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de riguer \duh-ree-GUR\ adjective
prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom: proper

Montreal, Canada

Greenville, United States

abandon \uh-BAN-dun\ noun
a thorough yielding to natural impulses; especially: enthusiasm, exuberance

New York, United States

Brooklyn, United States

white elephant \WYTE-EL-uh-funt\ noun
1: a property requiring much care and expense and yielding little profit
2: an object no longer of value to its owner but of value to others
3: something of little or no value

New York, United States

Milwaukee, United States

intemperate \in-TEM-puh-rut\ adjective
1: not moderate or mild: severe
2: lacking or showing lack of restraint

Montreal, Canada

San Diego, United States

factotum \fak-TOH-tuhm\ noun
1: a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities
2: a general servant

Montreal, Canada

Brooklyn, United States

nomothetic \nah-muh-THET-ik\ adjective
relating to, involving, or dealing with abstract, general, or universal statements or laws

Paris, France

Brooklyn, United States

whelm \WELM\ verb
1: to cover or engulf completely with usually disastrous effect
2: to overcome in thought or feeling: overwhelm
3: to pass or go over something so as to bury or submerge it

Milan, Italy

Brooklyn, United States

inchmeal \INCH-meel\ adverb
little-by-little, gradually

Milan, Italy

Brooklyn, United States

ramify \RAM-uh-fye\ verb
1: to split up into branches or constituent parts
2: to send forth branches or extensions
3: to cause to branch

Palermo, Italy

Brooklyn, United States

quintessence \kwin-TESS-unss\ noun
1: the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form
2: the most typical example or representative

Barcelona, Spain

Miami, United States

mise-en-scène \meez-ahn-SEN\ noun
1a: the arrangement of actors and scenery on a stage for a theatrical production b: stage setting
2a: the physical setting of an action (as of a narrative or a motion picture): context b: environment, milieu

Palermo, Italy

Villa de Leyva, Colombia

quadrate \KWAH-drayt\ adjective
being square or approximately square

Barcelona, Spain

Bogota, Colombia

disport \dih-SPORT\ verb
1: divert, amuse
2: frolic
3: display

Genoa, Italy

Bogota, Colombia

cathexis \kuh-THEK-sis\ noun
investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea

Gorizia/Nova Gorica, Border Italy-Slovenia

Brooklyn, United States

vapid \VAP-id\ adjective
lacking liveliness, tang, briskness, or force: flat, dull

Trieste, Italy

Brooklyn, United States

cloister \KLOY-ster\ verb
to confine in or as if in a cloister: to shut away from the world

Gorizia, Italy

Paris, France

biddable \BID-uh-bul\ adjective
1: easily led, taught, or controlled: docile
2: capable of being bid

Venice, Italy

Birmingham, United States

dissemble \dih-SEM-bul\ verb
1: to put on a false appearance: to conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense
2: to hide (something) under a false appearance
3: to put on the appearance of: simulate

Milan, Italy

Madrid, Spain

phantasm \FAN-taz-um\ noun
1: a product of fantasy: as
a: delusive appearance: illusion b: ghost, specter c: a figment of the imagination
2: a mental representation of a real object

Venice, Italy

New York, United States

immure \ih-MYOOR\ verb
1a: to enclose within or as if within walls b: imprison
2: to build into a wall; especially: to entomb in a wall

Milan, Italy

Between Brooklyn and New York, United States

surfeit \SER-fut\ noun
1: an overabundant supply: excess
2: an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (as food or drink)
3: disgust caused by excess

Milan, Italy

Brooklyn, United States

fecund \FEK-und\ adjective
1: fruitful in offspring or vegetation: prolific
2: intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree

Milan, Italy

Brooklyn, United States

placate \PLAY-kayt\ verb
to soothe or mollify especially by concessions: to calm the anger or bitterness of

Nantes, France

Brooklyn, United States

kitsch \KITCH\ noun
1: something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality
2: a tacky or lowbrow quality or condition

Nantes, France

Brooklyn, United States

tincture \TINK-cher\ noun
1: color, tint
2a: a characteristic quality: case b: a slight admixture: trace
3: a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent

Argenteuil, France

New York, United States

nuance \NOO-ahnss\ noun
1: a subtle distinction or variation
2: a subtle quality: nicety
3: sensibility to, awareness of, or ability to express delicate shadings (as of meaning, feeling, or value)

