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1

 

Word of the day for February 1
nuance n
  1. A minor distinction.
  2. Subtlety or fine detail
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2

 

Word of the day for February 2
gesticulate v
  1. To make gestures or motions while speaking.
  2. To say or express through gestures
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3

 

Word of the day for February 3
cartouche n
  1. An ornamental figure, often on an oval shield.
  2. An oval figure containing hieroglyphics that represent the names of royal or divine people
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4

 

Word of the day for February 4
slapdash adv
  1. In a hasty or careless manner.
  2. Directly, right there
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5

 

Word of the day for February 5
flibbertigibbet n
  1. An offbeat, skittish person, especially of a young woman
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6

 

Word of the day for February 6
pirouette v
  1. To turn or whirl on the toes like a dancer
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7

 

Word of the day for February 7
inimical adj
  1. Harmful in effect.
  2. Unfriendly; hostile
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8

 

Word of the day for February 8
banter v
  1. To engage in good-humoured, playful conversation
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9

 

Word of the day for February 9
puerile adj
  1. Boyish, childish, silly
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10

 

Word of the day for February 10
malapropism n
  1. The blundering use of an absurdly inappropriate word in place of a similar sounding one.
  2. An absurdly inappropriate word that has been improperly used in place of a similar sounding word
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11

 

Word of the day for February 11
docile adj
  1. Ready to accept instruction or direction.
  2. Yielding to control or supervision, direction, or management; tractable
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12

 

Word of the day for February 12
lunge v
  1. To make a sudden forward movement
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13

 

Word of the day for February 13
apostrophe n
  1. (rhetoric) An exclamatory piece of dialogue addressed to someone or something, especially absent
  2. (orthography) The text character , used to mark the possessive case or show the omission of characters
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14

 

Word of the day for February 14
lavish v
  1. To expend or bestow with profusion; as, to lavish money or praise
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15

 

Word of the day for February 15
xenial adj
  1. Hospitable, especially to visiting strangers or foreigners.
  2. Of the relation between a host and guest
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16

 

Word of the day for February 16
calumniate v
  1. To make hurtful untrue comments about someone; to slander
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17

 

Word of the day for February 17
hegemony n
  1. Domination, influence, or authority over another, especially by one group or nation over another
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18

 

Word of the day for February 18
obstreperous adj
  1. Attended by, or making, a loud and tumultuous noise.
  2. Noisily and stubbornly defiant
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19

 

Word of the day for February 19
quintessentially adv
  1. In a manner that is typical or characteristic of a thing's nature
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20

 

Word of the day for February 20
oneirocritic adj
  1. Of or related to the interpretation of dreams
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21

 

Word of the day for February 21
negotiate v
  1. To confer with others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement.
  2. To succeed in coping with, or getting over something
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22

 

Word of the day for February 22
eidolon n
  1. An image or representation of an idea; a representation of an ideal form
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23

 

Word of the day for February 23
pococurante adj
  1. Apathetic, unconcerned, or nonchalant
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24

 

Word of the day for February 24
sonorous adj
  1. Noisy; producing much sound.
  2. Capable of making sound, such as a bell
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25

 

Word of the day for February 25
talisman n
  1. A small object worn or carried as a protection against evil or the supernatural
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26

 

Word of the day for February 26
rhetorical adj
  1. Part of or similar to rhetoric; pertaining to the use of language as a means to persuade
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27

 

Word of the day for February 27
vilify v
  1. To denounce or belittle through speech; to put down.
  2. To say defamatory things about someone or something
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28

 

Word of the day for February 28
suppliant n
  1. One who pleads or requests earnestly
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