Scraps of Life

Life As a Scrapbooking Newlywed

100 New Words

100 New Words

(1-5 are random. I actually forgot how I came about them. The rest I’m going to pull from books I read.)
    1. Abjure: To avoid or shun
    2. Acumen: The ability to judge well
    3. Belicose: Inclined or eager to fight; agressively hostile
    4. Churlish: Difficult to work with
    5. Deleterious: Harmful
    6. Etiolated: To bleach and alter the natural development of a green plant by excluding sunlight
    7. Verdigrisian (Verdigris): Green or bluish in color
    8. Louche: Not reputable or decent
    9. Jouncing: To move in an up and down manner; bounce
    10. Deigned: To condescend reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one’s superiority that is involved; stoop
    11. Emollients: Something that softens or smoothes
    12. Shab: The itch in animals
    13. Fecund: Fruitful in offspring or vegetation; prolific
    14. Caravansary: An inn surrounding a court in eastern countries where caravans rest at night
    15. Harem: A usually secluded house or part of a house allotted to women in a Muslim household; A group of women associated with one man
    16. Thrall: A servant slave; bondman
    17. Louvred: Ventilated like that of the roof on a medieval building
    18. Plinth: The lowest member of a base
    19. Doldrums: A spell of listlessness or despondency
    20. Truncheon: A shattered spear or lance
    21. Cudgel: A short, heavy club
    22. Baize: A coarse woolen or cotton fabric napped to imitate felt
    23. Harridan: Shrew
    24. Capacious: Containing or capable of containing a great deal
    25. Plalanx: A body of heavily armed infantry in ancient Greece formed in closed deep ranks and files; broadly; a group of troops in close array
    26. Stanchion: An upright bar, post or support as for a roof or a ship’s deck
    27. Tinctures: Substances that color, dye or stain; a characteristic quality
    28. Ambulatory: Of, relating to, or adapted to walking
    29. Expiation: The act of making atonement
    30. Midges: A tiny dipteran fly (as a chironomid)
    31. Rheumy: Flow, flux
    32. Tarn: A small steep-banked mountain lake or pool
    33. Crenellations: Any of the embrasures alternating with merlons in a battlement
    34. Monastic: Of or relating to monasteries or to monks or nuns
    35. Hellebore: A poisonous herb of the lily family
    36. Usufruct: The legal right of using and enjoying the fruits or profits of something belonging to another
    37. Numinous: Supernatural or mysterious; filled with a sense of the presence of divinity
    38. Gormless: Lacking intelligence
    39. Arabesques: An ornament or style that employs flower, foliage, or fruit and sometimes animal and figural outlines to produce an intricate pattern of interlaced lines
    40. Languorous: Producing to tending to produce weakness or weariness of body or mind
    41. Obeisance: A movement of the body made in toke of respect or submission
    42. Obdurate: A stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing; hardened in feelings
    43. Cotillion: A ballroom dance for couples that resembles the quadrille
    44. Ormolu: Golden or gilded brass or bronze used for decorative purposes (as in mounts for furniture)
    45. Abattoir: Slaughterhouse
    46. Moue: A little grimace; pout
    47. Peccadillo: A slight offense
    48. Roust: To drive (as from bed) roughly or unceremoniously
    49. Recalcitrant: Obstinately defiant of authority or restraint
    50. Supplicant: One who asks humbly and earnestly of someone else; one who prays to God
    51. Ancillary: Subordinate, subsidiary

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