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1

 

Word of the day for November 1
winnow v
  1. To free or separate grain or the like from chaff or refuse matter, usually by means of wind.
  2. To wave to and fro; to flutter; to flap
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2

 

Word of the day for November 2
rodomontade v
  1. To boast, brag or bluster pretentiously
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3

 

Word of the day for November 3
crestfallen adj
  1. Sad because of a recent event.
  2. Depressed
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4

 

Word of the day for November 4
illuminate v
  1. To shine light on something.
  2. To clarify or make something understandable.
  3. To decorate the page of a manuscript book with ornamental designs
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5

 

Word of the day for November 5
aprosdoketon n
  1. A figure of speech where an expected word in an idiom is replaced unexpectedly by an unusual one
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6

 

Word of the day for November 6
stochastic adj
  1. Random; determined randomly
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7

 

Word of the day for November 7
ivory tower n
  1. A sheltered, overly-academic existence or perspective, implying a disconnection or lack of awareness of reality or practical considerations
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8

 

Word of the day for November 8
crystalize v
  1. To assume crystalline form.
  2. To take definite form
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9

 

Word of the day for November 9
higgledy-piggledy adj
  1. In utter order or confusion; mixed up
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10

 

Word of the day for November 10
percolate v
  1. To filter a liquid through a porous substance
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11

 

Word of the day for November 11
aquiline adj
  1. Of or like an eagle
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12

 

Word of the day for November 12
logogram n
  1. A character or symbol that represents a word or phrase
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13

 

Word of the day for November 13
upstage v
  1. To draw attention away from.
  2. To force an actor to face away from the audience by staying upstage
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14

 

Word of the day for November 14
flagship n
  1. A ship occupied by the fleet commander.
  2. The most important item in a related group
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15

 

Word of the day for November 15
inebriated adj
  1. Behaving as though affected by alcohol
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16

 

Word of the day for November 16
mitigate v
  1. To reduce, lessen, or decrease
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17

 

Word of the day for November 17
tremulous adj
  1. Trembling or shaking.
  2. Timid or unconfident
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18

 

Word of the day for November 18
eponym n
  1. A person whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity.
  2. A word formed from a person’s name
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19

 

Word of the day for November 19
lurid adj
  1. Ghastly, pale, or wan in appearance.
  2. Shocking, horrifying
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20

 

Word of the day for November 20
dactylology n
  1. The use of the fingers and hands to communicate ideas, especially by the deaf
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21

 

Word of the day for November 21
ruminate v
  1. To chew cud.
  2. To meditate or reflect
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22

 

Word of the day for November 22
shekel n
  1. A currency unit or both ancient and modern Israel
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23

 

Word of the day for November 23
kowtow v
  1. To kneel and bow low enough to touch one’s forehead to the ground.
  2. To act in a very submissive manner
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24

 

Word of the day for November 24
Byzantine adj
  1. Of or pertaining to Byzantium.
  2. Overly complex or intricate
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25

 

Word of the day for November 25
watchword n
  1. A prearranged reply to the challenge of a sentry.
  2. A rallying cry
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26

 

Word of the day for November 26
careen v
  1. To heave a ship down on one side so as to expose the other.
  2. To sway violently from side to side
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27

 

Word of the day for November 27
omnific adj
  1. Capable of making or doing anything
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28

 

Word of the day for November 28
quixotic adj
  1. Acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism or practicality
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29

 

Word of the day for November 29
penultimate adj
  1. Of the next-to-last item in a sequence
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30

 

Word of the day for November 30
glimmer v
  1. To shine with a faint light
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