Marseille, France

Albuquerque, United States

jocose \joh-KOHSS\ adjective
1: given to joking: merry
2: characterized by joking: humorous

Marseille, France

Brooklyn, United States

wend \WEND\ verb
to direct one’s course: travel, proceed

Argenteuil, France

Brooklyn, United States

dyslogistic \diss-luh-JISS-tik\ adjective
uncomplimentary

Argenteuil, France

Brooklyn, United States

maquette \ma-KET\ noun
a usually small preliminary model (as of a sculpture or a building)

Pannonhalma, Hungary

Brooklyn, United States

a-go-go \ah-GOH-goh\ adjective
1: of, relating to, or being a disco or the music or dances performed there: go-go
2: being in a whirl of motion
3: being up-to-date — often used postpositively

Pannonhalma, Hungary

Brooklyn, United States

gimbal \GHIM-bul\ noun
a device that permits a body to incline freely in any direction or suspends it so that it will remain level when its support is tipped — usually used in plural; called also gimbal ring

Pannonhalma, Hungary

Brooklyn, United States

florid \FLOR-id\ adjective
1: very flowery in style: ornate; also: having a florid style
2a: tinged with red: ruddy b: marked by emotional or sexual fervor
3: fully developed: manifesting a complete and typical clinical syndrome

Brignogan, France

New York, United States

silly season \SIL-ee-SEE-zun\ noun
1: a period (as late summer) when the mass media often focus on trivial or
frivolous matters for lack of major news stories
2: a period marked by frivolous, outlandish, or illogical activity or behavior

Brignogan, France

New York, United States

hydromancy \HYE-druh-man-see\ noun
divination by the appearance or motion of liquids (as water)

Rennes, France

Orient, United States

pandect \PAN-dekt\ noun
1: a complete code of the laws of a country or system of law
2: a treatise covering an entire subject

Brignogan, France

Paris, France

quiddity \KWID-uh-tee\ noun
1: whatever makes something the type that it is: essence
2a: a trifling point: quibble b: an unusual personal opinion or habit: eccentricity

Paris, France

Paris, France

slimsy \SLIM-zee\ adjective
flimsy or frail

Argenteuil, France

Bogota, Colombia

pungent \PUN-junt\ adjective
1: having a sharp point
2: marked by a sharp incisive quality
3a: causing a sharp or irritating sensation b: having an intense flavor or odor

Meneham, France

Sesquile, Colombia

incorrigible \in-KOR-uh-juh-bul\ adjective
1: incapable of being corrected, amended, or reformed
2: not manageable: unruly
3: unalterable, inveterate

Marseille, France

Pereira, Colombia

pervade \per-VAYD\ verb
to become diffused throughout every part of

Marseille, France

Helsinki, Finland

skulk \SKULK\ verb
1: to move in a stealthy or furtive manner
2a: to hide or conceal something (as oneself) often out of cowardice or fear or with sinister intent b:chiefly
British: malinger

Marseille, France

Helsinki, Finland

hiatus \hye-AY-tus\ noun
1a: a break in or as if in a material object: gap
b: a gap or passage in an anatomical part or organ
2a : an interruption in time or continuity: break; especially: a period when something
(as a program or activity) is suspended or interrupted
b: the occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or intervening consonantal sound

Ushant Island, France

Boca de Chavon, Dominican Republic

satiety \suh-TYE-uh-tee\ noun
1: the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity: surfeit, fullness
2: the revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess

Argenteuil, France

Playa Minitas, Dominican Republic

abstruse \ub-STROOSS\ adjective
difficult to comprehend

Argenteuil, France

New York, U.S.

threshold \THRESH-hohld\ noun
1: the section of wood or stone that lies under a door
2a: the means or place of entry: entrance b: the place or point of beginning
3: the point or level at which a physical or mental effect begins to be produced

Rennes, France

Border USA-Mexico

piquant \PEE-kunt\ adjective
1: agreeably stimulating to the palate; especially: spicy
2: engagingly provocative; also: having a lively arch charm

Argenteuil, France

Juarez, Mexico

demarcate \dih-MAHR-kayt\ verb
1: to fix or define the limits of: delimit
2: to set apart: distinguish

Nantes, France

Brooklyn, US

epaulet \ep-uh-LET\ noun
something that ornaments or protects the shoulder: as
a: an ornamental fringed shoulder pad formerly worn as part of a military uniform
b: an ornamental strip or loop sewn across the shoulder of a dress or coat

