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 poetic without meaning to, 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.

 

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.