Welcome to Word Wise, a daily series that brings you a brand new vocabulary word. Every. Day. The words featured below are hand-picked and designed to enhance your vocabulary, unique words that you can incorporate into your writing. I was reading several writing pieces recently, and I realized how much my vocabulary was lacking, and how after this year, I wanted to be able to truly have in-depth conversations and write with an author’s vocabulary. Hopefully, you’ll get as much value as I will out of this year’s words. Thanks for reading!
August 22, 2017
Adjective: making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible
August 22, 2017- CONDUCIVE; adjective: making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible
August 21, 2017- AUSPICIOUS; adjective: conducive to success; favorable
August 20, 2017- CONDESCENDING; adjective: having or showing a feeling of patronizing superiority
August 19, 2017- VAPID; adjective: offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging
August 18, 2017- TACITURN; adjective: reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little
August 17, 2017- DICTUM; noun: a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source
August 16, 2017- SERENDIPITOUS; adjective: occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way
August 15, 2017- BEHEMOTH; noun: something enormous, especially a big and powerful organization
August 14, 2017- ACQUISCENT; adjective: ready to accept something without protest, or to do what someone else wants
August 13, 2017- CONCILIATION; noun: the action of stopping someone from being angry; placation
August 12, 2017- EVOCATIVE; adjective: bringing strong images, memories, or feelings to mind
August 11, 2017- IGNOMINY; noun: public shame or disgrace
August 10, 2017- GAIT; noun: a person’s manner of walking
August 9, 2017- REPUDIATION; noun: rejection of a proposal or idea
August 8, 2017- MAELSTROM; noun: a powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river
August 7, 2017- VACUOUS; adjective: having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless
August 6, 2017- CONFLAGRATION; noun: an extensive fire that destroys a great deal of land or property
August 5, 2017- RESPLENDANT; adjective: attractive and impressive through being richly colorful or sumptuous
August 4, 2017- COUNTENANCE; noun: a person’s face or facial expression
August 3, 2017- BELEAGUER; verb: to beset with difficulties
August 2, 2017- TEPID; adjective: showing little enthusiasm
August 1, 2017- FEIGN; verb: pretend to be affected by (a feeling, state, or injury)
July 31, 2017- EGREGIOUS; adjective: outstandingly bad; shocking
July 30, 2017- JURISDICTION; noun: the official power to make legal decisions and judgments
July 29, 2017- UNKEMPT; adjective: having an untidy or disheveled appearance
July 28, 2017- OBVIATE; verb: avoid; prevent something from happening
July 27, 2017- DISPARATE; adjective: essentially different in kind; not allowing comparison
July 26, 2017- CONCURRENT; adjective: existing, happening, or done at the same time
July 25, 2017- DESECRATE; verb: treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect; violate
July 24, 2017- GUISE; noun: an external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something
July 23, 2017- CONSTERNATION; noun: feelings of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected
July 22, 2017- ASSUAGE; noun: make (an unpleasant feeling) less intense
July 21, 2017- IMPEDIMENT; noun: a hindrance or obstruction in doing something
July 20, 2017- DEIGN; verb: do something that one considers to be beneath one’s dignity
July 19, 2017- ENAMORED; adjective: be filled with a feeling of love for
July 18, 2017- ORATION; noun: a formal speech, especially one given on a ceremonial occasion
July 17, 2017- VIVIFY; verb: enliven or animate
July 16, 2017- FRUITION; noun: the point at which a plan or project is realized
July 15, 2017- INTERNECINE; adjective: destructive to both sides in a conflict
July 14, 2017- DETRIMENT; noun: the state of being harmed or damaged
July 13, 2017- CAVEAT; noun: a notice, especially in a probate, that certain actions may not be taken without informing the person who gave the notice
July 12, 2017- EFFICACIOUS; adjective: successful in producing a desired or intended result; effective
July 11, 2017- CATACLYSM; noun: a large-scale and violent event in the natural world
July 10, 2017- TACITLY; adjective: in a way that is understood or implied without being directly stated
July 9, 2017- DISTORT; verb: to give a misleading or false account or impression of
July 8, 2017- PENANCE; noun: voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong
July 7, 2017- COMMISERATE; verb: express or feel sympathy or pity; sympathize
July 6, 2017- PURGATORY; adjective: having the quality of cleansing or purifying
July 5, 2017- VERSATILE; adjective: able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities
July 4, 2017- CHAUVINISM; noun: exaggerated or aggressive patriotism
July 3, 2017- CREDENCE; noun: the belief in or acceptance of something as true
July 2, 2017- SATIATE; verb: to satisfy (a desire or an appetite) to the full
July 1, 2017- RENEGE; verb: go back on a promise, undertaking, or contract
June 30, 2017- NEBULOUS; adjective: unclear, vague, or ill-defined
June 29, 2017- ABORTIVE; adjective: failing to produce the intended result
June 28, 2017- IMPERATIVE; adjective: of vital importance; crucial
June 27, 2017- PLAUSIBLE; adjective: seeming reasonable or probable
June 26, 2017- DEXTERITY; noun: skill in performing tasks, especially with the hands
June 25, 2017- COALESCE; verb: come together and form one mass or whole
June 24, 2017- EXTEMPORANEOUS; adjective: spoken or done without preparation
June 23, 2017- MITIGATE; verb: make less severe, serious, or painful
June 22, 2017- INCREMENTAL; adjective: denoting a small positive or negative change
June 21, 2017- ACCOLADE; noun: an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit
June 20, 2017- CULMINATION; noun: the highest or climactic point of something, especially as attained after a long time
June 19, 2017- VINDICATE; verb: clear (someone) of blame or suspicion
June 18, 2017- ADVERSARY; noun: one’s opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute
June 17, 2017- NONCHALANT; adjective: feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.