Rennes, France

Brooklyn, US

desistance \di-ˈsist, -ˈzist, dē-\ noun
to cease to proceed or act

Paris, France

Boulder, US

lagniappe \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\ noun
a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase;
broadly: something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure

Paris, France

Brooklyn, US

fascinating \ˈfasəˌnātiNG\ adjective
extremely interesting or charming: captivating

Madrid, Spain

New York, US

bosky \BAH-skee\ adjective
1: having abundant trees or shrubs
2: of or relating to a woods

Bois de la Griffais, France

Brooklyn, US

bliss \ˈblis\ noun
1: complete happiness
2: paradise, heaven

Brignogan, France

Somewhere between Washington DC & NY, U.S.

copious \KOH-pee-us\ adjective
1a: yielding something abundantly b: plentiful in number
2: full of thought, information, or matter
3: lavish, abundant

Paris, France

Washington DC, U.S.

 

preposterous \pri-ˈpäs-t(ə-)rəs\
adjective

contrary to nature, reason, or common sense: absurd

Paris, France

New York, U.S.

 

garrulous \ˈger-ə-ləs, ˈga-rə- also ˈger-yə-\ adjective
given to prosy, rambling, or tedious loquacity: pointlessly or annoyingly talkative

Paris, France

Brooklyn, U.S.

 

contaminate \kun-TAM-uh-nayt\ verb
1a: to soil, stain, corrupt, or infect by contact or association
b: to make inferior or impure by admixture
2: to make unfit for use by the introduction of unwholesome or undesirable elements

Madrid, Spain

Brooklyn, U.S.

 

ostensible \ah-STEN-suh-bul\ adjective
1: intended for display: open to view
2: being such in appearance: plausible rather than demonstrably true or real

Brest, France


New York, U.S.

 

kudos \KOO-dahss\ noun
1: fame and renown resulting from an act or achievement: prestige
2: praise given for achievement

The Bridge of Boyacá, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

headlong \HED-LAWNG\ adverb
1: with the head foremost
2: without deliberation: recklessly
3: without pause or delay

Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

flagrant \FLAY-grunt\ adjective
conspicuously offensive; especially: so obviously inconsistent with what is right or
proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality

Santa Cruz del Islote, Colombia

Santa Cruz del Islote, Colombia

echelon \ESH-uh-lahn\ noun
1: a steplike arrangement
2a: one of a series of levels or grades in an organization or field of activity
b: the individuals at such a level

Coveñas, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

foment \FOH-ment\ verb
to promote the growth or development of: rouse, incite

Rennes, France

Bogota, Colombia

emblazon \im-BLAY-zun\ verb
1a: to inscribe or adorn with or as if with heraldic bearings or devices
b: to inscribe (as logos or lettering) on a surface
2: celebrate, extol

Paris, France

Houston, USA

coquetry \KOH-kuh-tree\ noun
a flirtatious act or attitude

Rennes, France

Brooklyn, USA

bemuse \bih-MYOOZ\ verb
1: to make confuse: puzzle, bewilder
2: to occupy the attention of: absorb
3: to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement

Bois de la Griffais, France

Philadelphia, USA

splenetic \splih-NET-ik\ adjective
marked by bad temper, malevolence, or spite

Paris, France

New York, USA

cerulean \suh-ROO-lee-un\ adjective
resembling the blue of the sky

Vallet, France

Paris, France

bumptious \BUMP-shus\ adjective

presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive: obtrusive

Paris, France

Philadelphia, USA

conversant \kun-VER-sunt\ adjective

having knowledge or experience

Brissac-Quincé, France

New York, USA

refractory   \rih-FRAK-tuh-ree\   adjective

1: resisting control or authority : stubborn, unmanageable

2a : resistant to treatment or cure b: unresponsive to stimulus c: immune, insusceptible

3: difficult to fuse, corrode, or draw out; especially: capable of enduring high temperature

Argenteuil, France

Brooklyn, USA

adapt \uh-DAPT\ verb

to make or become fit (as for a specific or new use or situation) often by modification

Argenteuil, France

Brooklyn, USA

pejorative \pih-JOR-uh-tiv\ adjective

having negative connotations; especially: tending to disparage or belittle: depreciatory

Paris, France

Istanbul, Turkey

aggregate \AG-rih-gut\ noun

1: a mass or body of units or parts somewhat loosely associated with one another

2: the whole sum or amount: sum total

New York, USA

Istanbul, Turkey

finicky \FIN-ih-kee\ adjective

1: extremely or excessively particular, exacting, or meticulous in taste or standards

