Word of the Day, November 16, 2019

besmirchment

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be·smirch

(bĭ-smûrch′)

tr.v. be·smirched, be·smirch·ing, be·smirch·es

1. To stain; sully: a reputation that was besmirched by slander.
2. To make dirty; soil.

be·smirch′er n.
be·smirch′ment n.

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 – September 21, 2019

redoubtable

(rɪˈdaʊ tə bəl)

adj.

1. evoking fear; fearsome; formidable.
2. commanding respect or reverence.
[1325–75; Middle English redoutable < Middle French, =redout(er) to fear (re- re– + douter to fear, doubt) + -able -able]
re•doubt′a•ble•ness, n.
re•doubt′a•bly, adv.

Word of the Day, August 31, 2019

disembogue

(dĭs′ĕm-bōg′)

intr.v. dis·em·bogued, dis·em·bogu·ing, dis·em·bogues

To flow out or empty, as water from a channel: “the river whose dirty waters disembogue into the harbor” (John Updike).

[From Spanish desembogue, mouth of a river, from desembocar, to flow out : des-, reversal (from Latin dis-; see dis-) + embocar, to put into the mouth (en-, in from Latin in-; see in-2 + boca, mouth, from Latin bucca, cheek).]