30 Unusual Words to Add to Your Vocabulary – June 2016

Whilst trawling across the internet, I often stumble upon words than I am not entirely familiar with. I have decided to create lists, such as this one, so that I can easily return to these words later on, to see which ones I am still not confident with using. Hopefully others will also benefit from these lists.

Date
Word
Definition
01/6
Iconoclastic
Criticizing or attacking cherished beliefs or institutions
02/6
Conflating
To combine two items or ideas into one
03/6
Fluvial
Of or found in a river
04/6
Demarcate
To separate or distinguish from
05/6
Pang
A sudden sharp pain or painful emotion
06/6
Denudation
The long-term sum of erosional processes on landforms and landscapes
07/6
Pareidolia
The imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist
08/6
Rhinoplasty
Plastic surgery performed on the nose
09/6
Polemic
A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something
10/6
Edifice
A large, imposing building
11/6
Tumult
A state of confusion or disorder
12/6
Crag
A steep or rugged cliff or rock face
13/6
Cogent
(of an argument or case) clear, logical, and convincing
14/6
Imbue
To inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality)
15/6
Prolate
(of a spheroid) lengthened in the direction of a polar diameter; often contrasted with oblate
16/6
Gratuitous
Done without good reason; uncalled for
17/6
Pernicious
Having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way
18/6
Isochronous
Occurring at the same time
19/6
Puerile
Childishly silly and immature
20/6
Retroactively
Taking effect from a date in the past
21/6
Excoriate
To criticise severely
22/6
Avoirdupois
(humorous) weight; heaviness
23/6
Denigrate
To criticise unfairly
24/6
Eviscerate
To deprive (something) of its essential content
25/6
Expunge
To obliterate or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)
26/6
Nepotism
The practise among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends
27/6
Prescient
Having or showing knowledge of events before they take place
28/6
Interstice
An intervening space, especially a very small one
29/6
Profligate
Recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources
30/6
Ingratiate
To bring oneself into favour with someone by flattering or trying to please them

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Jo Lim 5 months ago

Great to learn more new words. Thanks for sharing.


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Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

Fun word list.


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Jean Bakula 5 months ago from New Jersey

Nice job, I love words.


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paperfacets 5 months ago from La Verne, CA

I found this new word while reading about a candidate for President. Flapdoodle.


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phoenix2327 4 months ago from United Kingdom

Always interested in broadening my vocabulary. Thanks for the list.


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lawrence01 4 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

Enjoyed these. Worrying thing is I use a few of these a lot!


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vespawoolf 4 months ago from Peru, South America

These are unique but useful words. I will try to integrate the unfamiliar ones into my daily vocabulary. Thank you!


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ladyguitarpicker 2 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Nice to learn new words. Stella

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