2: requiring much care, precision, or attentive effort

New York, USA

Istanbul, Turkey

callow \KAL-oh\ adjective

lacking adult sophistication: immature

Lividic, France

Brooklyn, USA

accord \uh-KORD\ noun

1: a formal agreement 2: agreement or harmony

verb tr.: to grant

verb intr.: to fit in or to be harmonious

New York, USA

New York, USA

spavined \SPAV-ind\ adjective

1: affected with spavin

2: old and decrepit: over-the-hill

El Cotillo, Spain

Brooklyn, USA

adumbrate \a-DUM-brayt, AD-uhm-brayt\ verb tr.

1: to foreshadow

2: to give a rough outline or to disclose partially

3: to overshadow or obscure

Prague, Czech Republic

New York, USA

idée fixe \ee-day-FEEKS\ noun

an idea that dominates one’s mind especially for a prolonged period: obsession

Plouneour-Trez, France

New York, USA

logorrhea \log-uh-REE-uh\ noun

excessive flow of words, especially when incoherent

Paris, France

San Francisco, USA

redoubt \rih-DOUT\ noun

1a: a small usually temporary enclosed defensive work

b: a defended position: protective barrier

2: a secure retreat: stronghold

Paris, France

San Francisco, USA

subitize \SOO-bi-tyz\ verb tr., intr.

to perceive, without counting, the number of objects in a small group

London, UK

Paris, France

omniscient \ahm-NISH-unt\ adjective

1: having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight

2: possessed of universal or complete knowledge

Rennes, France

San Francisco, USA

kip \kip\ noun

1: sleep; a place to sleep; a bed

2: the hide of a young or small animal or a bundle of such hides

Paris, France

Brooklyn, USA

mau-mau \MOW-mow (the “ow” is as in “cow”)\ verb

1: to intimidate (as an official) by hostile confrontation or threats

2: to engage in mau-mauing someone

Prague, Czech Republic

Brooklyn, USA

knaggy \NAG-ee\ adjective

knotty; rough; rugged

Prague, Czech Republic

Brooklyn, USA

Ruritanian \rur-uh-TAY-nee-un\ adjective

of, relating to, or having the characteristics of an imaginary place of high romance


Prague, Czech Republic

Paris, France

predestinarianism \pri-des-tuh-NAR-ee-uh-niz-uhm\ noun

belief in the doctrine of predestination, that the divine will has predetermined the course of events,

people’s fate, etc

Prague, Czech Republic

Ubate, Colombia

visage \VIZ-ij\ noun

1: the face, countenance, or appearance of a person or sometimes an animal

2: aspect, appearance

Paris, France

Cucunuba, Colombia

ersatz \ER-zahts, er-ZATS\ adjective

serving as a substitute, especially of inferior quality; artificial

Rennes, France

Brooklyn, USA

steadfast \STED-fast\ adjective

1a: firmly fixed in place: immovable  b: not subject to change

2: firm in belief, determination, or adherence: loyal

Rennes, France

Brooklyn, USA

tetchy \TECH-ee\ adjective

easily annoyed; oversensitive

Madrid, Spain

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

divagate \DYE-vuh-gayt\ verb

to wander or stray from a course or subject: diverge, digress

Nuweiba, Egypt

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

inosculate \in-AWS-kyuh-layt\ verb tr., intr.

to join or unite

Moscow, Russia

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Xanadu \ZAN-uh-doo\ noun

an idyllic, exotic, or luxurious place

Taba, Egypt

 

El Calafate, Argentina

 

maw \maw\ noun

1: the mouth, throat, or stomach of an animal, especially a carnivore

2: a gaping hole

Paris, France

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

funambulism \fyoo-NAM-buh-liz-um\ noun

1: tightrope walking

2: a show especially of mental agility

Paris, France

 

Bariloche, Argentina

 

apophasis \uh-POF-uh-sis\ noun

allusion to something by denying it will be said

 

Paris, France

 

Salta, Argentina

 

golem \GO-luhm, -lem\ noun

1: an automaton

2: a blockhead

Paris, France

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

permeate \PER-mee-ayt\ verb

1: to diffuse through or penetrate (something)2: to pass through the pores or interstices of

Somewhere over Egypt

 

Orlando, USA

 

fatuous \FACH-oo-uhs\ adjective

foolish or inane, especially in a complacent and smug manner

Paris, France

 

