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Word Of The Day – Gelid

Definition : extremely cold : icy Did You Know? Gelid first appeared in English late in the 16th century, coming to our language from Latin gelidus, which ultimately derives from

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Word Of The Day – Comity

Definition 1 a : friendly social atmosphere : social harmony b : a loose widespread community based on common social institutions c : the courtesy and friendship of nations marked

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Word Of The Day – Flout

Definition 1: to treat with contemptuous disregard: scorn 2: to indulge in scornful behavior Did You Know? If you flout a rule or societal norm, you ignore it without hiding

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Word Of The Day – Contraband

Definition 1: illegal or prohibited traffic in goods: smuggling 2: goods or merchandise whose importation, exportation, or possession is forbidden; also: smuggled goods 3: a slave who during the American

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Word Of The Day – Spontaneous

Definition 1: proceeding from natural feeling or native tendency without external constraint 2: arising from a momentary impulse 3: controlled and directed internally: self-acting 4: produced without being planted or

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Word Of The Day – Paucity

Definition 1: smallness of number: fewness 2: smallness of quantity: dearth Did You Know? Here’s a little information about paucity: the word was first recorded in English in the 15th

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Word Of The Day – Lucrative

Definition 1: producing wealth 2: profitable Did You Know? Paying, gainful, remunerative, and lucrative share the meaning of bringing in a return of money, but each term casts a different

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Word Of The Day – Mangle

Definition 1 : to injure with deep disfiguring wounds by cutting, tearing, or crushing 2 : to spoil, injure, or make incoherent especially through ineptitude Did You Know? Besides the “mutilate” verb mangle,

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Word Of The Day – Incandescent

Definition 1 a : white, glowing, or luminous with intense heat b : strikingly bright, radiant, or clear c : marked by brilliance especially of expression d : characterized by glowing zeal : ardent 2 a

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Word Of The Day – Distend

Definition 1: extend 2: to enlarge, expand, or stretch out (as from internal pressure): swell Did You Know? The history of the word distend stretches back to the Latin verb tendere—a root whose kin have

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Word Of The Day – Brainiac

Definition : a very intelligent person Did You Know? As Superman fans know, Brainiac was the superintelligent villain in the Action Comics series and its spin-offs. His name is a portmanteau of brain and maniac. (For

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Word Of The Day – Tyro

Definition : a beginner in learning: novice Did You Know? The word tyro is hardly a newcomer to Western language. It comes from the Latin tiro, which means “young soldier,” “new recruit,” or more

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Word Of The Day – Equity

Definition 1 a : justice according to natural law or right; specifically : freedom from bias or favoritism b : something that is equitable 2 a : the money value of a property or of an interest

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Word Of The Day – Ambient

Definition 1: existing or present on all sides: encompassing 2 of electronic music: quiet and relaxing with melodies that repeat many times Did You Know? Biologists explore the effects of ambient light on

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Word Of The Day – Capitulate

Definition 1 a : to surrender often after negotiation of terms b : to cease resisting : acquiesce 2 archaic : parley, negotiate Did You Know? Capitulate and its synonyms yield, submit, and succumb all mean to give way to someone or something,

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Word Of The Day – Victual

Definition 1 : food usable by people 2 victuals plural : supplies of food : provisions Did You Know? If you’re hungry for the story behind victual, get ready to dig into a rich and fulfilling history.

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Word Of The Day – Mogul

Definition 1 capitalized Mogul : an Indian Muslim of or descended from one of several conquering groups of Mongol, Turkish, and Persian origin; especially : Great Mogul 2 : a great personage : magnate Did You Know? Started by Bābur, a

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Word Of The Day – Vaunted

Definition : highly or widely praised or boasted about Did You Know? The verb vaunt has been used since the 15th century with the meaning “to make a vain display of one’s own

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