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31 Unusual Words to Add to Your Vocabulary – August 2016

Updated on August 12, 2016

Welcome to the next instalment of my monthly list of words!

Date
Word
Definition
01/8
Thanatosis
A view or contemplation of death
02/8
Orthogonal
Of or involving right angles
03/8
Parsimony
Extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources
04/8
Harelipped
Another term for cleft lip
05/8
Isotherm
A line on a map connecting points having the same temperature
06/8
Redacted
To censor or obscure (part of a text) for legal or security purposes
07/8
Replete
Filled or well-supplied with something
08/8
Pagophagia
The compulsive eating of ice
09/8
Licentious
Disregarding accepted conventions
10/8
Brusque
Abrupt or offhand in speech or manner
11/8
Truculent
Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
12/8
Reversion
A return to a previous state, practice, or belief
13/8
Supple
Bending or moving easily and gracefully; flexible
14/8
Albumen
Egg white
15/8
Essay
An attempt or effort
16/8
Groundswell
An increase in a particular opinion among a large section of the population
17/8
Corroborate
To confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding)
18/8
Incipient
Beginning to happen or develop
19/8
Chagrin
Annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated
20/8
Prodigious
Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree
21/8
Semaphore
A system of sending messages by holding the arms or two flag poles in certain positions according to an alphabetic code
22/8
Addendum
An item of additional material added at the end of a book or other publication
23/8
Phantasmagoria
A sequence of real or imaginary images like that seen in a dream
24/8
Immutable
Unchanging over time or unable to be changed
25/8
Svelte
(Of a person) slender and elegant
26/8
Svengali
A person who exercises a controlling or mesmeric influence on another, especially for a sinister purpose
27/8
Minutiae
The small, precise, or trivial details of something
28/8
Officious
Assertive of authority in a domineering way, especially with regard to trivial matters
29/8
Verbosity
The fact or quality of using more words than needed; wordiness
30/8
Concatenation
A series of interconnected things
31/8
Mote
A tiny piece of a substance; a speck

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      Darcie Nadel 

      2 years ago from Louisiana

      I knew pretty much all of these already, but I feel like I really needed the reminder to work these into my everyday speech, so thank you for that. I particularly love the words "replete" and "brusque" though I have no idea why.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Some of those words are not unusual for me at all, I use them frequently, others, I know their meaning, but use them rarely. The rest I find very interesting and thank you for the reminder that we should never stop learning. An interesting choice of topic.

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