Bogota, Colombia

 

prevenient \prih-VEEN-yunt\  adjective

antecedent, anticipatory

Paris, France

 

Brooklyn, USA

 

comminate \KOM-uh-nayt\ verb tr.

to threaten with divine punishment; to curse

Berlin, Germany

 

Brooklyn, USA

 

soupcon \soop-SAWNG (the final NG is not pronounced, but the vowel is nasalized)\ noun

a little bit: trace

Paris, France

 

Brooklyn, USA

 

abrasive \uh-BRAY-siv\ adjective

1: tending to wear away by rubbing

2: causing irritation

Paris, France

 

Brooklyn, USA

 

epigone \EP-uh-gohn\ noun

follower, disciple; also: an inferior imitator

Berlin, Germany

 

Brooklyn, USA

 

la-la land \la-la land\ noun

1: a place or a state of being out of touch with reality

2: a place known for frivolous activities

Berlin, Germany

 

New York, USA

 

superannuated \soo-per-AN-yuh-way-tud\ adjective

1: outmoded, old-fashioned

2a: incapacitated or disqualified for active duty by advanced age

b: older than the typical member of a specified group

Saint-Petersburg, Russia

 

Brooklyn, USA

 

liminal \LIM-uh-nul\ adjective

1: of or relating to a sensory threshold

2: barely perceptible

3: of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition: in-between, transitional

Saint-Petersburg, Russia

 

Montreal, Canada

 

belvedere \BEL-vuh-deer\ noun

a structure (as a cupola or a summerhouse) designed to command a view

Moscow, Russia

 

Montreal, Canada

 

spatchcock \SPACH-kok\ verb

to insert or interpolate, esp. in a forced or incongruous manner

Moscow, Russia

 

Brooklyn, USA

lionize \LYE-uh-nyze\ verb

1: to treat as an object of great interest or importance

2 Brit: to show the sights of a place to

Moscow, Russia

Brooklyn, USA

Barmecidal \bahr-muh-SYE-dul\ adjective

providing only the illusion of abundance

Moscow, Russia

New York, USA

triptych \TRIP-tik\ noun

1: an ancient Roman writing tablet with three waxed leaves hinged together

2 a: a picture (as an altarpiece) or carving in three panels side by side

b: something composed or presented in three parts or sections; especially: trilogy

Le Croazou, France

Brooklyn, USA

ponderous \PAHN-duh-rus\ adjective

1: of very great weight

2: unwieldy or clumsy because of weight and size

3: oppressively or unpleasantly dull: lifeless

Meneham, France

Venice Beach, USA

 

career \kuh-REER\ verb

to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner

Shanghai, China

San Francisco, USA

 

congeries \kon-JEER-eez, KON-juh-reez\ noun

a collection of miscellaneous things

Shanghai, China

San Francisco, USA

 

peregrine \PAIR-uh-grin\ adjective

having a tendency to wander

Shanghai, China

Antigua, Guatemala

 

lineament \LIN-ee-uh-muhnt\ noun

1: a distinctive feature, especially of a face

2: a linear topographic feature, as of the earth

Shanghai, China

Antigua, Guatemala

 

conscientious \kahn-shee-EN-shus\ adjective

1: governed by or conforming to the dictates of conscience: scrupulous

2: meticulous, careful

Nikko, Japan

New York, USA

repine \rih-PYNE\ verb

1: to feel or express dejection or discontent: complain

2: to long for something

Yokkaichi, Japan

Brooklyn, USA

sentient \SEN-shee-unt\ adjective

1: responsive to or conscious of sense impressions
2: aware

3: finely sensitive in perception or feeling

Bagan, Burma

Brooklyn, USA

vanity fair \VAN-i-tee fair\ noun

place characterized by frivolity and ostentation

Auckland, New Zealand

New York, USA

durable \DUR-uh-bul\ adjective

able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; also: designed to be durable