June 16, 2017- PURVEY; verb: provide or supply (food, drink, or other goods) as one’s business
June 15, 2017- CITADEL; noun: a fortress, typically on high ground, protecting or dominating a city
June 14, 2017- LIVID; adjective: furiously angry
June 13, 2017- PLATITUDE; noun: a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
June 12, 2017- SEDULOUS; adjective: showing dedication and diligence
June 11, 2017- ARBITRARY; adjective: based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system
June 10, 2017- PARTIAL; adjective: favoring one side in a dispute above the other; biased
June 9, 2017- PROVISION; noun: the action of providing or supplying something for use
June 8, 2017- SERENITY; noun: the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled
June 7, 2017- PARTISAN; noun: a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person
June 6, 2017- VIGOR; noun: the quality of having physical strength and good health
June 5, 2017- PALPABLE; adjective: able to be touched or felt
June 4, 2017- LEAVEN; verb: permeate and modify or transform (something) for the better
June 3, 2017- EMINENT; adjective: used to emphasize the presence of a positive quality; respected within a particular sphere or profession
June 2, 2017- DECOROUS; adjective: in keeping with good taste and propriety; polite and restrained
June 1, 2017- PRUDENT; adjective: acting with or showing care and thought for the future
May 31, 2017- BRUSQUE; adjective: abrupt or offhand in speech or manner
May 30, 2017- GRATUITOUS; adjective: uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted
May 29, 2017- BEGUILE; verb: to charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way
May 28, 2017- INEPT; adjective: having or showing no skill; clumsy
May 27, 2017- BERATE; verb: to scold or criticize someone angrily
May 26, 2017- PALTRY; adjective: small or meager
May 25, 2017- EXPATIATE; verb: to speak or write at length or in detail
May 24, 2017- MELANCHOLY; noun: a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause
May 23, 2017- ALLURE; verb: to powerfully attract or charm; to tempt
May 22, 2017- INTREPID; adjective: fearless; adventurous
May 21, 2017- MYRIAD; noun: a countless or extremely great number
May 20, 2017- NUANCE; noun: a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound
May 19, 2017- REVERBERATE; verb: to have continuing and serious effects
May 18, 2017- COHERENT; adjective: logical and consistent
May 17, 2017- DIFFERENTIAL; adjective: recognize or ascertain what makes (someone or something) different.
May 16, 2017- ILLICIT; adjective: forbidden by law, rules, or custom.
May 15, 2017- ABSTAIN; verb: to refrain oneself from doing something
May 14, 2017- DISDAIN; verb: the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one’s consideration or respect; contempt.
May 13, 2017- TENACITY; noun: the quality or fact of being very determined; persistence
May 12, 2017- INTERPOSE; verb: place or insert between one thing and another.
May 11, 2017- MIRAGE; noun: something that appears real or possible but is not in fact so.
May 10, 2017- OBSTINATE; verb: stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so
May 9, 2017- APPREHENSION; noun: anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen.
May 8, 2017- UPHEAVAL; noun: a violent or sudden change or disruption to something
May 7, 2017- IMMERSE; verb: to involve oneself deeply in a particular activity or interest
May 6, 2017- EFFULGENCE; noun: a brilliant radiance
May 5, 2017- SPECIOUS; adjective: superficially plausible | misleading in appearance
May 4, 2017- CONTOUR; noun: an outline, especially one representing or bounding the shape or form of something.
May 3, 2017- PROMINENT; adjective: situated so as to catch attention; noticeable
May 2, 2017- PERSIST; verb: continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure.
