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crgator

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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2010 7:39:47 AM

obviate

(transitive verb)
[OB-vee-ayt']

1. to avoid, bypass, or make unnecessary: "They saved enough money for their purchase and obviated the need to borrow."
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love
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Message Posted: Mar 14, 2014 11:23:03 AM

Clinomania - the excessive desire to stay in bed.
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 9:51:20 AM

Zany \ZAY-nee\

DEFINITION

noun

1: a subordinate clown or acrobat in old comedies who mimics ludicrously the tricks of the principal

2: one who acts the buffoon to amuse others

3: a foolish, eccentric, or crazy person

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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2014 11:09:28 AM

hoopla \HOO-plah\

DEFINITION

noun

1: excited commotion : to-do

2: exaggerated or sensational promotion or publicity

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2013 1:31:20 PM

lunar •\'lü-n?r also -?när\• adjective

: of, related to or associated with the Moon
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2013 10:16:14 AM

forfend \for-FEND\

DEFINITION

verb

1: to ward off : prevent
2: protect, preserve
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2013 10:08:25 AM

argot •\'är-g?t, -(?)go\• noun

: a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves)
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2013 1:42:55 PM

immutable •\(,)i(m)-'myü-t-bul\• adjective

: not subject or susceptible to change or variation in form or quality or nature

[Edited by: crgator at 11/16/2013 1:43:45 PM EST]
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crgator
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 8:20:04 AM

bludgeon •\'bl?-j?n\• noun and verb

noun: a club used as a weapon
verb: strike with a club
verb: overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2013 7:52:55 AM

pitfall •\'pit-?fo?l\• noun

1. an unforeseen or unexpected or surprising difficulty
2. a trap in the form of a concealed hole
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2013 12:12:51 PM

witticism •\'wi-t?-?si-z?m\• noun

: a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill has the power to evoke laughter
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2013 9:27:06 AM

cohort •\'ko-?ho?rt\• noun

1. a band of warriors (originally a unit of a Roman Legion)
2. a company of companions or supporters
3. a group of people having approximately the same age
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2013 9:44:49 AM

in silico

\in-SIL-ih-koh\

DEFINITION

adverb or adjective
: in or on a computer : done or produced by using computer software or simulation

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crgator
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:34:18 AM

wanderlust •\'wän-d?r-?l?st\• noun

: very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 1:16:39 PM

mensal

PRONUNCIATION:
(MEN-suhl) Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.
MEANING:
adjective:
1. Monthly.
2. Relating to the table. ETYMOLOGY:
For 1: From Latin mensis (month). Earliest documented use: 1475.
For 2: From Latin mensa (table). Earliest documented use: 1440. USAGE:
"I refer to your addled account of an exchange between you and Mike Butler relative to mensal checks from home."
John Lewis-Stempel; Fatherhood; Simon & Schuster; 2001.

"Daphne was good at mensal ceremony; her each gesture and nibble, each sip from her tea bowl, was as graceful as a small ballet."
John C. Wright; The Golden Age; Tor Books; 2003.
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 9:54:20 AM

odorous •\'o-d?-r?s\• adjective

1. having a characteristic smell
2. emitting a smell
3. having a natural fragrance
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 10:17:20 AM

move--to relocate.

Mister8tch will move into his new condo today.
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crgator
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2013 8:45:51 AM

doff •\'däf, 'd?f\• verb

: remove (a hat)
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2013 6:32:43 AM

artifice •\'är-t?-f?s\• noun

: a deceptive maneuver (especially to avoid capture)
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2013 1:42:22 AM

Agglutinate

PRONUNCIATION: (verb: uh-GLOOT-n-ayt, adjective: uh-GLOOT-n-it, -ayt)
MEANING: verb tr., intr.:
1. To form words by combining words or word elements.
2. To join or become joined as if by glue.
3. To clump or cause to clump, as red blood cells.

adjective:
1. Joined or tending to join.
2. Relating to a language that makes complex words by joining words or word elements extensively. For example as in Turkish. ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin gluten (glue). Earliest documented use: 1541. USAGE:
"Like Turkish, Tuyuca is heavily agglutinating, so that one word, hóabãsiriga means 'I do not know how to write.'"
Tongue Twisters: In search of the world's hardest language; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 17, 2009.

"There were two kinds of blood on that laboratory floor, and they do not agglutinate."
Arthur B. Reeve; The Dream Doctor; Echo; 2007.
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Message Posted: Sep 14, 2013 9:37:09 AM

embryonic •\?em-bre-'ä-nik\• adjective

1. of an organism prior to birth or hatching
2. in an early stage of development
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 8:57:00 AM

per contra \per-KAHN-truh\

adverb
1 a: on the contrary b: by way of contrast
2: as an offset
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 8:59:09 AM

finale •\f?-'na-le, fi-'nä-\• noun

1. the closing section of a musical composition
2. the concluding part of any performance
3. the temporal end; the concluding time
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 6:32:12 AM

dour •\'du?r, 'dau?(-?)r\•

adjective

1. showing a brooding ill humor
2. stubbornly unyielding
3. harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 12:19:10 PM

obtuse.

