Here’s the updated list.
11/20 – Bellicose
Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.
[Middle English, from Latin bellicsus, from bellicus, of war, from bellum, war.]
American Heritage Dictionary
The second President Bush is blessed with both a small mind and a bellicose nature, a dangerous combination in the best of times.
11/18 – Belie
1. To picture falsely; misrepresent
2. To show to be false
3. To be counter to; contradict
[Middle English bilien, from Old English belogan, to deceive with lies; see leugh- in Indo-European roots.]
American Heritage Dictionary
Brenda’s walrus mustache belied her innate femininity.
11/13 – Auspicious
1. Having omens or tokens of a favorable issue; giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, an auspicious beginning.
2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, auspicious years.
3. Favoring; favorable; propitious; – applied to persons or things.
Webster Dictionary dot Net
Oh look, a circle of psychedelic fish. How auspicious! If you were a real homosexual, you would know that that one is chartreuse. – Penny Arcade channeling Andrea Whips.
11/12 – Antebellum
Etymology: Latin ante bellum before the war
Date: circa 1847
existing before a war; especially : existing before the American Civil War
The irony, at least, was not lost on Maisey when her invitation to both the ACLU Gala and the Daughters of the Confederacy’s annual Antebellum Ball arrived on the same day.
11/11 – Acumen
Pronunciation: ?-?kyü-m?n, ?a-ky?-m?n
Quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgment or insight.
[Latin acmen, from acuere, to sharpen, from acus, needle]
The American Heritage Dictionary
Having stood by whilst his company went down the toilet, we wonder why it never occured to anyone to question his business acumen. – k.
11/10 – Abstemious
\Ab*ste”mi*ous\, a. [L. abstemius; ab, abs + root of temetum intoxicating drink.]
1. Abstaining from wine. [Orig. Latin sense.]
Under his special eye Abstemious I grew up and thrived amain. –Milton.
2. Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.
Instances of longevity are chiefly among the abstemious. –Arbuthnot.
3. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet.
4. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.
One abstemious day. -Pope.
5. Promotive of abstemiousness. [R.]
Such is the virtue of the abstemious well. –Dryden.
11/9 – Abrogate
\Ab”ro*gate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Abrogated; p. pr. & vb. n. Abrogating.] [L. abrogatus, p. p. of abrogare; ab + rogare to ask, require, propose. See Rogation.]
1. To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal; — applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.
Let us see whether the New Testament abrogates what we so frequently see in the Old. –South.
Whose laws, like those of the Medes and Persian, they can not alter or abrogate. –Burke.
2. To put an end to; to do away with. Syn: To abolish; annul; do away; set aside; revoke; repeal; cancel; annihilate. See Abolish.
11/6 – Abjure
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law
Main Entry: ab·jure Pronunciation: ab-’jur, &b-
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Forms: ab·jured; ab·jur·ing
Etymology: Latin abjurare, from ab- off + jurare to swear
: RENOUNCE; specifically : to disclaim formally or renounce upon oath
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law, © 1996 Merriam-Webster, Inc.