Word Wise

New Word Wise Logo

Thanks for a great year!

Word Wise 2018 has concluded earlier than scheduled.

We’ll be returning January 27th with #WordWise5.

2018 Archive

SEPTEMBER 20- moralize [verb] to raise something to a higher standard in terms of morality and virtue

SEPTEMBER 19- grandiosity [noun] the magnificence or impressiveness of something

SEPTEMBER 18- quintessence [noun] the absolute best example of something

SEPTEMBER 17- fulgent [adjective] shining brightly

SEPTEMBER 16- solace [noun] someone or something that is a source of comfort during a difficult time; release from something painful

SEPTEMBER 15- sapiential [adjective] Relating to wisdom

SEPTEMBER 14- forthright [adjective] straightforward and honest

SEPTEMBER 13- jocular [adjective] fond of or characterized by joking; humorous or playful

SEPTEMBER 12- rapprochement [noun] the resuming of friendly relations where there was once hostility

SEPTEMBER 11- assiduous [adjective] showing great care and perseverance

SEPTEMBER 10- adamantine [adjective] unbreakable

SEPTEMBER 9- perpetual [adjective] never ending or changing

SEPTEMBER 8- salient [adjective] most noticeable or important

SEPTEMBER 7- provenance [noun] the beginning of something’s existence; something’s origin

SEPTEMBER 6- fraught [adjective] filled with or destined to result in

SEPTEMBER 5- prognosticate [verb] foretell or prophesy (an event in the future)

SEPTEMBER 4- affinity [noun] a spontaneous or natural liking or sympathy for someone or something

SEPTEMBER 3- incontrovertible [adjective] not able to be denied or disputed

SEPTEMBER 2- quotidian [adjective] occurring daily

SEPTEMBER 1- moiety [noun] one of two equal parts, a portion into which something is divided

AUGUST 31- evanescent [adjective] passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing

AUGUST 30- diffident [adjective] modest or shy

AUGUST 29- ancillary [noun] a person whose work provides necessary support to the primary activities of an organization, institution, or industry

AUGUST 28- victulate [verb] to provide with food or other stores

AUGUST 27- equanimity [noun] mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation

AUGUST 26- mellifluous [adjective] pleasant to hear

AUGUST 25- temerity [noun] excessive confidence or boldness; audacity

AUGUST 24- stipulate [verb] to specify especially as a condition or requirement of an agreement

AUGUST 23- valorous [adjective] valiant and courageous

AUGUST 22- attune [verb] make receptive or aware

AUGUST 21- interim [noun] an intervening time

AUGUST 20- incipient [noun] a beginning

AUGUST 19- concur [verb] to express agreement

AUGUST 18- involute [verb] involved; intricate

AUGUST 17- euphuism [noun] a highly elaborate way of writing or speaking

AUGUST 16- revel [verb] get great pleasure from (a situation or experience)

AUGUST 15- precocious [adjective] indicative of early development

AUGUST 14- saccharine [adjective] excessively sweet or sentimental

AUGUST 13- conciliate [verb] stop (someone) from being angry or discontented; placate; pacify

AUGUST 12- capricious [adjective] determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

AUGUST 11- ineffable [adjective] too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words

AUGUST 10- enigma [noun] a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand

AUGUST 9- elucidate [verb] to clarify

AUGUST 8- valorize [verb] give or ascribe value or validity to (something)

AUGUST 7- intrepid [adjective] fearless; adventurous

AUGUST 6- flaunt [verb] to display proudly

AUGUST 5- edification [noun] the instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually

AUGUST 4- ascribe [verb] attribute something to (a cause)

AUGUST 3- canonical [adjective] relating to a general rule or standard formula

AUGUST 2- cloister [verb] to seclude in order to achieve serenity

AUGUST 1- eclectic [adjective] deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources

JULY 31- accretion [noun] the process of growth or increase, typically by gradual accumulation

JULY 30- acolyte [noun] an assistant or follower

JULY 29- opine [verb] to hold and state as one’s opinion

JULY 28- pragmatic [adjective] dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations

JULY 27- emulate [verb] to match or surpass

JULY 26- abate [verb] lessen, reduce, or remove

JULY 25- proverbial [adjective] being of popular maxim

JULY 24- percolate [verb] to spread gradually

JULY 23- empirical [adjective] verifiable by experience

JULY 22- intersperse [verb] diversify at intervals

JULY 21- chimerical [adjective] fantastically visionary

JULY 20- compendium [noun] a collection of things, especially one systematically gathered

JULY 19- mollify [verb] to soften in feeling or temper

JULY 18- impart [verb] to bestow (a quality)

JULY 17- conflate [verb] to combine or condense several ideas into one

JULY 16- pervasive [adjective] spreading widely throughout an area or a group of people; prevalent

JULY 15- elated [adjective] being in high spirits

JULY 14- divination [noun] the practice of seeking knowledge of or predicting the future or the unknown

JULY 13- reify [verb] make (something abstract) more concrete or real

JULY 12- extricate [verb] free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty

JULY 11- verdant [adjective] green; luscious and rich

JULY 10- undulate [verb] move with a smooth, wavelike motion

JULY 9- professorial [adjective] characteristic of a professor; accomplished

JULY 8- concatenation [noun] a series of interconnected things or events

JULY 7- filial [adjective] devoted from a son or daughter

JULY 6- ardent [adjective] passionate; enthusiastic

JULY 5- apprise [verb] to inform

JULY 4- accredit [verb] to give credit to; to attribute a quality to

JULY 3- approbation [noun] approval or praise

JULY 2- paramount [adjective] supreme in importance

JULY 1- palisade [noun] an enclosure or defense

JUNE 30- voracious [adjective] displaying an eager approach

JUNE 29- promiscuous [adjective] demonstrating or implying an undiscriminating or unselective approach

