And who doesn't want to impress their friends with their superior vocabulary?
Words from last week (*cough last time cough*)
- Lusus Naturae- [loo-suhs nuh-toor-ee, -tyoor-ee]- n. A deformed person or thing; freak.
- Variant felt like a lusus naturae when people made fun of her name.
- Telesthesia- [tuhl-uhs-thee-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh]- N. sensation or perception received at a distance without the normal operation of the recognized sense organs.
- Juan was gifted with telesthesia, which allowed him to guess the answers to his test from reading his teacher's mind.
- Ignoramus- [ig-nuh-rey-muhs, -ram-uhs]- N. an extremely ignorant person.
- The kid who did not study for the history test was cleary an ignoramus.
- Thaumaturgy- [thaw-muh-tur-jee]- N. the working of wonders or miracles; magic.
- Harry Potter was knew how to use thaumaturgy because he was a wizard.
- Tellurian- [te-loor-ee-uhn]- Adj. of or characteristic of the earth or its inhabitants;terrestrial.
- Trees are a tellurian part of the world.
- Antediluvian- [an-tee-di-loo-vee-uhn]- Adj. of or belonging to the period before the Flood. Gen. 7, 8.2.
very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated;primitive: antediluvian ideas.1. The fashion styles of the 1700s are now antediluvian compared to today's fashion ideals.
- Ephemeral- [ih-fem-er-uhl]- Adj. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory: the ephemeral joys of childhood.2.
lasting but one day: an ephemeral flower.1. Horse flies are ephemeral creatures.
- Chimerical- [ki-mer-i-kuhl, -meer-, kahy-]- Adj. unreal; imaginary; visionary: a chimerical terrestrial paradise.2.
wildly fanciful; highly unrealistic: a chimerical plan.1. Back before the 1960s, the idea that man would walk on the moon was a chimerical idea.
- Quixotic- [kwik-sot-ik]- Adj. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) resembling or befitting DonQuixote.2.
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical,or impracticable.3.
impulsive and often rashly unpredictable.1. The extravagant decoration of the birthday hall was quite quixotic with the balloons that spilled out over the chairs and the glitter thrown every where.
- Amaranthine- [am-uh-ran-thin, -thahyn]- Adj. of or like the amaranth.2.
unfading; everlasting: a woman of amaranthine loveliness.3.
of purplish-red color.1. There is said to be a jellyfish that is amaranthine for whenever it 'dies' it is 'reborn' into a new jellyfish.
Words for this week:
- magnanimous- [mag-nan-uh-muhs] adj.
- Generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one's enemies.
- High-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.
- Proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.
- uncouth- [uhn-kooth] adj
- awkward, clumsy, or unmannerly: uncouth behavior; an uncouth relative who embarrasses the family.
- strange and ungraceful in appearance or form.
- unusual or strange.
- raucous [raw-kuhs] Adj
- harsh; strident; grating: raucous voices; raucous laughter.
- rowdy; disorderly: a raucous party.
- finagle [fi-ney-guhl] verb
- verb (used with object)
- to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of ): He finagled the backers out of a fortune.
- to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation: to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee.
- verb (used without object)
- to practice deception or fraud; scheme.
- nefarious [ni-fair-ee-uhs] adj
- extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous: a nefarious plot.
- lambaste [lam-beyst, -bast] verb (used with object)
- to beat or whip severely.
- to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate.
- Use in a sentence: After Jesus was sentenced, he was lambasted.
- hamartia [hah-mahr-tee-uh] noun
- tragic flaw.
- Use in a sentence: Sareh's hamartia was that she worried too much.
- ennui [ahn-wee, ahn-wee; French ahn-nwee] noun
- a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.
- crepuscular [kri-puhs-kyuh-ler] adj
- of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.
- Zoology . appearing or active in the twilight, as certain bats and insects.
- Use in a sentence: Through the tree branches, Julia could have sworn it was night even though her watch said it was lunch time in the crepuscular light.
- outmoded [out-moh-did] adj
- gone out of style; no longer fashionable: outmoded styles.
- not acceptable by present standards; no longer usable; obsolete: outmoded dwellings; outmoded teaching methods.
*Note that none of the definitions are mine, only the sentences where it says "use in a sentence" are mine.