Unusual words that you are unlikely to use Flashcards

vocabulary
Terms Definitions
gleimous
slimy
daedal
skillful; ingenious.
puckish
mischievous; impish.
promethean
creative; boldly original.
effusive
unduly demonstrative; lacking reserve:
iterative
repeating; making repetition; repetitious.
Desenrascanco (Portuguese)
To pull a MacGyver.
interrobang
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
askance
with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval:
ayatollahs
(among Shiʿites) a title in the religious hierarchy achieved by scholars who have demonstrated highly advanced knowledge of Islamic law and religion.
quixotic
extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable.
seamy
unpleasant or sordid; low; disagreeable:
ninnyhammer
a fool or simpleton; ninny.
circuit
a means of transmitting communication signals or messages, usually comprising two channels for interactive communication.
flibbertigibbet
a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.
graffito
an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface.
emir
a chieftain, prince, commander, or head of state in some Islamic countries.
formica
a brand of thermosetting plastic, usually used in transparent or printed sheets as a chemicalproof and heatproof covering for furniture, wall panels, etc.
bibulous
fond of or addicted to drink.
frutescent
having or approaching the habit or appearance of a shrub
dizen
to deck with clothes or finery; bedizen.
slumgullion
a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
milieu
surroundings, esp. of a social or cultural nature:
wattles
a fleshy lobe or appendage hanging down from the throat or chin of certain birds, as the domestic chicken or turkey.
foibles
a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect:
coriander
an herb, Coriandrum sativum, of the parsley family, native to Europe, having strong-scented leaves used in cooking and aromatic seeds used as a seasoning and in medicine.
catharsis
the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, esp. through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music.
impresario
a person who organizes or manages public entertainments, esp. operas, ballets, or concerts.
williwaw
a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.
soothsayer
a person who professes to foretell events.
quincunx
an arrangement of five objects, as trees, in a square or rectangle, one at each corner and one in the middle.
fungus
any of a diverse group of eukaryotic single-celled or multinucleate organisms that live by decomposing and absorbing the organic material in which they grow, comprising the mushrooms, molds, mildews, smuts, rusts, and yeasts, and classified in the kingdom
mausoleum
a burial place for the bodies or remains of many individuals, often of a single family, usually in the form of a small building.
iconoclast
a breaker or destroyer of images, esp. those set up for religious veneration.
shrift
the imposition of penance by a priest on a penitent after confession.
tumbrel
one of the carts used during the French Revolution to convey victims to the guillotine.
sashay
to glide, move, or proceed easily or nonchalantly:
cenacle
the room where the Last Supper took place.
gobo
a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.
sublimation
to divert the energy of (a sexual or other biological impulse) from its immediate goal to one of a more acceptable social, moral, or aesthetic nature or use.
Espirit d'escalier (French)
When you think of the perfect verbal comeback... much too late.
/ 41
Term:
Definition:
Definition:

Leave a Comment ({[ getComments().length ]})

Comments ({[ getComments().length ]})

{[comment.username]}

{[ comment.comment ]}

View All {[ getComments().length ]} Comments
Ask a homework question - tutors are online