I find joy in defining words I stumble across as I am reading. My mother taught me the importance of words at a young age, as I grew up she began to communicate not just the importance of words themselves but what they mean. She even began to show me how to retain the words and their meanings, by using them in a sentence. I would define a words, write it down, write a sentence that used it properly and then try to incorporate it in my daily life.

I began to fall even more in love with words and their definitions once I started school and had to define words for homework, any time I had a book in my hand or would read instructions to something or would hear someone speak and I saw or heard a word I did not know I would look it up, I kept several lists and notebooks filled with definitions and would just add to it, I would even go back and look at the words previously written as time went by to keep my mind fresh.

I have a hard time reading and skipping over words I do not know and words I cannot pronounce, I HAVE to stop and try to pronounce it and look it up for the definition and proper pronunciation before I can keep going, it will plague me if I do not, so this post is to those who love words as much as I do or maybe even more than I do.

This post is also to encourage those who are not as fond of words and definitions, I hope to spark something new and to help draw you to love the world of words.

I am going to keep a running list of words I come across here and will continue to update it, lets learn and expand our vocabulary together! (all definitions are provided by a web search on duckduckgo.com)

Proclivity:

1. A natural propensity or inclination; a predisposition

2. Inclination; proneness; tendency

3. Readiness; faculty of learning

Propensity:

1. An innate inclination; a tendency

2. A bent of mind, natural or acquired; inclination; natural tendency; disposition to anything good or evil, particularly to evil

Psychogenic:

1. Originating in the mind or in mental or emotional process; having a psychological rather than a physiological origin

2. Originating from or caused by state of mind; having a psychological rather than a physiological cause

Polemic:

1. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine

2. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation

Redaction:

1. The act or process of preparing a document for publication, especially by deleting private or sensitive information.

2. An edited work; a new edition or revision

Exegesis:

1. A critical explanation or interpretation of a text, particularly a religious text

Arcane:

1. Known or understood by only a few

2. Hidden; Secret

Prima facie:

1. At first sight; before closer inspection

2. True, authentic, or adequate at first sight; ostensible

Ostensible:

1. Put forth or held out as real, actual, or intended; apparent; professed

2. Capable of being shown; that may be shown; proper or intended to be shown

Milieu:

1. An environment or a setting

2. The middle place or point; the mean; a point equally removed from extremes; also, surrounding conditions; social environment.

Paradigm:

1. One that serves as a pattern or model

2. A set or list of all the inflectional forms of a word or of one of its grammatical categories

Presbyter:

1. In the New Testament, a presbyter is a leader of a local Christian congregation

Tempestuous:

1. Characterized by violent emotions or actions; tumultuous

2. Very stormy; turbulent; rough with wind; stormy

Perdition:

1. Loss of the soul; eternal damnation

2. Hell

Haggard:

1. Exhausted or distraught and often gaunt in appearance

2. Wild and intractable

Despond:

1. To become disheartened or discouraged

Malady:

1. A disease, disorder, or ailment

2. A physical disorder or disease; sickness or distemper of any kind; especially, a chronic, deep-seated, or dangerous disease

Reverie:

1. A state of abstracted musing; daydreaming

2. A state of mental abstraction  in which more or less aimless fancy predominates over the reasoning  faculty; dreamy meditation; fanciful musing

Guillotine:

1. A device consisting of a heavy blade held aloft between upright guides and dropped to behead a person condemned to die

Vicissitudes:

1. A change or variation

2. A usually unforeseen change in circumstance or experience that affects one's life, especially in a trying way

Prudent:

1. Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense

2. Characterized by or resulting from care or wisdom in practical matters or in planning for the future

Sagacious:

1. Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness

2. Keenly perceptive; discerning, as by some exceptionally developed or extraordinary natural power; especially, keen of scent

Implore:

  1. Beg someone earnestly or desperately to do something
  2. Beg earnestly for

Disenfranchise:

  1. Deprive (someone) of the right or a privilege

Abase:

  1. Behave in a way that belittles or degrades (someone)

Asperity:

  1. harshness of tone or manner
  2. harsh qualities or conditions