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Word of the day for July 1
ragamuffin n
  1. A dirty, shabbily-clothed child; an urchin.

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Word of the day for July 2
disparate adj
  1. Composed of inherently different or distinct elements; incongruous.
  2. Markedly different.

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Word of the day for July 3
behemoth n
  1. A great and mighty monster.
  2. Something which has the qualities of great power and might, and monstrous proportions.

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Word of the day for July 4
ululate v
  1. To howl loudly or prolongedly in lamentation or joy.

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Word of the day for July 5
iterative adj
  1. Of a procedure that involves repetition of steps to achieve the desired outcome.
  2. (grammar): Expressive of an action that is repeated with frequency.

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Word of the day for July 6
fraternize v
  1. To associate with others in a friendly manner, especially with an enemy.

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Word of the day for July 7
sycophant n
  1. One who uses compliments to gain self-serving favor or advantage from another.

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Word of the day for July 8
eccentric adj
  1. Not perfectly circular, such as an orbit.
  2. Deviating from the norm; behaving unexpectedly.
  3. (physiology): Acting against or in the opposite direction of a muscle's contraction.

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Word of the day for July 9
convolute v
  1. To make something unnecessarily complex.
  2. To fold or coil into numerous overlapping layers.
  3. To twist someone's words to fit a desired meaning that was not intended by the speaker.

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Word of the day for July 10
niche n
  1. A hollow or recess, generally within the thickness of a wall, for a statue, bust, or other erect ornament.
  2. (ecology): A function within an ecological system to which an organism is especially suited.
  3. (by extension): Any position of opportunity for which one is well-suited.

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Word of the day for July 11
anachronistic adj
  1. Erroneous in date; containing an anachronism; in a wrong time.

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Word of the day for July 12
oxymoron n
  1. A figure of speech in which two words of opposing meanings are used together to express two contrasting qualities in one concept.
  2. (informally): A contradiction in terms.

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Word of the day for July 13
vex v
  1. To annoy.
  2. To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress.

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Word of the day for July 14
Gordian knot n
  1. A legendary knot which carried a prophecy that whoever loosed the knot would become ruler of all Asia. Alexander the Great solved the puzzle by slicing through the knot and took it as a sign of Zeus's favor.
  2. (by extension): Any intricate and complex problem.

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Word of the day for July 15
lignify v
  1. To become wood.
  2. (botany): To develop woody tissue as a result of secondary growth.

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Word of the day for July 16
salubrious adj
  1. Promoting health or well-being; wholesome.

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Word of the day for July 17
hermeneutics n
  1. The study or theory of the methodical interpretation of text, especially holy texts.

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Word of the day for July 18
pander v
  1. To tempt, usually by appealing to improper motivators.
  2. To offer illicit sex.

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Word of the day for July 19
uxoricide n
  1. A man who kills his wife.
  2. The killing of one's wife.

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Word of the day for July 20
lachrymose adj
  1. Tearful; causing tears or crying.

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Word of the day for July 21
blurt v
  1. To utter suddenly and unadvisedly; to divulge inconsiderately.

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Word of the day for July 22
celerity n
  1. Speed, rapidity.
  2. (oceanography) The speed of individual waves (as opposed to the speed of groups of waves).

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Word of the day for July 23
gerrymander v
  1. To divide a geographic area into voting districts in such a way as to give an unfair advantage to one party in an election.

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Word of the day for July 24
pragmatic adj
  1. Practical; concerned with making decisions and actions that are useful in practice, not just in theory.

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Word of the day for July 25
corsair n
  1. A pirate along the Barbary coast.
  2. A fast pirate ship or privateer.

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Word of the day for July 26
surreptitiously adv
  1. In a surreptitious manner; stealthily, furtively.

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Word of the day for July 27
juxtapose v
  1. To place side by side, especially for comparsion.

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Word of the day for July 28
mellifluous adj
  1. Flowing like honey.
  2. Sweet and smooth; generally used of a person's voice, tone, or writing style.

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Word of the day for July 29
tryst n
  1. A meeting between lovers.

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Word of the day for July 30
hubris n
  1. Conceited pride or arrogance.

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Word of the day for July 31
docile adj
  1. Ready to accept control or instruction.
  2. Yielding to supervision, direction, or management.

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