Archive for December, 2009

Word Moment: Feckless

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on December 21, 2009 by Josh Wittner

feck·less
adj.

1. Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.
2. Careless and irresponsible.

Word Moment: Defenestrate

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on December 18, 2009 by Josh Wittner

de·fen·es·trate
tr.v. de·fen·es·trat·edde·fen·es·trat·ingde·fen·es·trates

To throw out of a window.

Word Moment: Exiguous

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on December 17, 2009 by Josh Wittner

ex·ig·u·ous
adj.

Extremely scanty; meager.

Word Moment: Indigence

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on December 16, 2009 by Josh Wittner

in·di·gence
n.

Poverty; neediness.

Word Moment: Nostrum

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on December 15, 2009 by Josh Wittner

nos·trum

n.

1. A medicine whose effectiveness is unproved and whose ingredients are usually secret; a quack remedy.
2. A favorite but usually ineffective remedy for problems or evils.

Word Moment: Discursive

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on December 14, 2009 by Josh Wittner

dis·cur·sive

adj.

1. Covering a wide field of subjects; rambling.
2. Proceeding to a conclusion through reason rather than intuition.

Word Moment: Perfidy

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on December 10, 2009 by Josh Wittner

per·fi·dy

n. pl. per·fi·dies
1. Deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust; treachery: “the fink, whose perfidy was equaled only by his gall” (Gilbert Millstein).
2. The act or an instance of treachery.