Word of the day

27/11/2022

Olfaction – the ability to smell; action of, or capacity for, smelling; the sense of smell.

 


Word of the day

26/11/2022

Dandizette – a woman who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance; a female dandy; one who elevates aesthetics to a living religion;  a woman who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of self.


Word of the day

25/11/2022

Interarboration– the interweaving and knotting together or the branches of neighbouring trees;  the intermixture of the branches of trees standing in opposite ranks.


Word of the day

24/11/2022

Mitosis – a type of cell division that results in two daughter cells each having the same number and kind of chromosomes as the parent nucleus, typical of ordinary tissue growth; a process of cell duplication, or reproduction, during which one cell gives rise to two genetically identical daughter cells; the process by which a cell replicates its chromosomes and then segregates them, producing two identical nuclei in preparation for cell division.


Word of the day

23/11/2022

Crimble – to sneak or creep surreptitiously,


Word of the day

21/11/2022

Ethnocracy – a political structure in which the state apparatus is controlled by a dominant ethnic group (or groups) to further its interests, power and resources; a nation, state, or community in which political power is distributed according to ethnic or racial affiliation; a form of government in which a particular ethnic group holds a disproportionate amount of government power compared to their percentage in the population.


Word of the day

20/11/2022

Wieldsome – characterised or marked by wieldiness; easily wielded, handled or managed.


Word of the day

19/11/2022

Harboursome – given to hospitality; hospitable;  harbouring; protective.


Word of the day

18/11/2022

Midwit – a person of middling intellect; someone with an education who is lacking in common sense; someone smart enough to think about ideas, reason through them to some degree and feel confident, or over confident and then cause damage.


Word of the day

17/11/2022

Neurasthenia  – a condition characterised by a persistent and distressing complaint of increased fatigue after mental effort, or persistent and distressing complaints of bodily weakness and exhaustion after minimal effort; an ill-defined medical condition characterised by lassitude, fatigue, headache, and irritability, associated chiefly with emotional disturbance.


Word of the day

16/11/2022

Dissilient – bursting and opening with an elastic force; dehiscing explosively; springing apart; bursting apart, open or out.


Word of the day

15/11/2022

Anomic – a state or condition of individuals or society characterised by a breakdown or absence of social norms and values; socially unstable as a result of erosion of standards and values; socially disorganised, disoriented or alienated.


Word of the day

14/11/2022

Marginalia – notes written in the margins of a book, letter, manuscript or text; marginal notes or embellishments.


Word of the day

13/11/2022

Cunctation – the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time; delay; hesitation; lateness.


Word of the day

12/11/2022

Herborize – to seek and classify new or previously known plant species; to form plant-like figures; to grow or collect herbs; to garden, to tend plants.


Susie Dent’s foreign words of the week

12/11/2022

Susie Dent


Word of the day

11/11/2022

Attenuate – reduce the force, effect, magnitude or value of; to reduce the severity, virulence, or vitality of; reduce in thickness, make thinner or slender; to become thin, fine, or less.


Word of the day

10/11/2022

Overmuse – to overthink, or to contemplate too much;  to weary or to bewilder oneself by excessive meditation or thinking.


Word of the day

09/11/2022

Huffcap – a headstrong swaggerer; one who blusters into situations and frequently creates chaos; bully; strong ale.


Word of the day

08/11/2022

Gabblement – a gabbling noise; nonsensical, unintelligible chatter; inconsequential talk or gossip.


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