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Word of the day for September 1
pandeism n
  1. (religion) A belief in a god who is both pantheistic and deistic, in particular a god who designed the universe and then became it and ceased to exist separately and act consciously with respect to it.
  2. (religion, rare) Worship which admits or tolerates favourable aspects of all religions; omnitheism.

  German physicist and philosopher Max Bernhard Weinstein, who published a major examination of pandeism in 1910, was born on this day in 1852.

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Word of the day for September 5
ascesis n
  1. (Rigorous) self-discipline, particularly as a religious observance; asceticism.
  2. (Christianity, chiefly Eastern Orthodoxy, specifically) The praxis or "exercise" of asceticism and self-denial of impulses or passions for the sake of piety, theosis, and connection with God.
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Word of the day for September 7
spit n
  1. A thin metal or wooden rod on which meat is skewered for cooking, often over a fire.
  2. A generally low, narrow, pointed, usually sandy peninsula. []
  3. (uncountable) Saliva, especially when expectorated.
  4. (countable) An instance of spitting; specifically, a light fall of rain or snow. []
  5. The depth to which the blade of a spade goes into the soil when it is used for digging; a layer of soil of the depth of a spade's blade.
  6. The amount of soil that a spade holds; a spadeful.
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Word of the day for September 8
bottle episode n
  1. (originally US, television) An episode of a television series designed to be inexpensive and restricted in its use of sets, effects, cast members, etc.

  The first episode of the original Star Trek television series aired in the United States on this day in 1966. The term bottle episode is said to have originated from a nickname used by the cast and crew of the series for an episode set entirely on board the USS Enterprise starship.

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Word of the day for September 9
desideratum n
  1. Something that is wished for, or considered desirable.

  The American poet Max Ehrmann, known for his prose poem Desiderata (1927), died on this day in 1945.

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Word of the day for September 11
rouille n
  1. (cooking) A type of sauce from Provence, France, often taken with fish dishes, consisting of olive oil with breadcrumbs, chili peppers, garlic, and saffron.
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Word of the day for September 15
orphrey n
  1. (obsolete) Any elaborate embroidery, especially when made of gold thread; an object (such as clothing or fabric) adorned with such embroidery.
  2. (Christianity) An embroidered ornamental band or border on an ecclesiastical vestment, altar frontal, etc.
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Word of the day for September 17
hokum n
  1. (countable, uncountable, informal) (An instance of) meaningless nonsense with an outward appearance of being impressive and legitimate.
  2. (countable, uncountable, informal) (An instance of) excessively contrived, hackneyed, or sentimental material in a film, television programme, theater production, etc.
  3. (countable, informal) A film, television programme, theater production, etc., containing excessively contrived, hackneyed, or sentimental material.
  4. (uncountable, music) A genre of blues song or music, often characterized by sexual innuendos or satire.
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Word of the day for September 18
Ember day n
  1. (Christianity) Any of the three days within the same week, four separate sets of which occur roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that are set aside for fasting and prayer. In Western Christianity they are usually the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday following the first Sunday in Lent, Whitsunday, Holy Cross Day (14 September), and Saint Lucy's Day (13 December).

  Today is an Ember day, being the first Wednesday after Holy Cross Day in 2019.

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Word of the day for September 20
missing in action adj
  1. (chiefly military) The designation for a member of an organization (usually military) with whom contact is lost and whose whereabouts are not known, but whose death is not confirmed.
  2. (by extension) Not present when one is expected to be.

  Today, the third Friday of September in 2019, is National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the United States, which honors those who are prisoners of war or still missing in action.

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Word of the day for September 21
venereal adj
  1. Of or relating to the genitals or sexual intercourse.
  2. Of a disease: sexually transmitted; of or relating to, or adapted to the cure of, a venereal disease.
  3. (astrology, obsolete) Pertaining to the astrological influence of the planet Venus; lascivious, lustful.
  4. (chemistry, obsolete) Of or relating to copper (formerly called Venus by alchemists).

  To mark the premiere of English composer Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets on 29 September 1918, we are featuring a series of words relating to the planets in the Solar System. One of the suite’s movements is Venus, the Bringer of Peace, composed 105 years ago in 1914, which reminds us that today is the International Day of Peace.

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Word of the day for September 22
martial adj
  1. Of, relating to, or suggestive of war; warlike.
  2. Connected with or relating to armed forces or the profession of arms or military life.
  3. Characteristic of or befitting a warrior; having a military bearing; soldierly.
  4. (astrology, obsolete) Pertaining to the astrological influence of the planet Mars.
  5. (astronomy, obsolete) Of or relating to the planet Mars; Martian.
  6. (chemistry, medicine, obsolete) Containing, or relating to, iron (which was symbolically associated with the planet Mars by alchemists); chalybeate, ferric, ferrous.

  To mark the premiere of English composer Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite The Planets on 29 September 1918, we are featuring a series of words relating to the planets in the Solar System. One of the suite’s movements is Mars, the Bringer of War, composed 105 years ago in 1914.

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Word of the day for September 26
learn the ropes v
  1. (originally nautical, informal) To learn the basics or master introductory knowledge.
  2. (informal) To learn some skill requiring specialist knowledge.

  Today, the last Thursday of September in 2019, is World Maritime Day, an official United Nations day that highlights the work of the International Maritime Organization and emphasizes the importance of shipping and other maritime activities.

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Word of the day for September 30
scut n
  1. (obsolete) A hare; (hunting, also figuratively) a hare as the game in a hunt.
  2. A short, erect tail, as of a hare, rabbit, or deer.
  3. (by extension) The buttocks or rump; also, the female pudenda, the vulva. […]
  4. (chiefly Ireland, colloquial) A contemptible person. […]
  5. (also attributively) Distasteful work; drudgery; specifically (medicine, slang) some menial procedure left for a medical student to complete, sometimes for training purposes.
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