April 23, 2007 EGREGIOUS (ih-GREE-jus)

adj.extremely bad; flagrant
"The mother's egregious neglect was responsible for her child's accidental cros-county ride on the freight train."

April 22, 2007 INANE (i-NAYN)

adj.silly; senseless
"Transporting the China around the big kitchen seems inane."

April 21, 2007 MYRIAD (MIR-ee-ud)

n. a huge number
"There are a myriad things I could say about this little object in front of us."

April 20, 2007 INCENSE (in-SENS)

v.to make very angry
"George was incensed when I told him that the function on Saturday was canceled."

April 19, 2007 VIRTUOSO (vur-choo-WOH-soh)

n. a masterful musician, a masterful practitioner in some other field
"The concert audience fell silent when the virtuoso stepped forward to play the sonata on his electric banjo."*¹

April 18, 2007 ARDENT (AHR-dunt)

adj.passionate; enthusiastic
"Penny stayed up late every night just to practice her scales on the piano. She was an ardent pianist."

April 17, 2007 PLEBEIAN (pluh-BEE-un)

adj.common; low-class
"Tam complained that the school uniforms were too plebeian for her. She refused to wear any of the school-approved shirts."

April 16, 2007 CONCISE (kun-SYSE)

adj. brief and to the point
"The teacher requested that his student's report be clear and concise."

April 15, 2007 SOPORIFIC (sahp-uh-RIF-ik)

adj.sleep inducing; boring; sleepy
"The doctor calmed his hysterical patient by injecting him with some sort of soporific medication."*¹

April 14, 2007 FACETIOUS (fuh-SEE-shus)

adj.humorous; not serious; clumsily humorous
"The thought of floating in the air with the help of an umbrella from one place to another was facetious.

April 13, 2007 AMOROUS (AM-ir-us)

adj. feeling loving, especially in a sexual sense; in love
"The amorous couple put on a scene at the movie theatre."

April 12, 2007 ARBITRARY (AHR-buh-trer-ee)

adj.random, unpredictable
"Lianne thought that Deron's remarks were arbitrary; they didn't relate to anything in the text."

April 11, 2007 SCRUTINIZE (SKROOT-uh-nyze)

v. to examine very carefully
"Tony scrutinized the forty pages for a good example to use in his paper."

April 10, 2007 PATERNAL (puh-TUR-nul)

adj. fatherly, fatherlike
"Nathan is very paternal toward his daughters."

April 9, 2007 GARRULOUS (GAR-uh-lus)

"Shane is such so garrulous; he can talk for an hour straight about his little toy cars."

April 8, 2007 MAGNATE (MAG-nayt)

n. a rich, powerful, or very successful business person
"John D. Rockefeller was a magnate who was never too cheap to give a shoeshine boy a dime for his troubles."*¹

April 7, 2007 DEARTH (durth)

n.lack, scarcity
"The teacher was not satisfied with his student's paper. The paper seemed to have a dearth of voice and clarity."

April 6, 2007 QUERULOUS (KWER-uh-lus)

adj.complaining, grumbling, whining
"The mother was exhausted after quieting her querulous child."*¹

April 5, 2007 MYOPIA (mye-OH-pee-uh)

adj. nearsightedness, unable to see consequences of one's actions
"The president suffered from economic myopia; he was unable to see the consequences of his financial policies."*¹

April 4, 2007 LOQUACIOUS (loh-KWAY-shus)

adj. talking a lot or too much, talkative
"He turned out to be loquacious, even though he seemed shy during the first few days at his new school."

Courtesy of ¹The Princeton Review's "word Smart" book as well as ²Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary!