Words

Here is a working list of words that could be useful and are worth knowing and remembering. Or are just fun.

adonize—to make more attractive; to spruce up.

bespoke—made to order (especially clothing)

bromide—a trite or unoriginal remark, typically intended to soothe or placate

dilettante—a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge.

feculent—of or containing sediment, dirt, or waste material

floccinaucinihilipilification—estimating as worthless

florid—having a red or flushed complexion; elaborately or excessively intricate or complicated

fluvial—of or found in a river

heuristic—enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves; hands-on

impugn—dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of; to call into question

infundibuliform—funnel-shaped

milieu—a person’s social environment

myrmidon—one who unquestioningly follows orders

orbuculum—crystal ball

orphic—melodious, entrancing. mystical, occult.

perfunctory—carried out with a minimum of effort or reflection; done as a part of a routine or duty

pernicious—having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way

pernoctate—to stay up all night, or to pass the night somewhere

philistine—hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts

phlegmatic—having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition

picaresque—relating to an episodic style of fiction dealing with the adventures of a rough and dishonest but appealing hero

piebald—(of a horse) having irregular patches of two colors, typically black and white

polymath—a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning.

recherche—rare, exotic, or obscure

scofflaw—a person who flouts the law, especially by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively

seditious—inciting or causing people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch

senesce—to grow old or decay

specious—superficially plausible, but actually wrong; misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive

stridulent—shrill; making a harsh grating sound

supplant—supersede and replace

tautologous—involving unnecessary repetition of an idea, especially in different words, for example, a good-looking beautiful woman.

uberty—abundance, fruitfulness

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