May 1, 2017- SCATHING; adjective: witheringly scornful; severely critical.
April 30, 2017- RELISH; verb: to enjoy greatly
April 29, 2017- DISDAINFUL; adjective: showing contempt or lack of respect
April 28, 2017- CONTEMPT; noun: the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration, worthless, or deserving scorn.
April 27, 2017- ELIDE; verb: omit (a sound or syllable) when speaking.
April 26, 2017- PLACATE; verb: to make someone less angry or hostile
April 25, 2017- PROSPECT; noun: the possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring.
April 24, 2017- AVERSION; noun: a strong dislike or disinclination
April 23, 2017- AJAR; adjective: slightly open
April 22, 2017- DEEM; verb: to regard or consider in a specified way.
April 21, 2017- MONOTONOUS; adjective: dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.
April 20, 2017- DEPLOY; verb: bring into effective action; utilize.
April 19, 2017- POSTHUMOUS; adjective: occurring, awarded, or appearing after the death of the originator.
April 18, 2017- EXACERBATE; verb: to make a problem or negative feeling worse
April 17, 2017- LUCRATIVE; adjective: producing a great deal of profit.
April 16, 2017- ANIMOSITY; noun: strong hostility.
April 15, 2017- TENURE; noun: the holding of office (governmental)
April 14, 2017- PROLIFERATION; noun: rapid increase in numbers.
April 13, 2017- AMBIGUOUS; adjective: unclear or inexact / open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.
April 12, 2017- FRUGALITY; noun: the lack of wastefulness / the quality of being economical with money or food; thriftiness.
April 11, 2017- METICULOUS; adjective: showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.
April 10, 2017- PLETHORA; noun: a large or excessive amount of (something)
April 9, 2017- CANDID; adjective: truthful and straightforward; frank.
April 8, 2017- STOICAL; adjective: enduring pain and hardship without showing one’s feelings or complaining
April 7, 2017- CORRELATION; noun: a mutual relationship or connection between two or more things.
April 6, 2017- PONDER; verb: to think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.
April 5, 2017- TOUT; verb: attempt to sell (something), typically by pestering people in an aggressive or bold manner.
April 4, 2017- VEHEMENCE; noun: the display of strong feeling; passion
April 3, 2017- RUDIMENTARY; adjective: involving or limited to basic principles.
April 2, 2017- ADAGE; noun: a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth
April 1, 2017- DISMAL; adjective: depressing; dreary / pitifully or disgracefully bad
March 31, 2017- CONTINGENT; adjective: occurring or existing only if (certain other circumstances) are the case; dependent on.
March 30, 2017- INTUITIVE; adjective: using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive.
March 29, 2017- COBBLE; verb: roughly assemble or put together something from available parts or elements
March 28, 2017- SPONTANEOUS; adjective: occurring without apparent external cause.
March 27, 2017- GURU; noun: an influential teacher or popular expert.
March 26, 2017- SUCCINCTLY; adverb: in a brief and clearly expressed manner.
March 25, 2017- ENCAPSULATE; verb: to express the essential features of (someone or something) succinctly.
March 24, 2017- YIELD; verb: to produce or provide
March 23, 2017- MELLOW; adjective: softened or matured by age or experience.
March 22, 2017- ELATE; verb: to make (someone) ecstatically happy.
March 21, 2017- CHASM; noun: a profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings, etc.
March 20, 2017- ITERATION; noun: the repetition of a process or utterance.
March 19, 2017- COMPELLING; adjective: evoking interest, attention, or admiration in a powerfully irresistible way.
March 18, 2017- SWANKY; adjective: stylishly luxurious and expensive.
March 17, 2017- CRUSADE; noun: an organized campaign concerning a political, social, or religious issue, typically motivated by a fervent desire for change.
March 16, 2017- ATTEST; verb: to provide or serve as clear evidence of
March 15, 2017- PETULANCE; noun: the quality of being childishly sulky or bad-tempered.
March 14, 2017- BESET; verb: to trouble or threaten persistently
March 13, 2017- PREROGATIVE; noun: a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class
March 12, 2017- SUPERFLUITY; noun: an unnecessarily or excessively large amount or number of something.
March 11, 2017- BOLSTER; verb: to support or strengthen
March 10, 2017- DERIDE; verb: to ridicule, to express contempt for
March 9, 2017- UBIQUITOUS; adjective: present, appearing, or found everywhere.
March 8, 2017- IMPLORE; verb: to beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something
March 7, 2017- FOSTER; verb: to encourage or promote the development of something
March 6, 2017- RESOLUTE; adjective: admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering
March 5, 2017- STAUNCH; adjective: loyal and committed in attitude
March 4, 2017- GARRULOUS; adjective: excessively talkative
March 3, 2017- MAGNANIMOUS; adjective: very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.
