August Word List 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

My word list for 2016! I hope these are helping my vocabulary because I honestly don't know. I don't want to sound ridiculously pretentious and overuse these words but I feel like if I don't use them I'll forget them soon after. You may notice there is like 4x the amount of words from the July list from last month and that is because I have been reading more recently! I finally started reading the comic book series 'Fables' by Bill Willingham (of course because of my love for The Wolf Among Us), and they have so many words that I have not heard of. I'm planning on finishing the whole series before my first term ends at the end of the year, and I'm also planning on collecting the volumes because I love them so much... Pick up a copy yourself! I'm going to cut off here, because the post would be too long if I didn't.



docent- someone who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo.
roentgen - a unit of ionizing radiation
mirage - an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions, especially the appearance of a sheet of water in a desert or on a hot road caused by the refraction of light from the sky by heated air.
euphoric - characterized by or feeling intense excitement and happiness.
tendencies - an inclination toward a particular characteristic or type of behavior.
botched - to carry something out badly or carelessly
eclectic - deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sourcesstagnant - 
showing no activity or flow, dull and sluggish.
cynical - believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.
archetypes - a very typical example of a certain person or thing
biphasic - having two phases
saudade - a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia (Portuguese and Brazilian roots)
futile - incapable of producing any useful result, pointless
rogue - a dishonest or unprincipled man
finesse - to do something subtle and in a delicate manner
hydra - 
a minute freshwater coelenterate with a stalklike tubular body and a ring of tentacles around the mouth.
chivalrous - courteous and gallant, part of old patriarchy
frivolous - not having any serious purpose or value
contemporary - belonging to or occurring in the present
goads - provoke or annoy someone or something to cause an action or reaction.
cornucopia - 
an ornamental container shaped like a goat's horn, or abundant supply of good things of a specified kind.
egress - the action of going out or leaving a place
rhomboid - having or resembling the shape of a rhomboid
adversary - one's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute.
prerogative - a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class
tawdry - showy but cheap and of poor quality
impasse - a situation in which no progress is possible, especially because of disagreement; a deadlock.
riposte - a quick clever reply or an insult or criticism
succulent - tender, juicy and tasty
nonconformist - a person whose behavior or views do not conform to prevailing ideas or practices.
estranged - no longer close or affectionate to someone
modicum - a small quantity of a particular thing, especially something considered desirable or valuable.
boorish - rough and bad-mannered.
dotty - somewhat mad or eccentric
amnesty - an official pardon for people who have been convicted of political offenses.
don - a spaniard or spanish gentlemen
sonny - used by an older person as a familiar form of address to a young boy.
impertinent - not showing proper respect; rude
convene - to come or bring together for a meeting or activity
dissembling - conceal one's true motives, feelings, or beliefs
seldom - not often or common, rarely or infrequent
dowry - property or money brought by a bride to her husband on their marriage.
aristo - slang for aristocrat
blithely - joyous, merry, or happy in disposition
narcissistic - having an excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical appearance.
tenuous - very weak or slender
competent - having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully.
luddite - a person opposed to increased industrialization or new technology
moratorium - a temporary prohibition of an activity
jabberwocky - a string of nonsense words, gibberish
hysteria - exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion or excitement
pompous - someone who irritatingly thinks their self important
covenant - an agreement
azure - bright blue in color
bleating - make a characteristic wavering cry
stag - a male deer
devoid - entirely lacking or free from.
lark - a small ground-dwelling songbird
rubes - a country bumpkin, awkward
bwana - a boss or master
drudgery - hard, menial or dull work
impending - be about to happen
nuptial - a wedding
berk - a stupid person
insular - ignorant of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one's own experience.
pungency - the condition of having a strong, sharp smell or taste that is often so strong that it is unpleasant
luau - a Hawaiian party or feast
acumen - the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions
strumpets - 
a female prostitute or a promiscuous woman.
imperious - taking power or authority without justification
sloshed - drunk
abetting - to encourage or assist someone to do something wrong
tome - a book, especially a large, heavy scholarly one
pilfered - to steal (commonly of things of little value)
semiotics - the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation
emblems - a thing serving as a symbolic representation of a particular quality or concept.
puerile - childishly silly and trivial
mounds - a rounded mass projecting above a surface
aghast - filled with horror or shock
pellucid - translucently clear
luminescent - the light produced by such an emission
demurred - raise doubts or objections or show reluctance
resplendent - attractive and impressive through being richly colorful or sumptuous.
raiment - clothing
err - to do wrong or make a mistake
adumbrated - foreshadow or indicate faintly
expletive - an oath or swear word
redact - censor for publication
quoits - a ring of iron, rope, or rubber thrown in a game to encircle or land as near as possible to an upright peg.

