Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Definitions #2

Here are some words I've had to look up recently:

1. Saturnine: Melancholy or sullen; Having or marked by a tendency to be bitter or sardonic.

2. Louche: Of questionable taste or morality; decadent.

3. Palimpsest: A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once;with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.

4. Noisome: Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul.

5. Pernicious: Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly;Causing great harm; destructive.

6. Toadying: A person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; a sycophant.

7. Horripilate: The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold; goose bumps.

8. Triturated: To rub, crush, grind, or pound into fine particles or a powder; pulverize.

9. Pullulated: To put forth sprouts or buds; germinate; To breed rapidly or abundantly; To teem; swarm.

10. Peregrinations: To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot.

11. Styptic: Contracting the tissues or blood vessels; astringent; Tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels; hemostatic.

12. Moribund: Approaching death; about to die; On the verge of becoming obsolete.

13. Mendicants: A beggar; A member of an order of friars forbidden to own property in common, who work or beg for their living.

How many of these words did YOU know?


  1. what about subsume?

  2. Not a single one. Which books are you reading to come up with these words? I would need a dictionary to understand what I was reading. You are becoming a master of the English language.

  3. Zero! Idon't think I could keep reading a book that had these words in them. I would lose interest if I had to look up all the words. You have a lot of patience.


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