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1

 

Word of the day for September 1
precocious adj
  1. Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity.
  2. Exhibiting advanced skills at an abnormally early age
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2

 

Word of the day for September 2
hedonism n
  1. (philosophy): The belief that pleasure or happiness is the highest good in life
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3

 

Word of the day for September 3
sublimate v
  1. (physics): To change state from a solid to a gas (or from a gas to a solid) without passing through the liquid state.
  2. To redirect the natural expression of a sexual or primitive instinct in a socially acceptable activity
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4

 

Word of the day for September 4
caesura n
  1. A a pause or interruption in a poem, music, building or other work of art.
  2. In Classical prosody, using two words to divide a metrical foot
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5

 

Word of the day for September 5
turquoise n
  1. A sky-blue, greenish-blue, or greenish-gray semi-precious gemstone.
  2. A pale greenish-blue colour, like that of the gemstone
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6

 

Word of the day for September 6
cascade v
  1. To fall as a waterfall or series of small waterfalls.
  2. To occur as a causal sequence
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7

 

Word of the day for September 7
haggard adj
  1. Looking exhausted and unwell.
  2. Wild, untamed
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8

 

Word of the day for September 8
predilection n
  1. Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity
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9

 

Word of the day for September 9
benthic adj
  1. Living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean
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10

 

Word of the day for September 10
humble v
  1. To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to humiliate.
  2. To make meek or lowly in mind; to make submissive
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11

 

Word of the day for September 11
semiotics n
  1. The study of signs and symbols, especially as means of language or communication
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12

 

Word of the day for September 12
monotone n
  1. A single unvaried tone of speech or a sound
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13

 

Word of the day for September 13
fermata n
  1. (music): A notation to hold a note for longer than its usual duration, until the conductor cuts it off
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14

 

Word of the day for September 14
clandestine adj
  1. Done or kept in secret, sometimes to conceal an illicit or improper purpose
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15

 

Word of the day for September 15
cloister n
  1. A covered walk with an open colonnade on one side, running along the walls of buildings that face a quadrangle.
  2. A place, especially a monastery or convent, devoted to religious seclusion
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16

 

Word of the day for September 16
serendipity n
  1. A fortunate occurrence created by unanticipated luck
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17

 

Word of the day for September 15
ingenue n
  1. An innocent, unsophisticated, naive, wholesome girl or young woman
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18

 

Word of the day for September 18
ardor n
  1. Great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion
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19

 

Word of the day for September 19
kinkajou n
  1. A carnivorous mammal of Central America and South America with a long, prehensile tail
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20

 

Word of the day for September 20
memento n
  1. A keepsake; an object kept as a reminder of a place or event
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21

 

Word of the day for September 21
valetudinarian adj
  1. Of infirm health; seeking to recover health; sickly; weakly; infirm
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22

 

Word of the day for September 22
asthenia n
  1. Weakness; loss of strength
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23

 

Word of the day for September 23
paradiorthosis n
  1. A false correction
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24

 

Word of the day for September 24
enticing adj
  1. Anyone or anything which entices, is alluring, attractive or charming
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25

 

Word of the day for September 25
ochlocracy n
  1. Mob rule; government by the masses
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26

 

Word of the day for September 26
zeugma n
  1. The act of using a word, particularly an adjective or verb, to apply to more than one noun when its sense is appropriate to only one or in different ways
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27

 

Word of the day for September 27
dyscalculia n
  1. (pathology) Difficulty in solving mathematical problems
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28

 

Word of the day for September 28
autodidactic adj
  1. Of, relating to, or being self-taught
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29

 

Word of the day for September 29
xenogenetic adj
  1. Being of foreign origin; having originated elsewhere
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30

 

Word of the day for September 30
procrustean adj
  1. Producing or designed to produce strict conformity by ruthless or arbitrary means; marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances
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