Words

Constantly in search of expanding my vocabulary, I thought I would share some interesting and obscure words with all of you. Our language can be accidentally and un-apologetically poetic, from double meanings to the history of lexis to the way they sound when spoken. There is beauty in everything if you look for it.

Esoteric 

adjective

Intending for or likely to understood by only a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest.

Inimical

adjective 

Tending to obstruct or harm.

Unfriendly; hostile.

Liminal 

adjective

Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.

Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

Imbibe 

verb 

To drink alcohol

 or to absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge).

Augur 

verb

(of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome. “The end of the war seemed to augur well.”

noun 

(in ancient Rome) a religious official who observed natural signs, especially the behaviour of birds, interpreting these as an indication of divine approval or disapproval of a proposed action.

Countenance 

noun

a person’s face or facial expression. “His impenetrable eyes and inscrutable countenance give little away.”

support or approval. “She was giving her specific countenance to the occasion.”

verb

admit as acceptable or possible. “He was reluctant to countenance the use of force.”

Stygian 

adjective 

relating to the river Styx in Greek mythology

literary: Very dark. “The Stygian crypt.”

Apostasy

noun 

The abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political believe or principle.

Ossify 

verb

Turn into bone or bony tissue.

To cease developing; stagnate.

Fratricide 

noun

The killing of one’s brother or sister.

The accidental killing of ones own forces in war.

Chrysalism 

noun

The amniotic tranquillity of being indoors during a thunderstorm

Occhiolism 

Noun

The awareness of the smallness of your perspective

Sesquipedalian 

adjective

Given to using long words.

A word containing many syllables.

Mellifluous

adjective

(Of a sound) pleasingly smooth and musical to hear.