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Today's Word "banal"


banal \BAY-nul; buh-NALL; buh-NAHL (British)\ (adjective) - Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite. "While many critics were raving that the new work was fresh and inspiring, Jack and his friends found it banal and insipid, devoid of any ...

Today's Word "taciturn"


taciturn \TAS-uh-turn\ (adjective) - Habitually silent; not inclined to talk. "A normally taciturn sort, Mike was surprisingly voluble that evening when the topic of public health care was brought up." Taciturn comes from Latin taciturnus, from ...

Today's Word "approbation"


approbation \ap-ruh-BAY-shuhn\ (noun) - 1 : The act of approving; formal or official approval. 2 : Praise; commendation. "The candidate's speech struck a responsive chord among the crowd of well-wishers and won him much approbation." Approbation...

Today's Word "dishabille"


dishabille \dis-uh-BEEL\ (noun) - 1 : The state of being carelessly or partially dressed. 2 : Casual or lounging attire. 3 : An intentionally careless or casual manner. "Marta's parents were utterly scandalized when they toured her dorm, seeing ...

Today's Word "braggadocio"


braggadocio \brag-uh-DOH-see-oh; -shee-oh; -shoh\ (noun) - 1 : A braggart. 2 : Empty boasting. 3 : A swaggering, cocky manner. "While many considered Lance to be little more than a loud-mouthed braggadocio, when the chips were down, he would ...

Today's Word "chimera"


chimera \ky-MIR-uh\ (noun) - 1 : (Capitalized) A fire-breathing she-monster represented as having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. 2 : Any imaginary monster made up of grotesquely incongruous parts. 3 : An illusion or mental ...

Today's Word "mulct"


mulct \MULKT\ (noun) - A fine or penalty. (transitive verb) - 1 : To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or demanding a forfeiture. 2 : To obtain by fraud or deception. 3 : To defraud; to swindle. "Rather than paying for new ...

Today's Word "ludic"


ludic \LOO-dik\ (adjective) - Of or relating to play; characterized by play; playful. "Watching the children engaged in their ludic pasttimes always re-energized Jason's creative batteries." Ludic derives from Latin ludus, "play." Ludicrous, "...

Today's Word "unguent"


unguent \UNG-gwuhnt\ (noun) - A salve for sores, burns, or the like; an ointment. "Mara quickly smoothed a sweet smelling unguent over Tallis' burns and his pain from them was much lessened." Unguent comes from Latin unguentum, from unguere, "to...

Today's Word "tenet"


tenet \TEN-it\ (noun) - Any opinion, principle, dogma, belief, or doctrine that a person holds or maintains as true. "George lived his life by the simple tenet 'Do unto others before they do unto you.'" Tenet comes from Latin tenet "he holds" (...