New words – ah. I love them, truly. I highlight them on my Kindle whenever I spot them, and one of my best friends introduces me to a new word or two on an almost daily basis, which is fun. (In a “how do you know all these damn words?” kind of way. I need to read more Wikipedia and less Cyanide and Happiness, clearly).
I also have a ton of words that I can spell and use in context but couldn’t give a definition of if pressed, so I’ve started to collect them. I’m hoping that by writing them out and reading the definitions it might help them to stick. Enjoy!
(There are so many that I’ve actually started a page for them. Here’s a selection of my favourites tho..)
A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.
“She lived ascetically in a small house all by herself.”
(Not to be confused with Aesthetically.)
The action of describing or portraying something precisely.
“The artist’s exquisite delineation of costume and jewellery.”
The final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.
“The film’s denouement was unsatisfying and ambiguous.”
Outstandingly bad; shocking.
“Egregious abuses of copyright”
(Of a person) fond of company; sociable.
“He was a popular and gregarious man”
So good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique.
“They took the charts by storm with their inimitable style.”
Tending to talk a great deal; talkative.
“Never loquacious, Sarah was now totally lost for words.”
(Of a task or responsibility) involving a great deal of effort, trouble, or difficulty.
“He found his duties increasingly onerous.”
A person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages.
“Rob was a polyglot.”
Grimly mocking or cynical.
“Starkey attempted a sardonic smile.”
Relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.
Bring under domination or control, especially by conquest.
“The invaders had soon subjugated most of the population.”