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1

 

Word of the day for November 1
manifest v
  1. To show plainly; to make to appear distinctly; to display or exhibit.
  2. To exhibit the lists or prepared invoices of; to declare at the customhouse
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2

 

Word of the day for November 2
ponderous adj
  1. Heavy, massive, weighty.
  2. Serious, onerous, oppressive.
  3. Clumsy, unwieldy, or slow, especially due to weight.
  4. Dull, boring, tedious; long-winded in expression
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3

 

Word of the day for November 3
ewer n
  1. A kind of widemouthed pitcher or jug with a shape like a vase and a handle
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4

 

Word of the day for November 4
aspirate v
  1. To remove a liquid or gas by means of suction.
  2. To inhale; to draw into one's lungs.
  3. (linguistics) To follow a consonant with an audible puff of breath
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5

 

Word of the day for November 5
isthmus n
  1. A narrow strip of land, bordered on two sides by water, and connecting two larger landmasses
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6

 

Word of the day for November 6
stuffed shirt n
  1. (idiomatic) One who is pompous or self-important, especially one who is officious in a position of authority
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7

 

Word of the day for November 7
gaudy adj
  1. Very showy or ornamented, now especially when excessive or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
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8

 

Word of the day for November 8
dour adj
  1. Stern, harsh and forbidding.
  2. Unyielding and obstinate.
  3. Expressing gloom or melancholy; sullenly unhappy
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9

 

Word of the day for November 9
unmask v
  1. To remove a mask from someone.
  2. To expose, or reveal the true character of someone
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10

 

Word of the day for November 10
Rorschach test n
  1. A method of psychological evaluation that uses a person's interpretations of inkblots or similar images to discover information concerning his or her personality, emotional functioning, or unconscious mind
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11

 

Word of the day for November 11
bell the cat v
  1. To undertake a dangerous action in the service of a group
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12

 

Word of the day for November 12
hie v
  1. To hasten; to go in haste
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13

 

Word of the day for November 13
postiche n
  1. Any item of false hair worn on the head or face, such as a false beard or wig
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14

 

Word of the day for November 14
legato adv
  1. (music) Smoothly; in a connected manner
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15

 

Word of the day for November 15
clemency n
  1. The moderation of the severity of a punishment.
  2. Forgiveness or compassion
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16

 

Word of the day for November 16
vapid adj
  1. Lifeless, dull, or banal.
  2. Tasteless, bland, or insipid
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17

 

Word of the day for November 17
Demiurge n
  1. (Platonism) The subordinate being that fashions the perceptible world in the light of eternal ideas.
  2. (Gnosticism) A prideful, inferior being that creates the material world
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18

 

Word of the day for November 18
foreknow v
  1. To have foreknowledge of, to precognise
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19

 

Word of the day for November 19
allusive adj
  1. Containing or making use of indirect references or hints
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20

 

Word of the day for November 20
hallows n
  1. (archaic, plural) The relics or remains of a saint, or the shrines in which they are kept
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21

 

Word of the day for November 21
immolate v
  1. To kill as a sacrifice.
  2. To destroy, especially by fire
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22

 

Word of the day for November 22
yardbird n
  1. (chiefly US, slang) A person who is imprisoned.
  2. (chiefly US, slang) A soldier who is required to perform menial work on the grounds of a military base
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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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