Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Fey
 
Pronunciation: /fay/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Marked by a foreboding of death or calamity
2) Marked by an otherworldly air or attitude
3) Crazy, touched
4) Excessively refined : precious
5) Quaintly unconventional : campy
6) Having supernatural powers of clairvoyance
 
Etymology: Old English fǣge (in the sense ‘fated to die soon’).
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Word of the Day: Perfidious
 
Pronunciation: /pərˈfidēəs/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Deceitful and untrustworthy
2) Deliberately faithless
3) Treacherous
 
Etymology: Late 16th century: from Latin perfidiosus, from perfidia ‘treachery.

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Word of the Day: Sybaritic
 
Pronunciation: /sib-uh-RIT-ik/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Devoted to or relating to luxury and pleasure.
2) Self-indulgent.
3) Of, relating to, or characteristic of Sybaris or its inhabitants.
 
Etymology: After Sybaris, an ancient Greek city in southern Italy noted for its wealth, whose residents were notorious for their love of luxury. Earliest documented use: 1619.

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Word of the Day: Bucolic
 
Pronunciation: /byoo-KAH-lik/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : pastoral
2) relating to or typical of rural life
3) pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity : idyllic
 
Etymology: early 16th century (denoting a pastoral poem): via Latin from Greek boukolikos, from boukolos ‘herdsman,’ from bous ‘ox.’

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Word of the Day: Tatterdemalion
 
Pronunciation: /tatt-er-dih-MAIL-yun/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) ragged or disreputable in appearance
2) being in a decayed state or condition
3) tattered or dilapidated
 
Etymology: 1600-10; first written tatter-de-mallian and rhymed with Italian; see tatter1; -de-mallian

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Word of the Day: Cramoisy
 
Pronunciation: /KRAM-oi-zee, kruh-MOI-/
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) Of a crimson color.
2) Crimson cloth.
 
Etymology: From French cramoisi, from Spanish carmesi, from Arabic qirmizi (of kermes). Earliest documented use: 1423.

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Word of the Day: Biennial
 
Pronunciation: \bī-ˈe-nē-əl\
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) occurring every second year
2) having a life cycle lasting two seasons
3) an event that occurs every two years
4) (botany) a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season
 
Etymology: Early 17th century: from Latin biennis (from bi- ‘twice’ + annus ‘year’) + -al.