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1

 

Word of the day for December 1
hebetude n
  1. Mental lethargy or dullness
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2

 

Word of the day for December 2
sententious adj
  1. (obsolete) Full of meaning.
  2. Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.
  3. Tending to use aphorisms, especially given to trite moralizing
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3

 

Word of the day for December 3
flaneur n
  1. One who wanders aimlessly, who roams, who travels at a lounging pace
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4

 

Word of the day for December 4
piffle v
  1. To act or speak in a futile, ineffective, or nonsensical manner
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5

 

Word of the day for December 5
consternation n
  1. Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement
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6

 

Word of the day for December 6
maudlin adj
  1. Extravagantly or excessively sentimental; self-pitying.
  2. Affectionate or sentimental in an effusive, tearful, or foolish manner, such as from drunkenness
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7

 

Word of the day for December 7
animadversion n
  1. A criticism; a critical remark
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8

 

Word of the day for December 8
John Lennon glasses n
  1. A pair of eyeglasses (spectacles) with round lenses
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9

 

Word of the day for December 9
comport v
  1. To be in agreement (with); to be of an accord.
  2. (reflexive) To behave (in a given manner)
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10

 

Word of the day for December 10
intempestivity n
  1. Unseasonability; untimeliness
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11

 

Word of the day for December 11
undownable adj
  1. Undeniably important; describing that which cannot be played down or ignored.
  2. Invincible; describing that which cannot be brought down or overcome
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12

 

Word of the day for December 12
ideogram n
  1. A symbol which represents the idea of something without indicating the sequence of sounds used to pronounce it
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13

 

Word of the day for December 13
tussock n
  1. A tuft or clump of green grass or similar verdure, forming a small hillock
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14

 

Word of the day for December 14
ascribe v
  1. To attribute; to impute; to refer, as to a cause
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15

 

Word of the day for December 15
pensive adj
  1. Having the appearance of deep, often melancholic, thinking.
  2. Looking thoughtful, especially from sadness
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16

 

Word of the day for December 16
bookish adj
  1. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with people; learned from books.
  2. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books
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17

 

Word of the day for December 17
don't look a gift horse in the mouth proverb
  1. Do not unappreciatively question a gift or handout too closely
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18

 

Word of the day for December 18
poltroon n
  1. An ignoble or arrant coward; a dastard; a mean-spirited wretch
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19

 

Word of the day for December 19
contiguous adj
  1. Connected; touching; abutting.
  2. Adjacent; neighbouring.
  3. Connecting without a break
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20

 

Word of the day for December 20
stertorously adv
  1. With heavy breathing, as if snoring; in a stertorous manner
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21

 

Word of the day for December 21
frowst v
  1. To enjoy a warm, stuffy room
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22

 

Word of the day for December 22
altruistic adj
  1. Regardful of others; beneficent; unselfish
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23

 

Word of the day for December 23
dulse n
  1. A seaweed of a reddish-brown color (Palmaria palmata) which is sometimes eaten
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24

 

Word of the day for December 24
unobtrusively adv
  1. In an unobtrusive manner; in a manner that is not noticeable or blatant
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25

 

Word of the day for December 25
chiliasm n
  1. Belief in an earthly thousand-year period of peace and prosperity, sometimes equated with the return of Jesus for that period
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26

 

Word of the day for December 26
supernal adj
  1. Pertaining to heaven or to the sky; celestial.
  2. Exalted, exquisite, superlative
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27

 

Word of the day for December 27
inexorably adv
  1. In an inexorable manner; without the possibility of stopping or preventing
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28

 

Word of the day for December 28
fiddle v
  1. To play aimlessly.
  2. To adjust in order to cover a basic flaw or fraud etc.
  3. To play the violin
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29

 

Word of the day for December 29
impetuous adj
  1. Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner.
  2. Characterized by sudden and violent force
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30

 

Word of the day for December 30
monochrome n
  1. A black and white image, especially a photograph.
  2. A ceramic glaze of a single colour, or an object so glazed.
  3. (dated) A painting executed in shades of a single colour
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31

 

Word of the day for December 31
ancillary adj
  1. Subordinate; secondary; auxiliary; accessory
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