Really hard words

Just spent some quality time looking at a list of 5000 “SAT words”.  Here’s my list of words that I didn’t know and would care to.  These are not the only words on the list I didn’t know, but these were the ones that, on a quick scan, jumped out as words that I’d either never heard or didn’t think I could intuit.

bier n. A horizontal framework with two handles at each end for carrying a corpse to the grave.

bibulous adj. Fond of drinking.

bight n. A slightly receding bay between headlands formed by a long curve of a coast-line.

brae n. Hillside.

bumptious adj. Full of offensive and aggressive self-conceit.

caitiff adj. Cowardly.

collier n. One who works in a coal-mine.

contumacious adj. Rebellious.

cornice n. An ornamental molding running round the walls of a room close to the ceiling.

cynosure n. That to which general interest or attention is directed.

defalcate v. To cut off or take away as a poart of something.

deliquesce v. To dissolve gradually and become liquid by absorption of moisture from the air.

demulcent n. Any application soothing to an irritable surface

derrick n. An apparatus for hoisting and swinging great weights.

descry v. To discern.

detrude v. To push down forcibly.

dissever v. To divide.

distrain v. To subject a person to distress.

divagation n. Digression.

dyne n. The force which applied to a mass of one gram for 1 second would give it a velocity of 1 cm/s.

encomium n. A formal or discriminating expression of praise.

epicycle n. A circle that rolls upon the external or internal circumference of another circle.

epicycloid n. A curve traced by a point on the circumference of a circle which rolls upon another circle.

espy v. To keep close watch.

evanesce v. To vanish gradually.

fernery n. A place in which ferns are grown.

fungible adj. That may be measured

hardihood n. Foolish daring.

huckster n. One who retails small wares.

hussar n. A light-horse trooper armed with saber and carbine.

imbrue v. To wet or moisten.

inapt adj. Awkward or slow.

inchoate adj. Incipient.

ingraft v. To set or implant deeply and firmly.

kingling n. A petty king.

ligneous adj. Having the texture of appearance of wood.

manumit v. To set free from bondage.

octavo n. A book or collection of paper in which the sheets are so folded as to make eight leaves.

opprobrium n. The state of being scornfully reproached or accused of evil.

percipience n. The act of perceiving.

picayune adj. Of small value.

poetaster n. An inferior poet.

puissant adj. Possessing strength.

pyx n. A vessel or casket used to hold the host

querulous adj. Habitually complaining.

raillery n. Good-humored satire.

ramose adj. Branch-like.

recreant n. A cowardly or faithless person.

recrudescent adj. Becoming raw or sore again.

refragable adj. Capable of being refuted.

repine v. To indulge in fretfulness and faultfinding.

rondo n. A musical composition during which the first part or subject is repeated several times.

ruth n. Sorrow for another’s misery.

saponaceous adj. Having the nature or quality of soap.

sedulous adj. Persevering in effort or endeavor.

sequacious adj. Ready to be led.

sinecure n. Any position having emoluments with few or no duties.

stanchion n. A vertical bar used to hold cattle in a pen

supramundane adj. Supernatural.

Sybarite n. A luxurious person.

termagant adj. Violently abusive and quarrelsome.

tilth n. Cultivation.

truculent adj. Having the character or the spirit of a savage.

tyro n. One slightly skilled in or acquainted with any trade or profession.

unisonant adj. Being in a condition of perfect agreement and accord.

vituperable adj. Deserving of censure.


~ by Joshing on December 15, 2007.

2 Responses to “Really hard words”

  1. Woohoo! I knew about ten of the words on the list, though they are not in my everyday vocabulary.

    I’ll pat myself on the back only a little for knowing 10 out of 66.

  2. I know about 20 of them; others, I’ll not be losing sleep over not knowing…saponaceous is the kind of word that if someone used and I looked it up and found out what it meant I’d have an extremely bad impression of that person.

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