Words of the Day

I’ve been getting the Dictionary.com Word of the Day e-mail for years but I often let them pile up–in fact I let them pile up for months and months. This weekend I went through them on the look out for active verbs and clever adjectives. I came across several words that could be used as writing prompts and generally cool words I thought I’d share with my lovelies.

horripilate \haw-RIP-uh-leyt\, verb:
To produce a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh.

descry \dih-SKRY\, transitive verb:
1. To catch sight of, especially something distant or obscure; to discern.
2. To discover by observation; to detect.

lucifugous \loo-see-FOO-guhs\, adjective:
Avoiding light.

uxorious \uk-SOR-ee-us; ug-ZOR-\, adjective:
Excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.

demagogue \DEM-uh-gog\, noun:
1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.
2. A leader of the common people in ancient times.

adytum \ad-i-tuhm\, noun:
1. A sacred place that the public is forbidden to enter; an inner shrine.
2. The most sacred or reserved part of any place of worship.

doyenne \doi-EN\, noun:
A woman who is the senior member of a group, class, or profession.

cordate \KAWR-deyt\, adjective:
1. Heart-shaped.
2. (Of leaves) heart-shaped, with the attachment at the notched end.

numen \NOO-min\, noun:
Divine power especially one who inhabits a particular object

hamartia \hah-mahr-TEE-uh\, noun:
Tragic flaw.

apophasis \uh-POF-uh-sis\, noun:
Denial of one’s intention to speak of a subject that is at the same time named or insinuated, as “I shall not mention Caesar’s avarice, nor his cunning, nor his morality.”

eidolon \ahy-DOH-luhn\, noun:
1. A phantom; apparition.
2. An ideal.

gorgonize \GAWR-guh-nahyz\, verb:
To affect as a Gorgon; hypnotize; petrify.

Do you have any cool words or writing prompts?

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