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1

 

Word of the day for July 1
ragamuffin n
  1. A dirty, shabbily-clothed child; an urchin
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2

 

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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3

 

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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4

 

Word of the day for July 4
ululate v
  1. To howl loudly or prolongedly in lamentation or joy
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5

 

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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6

 

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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7

 

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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8

 

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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9

 

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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10

 

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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11

 

Word of the day for July 11
anachronistic adj
  1. Erroneous in date; containing an anachronism; in a wrong time
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12

 

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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13

 

Word of the day for July 13
vex v
  1. To annoy.
  2. To cause (mental) suffering to; to distress
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14

 

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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15

 

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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16

 

Word of the day for July 16
salubrious adj
  1. Promoting health or well-being; wholesome
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17

 

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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18

 

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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19

 

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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20

 

Word of the day for July 20
lachrymose adj
  1. Tearful; causing tears or crying
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21

 

Word of the day for July 21
blurt v
  1. To utter suddenly and unadvisedly; to divulge inconsiderately
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22

 

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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23

 

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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24

 

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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25

 

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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26

 

Word of the day for July 26
surreptitiously adv
  1. In a surreptitious manner; stealthily, furtively
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27

 

Word of the day for July 27
juxtapose v
  1. To place side by side, especially for comparsion
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28

 

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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29

 

Word of the day for July 29
tryst n
  1. A meeting between lovers
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30

 

Word of the day for July 30
hubris n
  1. Conceited pride or arrogance
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31

 

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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