on new year’s eve by Evie Shockley

This list includes 16 words from the poem "on new year's eve" by Evie Shockley in the order that they appear. "Maquette" (noun), a French fine art term meaning a small scale model or sculpture, is not in Vocabulary.com's dictionary, so it is included here.


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  1. glint
    a momentary flash of light
    Many Americans compensate for the gloom outside by setting up a cheerful holiday scene inside: a fire dances, candles flicker, gold glints, silver glimmers, holly glistens, poinsettias pose.Wall Street Journal (Dec 21, 2017)
  2. solemnize
    observe or perform with dignity or gravity
    “By the power vested in me by the laws of Guam, I pronounce you married,” Gillan said before the two military members kissed to solemnize their vows.Washington Times (Jun 9, 2015)
  3. pact
    a written agreement between two states or sovereigns
    We made a pact to entertain ourselves separately and to keep a list of "cranky New Yorkers" we met.New York Times (Dec 25, 2017)
  4. beloved
    dearly loved
    As beloved as Vine was, and Tumblr and SoundCloud still are, none of them ever found a meaningful way to reward and support artists.The Verge (Dec 28, 2017)
  5. cosset
    treat with excessive indulgence
    Guests are cosseted by a crew of 20, including a chef, a sommelier, a mixologist and a dozen mostly young women whom Rodriguez insisted on calling butlers – “not flight attendants.”Seattle Times (Aug 1, 2017)
  6. fey
    suggestive of an elf in strangeness and otherworldliness
    The humor of the play goes from fey to sinister in a blink.Los Angeles Times (Sep 27, 2016)
  7. temporal
    not eternal
    These temporal things are temporary and elusive at best.New York Times (Dec 9, 2017)
  8. edacious
    devouring or craving food in great quantities
    Occasionally the road must be set back, and once the lighthouse was moved back from the cliffs, eaten away by the edacious tooth of the sea.Warren, Henry White
  9. rash
    marked by defiant disregard for danger or consequences
    “But they also recognise ... that he is impulsive and rash and unpredictable – and I think they worry about that.”The Guardian (Nov 8, 2017)
  10. fugacious
    lasting a very short time
    In this way Masdevallia, Sobralia, and other fugacious flowers may be used for decorative purposes for two evenings at least, but in the absence of immersion they would wither in a very short time.O'Brien, James
  11. vitality
    a healthy capacity for vigorous activity
    As beautifully shaped as the chorales were, it was the vitality of the choruses that carried the evening.Washington Post (Dec 10, 2017)
  12. sway
    influence a person or outcome
    When words didn’t sway her, in October her siblings and parents beat her, leaving her bruised on the family home’s floor.Washington Times (Dec 27, 2017)
  13. wend
    direct one's course or way
    The approach follows a steep path rising through Japanese maples and towering native Douglas firs and wending upward to a formal stone stair.Wall Street Journal (Dec 11, 2017)
  14. callithump
    a noisy mock serenade to a newly married couple
    With much banging of pan lids and blowing of horns, the callithump welcomed the couple with a raucous, cacophonous over-the-top greeting.
    Definition from Webster's 1913 Dictionary: A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari or shivaree. [U. S.]
  15. ersatz
    an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
    He was an ersatz rocker, more showbiz than the genuine article.BBC (Dec 6, 2017)
  16. sever
    set or keep apart
    The magazine compared the events of that year to a "knife blade," that " severed past from future."Time (Nov 3, 2017)
Created on January 1, 2018 (updated January 1, 2018)

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