WORDS of the Week

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Chagrin

noun

annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated: “to my chagrin, he was nowhere to be seen

Lament

noun

a passionate expression of grief or sorrow: “his mother’s night-long laments for his father”
a song, piece of music, or poem expressing grief or sorrow: “the piper played a lament”

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Penitent

adjective

feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentant: “a penitent expression”

Petulant

adjective

(of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered: “he was moody and petulant | a petulant shake of the head”

Vehement

adjective

showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense: “her voice was low but vehement”


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Amenable

adjective

open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled: “parents who have amenable children

Belligerent

adjective

hostile and aggressive: “the mood at the meeting was belligerent”
engaged in a war or conflict, as recognized by international law: “a conference of socialists from all belligerent countries”

Consternation

noun

a feeling of anxiety or dismay, typically at something unexpected: “to her consternation her car wouldn’t start

Cordial

adjective

warm and friendly: “the atmosphere was cordial and relaxed”
strongly felt: “I earned his cordial loathing”

Derisively

adverb

in a manner expressing contempt or ridicule: “she snorted derisively at him” | “they derisively referred to clients as muppets”

Ecclesiastical

adjective

relating to the Christian Church or its clergy: “the ecclesiastical hierarchy”

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Egress

noun

the action of going out of or leaving a place: “direct means of access and egress for passengers”
a way out: “a narrow egress”

Enigmatic

adjective

difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious: “he took the money with an enigmatic smile”

Ennui

noun

a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement: “he succumbed to ennui and despair.”

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Envince

verb

formal reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling); indicate: “the news stories evinced the usual mixture of sympathy and satisfaction”

Erudition

noun

the quality of having or showing great knowledge or learning; scholarship: “he was known for his wit, erudition, and teaching skills”

Ethereal

adjective

extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world: “her ethereal beauty”
heavenly or spiritual: “ethereal, otherworldly visions”

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Malapropism

noun

the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with an amusing effect: “e.g. ‘dance a flamingo’ instead of ‘flamenco’ “

Percolate

verb

(of a liquid or gas) filter gradually through a porous surface or substance: “the water percolating through the soil may leach out minerals”
spread gradually through an area or group of people: “continental ideas on art, science, and architecture percolated from Venice to London.”

Perspicacious

adjective

having a ready insight into and understanding of things: “it offers quite a few facts to the perspicacious reporter”

Rear

verb

bring up and care for (a child) until they are fully grown: “Nigel was born and reared in Bath”

Rendition

noun

a performance or interpretation, especially of a dramatic role or piece of music: “a wonderful rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’ ”
a visual representation or reproduction: “a pen-and-ink rendition of Mars with his sword drawn”
a translation or transliteration: ” ‘Iroquois’ is a French rendition of an Algonquian word for ‘rattlesnake’ “

Ruefully

adverb

in a way that expresses sorrow or regret, especially in a wry or humorous manner: “the actor ruefully remarked that you are only as good as your last film”

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Rumination

noun

a deep or considered thought about something: “philosophical ruminations about life and humanity
the action or process of thinking deeply about something: “this film stuck out, demanding attention and rumination”

Saunter

verb

walk in a slow, relaxed manner: “Adam sauntered into the room”

Slovenly

adjective

untidy and dirty: “a fat, slovenly ex-rock star”

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* Oxford Dictionary of English (British English)


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