I’ve always enjoyed Word Lily’s feature of the new words she’s discovered in her reading. Lately I’ve been reading some books that have been stretching my vocabulary, so I thought I’d let you know the words that I had to look up. All definitions are from the Oxford Dictionaries Online.
cretinous (found in Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich) – the adjectival form of cretin, “a stupid person.” Now that I think of it, I have heard it used as a noun, but the adjective is new to me.
supernal (found in Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich) - “of or relating to the sky or the heavens; celestial.” Doesn’t have the same ring to it as “celestial” does, does it?
raconteur (found in What Good is God? by Phillip Yancey ) – “a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way.” I like the French spelling, and wish I was a raconteur.
pyrrhic (found in To Change The World by James Davison Hunter) – “(of a victory) won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor.” This seems like a useful word.
bromide (found in To Change The World by James Davison Hunter) – “a trite and marginal idea or remark, typically intended to sooth or placate.” I definitely get that.
paramour (found in A Short History of a Small Place by T. R. Pearson) – “a lover, especially the illicit partner of a married person.” I could figure out the meaning in context, but I was curious about it as it’s obviously not a word we use much today.
What words have you learned lately? Bonus points if you can use any of them in your comment!