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March 18, 2018


NOUN. splendor and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style

2018 Archive

MARCH 18- grandeur [noun] splendor and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style

MARCH 17- clairvoyant [adjective] having or exhibiting an ability to perceive events in the future

MARCH 16- vitalize [verb] to give strength and energy to

MARCH 15- promulgate [verb] promote or make widely known (an idea or cause)

MARCH 14- permissive [adjective] allowing or characterized by great or excessive freedom of behavior

MARCH 13- facile [adjective] easily achieved; effortless

MARCH 12- deference [noun] humble submission and respect

MARCH 11- altruistic [adjective] showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish

MARCH 10- insinuating [adjective] to introduce something by smooth, artful means

MARCH 9- pliability [noun] adjustable to varying conditions

MARCH 8- chivalrous [adjective] marked by honor, generosity, and courtesy

MARCH 7- gallantry [noun] courageous behavior; polite attention or respect

MARCH 6- ingratiating [adjective] intended to gain approval or favor; sycophantic

MARCH 5- supposition [noun] a belief or hypothesis

MARCH 4- capacious [adjective] having a lot of space inside; roomy

MARCH 3- enumerate [verb] to mention a number of things one by one

MARCH 2- mirth [noun] amusement, especially as expressed in laughter

MARCH 1- acquit [verb] to declare innocent of wrongdoing

FEBRUARY 28- harmonious [adjective] free from disagreement or dissent

FEBRUARY 27- veritable [adjective] being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary

FEBRUARY 26- frank [adjective] characterized by directness in manner or speech

FEBRUARY 25- triumph [noun] a great victory or achievement

FEBRUARY 24- transcendent [adjective] surpassing the ordinary; exceptional

FEBRUARY 23- penitence [noun] the action of feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong

FEBRUARY 22- effervescent [adjective] vivacious and enthusiastic

FEBRUARY 21- zeal [noun] great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective

FEBRUARY 20- veracity [noun] habitual truthfulness

FEBRUARY 19- ruminate [verb] to think deeply about something

FEBRUARY 18- benefactor [noun] a person who confers a benefit; kindly helper

FEBRUARY 17- apprise [verb] to inform, to teach

FEBRUARY 16- exemplar [adjective] a person or thing serving as a typical example or excellent model

FEBRUARY 15- admonish [verb] to advise or urge (someone) earnestly

FEBRUARY 14- clinch [verb] to confirm or settle something

FEBRUARY 13- coherent [adjective] logical and consistent

FEBRUARY 12- evince [verb] to reveal the presence of a quality or feeling

FEBRUARY 11- amiable [adjective] having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner

FEBRUARY 10- countenance [verb] admit as acceptable or possible

FEBRUARY 9- pedant [noun] one who makes a show of knowledge

FEBRUARY 8- heuristic [adjective] enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves

FEBRUARY 7- gallantry [noun] polite attention or respect given to someone

FEBRUARY 6- doting [adjective] extremely and uncritically fond of someone; adoring

FEBRUARY 5- exonerate [verb] to absolve (someone) from blame for a fault or wrongdoing, especially after due consideration

FEBRUARY 4- coruscate [verb] to flash or sparkle

FEBRUARY 3- succinct [adjective] briefly and clearly expressed

FEBRUARY 2- stalwart [adjective] loyal, reliable, and hardworking

FEBRUARY 1- veneration [noun] displaying great respect; reverence

JANUARY 31- ecosophy [noun] a philosophy of ecological harmony

JANUARY 30- prodigious [adjective] remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree

JANUARY 29- prescient [adjective] having or showing knowledge of events before they take place

JANUARY 28- impermanence [noun] the state of being changeable, not permanent

JANUARY 27- gaiety [noun] the state or quality of being lighthearted or cheerful

JANUARY 26- fortuitous [adjective] happening by a lucky chance; fortunate 

JANUARY 25- philosophy [noun] the pursuit of wisdom

JANUARY 24- gregarious [adjective] fond of company; sociable

JANUARY 23- amicable [adjective] having a spirit of friendliness; without serious disagreement or rancor

JANUARY 22- repose [verb] to give rest and closure

JANUARY 21- loquacious [adjective] characterized by free and fluent speech

JANUARY 20- aggregate [noun] a whole formed by combining several (typically disparate) elements

JANUARY 19- illustrious [adjective] well known, respected, and admired for past achievements.

JANUARY 18- ethos [noun] an appeal to one’s beliefs and morals

JANUARY 17- sagacious [adjective] having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; shrewd

JANUARY 16- discernment [noun] the ability to judge well

JANUARY 15- tenacious [adjective] not readily relinquishing a position, principle, or course of action; determined

JANUARY 14- respite [noun] a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant

JANUARY 13- transcend [verb] to be or go beyond the range or limits of something

JANUARY 12- commend [verb] to praise formally or officially

JANUARY 11- effusive [adjective] expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner

JANUARY 10- reconcile [verb] to restore friendly relations between

JANUARY 9- sanguine [adjective] optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation

JANUARY 8- virtuous [adjective] having or showing high moral standards

JANUARY 7 – benevolence [noun] the quality of being well meaning and showing kindness

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