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For one reason or another, the following is a list of some of my favorite words. They might be favorites for their sound, definition, association, whatever. But they’re favorites and I guess I’ll share them, in case you were wondering.
Anathema: a person or thing detested or loathed.
Attrition: a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength.
Antithetical: directly opposed or contrasted; opposite.
Banal: devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite.
Bedlam: a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.
Bungle: to do clumsily and awkwardly; botch.
Cadence: rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words: the cadence of language.
Coagulate: to change from a fluid into a thickened mass; curdle; congeal.
Copacetic: fine; completely satisfactory; okay.
Deluge: a great flood of water; inundation; flood.
Euphoria: a feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being sometimes exaggerated in pathological states as mania.
Ebullient: overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited.
Epeolatry: the worship of words.
Etymology: the derivation of a word.
Emulsify: to make into or form an emulsion.
Erudite: characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly.
Fructiferous: fruit-bearing; producing fruit.
Fallacious: containing a fallacy; logically unsound.
Gregarious: fond of the company of others; sociable.
Garrulous: excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters.
Glyph: a pictograph or hieroglyph.
Girandole: a rotating and radiating firework.
Hypnagogic: of or relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.
Hyperbolic: having the nature of hyperbole; exaggerated.
Indolent: having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful.
Imbroglio: a misunderstanding, disagreement, etc., of a complicated or bitter nature, as between persons or nations.
Indefatigable: incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring.
Insomnia: inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness.
Impertinent: intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions; insolently rude; uncivil.
Jettison: to throw off (something) as an obstacle or burden; discard.
Jargon: the language, especially the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group.
Kerfuffle: a commotion or fuss.
Lugubrious: mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner.
Lassitude: weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor.
Malady: any disorder or disease of the body, especially one that is chronic or deepseated.
Malefaction: an evil deed; crime; wrongdoing.
Murmur: a low, continuous sound, as of low, indistinct voices.
Miasma: a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
Moiety: each of two parts into which a thing is or can be divided.
Modicum: a moderate or small amount.
Niminy-piminy: affectedly delicate or refined; mincing; effeminate.
Nascent: beginning to exist or develop.
Nescience: lack of knowledge; ignorance.
Obfuscate: to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
Opulent: wealthy, rich, or affluent.
Occult: beyond the range of ordinary knowledge or understanding; mysterious.
Petrichor: the distinctive scent which accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell.
Prurient: having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious or lustful thoughts, desires, etc.
Penury: extreme poverty; destitution.
Pulchritude: physical beauty; comeliness.
Panacea: an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties; cure-all.
Redolent: having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
Rubicon: a point of no return.
Rarefy: to make rare or rarer; make less dense.
Recalcitrant: resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory.
Rigmarole: an elaborate or complicated procedure.
Sonorous: giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place.
Somnolent: sleepy; drowsy.
Scintilla: a minute particle; spark; trace.
Syzygy: an alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and either the moon or a planet.
Schadenfreude: pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.
Truncate: to shorten by cutting off a part; cut short.
Timbal: a kettledrum.
Umbrage: offense; annoyance; displeasure.
Vacillate: to waver in mind or opinion; be indecisive or irresolute.
Vilify: to speak ill of; defame; slander.