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1

 

Word of the day for November 1
sanctify v
  1. To make holy; to consecrate; to set aside for sacred or ceremonial use.
  2. To free from sin; to purify.
  3. To endorse with religious sanction
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2

 

Word of the day for November 2
frisson n
  1. A sudden surge of excitement.
  2. A shiver
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3

 

Word of the day for November 3
atavistic adj
  1. (biology) Of a trait reappearing after an absence of one or more generations due to a chance combination of genes.
  2. Of a throwback or exhibiting primitivism
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4

 

Word of the day for November 4
waspish adj
  1. Suggestive of the behaviour of a wasp.
  2. Spiteful or irascible
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5

 

Word of the day for November 5
klatch n
  1. An informal social gathering, especially for the purpose of conversation
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6

 

Word of the day for November 6
doodle v
  1. To draw or scribble (something) aimlessly
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7

 

Word of the day for November 7
monophthongal adj
  1. Of or pertaining to a vowel that has the same sound throughout its pronunciation.
  2. Pronounced as a single vowel sound, especially of vowels normally pronounced as a diphthong
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8

 

Word of the day for November 8
psychosomatic adj
  1. Pertaining to physical diseases, symptoms, etc. which have mental causes.
  2. (now rare) Pertaining to both the mind and the body
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9

 

Word of the day for November 9
charabanc n
  1. A horse-drawn, and then later, motorized omnibus with open sides and, often, no roof
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10

 

Word of the day for November 10
opine v
  1. To hold or state as an opinion
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11

 

Word of the day for November 11
lunette n
  1. A small opening in a vaulted roof of a circular or crescent shape.
  2. A crescent-shaped recess or void in the space above a window or door
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12

 

Word of the day for November 12
enchorial adj
  1. Indigenous, native.
  2. Of, relating to, or written in the vulgar form of ancient Egyptian hieratic writing
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13

 

Word of the day for November 13
maxim n
  1. A precept; a succinct statement or observation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct
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14

 

Word of the day for November 14
traipse v
  1. To walk about, especially when expending much effort
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15

 

Word of the day for November 15
cerebral adj
  1. (anatomy) Of, or relating to the brain, especially the cerebral cortex of the brain.
  2. Intellectual rather than emotional
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16

 

Word of the day for November 16
rhonchus n
  1. A dry rattling sound heard during breathing, due to deposits in the bronchial tubes
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17

 

Word of the day for November 17
idiomatic adj
  1. Pertaining or conforming to the mode of expression characteristic of a language.
  2. Resembling or characteristic of an idiom
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18

 

Word of the day for November 18
buttress v
  1. To support something physically with, or as if with, a prop or buttress.
  2. To support something or someone by supplying evidence; to corroborate or substantiate
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19

 

Word of the day for November 19
frenetic adj
  1. Fast, frantic, harried, or frenzied
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20

 

Word of the day for November 20
Jezebel n
  1. An evil, scheming, or shameless woman; an immoral woman
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21

 

Word of the day for November 21
plicate adj
  1. Folded lengthwise, especially in multiple in parallel sections; corrugated
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22

 

Word of the day for November 22
leaven v
  1. To add an agent, such as yeast, used to make dough rise.
  2. To cause to rise by fermentation
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23

 

Word of the day for November 23
gestalt n
  1. A collection of entities that creates a unified concept, configuration, or pattern which is greater than the sum of its parts
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24

 

Word of the day for November 24
claptrap n
  1. Empty verbiage or nonsense
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25

 

Word of the day for November 25
shill v
  1. To promote or endorse in return for payment, especially dishonestly
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26

 

Word of the day for November 26
limbate adj
  1. (biology, paleontology) Having a distinct edge; bordered
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27

 

Word of the day for November 27
wallflower n
  1. Any of several short-lived herbs or shrubs of the genus Erysimum with bright yellow to red flowers.
  2. A person who is socially awkward, especially one who does not dance at a party due to shyness
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28

 

Word of the day for November 28
astrobleme n
  1. A pit-like structure created by an impacting meteoroid, asteroid or comet
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29

 

Word of the day for November 29
languish v
  1. To lose strength and become weak; to be in a state of weakness or sickness.
  2. To pine away in longing for something; to have low spirits, especially from lovesickness.
  3. To live in miserable or disheartening conditions.
  4. To be neglected; to make little progress, be unsuccessful
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30

 

Word of the day for November 30
sartorial adj
  1. Of or relating to the tailoring of clothing.
  2. Of or relating to the quality of dress
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