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.
Intending for or likely to understood by only a small number of people with a specialised knowledge or interest.
Tending to obstruct or harm.
Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
To drink alcohol
or to absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge).
(of an event or circumstance) portend a good or bad outcome. “The end of the war seemed to augur well.”
(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.
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.”
admit as acceptable or possible. “He was reluctant to countenance the use of force.”
relating to the river Styx in Greek mythology
literary: Very dark. “The Stygian crypt.”
The abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political believe or principle.
Turn into bone or bony tissue.
To cease developing; stagnate.
The killing of one’s brother or sister.
The accidental killing of ones own forces in war.
The amniotic tranquillity of being indoors during a thunderstorm
The awareness of the smallness of your perspective
Given to using long words.
A word containing many syllables.
(Of a sound) pleasingly smooth and musical to hear.