New Vocabulary Words

  1. Nonplussed/Nonplus
    Rendered into a state of utter perplexity. Completely puzzled. Latin for literally "can go no further"
  2. Mellifluous
    Sweet, smoothly flowing, as if sweetened with honey
  3. Banal
    Devoid of freshness or originality. Trite.
  4. Automaton
    a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
  5. Dour
    1) sullen; gloomy: The captain's dour look depressed us all. 2) severe; stern: His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.
  6. Ancillary
    subordinate; subsidiary. auxiliary; assisting.
  7. Diffident/diffidence
    lacking confidence in one's own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy. restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.
  8. Je ne sais quoi
    An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. "She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her.‎" French, literally ‘I do not know what’.
  9. Dirge
    a funeral song or tune, or one expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead.
  10. Coup
    a highly successful, unexpected stroke, act, or move; a clever action or accomplishment.
  11. Coup de grace
    a death blow, especially one delivered mercifully to end suffering. any finishing or decisive stroke. Origin: literally, blow of mercy
  12. Coup d'etat
    a sudden and decisive action in politics, especially one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force. Origin: 1640–50; < French: literally, stroke concerning the state
  13. Portmanteau
    A word combining the sounds and meanings of two words. IE smog (smoke and fog), brunch, podcast (iPod and broadcast), motel (motor and hotel), and Branjelina
  14. Conjecture
    The formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof. An opinion or theory so formed or expressed; guess; speculation.
  15. Cogitate
    to think hard; ponder; meditate: to cogitate about a problem.
  16. Heuristic
  17. Sot
    (noun) a drunkard. Origin: before 1000; Middle English: fool
  18. Solipsists, Solipsism
    Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist. Extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
  19. Ostentatious
    1.) characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others: an ostentatious dresser. (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) 2.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful's ostentatious charity.