Dense, slow, dimm witted.
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 9:33:40 AM

incipient \in-SIP-ee-unt\

adjective

: beginning to come into being or to become apparent
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2013 11:07:17 AM

Feckless--immature, irresponsible.

Feckless students rarely turn in their homework.
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2013 9:12:28 AM

duress \dur-RESS\

noun

1: forcible restraint or restriction
2: compulsion by threat; specifically : unlawful constraint
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2013 9:11:27 AM

mishap •\'mis-?hap, mis-'\•

noun

1. an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
2. an instance of misfortune
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 9:06:42 AM

flair \FLAIR\

noun

1: a skill or instinctive ability to appreciate or make good use of something: talent; also: inclination, tendency
2: a uniquely attractive quality : style
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Message Posted: Aug 29, 2013 8:24:59 AM

conducive •\k?n-'dü-siv, -'dyü-\•

adjective

: tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
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Message Posted: Aug 28, 2013 6:37:33 AM

proximate \PRAHK-suh-mut\

adjective
1: immediately preceding or following (as in a chain of events, causes, or effects)
2 a: very near : close
b: soon forthcoming : imminent
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2013 6:37:09 AM

jape \JAYP\

verb
1: to say or do something jokingly or mockingly
2: to make mocking fun of
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2013 11:39:44 PM

zymurgy

PRONUNCIATION:
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MEANING:
noun: The branch of chemistry dealing with fermentation, as brewing.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek zym- (ferment) + -urgy (work). Earliest documented use: 1868. NOTES:
While zymurgy's day job is raising spirits, it also moonlights as the last word in a dictionary. Some dictionaries have employed other, more accomplished, words for the job. Aardvark serves on the opposite end. USAGE:
"Zymurgy's reek was everywhere."
Ceylon L. Barclay; Red Rum Punch; Cross Cultural Publications; 1994.
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2013 6:33:11 AM

pusillanimous •\?pju-s?-'la-n?-m?s\• adjective

: lacking in courage and manly strength and resolution; contemptibly fearful
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 3:09:51 PM

solemnity - A trait of dignified seriousness, staidness, sedateness
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Do I seem to have lost my solemnity, my gravity, my poise, my dignity?
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 9:57:39 AM

rowel \ROWL\

verb
1: to goad with or as if with a pointed disk at the end of a spur
2: vex, trouble

EXAMPLES

With one of the best fastballs in the league combined with a wicked changeup, Lester roweled the opposing line-up for his second career no-hitter.

"He folded the book shut, touched his hat, moved to the wagon, and roweled the horses around." — From Colum McCann's 2013 novel TransAtlantic
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2013 11:11:37 AM

fracas •\'fra-k?s, 'fra-, British 'fra-?kä\• noun

: noisy quarrel
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Message Posted: Aug 22, 2013 6:32:57 AM

inscrutable \in-SKROO-tuh-bul\ adjective

:not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood : mysterious

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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 11:19:59 AM

parochial - Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook, insular.

After moving to a big city, she had little patience for what she considered to be her parents' parochial attitudes.

[Edited by: mister8tch at 8/21/2013 11:21:06 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 6:33:59 AM

degradation •\?de-gr?-'da-sh?n\• noun

1. changing to a lower state (a less respected state)
2. a low or downcast state
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2013 6:38:06 AM

zero-sum \ZEER-oh-SUM\

DEFINITION
adjective

: of, relating to, or being a situation (as a game or relationship) in which a gain for one side entails a corresponding loss for the other side

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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 6:35:47 AM

mot juste \moh-ZHEWST\

DEFINITION
noun

: the exactly right word or phrasing

EXAMPLE

The most successful managers—like the most successful writers and politicians—can summon the mot juste easily.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2013 8:36:49 AM

evince - To show or demonstrate clearly; manifest, express, show.
.

The baby couldn't tell us she disliked the cereal, but she evinced her distaste by grimacing.

[Edited by: mister8tch at 8/18/2013 8:37:04 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2013 9:17:06 AM

edify •\'e-d?-?fi\• verb

: make understand
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Message Posted: Aug 16, 2013 6:48:55 AM

liaison \LEE-uh-zahn\

DEFINITION

noun

1 a: a close bond or connection
b: an illicit sexual relationship : affair

2 a: communication for establishing and maintaining mutual understanding and cooperation (as between parts of an armed force)
b: one that establishes and maintains communication for mutual understanding and cooperation

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Message Posted: Aug 15, 2013 6:41:49 AM

miscible \MISS-uh-bul\

DEFINITION
adjective

: capable of being mixed; specifically : capable of mixing in any ratio without separation of two phases
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 8:16:14 AM

laconic - Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise, terse, curt, crisp

Even so, our acquaintance might have been no more than a hand-grip and a word—he was a laconic old fellow—had it not been for the drinking.
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 6:42:41 AM

synthesis •\'sin(t)-th?-s?s\• noun

1. the combination of ideas into a complex whole
2. the process of producing a chemical compound (usually by the union of simpler chemical compounds)
3. reasoning from the general to the particular (or from cause to effect)
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2013 6:36:46 AM

depone

verb

: to assert under oath : testify

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