vagrants - a person without a settled home or regular work who wanders from place to place and lives by begging.
shunted - to push or pull a train from its main line
ponce - a man who lives off a prostitutes earnings
nuance - a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
panache - flamboyant confidence or style of manner
malefactor - a person who commits a crime or some other wrong
deductible - a specified amount of money that the insured must pay before an insurance company will pay a claim.
vigilante - a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority
abhorrent - inspiring disgust or loathing
alacrity - brisk and cheerful readiness
purview - a range of experience or thought
dolt - a stupid person
eloquently - fluent or persuasive in speaking or writing
gentility - social superiority determined by manners, behavior or appearances
laudanum - an alcoholic drink containing morphine, used as narcotic painkillers
litigious - concerned with lawsuits
perambulations - to walk through or about
complacent - showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements.deportment - a person's behavior or manners
tenure - the holding of an office
elitist - a person who believes that a system or society should be ruled by an elite
recalcitrant - having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline.
schmaltzy - excessively sentimental
meticulous - showing great attention to detail, precise
absconded - to leave hurriedly and secretly
tactful - having or showing tact
constable - a peace officer with limited policing authority
voracious - wanting to devour great quantities of food
bereft - deprived of or lacking something
amity - a friendly relationship
perspicacity - the quality of having a ready insight into things
solemnization - to mark with a formal ceremony
wantonly - maliciously or unjustifiably used
succor - assistance and support in times of hardship or distress
trollop - 
a woman perceived as sexually disreputable or promiscuous.
malice - the intention or desire to do evil
malfeasance - wrong doing, especially by a public official
scion - a descendant of a notable family
inamoratas - a persons female lover
coprophiliacs - marked interest in excrement; especially : the use of feces or filth for sexual excitement.
liaison - communication or cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations.
necrophiliac - someone who partakes in sexual intercourse with corpses
perforate - to pierce and make holes in
proverbial - well known, especially so as to be stereotypical

fascist -a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government
redundant - not or no longer needed or useful
impliciting - capable of being understood from something else though unexpressed
desecrate - treat with violent disrespect
copacetic - in excellent order
remuneration - money paid for work or a service
lummox - a clumsy stupid person
ambiguity - uncertainty or inexactness of meaning in language
theatrics - dramatic performances
respite - a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
antics - foolish, outrageous or amusing behavior
dubious - hesitating or doubting
caninity - an adjective meaning dog or canine like behavior
mangiest - in poor condition, shabby
spay - sterilize a female animal by removing ovaries
addlepated - confused or stupid
lavatory - the bathroom
ignominy - public shame or disgrace
robust - strong and healthy
paramour - a lover, especially the illicit partner of a married person.
compatriots - a fellow citizen of a country
didactic - intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.
incantation - use of words for a magic spell
excreta - waste matter discharged from the body
bloviate - to talk in a lengthy or empty way
egesta - egested matter, excrement
augury - a sign of what will happen in the future
selfsame - exactly the same
monger - denoting a dealer or trader in a specified commodity.
belabor - to argue or elaborate in excessive detail
referendum - a general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision.
unrequited - not returned or rewarded
helm - any associated equipment used for steering a boat
unbeknownst - without the knowledge of someone
anarchy - a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority.
chronically - continuing a long time or occurring frequently
irrefutable - impossible to deny or refuse
uncouth -  lacking good manners, refinement, or grace.
amalgamation - the action, process, or result of combining or uniting.
celestial - supremely good, relating to heaven
meek - quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.
solace - to comfort or console in a time of distress or sadness
anthropomorphic - to have human characteristics
ventriloquist - a person who can speak or utter sounds so that they seem to come from somewhere else, especially an entertainer who makes their voice appear to come from a dummy of a person or animal.notary - a person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.berate - to scold or criticize angrily
ingenuity - the quality of being creative, original or inventive
apex - the top or highest part of something
novice - a person new to or inexperienced in a field or situation