JUNE 28- probity [noun] the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency

JUNE 27- allocution [noun] a formal speech giving advice

JUNE 26- salve [noun] a remedial influence

JUNE 25- parity [noun] the state of being equal or equivalent

June 1 – 12 and Beyond’s Summer Break – June 24

MAY 31- sententious [adjective] given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner

MAY 30- catalyst [noun] a person or thing that precipitates an event

MAY 29- fortuity [noun] a chance occurrence

MAY 28- emblematize [verb] serve as a symbolic representation of (a quality or concept)

MAY 27- supple [adjective] bending and moving easily and gracefully

MAY 26- succor [noun] assistance and support in times of hardship and distress

MAY 25- lucid [adjective] clear in expression; easy to understand

MAY 24- humility [noun] a modest view of one’s importance; humbleness

MAY 23- prudence [noun] care, caution, and good judgement

MAY 22- voluptuous [adjective] pleasurable to the senses

MAY 21- immolate [verb] offer as sacrifice

MAY 20- renunciation [noun] the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action; self-denial, often to reach enlightenment

MAY 19- venial [adjective] slight and pardonable

MAY 18- incessant [adjective] continuing without pause or interruption

MAY 17- voluble [adjective] speaking or spoken incessantly and fluently

MAY 16- laconic [adjective] to the point

MAY 15- galvanize [verb] to inspire action

MAY 14- laud [verb] to praise highly

MAY 13- invigorate [verb] give strength or energy to; revitalize

MAY 12- predilection [noun] a preference or special liking for something

MAY 11- acumen [noun] the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain

MAY 10- synthesis [noun] the combination of ideas to form a theory or system

MAY 9- conspicuous [adjective] standing out so as to be clearly visible; attracting notice and attention

MAY 8- polyethnic [adjective] formed of a diversity of many peoples

MAY 7 – novaturient [adjective] desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behavior, or situation

MAY 6- cultivate [verb] apply oneself to improving or developing (one’s mind or manners); try to acquire or develop (a quality, sentiment, or skill)

MAY 5- ingenuous [adjective] innocent and unsuspecting

MAY 4- tenacious [adjective] tending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely

MAY 3- tender [adjective] showing gentleness and concern or sympathy

MAY 2- genial [adjective] friendly and cheerful

MAY 1- esteem [noun] respect and admiration, typically for a person

APRIL 30- edify [verb] instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually

APRIL 29- notion [noun] a conception of or belief about something

APRIL 28- perceptive [adjective] having or showing sensitive insight

APRIL 27- exultant [adjective] triumphantly happy

APRIL 26- credence [noun] belief in or acceptance of something as true

APRIL 25- inherent [adjective] existing in something as a permanent, essential, or characteristic attribute

APRIL 24- meritorious [adjective] deserving reward or praise

APRIL 23- angelic [adjective] innocent and kind

APRIL 22- conviction [noun] the quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says

APRIL 21- adore [verb] love and respect (someone) deeply

APRIL 20- ubuntu [noun] a quality that includes the essential human virtues; compassion and humanity

APRIL 19- serendipitous [adjective] occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way

APRIL 18- celerity [noun] swiftness of movement

APRIL 17- avidity [noun] extreme eagerness or enthusiasm

APRIL 16- benign [adjective] mild and favorable; not harmful

APRIL 15- esconce [verb] establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe place

APRIL 14- altruism [noun] concern for others

APRIL 13- aegis [noun] the protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization

APRIL 12- coalesce [verb] come together and form one mass or whole; unite

APRIL 11- candor [noun] the quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness

APRIL 10- augment [verb] make (something) greater by adding to it; increase

APRIL 9- ameliorate [verb] make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better

APRIL 8- adroit [adjective] clever or skillful in using the hands or mind

APRIL 7- suffice [verb] to meet the needs of

APRIL 6- manifold [adjective] many and various

APRIL 5- vicissitude [noun] alternation between opposite or contrasting things

APRIL 4- accord [verb] give or grant someone (power, status, or recognition)

APRIL 3- venerable [adjective] accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character

APRIL 2- vigor [noun] effort, energy, and enthusiasm

APRIL 1- disparate [adjective] essentially different in kind; not allowing comparison

MARCH 31- gradation [noun] a scale or a series of successive changes, stages, or degrees

MARCH 30- sustenance [noun] the maintaining of someone or something in life or existence; nourishment

MARCH 29- vindicate [verb] show or prove to be right, reasonable, or justified

MARCH 28- levity [noun] humor or frivolity, especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor; lighthearted

MARCH 27- equivocal [adjective] open to more than one interpretation

MARCH 26- colloquium [noun] an academic conference or seminar

MARCH 25- servile [adjective] having or showing willingness to serve or please others

MARCH 24- accentuate [verb] make more noticeable or prominent

MARCH 23- complement [verb] add to (something) in a way that enhances or improves it; make perfect

MARCH 22- exuberance [noun] the quality of being full of energy, excitement, and cheerfulness

MARCH 21- approbation [noun] approval or praise

MARCH 20- bolster [verb] to support or strengthen

MARCH 19- eminence [noun] an important, influential, or distinguished person

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

Word Wise 2018: The Complete Collection publishes December 31st.

View the 2017 Archive


Google’s Embedded Dictionary