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Word of the Day – Arcana

By February 10, 2019Word of the Day

Arcana (noun)


Secrets or mysteries.

Mid 16th century: from Latin, neuter plural of arcanus (see arcane).

Example sentences

“He’s the arcana of his profession.”

Word of the Day – Alpargata

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Word of the Day – Massif

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Word of the Day – Mews

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Word of the Day – Larceny

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Word of the Day – Pryan

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Word of the Day – Psychalgia

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Psychalgia (noun) sai-kal-gee-a (Originally) spiritual or mental pain or suffering (now rare or disused); (later also) pain of psychological rather than physiological origin. Early 17th century; earliest use found in…

Word of the Day – Tenebrous

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Tenebrous (adj) ten-e-brus Dark; shadowy or obsure. Late Middle English via Old French from Latin tenebrosus, from tenebrae ‘darkness’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Kecks

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Kecks (noun) keks (informal, British) Trousers, knickers, or underpants. Early 20th century phonetic respelling of obsolete kicks ‘trousers’. (more…)

Word of the Day – Pakalolo

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