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1

 

Word of the day for December 1
abstemiously adv
  1. Marked by abstinence or restraint, especially in relation to food or drink
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2

 

Word of the day for December 2
carry the message to Garcia v
  1. To perform a requisite task despite obstacles
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3

 

Word of the day for December 3
effectually adv
  1. In such a way as to achieve a desired result; effectively
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4

 

Word of the day for December 4
grimalkin n
  1. A cat, especially an elderly female.
  2. An old, bad-tempered woman; a crone
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5

 

Word of the day for December 5
inevitably adv
  1. In a manner that is impossible to avoid or prevent; as expected.
  2. As usual; predictably
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6

 

Word of the day for December 6
kick the bucket v
  1. (idiomatic, euphemism) To die
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7

 

Word of the day for December 7
matter-of-factly adv
  1. As though stating a fact.
  2. As though the situation is normal and not unusual
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8

 

Word of the day for December 8
oblation n
  1. The offering of worship, thanks etc. to a deity.
  2. A deed or gift offered charitably
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9

 

Word of the day for December 9
resoundingly adv
  1. With a loud, resonant sound.
  2. (by extension) Emphatically, so as to be celebrated
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10

 

Word of the day for December 10
thunderstruck adj
  1. Astonished, amazed or so suddenly surprised as to be unable to speak
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11

 

Word of the day for December 11
verbatim adv
  1. Word for word; in exactly the same words as were used originally
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12

 

Word of the day for December 12
dot the i's and cross the t's v
  1. (idiomatic) To take care of every detail, even minor ones; to be meticulous or thorough
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13

 

Word of the day for December 13
bibulously adv
  1. Drunkenly; as if intoxicated
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14

 

Word of the day for December 14
dodecahedron n
  1. (geometry) A polyhedron with twelve faces; the regular dodecahedron has twelve regular pentagons as faces
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15

 

Word of the day for December 15
fatuously adv
  1. With smug stupidity; idiotically
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16

 

Word of the day for December 16
lambent adj
  1. Brushing or flickering gently over a surface.
  2. Glowing or luminous, but lacking heat.
  3. Clever or talented without effort
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17

 

Word of the day for December 17
just in case adv
  1. (idiomatic) In the event; should there be a need
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18

 

Word of the day for December 18
hymnody n
  1. The writing, composing, or singing of hymns or psalms.
  2. The hymns of a particular church or of a particular time
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19

 

Word of the day for December 19
nebulously adv
  1. (idiomatic) Vaguely, without clear purpose or specific intention.
  2. In a manner like that of a cloud or haze.
  3. As if viewed through a cloud or haze
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20

 

Word of the day for December 20
piping hot adj
  1. (idiomatic) Very hot; originally from a literary comparison in The Canterbury Tales
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21

 

Word of the day for December 21
sheepishly adv
  1. Meekly; self-consciously; with embarrassment
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22

 

Word of the day for December 22
ursine adj
  1. Of or relating to bears.
  2. Having the appearance or characteristics of a bear
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23

 

Word of the day for December 23
with bated breath adv
  1. (idiomatic) Eagerly; with great anticipation
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24

 

Word of the day for December 24
workshop n
  1. A small room where things are manufactured, or light industrial work is done.
  2. A brief intensive course of education for a small group
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25

 

Word of the day for December 25
nativity n
  1. Birth; the place, time and circumstances of a birth
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26

 

Word of the day for December 26
piecemeal adv
  1. Piece by piece; in small amounts, stages, or degrees.
  2. Into pieces or parts.
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27

 

Word of the day for December 27
snowclone n
  1. A type of cliché which uses an old idiom formulaically in a new context
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28

 

Word of the day for December 28
querulously adv
  1. With grumbling, complaining, or whining
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29

 

Word of the day for December 29
hogan n
  1. A one-room Navajo dwelling or ceremonial lodge
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30

 

Word of the day for December 30
jubilantly adv
  1. With jubilation or triumph.
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31

 

Word of the day for December 31
disco ball n
  1. A mirrored sphere designed to slowly rotate while suspended from the ceiling
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