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Word of the day for August 1
lollipop n
  1. A confectionery consisting of a piece of candy/sweet attached to a stick.

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Word of the day for August 2
accord v
  1. To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another.
  2. To agree or correspond; to be in harmony.
  3. (dated or law) To grant as suitable or proper; to concede or award.

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Word of the day for August 3
unnecessary adj
  1. Not needed or necessary.
  2. In addition to requirements; unrequired.

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Word of the day for August 4
parvenu n
  1. A person who has risen or been promoted to a higher social class, but has not gained acceptance from members of that new class.

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Word of the day for August 5
occur v
  1. To present or offer itself; to happen or take place.
  2. To come or be presented to the mind; to suggest itself.
  3. (biology) To be present or found.

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Word of the day for August 6
cumberground n
  1. (obsolete) Totally worthless object or person; something that is just in the way.

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Word of the day for August 7
betimes adv
  1. In good season or time; early, especially in the morning.
  2. (archaic) In a short time, soon.

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Word of the day for August 8
irascible adj
  1. Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable.

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Word of the day for August 9
preternatural adj
  1. Beyond or different from what is natural or according to the regular course of things.
  2. Having an existence outside of the natural world.

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Word of the day for August 10
circumscribe v
  1. To draw a line around; to encircle.
  2. To limit narrowly; to restrict.

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Word of the day for August 11
schadenfreude n
  1. Malicious enjoyment derived from observing someone else's misfortune.

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Word of the day for August 12
filial adj
  1. Pertaining to or befitting a son or daughter.
  2. Respectful of the duties and attitudes of a son or daughter toward their parents.

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Word of the day for August 13
worrywart n
  1. Someone who worries about everything, especially about inconsequential things.

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Word of the day for August 14
rapacious adj
  1. Voracious; avaricious.
  2. Given to taking by force or plundering.
  3. Subsisting on live prey.

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Word of the day for August 15
bludgeon v
  1. To strike or hit with something hard; to club.
  2. To force something upon others, as if with a bludgeon.

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Word of the day for August 16
pillage v
  1. To loot or plunder by force, especially in time of war.

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Word of the day for August 17
cistern n
  1. A reservoir or tank for holding water, especially rainwater.
  2. (technical) A toilet tank.
  3. (anatomy) A cisterna.

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Word of the day for August 18
licit adj
  1. Not forbidden by formal or informal rules.
  2. (law) Explicitly sanctioned or authorized by law.

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Word of the day for August 19
excise v
  1. To impose an excise tax on something.
  2. To cut out; to remove.

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Word of the day for August 20
bivouac n
  1. An encampment for the night, usually without tents or covering.
  2. Any temporary encampment.
  3. (dated) The watch of a whole army by night.

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Word of the day for August 21
slipshod adj
  1. Done poorly or too quickly; careless.
  2. (obsolete) Wearing slippers or similar shoes.

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Word of the day for August 22
cordial adj
  1. Hearty; sincere.
  2. Radiating warmth and friendliness; genial.

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Word of the day for August 23
mouton enragé n
  1. A normally peaceful person who has become suddenly and uncharacteristically angry.

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Word of the day for August 24
incur v
  1. To bring upon or expose oneself to, especially something inconvenient.
  2. (especially law) To render somebody liable or subject to.

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Word of the day for August 25
moot adj
  1. (Commonwealth) Subject to discussion; unsolved or impossible to solve.
  2. (North America) Having no impact or relevance.

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Word of the day for August 26
emollient n
  1. Something which softens or lubricates the skin.
  2. Anything soothing, or that makes something more acceptable.

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Word of the day for August 27
undergrounder n
  1. An underground publication or movie.
  2. One who is part of a secret or underground society or subculture.

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Word of the day for August 28
queue n
  1. A line of people or other things, in which the one at the front is dealt with first, and which newcomers join at the opposite end.
  2. (computing) A data structure in which objects are removed from one end, called the head, and added to the other, called the tail.
  3. (mostly historical) A men's hairstyle whose primary attribute is a braid at the back of the head.

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Word of the day for August 29
obstinate adj
  1. Stubbornly adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course.
  2. Said of inanimate things not easily subdued or removed.

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Word of the day for August 30
negawatt n
  1. A unit of saved energy.

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Word of the day for August 31
accursed adj
  1. Hateful; detestable.
  2. (archaic or theology) Doomed to destruction or misery; cursed.

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