Matt's word list

A collection of words I have encountered in various texts, which I want to solidify the meaning of in my mind.

Activities for this list:

definitions & notes only words
  1. invective
    abusive language used to express blame or censure
  2. dilettante
    an amateur engaging in an activity without serious intention
  3. apoplexy
    a loss of consciousness from the lack of oxygen in the brain
  4. apogee
    the farthest point in an orbit around the Earth
  5. mincing
    affectedly dainty or refined
  6. convection
    transfer of heat caused by molecular motion in liquid or gas
  7. internecine
    within a group or organization
  8. coalesce
    fuse or cause to come together
  9. prosaic
    lacking wit or imagination
  10. verisimilitude
    the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
  11. perspicacious
    mentally acute or penetratingly discerning
  12. boondoggle
    work of little or no value done merely to look busy
  13. intrepid
    invulnerable to fear or intimidation
  14. visceral
    relating to or affecting the internal organs
  15. bombastic
    ostentatiously lofty in style
  16. torpid
    in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
  17. gib
    a castrated tomcat
  18. concomitant
    following or accompanying as a consequence
  19. effusive
    uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm
  20. seminal
    containing seeds of later development
  21. cant
    a slope in the turn of a road or track
  22. tome
    a large and scholarly book
  23. polemic
    a verbal or written attack, especially of a belief or dogma
  24. erudite
    having or showing profound knowledge
  25. acronym
    a word formed from the initial letters of several words
  26. esoteric
    understandable only by an enlightened inner circle
  27. tactile
    of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch
  28. prolix
    tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at length
  29. faux pas
    a socially awkward or tactless act
  30. shibboleth
    a favorite saying of a sect or political group
  31. insidious
    working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
  32. invidious
    containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
  33. exigency
    a pressing or urgent situation
  34. coterie
    an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
  35. denizen
    a plant or animal naturalized in a region
  36. perfidy
    an act of deliberate betrayal
  37. parsimony
    extreme stinginess
  38. fatuous
    devoid of intelligence
  39. Zeitgeist
    the spirit of the time
  40. bacchanal
    wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  41. fetid
    offensively malodorous
  42. chthonic
    dwelling beneath the surface of the earth
  43. pique
    a sudden outburst of anger
  44. coquettish
    like a flirtatious woman
  45. vignette
    a brief literary description
  46. paroxysm
    a sudden uncontrollable attack
  47. amphora
    an ancient jar with two handles and a narrow neck
  48. piety
    righteousness by virtue of being pious
  49. paean
    a hymn of praise
  50. oeuvre
    the total output of a writer or artist
  51. Aeschylus
    Greek tragedian; the father of Greek tragic drama
  52. parasol
    a handheld collapsible source of shade
  53. chiton
    a woolen tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece
  54. isthmus
    a narrow strip of land connecting two larger land areas
  55. imbibe
    take in liquids
  56. celestial
    relating to or inhabiting a divine heaven
  57. snafu
    a chaotic or confused situation

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