Words

Perpetuity: n.pl.  Time without end; eternity, the quality or condition of being perpetual

Example: “The terms of the agreement remain in effect in perpetuity.”


Ravenous: adj. Extremely hungry; voracious, rapacious; predatory, greedy for gratification

Example: “He was ravenous for power.”


Magniloquent: adj. Lofty or grandiose in speech or expression; using a high-flown style of discourse; bombastic, speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful.

Example: “His magniloquent western name was the moral umbrella upon which he balanced the fine problem of his finances. He was widely respected.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick


Roborant: adj. or noun. restoring vigor, strengthening. A strengthening tonic or medicine.

Example: “That day, I felt the need of a roborant  after my ghost-ridden night, and I swigged down two doses.” – William Least Heat Moon, River Horse


Relegate: verb. to assign or remove, usually to an inferior position. To assign to an appropriate category or class. To send into exile; to banish.

Example: “Employment discrimination locked them out of better paying jobs and relegated  them to menial occupations.” – Dennis C. Dickerson, Militant Mediator: Whitney M. Young Jr.


Fey: adj. possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality. Having power to see into the future; visionary; clairvoyant. Appearing slightly crazy, as if under a spell; touched.

Example: “. . .the former a gang of dangerous delinquents, fearless, macho, vulgar . . ., the latter a group of mischievous schoolboys, whimsical, fey , sophisticated and daringly experimental.” – Sean Kelly, “What Did You Expect, the Spanish Inquisition?”, New York Times , July 25, 1999


Philter: noun. A magic potion for any purpose; A potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love, usually with a specific person.

Example: “Tell me now, Fairy, as you are – can’t you give me a charm, or a philter, or something of that sort, to make me a handsome man?” – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


Amorphous adj. Without a clearly defined shape or form. Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable.

Example: “The amorphous package caused alarm to many people in the terminal.”


Disparate adj. Essentially different in kind; not allowing comparison. markedly distinct in quality or character.

Example: “He is a strong leader capable of managing a disparate team to achieve their goals.”

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