Random Use List – 3

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ideate: verb [ with obj. ] chiefly Psychology, form an idea of; imagine or conceive.• [ no obj. ] form ideas; think.

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idiolect: noun, the speech habits peculiar to a particular person.

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lachrymose: adjective, tearful or given to weeping: she was pink-eyed and lachrymose.• inducing tears; sad: a lachrymose children’s classic.

Derivatives:

  • lachrymosely – adverb,
  • lachrymosity – noun

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polysexual: adjective, incorporating many different kinds of sexuality; pansexual.

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rubiginous: adjective,  technical or literaryrust-coloured.

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arty: adjective ( artier, artiest; artsier, artsiest ) informal, making a strong, affected, or pretentious display of being artistic or interested in the arts: television people and arty types, a very arty film.

Derivatives:

  • artily – adverb,
  • artiness – noun

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nudnik: (also nudnick ) noun, informal, a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore.

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nubbin: noun, chiefly N. Amer. a small lump or residual part: nubbins of bone or cartilage.

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sepulchral: adjective, relating to a tomb or interment: sepulchral monuments.• gloomy; dismal: a speech delivered in sepulchral tones.

Derivatives:

  • sepulchrally  – adverb

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insipid: adjective, lacking flavour; weak or tasteless: mugs of insipid coffee.• lacking vigour or interest: many artists continued to churn out insipid, shallow works.

Derivatives:

  • insipidity – noun,
  • insipidly – adverb,
  • insipidness – noun

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indenture:

  • noun, a legal agreement, contract, or document, in particular:
  • historical a deed or contract of which copies were made for the contracting parties with the edges indented for identification and to prevent forgery.
  • a formal list, certificate, or inventory.
  • an agreement binding an apprentice to a master.
  • [ mass noun ] the state of being bound to service by an indenture: the bracelet on his wrist represented his indenture to his master.
  • historical a contract by which a person agreed to work for a set period for a landowner in a British colony in exchange for passage to the colony.
  • verb [ with obj. ] (usu. be indentured to) chiefly historicalbind (someone) by an indenture as an apprentice or labourer.

Derivatives:

  • indentureship – noun

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invidious: adjective(of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others: she’d put herself in an invidious position. (of a comparison or distinction) unfairly discriminating; unjust: it seems invidious to make special mention of one aspect of his work.

Derivatives:

  • invidiously – adverb,
  • invidiousness – noun

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proselytize: (also proselytise )verb [ with obj. ]convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another: the programme did have a tremendous evangelical effect, proselytizing many | [ no obj. ] : proselytizing for converts | (as noun proselytizing) : no amount of proselytizing was going to change their minds.• advocate or promote (a belief or course of action): Davis wanted to share his concept and proselytize his ideas.

Derivatives:

  • proselytization – noun,
  • proselytizer – noun

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waggish: adjective dated humorous in a playful, mischievous, or facetious manner: a waggish riposte.

Derivatives:

  • waggishly – adverb,
  • waggishness – noun

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prestidigitation: noun [ mass noun ] formal, conjuring tricks performed as entertainment.

Derivatives:

  • prestidigitator – noun

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ideogram: a character symbolizing the idea of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it. Examples include numerals and Chinese characters.

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tithing: 1) [ mass noun ] the practice of taking or paying a tithe. 2) historical (in England) a group of ten householders who lived close together and were collectively responsible for each other’s behaviour.• a rural division, originally regarded as a tenth of a hundred.

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paseo: a leisurely walk or stroll, esp. one taken in the evening; a promenade (used with reference to the tradition of taking such a walk in Spainor Spanish-speaking communities).• also, a parade ofbullfighters into the arena at the beginning of a bullfight.• a plaza or walkway for strolling.

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woebegone: adjective, sad or miserable in appearance: “don’t look so woebegone, Joanna”.

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quatrain: noun, a stanza of four lines, especially one having alternate rhymes.

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quadruped: noun, an animal which has four feet, especially an ungulate mammal.

Derivatives:

  • quadrupedal- adjective,
  • quadrupedalism – noun

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approbation: noun [ mass noun ] formal, approval or praise: a term of approbation.

Derivatives:

  • approbative – adjective
  • approbatory – adjective

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finial: noun, a distinctive section or ornament at the apex of a roof, canopy, etc. on a building.

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