drop papers off ...

Today's Word "sedulous"


sedulous \SEJ-uh-luhs\ (adjective) - 1 : Diligent in application or pursuit; steadily industrious. 2 : Characterized by or accomplished with care and perseverance. "Eating and sleeping; hearing grave, sedulous men read out of grave, sedulous book...

Today's Word "clemency"


clemency \KLEM-uhn-see\ (noun) - 1 : Disposition to forgive and spare, as offenders; mercy. 2 : An act or instance of mercy or leniency. 3 : Mildness, especially of weather. "If the buccaneers surrendered, he would give them clemency -- if they ...

Today's Word "alpenglow"


alpenglow \AL-puhn-gloh\ (noun) - A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains. "I had seen light similar to this in Switzerland, where it was known as alpenglow. But this was no ordinary alpenglow." -- Paul Watkins, '...

Today's Word "sacrosanct"


sacrosanct \SAK-roh-sankt\ (adjective) - Sacred or inviolable. "The public's right to know is sacrosanct, and it is our sacrosanct duty as journalists to respect this right. Otherwise we could no longer proudly call ourselves journalists in the ...

Today's Word "tmesis"


tmesis \TMEE-sis\ (noun) - In grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word, now generally done for humorous effect; for example, "what place soever" instead of "whatsoever place," or "abso-bloody-lutely." "As an example of...

Today's Word "querulous"


querulous \KWER-uh-luhs; -yuh\ (adjective) - 1 : Apt to find fault; habitually complaining. 2 : Expressing complaint; fretful; whining. "For a younger man, he suddenly sounded like a querulous uncle. Or how she'd imagined a querulous uncle would ...