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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

2017 Archives

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.