Word of the Day- October 19, 2019

accoutrements

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n.

1. often accoutrements An accessory item of equipment or dress.
2. often accoutrements Military equipment other than uniforms and weapons.
3. accoutrements Outward forms of recognition; trappings: cathedral ceilings, heated swimming pools, and other accoutrements signaling great wealth.
4. Archaic The act of accoutring.

Word of the Day, August 17, 2019

permutation

(pûr′myo͝o-tā′shən)

n.

1.

a. The process of altering the order of a given set of objects in a group.
b. The result of such a process; a rearrangement or recombination of elements: permutations of gene order.
c. Mathematics A rearrangement of the elements of a set.
2. A complete change; a transformation:

Word of the Day, June 8, 2019

cavil

(kăv′əl)

v. cav·iled, cav·il·ing, cav·ils also cav·illed or cav·il·ling
v.intr.

To argue or find fault over trivial matters; raise petty objections. See Synonyms at quibble.
v.tr.

To quibble about; point out petty flaws in.
n.

A carping or trivial objection.

[French caviller, from Old French, from Latin cavillārī, to jeer, from cavilla, a jeering.]
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Word of the Day, March 30, 2019

roundabout

(round′ə-bout′)

adj.

1. Indirect; circuitous: took a roundabout route because the bridge was closed.
2. Characterized by indirectness, evasiveness, or vagueness: a roundabout claim that avoided the issues being discussed.
n.

1. A short, close-fitting jacket.
2. Chiefly British

a. A merry-go-round.
b. A traffic circle.

Word of the Day- March 9, 2019

penumbra

(pĭ-nŭm′brə)

n. pl. pe·num·bras or pe·num·brae (-brē)

1. A partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination.
2. The diffuse outer part of a sunspot.
3. An area in which something exists to a lesser or uncertain degree: “The First Amendment has a penumbra where privacy is protected from governmental intrusion” (Joseph A. Califano, Jr.).
4. An outlying surrounding region; a periphery: “Downtown Chicago and its penumbra also stand rejuvenated”

Word of the Day January 19, 2019

intransigent

also intransigeant  (ĭn-trăn′sə-jənt, -zə-)

adj.

Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.

[French intransigeant, from Spanish intransigente : in-, not (from Latin; see in-1) + transigente, present participle of transigir, to compromise (from Latin trānsigere, to come to an agreement : trāns-, trans- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]

in·tran′si·gence, in·tran′si·gen·cy n.
in·tran′si·gent n.
in·tran′si·gent·ly adv.

Word of the Day, November 24, 2018

sumptuous

adj.

Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish: “He likes big meals, so I cook sumptuous ones” (Anaïs Nin).

[Middle English, from Old French sumptueux, from Latin sūmptuōsus, from sūmptus, expense; see sumptuary.]

sump′tu·ous·lyadv.
sump′tu·ous·ness n.