Word of the Day – February 2018


2nd       Dichotomy – (n.) a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.

3rd        Stygian – (adj.) relating to the River Styx in Greek mythology; very dark.

4th        Cockaigne – (n.) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness


6th        Renaissance – (n.) a revival of or renewed interest in something.

7th        Quixotic – (adj.) extremely idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.

8th        Rusticate – 1. To go into the country 2. To make rustic, as persons or manners 3. (British) to suspend a student from a university as punishment

9th        Nikhedonia – (n.) the pleasure of anticipating victory or success

10th      Ostensibly – (adv.) as appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; apparently


12th       Seminal – (adj.) strongly influencing later developments

13th         Drapetomania – (n.) an overwhelming urge to run away

14th       Ubiquitous – (adj.) present, appearing, or found everywhere

15th         Elegy – (n.) a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead; (Greek and Latin verse) a poem written in elegiac couplets

16th         Obfuscate – (v.) make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible; to bewilder someone


18th         Refectory – (n.) a room used for communal meals in an educational or religious institution

19th      Pertinacious – (adj.) holding firmly to an opinion or course of action

20th      Bilious – (adj.) 1. Affected by or associated with nausea or vomiting, (of a color) lurid or sickly 2. Spiteful; bad-tempered 3. Relating to bile

21st      Dilapidated – (adj.) in a state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect


23rd         Apocryphal – (adj.) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true

24th      Pragmatic – (adj.) dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations

25th      Pandiculation – a stretching and stiffening especially of the body (as when fatigued and drowsy or after waking from sleep)

26th      Midden – (n.) a dunghill or refuse heap

27th      Avuncular – (adj.) kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person; (anthropology) relating to the relationship between men and the children of their siblings


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