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1

 

Word of the day for November 1
send-up n
  1. A satirical imitation of a work of art or a genre.
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2

 

Word of the day for November 2
unsub n
  1. Abbreviation of unknown subject of an investigation
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3

 

Word of the day for November 3
medium dead adj
  1. (humorous) Unconscious and near death
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4

 

Word of the day for November 4
amalgamate v
  1. To merge, to combine, to blend, to join.
  2. To make an alloy of a metal and mercury.
  3. (mathematics) To combine (free groups) by identifying respective isomorphic subgroups.


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5

 

Word of the day for November 5
swathe n
  1. A bandage; a band;
  2. (chiefly UK, usually in plural) A group of people.
  3. Alternative spelling of swath.


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6

 

Word of the day for November 6
antipodean adj
  1. diametrically opposed
  2. relating to the antipodes, or situated at opposite sides of the Earth
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7

 

Word of the day for November 7
thunderous adj
  1. Very loud; suggestive of thunder
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8

 

Word of the day for November 8
cackle-bladder n
  1. A bladder containing chicken blood, used by a con man to fake someone's death or injury.
  2. A method of making the mark think that he is an accessory to murder by faking someone's death in this manner
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9

 

Word of the day for November 9
banner blindness n
  1. (chiefly Internet) Desensitization to common means of attracting attention
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10

 

Word of the day for November 10
permablock v
  1. (Internet slang) To permanently block the access of a user
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11

was not set for 2011

12

 

Word of the day for November 12
eclaircissement n
  1. An explanation of something obscure or unknown; clarification, enlightenment
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13

 

Word of the day for November 13
pernoctation n
  1. An overnight stay; action (or instance) of abiding through the night at a location.
  2. The action (or an instance) of walking about at night, especially as a vigil or watch
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14

 

Word of the day for November 14
salacious adj
  1. Promoting sexual desire or lust
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15

 

Word of the day for November 15
diametrically adv
  1. Separated by a diameter, on exactly the opposite side
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16

 

Word of the day for November 16
ostinato n
  1. A piece of melody, a chord progression, or a bass figure that is repeated over and over as a musical accompaniment
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17

 

Word of the day for November 17
factious adj
  1. Of, pertaining to, or caused by factions.
  2. Given to or characterized by discordance or insubordination
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18

 

Word of the day for November 18
sny v
  1. (now dialectal, intransitive) Abound, swarm, teem, be infested, with something
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19

 

Word of the day for November 19
emetic n
  1. An agent that induces vomiting
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20

 

Word of the day for November 20
Christmas creep n
  1. The inexorable tendency for the commercial aspects of Christmas to appear earlier every year
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21

 

Word of the day for November 21
inquiline n
  1. An animal that lives in the nest, burrow, gall, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
  2. An organism that lives within a reservoir of water collected in the hollow of a plant stem or leaf
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22

 

Word of the day for November 22
aperçu n
  1. A clever insight
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23

 

Word of the day for November 23
labyrinthine adj
  1. Physically resembling a labyrinth; with the qualities of a maze.
  2. Twisting, convoluted, baffling, confusing, perplexing
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24

 

Word of the day for November 24
trepanation n
  1. The practice of drilling a hole in the skull as a physical, mental, or spiritual treatment
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25

 

Word of the day for November 25
importune v
  1. To harass with persistent requests.
  2. To approach to offer one's services as a prostitute
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26

 

Word of the day for November 26
monition n
  1. A caution or warning of imminent danger.
  2. An admonition or rebuke
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27

 

Word of the day for November 27
solipsism n
  1. (philosophy) The theory that the self is all that exists or that can be proven to exist.
  2. Self-absorption, an unawareness of the views or needs of others
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28

 

Word of the day for November 28
cowboy shot n
  1. (film) A shot framed to include a region from the actor's head to mid-thigh
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29

 

Word of the day for November 29
Varsovian adj
  1. Of, from or pertaining to Warsaw
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30

 

Word of the day for November 30
fire in the belly n
  1. The emotional stamina and vigor, passion, or inner drive to achieve something, to take action, etc
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