pandemonium - wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar.
lupine - a plant in the pea family
albatross - a very large oceanic bird
obscurity - something that is unclear or difficult to understand
admonition - an act or action of admonishing
adjourned - to break off an event with the intention of resuming later
sybarites - 
a person who is self-indulgent in their fondness for sensuous luxury.
sordid - involving ignoble actions and motives
calamity - an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress
malevolent - having or showing a wish to do evil to others.
ectopic - in an abnormal place or position.
duplicitous - deceitful
dissension - disagreement that leads to discord
astute - having or showing an ability to accurately assess situations or people and turn this to one's advantage.monastery - 
a building or buildings occupied by a community of monks living under religious vows.
recompense - to make amends with someone for loss or harm suffered
necromancer - a wizard or magician
clandestine - kept secret or done secretively, especially if because illicit.
metastasize - (of a cancer) 
spread to other sites in the body by metastasis.
sequitur - a logical conclusion from the premises
quixotic - 
exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.
apothecary - a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.
diablerie reckless mischief; charismatic wildness.
integral - necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental.
mired - to become stuck in mud.
mendacity - untruthfulness
anomie - lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group.
subterfuge - deceit used in order to achieve one's goal.
primogen - first or earliest ancestor
trite - lacking originality or freshness.
emissary - 
a person sent on a special mission, usually as a diplomatic representative.
intangible - unable to be touched or grasped
omen - an event regarded as a portent of good or evil.
predecessor - a person who held a job or office before the current holder.
aegis -the protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization.
twee - 
excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental.
intuitive - using or based on what one feels to be true even without conscious reasoning; instinctive.
aphrodisiac - a food, drink, or substance that increases sexual desire.
narc - a federal agent or police officer who enforces the laws regarding illicit sale or use of drugs and narcotics.
cynical - believing that people are motivated by self-interest; distrustful of human sincerity or integrity.
digitization - the process of converting information into a digital format 
recuperate - r
ecover from illness or exertion.

vorpal - deadly
encephalitisinflammation of the brain, caused by infection or an allergic reaction.
catechismsa summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers
slovenly - messy and dirty
contemptible - despicable
inexplicable - unable to be explained or accounted for
uncompromisingly - not admitting of compromise or adjustment of differences
perennial - lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time
philandering -  readily or frequently enter into casual sexual relationships with women.
annex - a building joined to or associated with a main building
steadfast - resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
farce - a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations.
dredge - to clean out a body of water by scooping out mud, weeds and rubbish
scant - barely sufficient or adequate.
machinations - a scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end
depredations - an act of attacking or plundering.
decrepit - elderly and infirm.
impudent - not showing due respect for another person
pragmatism - an approach that assesses the truth of meaning of theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.
effeminate - (of a man) having or showing characteristics regarded as typical of a woman, unmanly
perspicuity - clearness or lucidity, as of a statement.
jurisprudence the theory or philosophy of law.
solace - comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness
boisterous - noisy, energetic, and rowdy
unimpeachable - not able to be doubted, questioned, or criticized
convalescing - recover of one's health and strength over a period of time after an illness or operation
notoriety - the state of being famous or well known for some bad quality or deed.
espionage - the practice of spying or of using spies
silage -  grass or other green fodder compacted and stored in airtight conditions
larceny - theft of personal property.
codger - an elderly man, especially one who is old-fashioned or eccentric.
inclement - unpleasantly cold or wet.
impugn - to dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of something or someone
addled - unable to think clearly
aphorism - a pithy observation that contains a general truth, such as, “if it ain't broke, don't fix it.”
demolitions - the action or process of demolishing or being demolished.
saccharine - excessively sweet or sentimental.
benevolent - well meaning and kindly.
bedlam - a scene of uproar and confusion.
deference - humble submission and respect.
irrevocably - not able to be changed
diminutives - extremely or unusually small.
obeisance - deferential respect, such as bow or curtsey
egalitarian - of, relating to, or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
proselytizing - convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another
avarice - extreme greed for wealth or material gain
distention - enlarged, swollen from internal pressure. 
mercurial - subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind.
zephyr - a soft gentle breeze.
proxy - the authority to represent someone else, especially in voting.
rotunda - a round building or room
sustainer - a theological term referring to the conception of God who sustains and upholds everything in existence
congealed - solidify or coagulate
rheumatism - any disease marked by inflammation and pain in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissue
elucidate - 
kvetch - a person who complains a great deal.
idiosyncrasies - a mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
somnambulant - walking or having the habit of walking while asleep. 
auspicious - conducive to success
peckertated - (couldn't find any definition for this word... help!)
paraphernalia - miscellaneous articles
Biloxi - an extinct Siouan language which was at one time spoken by the Biloxi tribe living in present-day Mississippi, Louisiana, and southeast Texas.
dignitaries - A person of high rank or position.
atonement - reparation for a wrong or injury.
confound - cause surprise or confusion
blasphemythe act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.
rapport - a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well.
fount - a source of a desirable quality or commodity.

Now that I have finished the list, I can honestly say this took me nearly two weeks to complete. I don't know how many words I wrote, but I'm sure these words will help my vocab :)

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