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Vocabulary Challenge – Part 2

April 26, 2014

I forgot to post these as planned so I’m giving you the whole month. My favorite word – gormless (It best describes me on some days!)

orgulous         proud, haughty
acephalous        lacking a head or having the head reduced; lacking a governing head or chief
rutilant        having a reddish glow
hibernaculum    a shelter occupied during the winter by a dormant animal (as an insect or reptile)
gustatory        relating to or associated with eating or the sense of taste
eupeptic        of, relating to, or having good digestion; cheerful, optimistic
pococurante        indifferent, nonchalant
rectitudinous        characterized by the quality of being honest and morally correct; piously self-righteous
gormless        lacking intelligence, stupid
conurbation        an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities
trumpery        worthless nonsense; trivial or useless articles, junk
forfend        to ward off, prevent; protect, preserve
fimbriated        having the edge or extremity bordered by slender processes; fringed
inselberg        an isolated mountain
lenitive        alleviating pain or harshness; soothing
dudgeon        a fit or state of indignation
malapert        impudently bold, saucy

carapace        hard shell of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
vivisection        the act of operating on living animals (especially in scientific research)
imprecation        the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
florid            elaborately or excessively ornamented; inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life
heritage        the abode of a hermit
pusillanimous    lacking courage and resolution; marked by contemptible timidity
malversation        misbehavior and especially corruption in an office, trust, or commission; corrupt administration
refulgence        a radiant or resplendent quality or state; brilliance
tourbillion        whirlwind; a vortex especially of a whirlwind or whirlpool
probity        adherence to the highest principles and ideals; uprightness
senescence        the state of being old, the process of being old; the growth phase in a plant or plant part (as a leaf) from full maturity to death
solatium        a compensation (as money) given as solace for suffering, loss, or injured feelings
picayune        of little value, paltry; also petty, small-minded

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  1. I don’t think gormless describes you. It takes intelligence to know when your brain isn’t working to its full capacity. 🙂

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