Vocabulary is Delicious.

March 21, 2009

Here is this month’s vocabulary list, so far:

dysphorism – nastier way to say something. euphemism is its opposite.

sedulous – Diligence is a zealous and careful nature in one’s actions and work.

purview – horizon: the range of interest or activity that can be anticipated.

vertiginous (adj.) – whirling; spinning; rotary

gonfalon (n.) – a banner suspended from a crossbar, often with several streamers or tails

sine die (Latin) – without fixing a day for future action or meeting

animalculum (n.) – microscopic organism such as an amoeba or paramecium

pleonasm (n.) – the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea; redundancy

anapest (n.) – a metric foot composed of two short syllables followed by a long one, as in the word seventeen

indurate (adj.) -physically or morally hardened

androsartorial (adj.) -men’s fashion

pourparler (n.) -an informal, preliminary discussion

gnomic (adj.) – characterized by aphorism

autotelic (adj.) – having a purpose in and not apart from itself

occlude (v.) – To cause to become closed; obstruct

sesquipedalian (adj.) – Having many syllables, long; as in “sesquipedalian terms”. Long and ponderous; polysyllabic.

suppurate – oozing pus.

obdurate – stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing. flinty; showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings.

gravitas – dignity; formality in bearing and appearance; high seriousness.

lallate (v.) – to speak like a baby or an otherwise pronunciation-challenged child.

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2 Responses to “Vocabulary is Delicious.”

  1. Sarah Nade Says:

    I love the word “lugubrious”.

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