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1

 
Word of the day for May 1
mayday interj
  1. An expression used by aircraft and shipping to call for help or assistance
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2

 
Word of the day for May 2
cogent adj
  1. Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence.
  2. Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning
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3

 
Word of the day for May 3
rax v
  1. To stretch after sleep.
  2. To stretch, to reach out, to hand
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4

 
Word of the day for May 4
flourish n
  1. A dramatic gesture, such as the waving of a flag.
  2. An ornamentation.
  3. (music) A ceremonious passage, such as a fanfare
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5

 
Word of the day for May 5
bogus adj
  1. Counterfeit or fake; not genuine.
  2. Undesirable or harmful.
  3. Incorrect, useless, or broken
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6

 
Word of the day for May 6
umpteenth num
  1. (informal) Occurring in a relatively large but unspecified position in a sequence
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7

 
Word of the day for May 7
deicide n
  1. The killing of a god or goddess.
  2. The killer of a god or goddess
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8

 
Word of the day for May 8
overshorten v
  1. To shorten too much; to make excessively or inappropriately short
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9

 
Word of the day for May 9
theosophic adj
  1. Of or pertaining to a philosophy that holds that all religions have a portion of the truth
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10

 
Word of the day for May 10
evoke v
  1. To cause the manifestation of something (emotion, picture, etc.) in someone's mind or imagination
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11

 
Word of the day for May 11
neither determ
  1. Not one of two; not either
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12

 
Word of the day for May 12
couple-close n
  1. (heraldry) A diminutive of the chevron, always borne in closely placed pairs
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13

 
Word of the day for May 13
turncoat n
  1. A traitor; one who turns against a previous affiliation or allegiance
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14

 
Word of the day for May 14
gubernatorial adj
  1. Of or pertaining to a governor
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15

 
Word of the day for May 15
pleased as Punch adj
  1. (colloquial) Pleased with one's own actions or achievements
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16

 
Word of the day for May 16
insofar as conj
  1. To the extent that
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17

 
Word of the day for May 17
doge n
  1. The chief magistrate in the republics of Venice and Genoa
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18

 
Word of the day for May 18
windmill v
  1. To rotate with a sweeping motion
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19

 
Word of the day for May 19
Ruritanian adj
  1. Of or having the characteristics of adventure, romance, and intrigue, as in works of romantic fiction.
  2. Used to describe a fictitious and generic foreign government or person, as used to state a general or hypothetical situation
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20

 
Word of the day for May 20
kinematic adj
  1. Of or relating to motion or to kinematics
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21

 
Word of the day for May 21
don't shoot the messenger proverb
  1. The bearer of bad news should not be held accountable for the bad news
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22

 
Word of the day for May 22
reveille n
  1. The sounding of a bugle or drum early in the morning to awaken soldiers
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23

 
Word of the day for May 23
macaronic adj
  1. (archaic) Jumbled, mixed.
  2. (literature) Written in a hodgepodge mixture of two or more languages
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24

 
Word of the day for May 24
egalitarian adj
  1. Characterized by social equality and equal rights for all people
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25

 
Word of the day for May 25
abjectly adv
  1. With great shame, desperately; in an abject fashion
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26

 
Word of the day for May 26
you-know-who pron
  1. Person or entity whose name one does not want to mention but which is known to the person to whom one is speaking
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27

 
Word of the day for May 27
incubus n
  1. An evil spirit supposed to oppress people while asleep, especially to have sex with women as they sleep.
  2. A feeling of oppression during sleep; night terrors, a nightmare.
  3. Any oppressive thing or person; a burden
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28

 
Word of the day for May 28
vote with one's feet v
  1. To express one's preferences through one's actions, by participating in or voluntarily withdrawing from an activity, group, or process
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29

 
Word of the day for May 29
life of Riley n
  1. An ideal life of carefree prosperity and contentment
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30

 
Word of the day for May 30
henpeck v
  1. (chiefly by a wife) To nag persistently
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31

 
Word of the day for May 31
sans prep
  1. Without, lacking
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