March 2, 2017- LETHOLOGICA; noun: the state of not being able to recall words, phrases or names
March 1, 2017- DESOLATE; adjective: a place deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness
February 28, 2017- PRINCIPLE; noun: a fundamental source or basis for something
February 27, 2017- ASSIMILATION; noun: the process of taking in and fully understanding information or ideas, becoming similar to something
February 26, 2017- PROSPER; verb: to succeed or make successful
February 25, 2017- FLOURISH; verb: to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way
February 24, 2017- INTERJECT; verb: to say something abruptly, often as an interruption
February 23, 2017- AUTHENTICITY; noun: the quality of being genuine
February 22, 2017- INSIGHTFUL; adjective: having or showing a very clear understanding of something
February 21, 2017- POLARIZE; verb: to break up into opposing factions or groupings
February 20, 2017- ARDUOUS; adjective: difficult and tiring
February 19, 2017- CONSTRUE; verb: to understand or analyze the sense or intention of something
February 18, 2017- FACETIOUS; adjective: joking or jesting, often inappropriately
February 17, 2017- EXTRANEOUS; adjective: having no relevance
February 16, 2017- CONFER; verb: to compare views or take counsel
February 15, 2017- DIVISIVE; adjective: creating disagreement; querulous
February 14, 2017- IDEOLOGICAL; adjective: relating to or concerned with ideas
February 13, 2017- FLAIR; noun: a unique attractive quality
February 12, 2017- SOLACE; noun: comfort in grief or misfortune
February 11, 2017- LAMENT; verb: to feel or express sorrow or regret for
February 10, 2017- MODICUM; noun: a small amount of something
February 9, 2017- HYPOCRISY; noun: the act of pretending to believe what one does not
February 8, 2017- FORSAKE; verb: to give up, renounce
February 7, 2017- COHERENT; adjective: logically consistent, intelligible
February 6, 2017- ORCHESTRATE; verb: to arrange of combine so as to achieve a desired or maximum effect
February 5, 2017- BLEAK; adjective: lacking in warmth, life, or kindliness
February 4, 2017- DEPRECATE; verb: to express disapproval of
February 3, 2017- CONTEMPLATE; verb: to view or consider with continued attention
February 2, 2017- CEASELESS; adjective: continuing without stop
February 1, 2017- ERRATIC; adjective: having no fixed course, unpredictable
January 31, 2017- PLAUDIT; noun: enthusiastic approval
January 30, 2017- TANDEM; noun: [in tandem] in partnership or conjunction
January 29, 2017- SENTIMENT; noun: an attitude, thought, or judgment prompted by a feeling
January 28, 2017- ALACRITY; noun: eagerness, speed
January 27, 2017- INEVITABLE; adjective: certain to happen, unavoidable
January 26, 2017- ATTRIBUTE; noun: a quality or feature regarded as a characteristic or inherent part of someone or something.
January 25, 2017- MANDATE; verb: to give authority to act in a certain way
January 24, 2017- OPTIMIZE; verb: to make the best or most effective use of
January 23, 2017- LIAISON; noun: communication or cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations
January 22, 2017- RETROSPECT; noun: in considering the past or a past event
January 21, 2017- IMPECCABLE; adjective: flawless, free from fault or blame
January 20, 2017- DELVE; verb: to make a careful or detailed search for information | to examine a subject in detail
January 19, 2017- CANDOR; noun: a person who is free from malice; unreserved, honest, sincere expression
January 18, 2017- PRAGMATIC; adjective: dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
January 17, 2017- GOAD; verb: to provoke or annoy someone so as to stimulate a reaction
January 16, 2017- APTITUDE; noun: inherent ability
January 15, 2017- SUBSTANTIATE; verb: a) to establish or strengthen as with new facts | b) to solidify
January 14, 2017- DISINGENUOUS; adjective: not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really does.
January 13, 2017- APPEASE; verb: a) to cause to subside | b) to bring to a state of peace and quiet
January 12, 2017- CYNICISM; noun: a) distrust of human nature and motives | b) belief that human conduct is motivated primarily by self-interest
January 11, 2017- PRECARIOUS; adjective: a) not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse | b) dependent on chance; uncertain
January 10, 2017- ALLUDE; verb: to make indirect reference
January 9, 2017- CONJECTURE; noun: an opinion or conclusion formed on the basis of incomplete information.
January 8, 2017- EXTRAPOLATE; verb: to project, extend, or expand into an area not known or experienced so as to arrive at a usually conjectural knowledge of the unknown area.