Beijing, China

Brooklyn, USA

zeitgeist \TSYT-gyst\ noun

the defining spirit of a particular period: the general cultural, political, intellectual,

and moral climate of an era

Bangkok, Thailand

Brooklyn, USA

zaftig \ZAHF-tig\ adjective

having a full rounded figure: pleasingly plump

Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

New York, USA

cloud-cuckoo-land or cloud cuckoo land \KLOUD-koo-koo-land\ noun

an idealized, unrealistic state; a place out of touch with reality

Kowloon, Hong Kong

New York, USA

eclectic \ih-KLEK-tik\ adjective

1: selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles

2: composed of elements drawn from various sources; also: heterogeneous

Kowloon, Hong Kong

New York, USA

laager or lager /LAH-guhr/ noun

1: a camp, especially one protected by a circle of wagons or armored vehicles

2: an entrenched policy or viewpoint

3: verb tr., intr., to enclose in a defensive encirclement

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

New York, USA

abrupt \uh-BRUPT\ adjective

1a: characterized by or involving action or change without preparation or warning: unexpected,

b: unceremoniously curt, c: lacking smoothness or continuity

2: giving the impression of being cut or broken off; especially: involving a sudden steep rise or drop

Tokyo, Japan

Boulder, USA

inane \ih-NAYN\ noun

void or empty space

Tokyo, Japan

North Adams, MA, USA

buttress \BUTT-russ\ noun

1: a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building

2: something that resembles a buttress

3: something that supports or strengt

Tokyo, Japan

Brooklyn, USA

 

obnubilate \ob-NOO-buh-layt\ verb

to cloud over, obscure, or darken

Tokyo, Japan

Brooklyn, USA

incoherent \in-koh-HEER-unt\ adjective

a: lacking coherence: as a: lacking cohesion: loose

b: lacking orderly continuity, arrangement, or relevance: inconsistent

c: lacking normal clarity or intelligibility in speech or thought

Shirakawa, Japan

Brooklyn, USA

 

Valhalla \val-HAL-uh\ noun

1: the great hall in Norse mythology where the souls of heroes slain in battle are received

2: a place of honor, glory, or happiness: heaven

Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

interdigitate \in-ter-DIJ-uh-tayt\ verb

to become interlocked like the fingers of folded hands

Paraty, Brazil

Brooklyn, USA

 

pied-à-terre \pee-ay-duh-TAIR\ noun

a temporary or second lodging

Somewhere over Siberia

Bogota, Colombia

 

felicitous \fih-LISS-uh-tus\ adjective

1: very well suited or expressed: apt

2: pleasant, delightful

Tokyo, Japan

Paraty, Brazil

tristful \TRIST-ful\ adjective

sad, melancholy

Cartagena, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

winnow \WIN-oh\ verb

1: to remove (as chaff) by a current of air; also: to free (as grain) from waste in this manner

2: to remove, separate, or select as if by winnowing

3: to narrow or reduce

4: to blow on or fan

Paris, France

Brooklyn, USA

voluble \VAHL-yuh-bul\ adjective

1: easily rolling or turning: rotating

2: characterized by ready or rapid speech: glib, fluent

Tokyo, Japan

Raquira, Colombia

otiose \O-shee-ohs, O-ti-\ adjective

superfluous, futile, indolent

 

Paris, France

 

Salvador, Brazil

 

glitch \GLITCH\ noun

1a: a usually minor malfunction; also: an unexpected defect, fault, flaw, or imperfection

b: a minor problem that causes a temporary setback: snag

2: a false or spurious electronic signal

Tokyo, Japan

 

 

San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala

 

pukka \PUCK-uh\ adjective

genuine, authentic; also: first-class

 

Beijing, China

 

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

puissant \PWISS-uhnt; PYOO-uh-suhnt; pyoo-ISS-uhnt\ adjective

powerful; strong; mighty; as, a puissant prince or empire

Atami, Japan

Brooklyn, USA

irenic \eye-REN-ik\ adjective

favoring, conducive to, or operating toward peace, moderation, or conciliation

Seoul, Korea

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

defile \dih-FYLE\ verb

to march off in a line

Seoul, Korea

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

chorography \kuh-RAH-gruh-fee\ noun

1: the art of describing or mapping a region or district

2: a description or map of a region; also : the physical conformation and features of such a region

Seoul, Korea

Salvador, Brazil

levigate \LEV-uh-gayt\ verb

1: to make smooth; polish

2a: to grind to a fine smooth powder while in moist condition

b: to separate (fine powder) from coarser material by suspending in a liquid

Atami, Japan

Paraty, Brazil

reiterate \ree-IT-uh-rayt\ verb

to state or do over again or repeatedly sometimes with wearying effect

Hawaii, USA

Bom Despacho, Brazil

weird \WEERD\ adjective

1: of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural

2: of strange or extraordinary character: odd, fantastic

Beirut, Lebanon

Sayville, USA

inexorable \i-NEK-suh-ruh-bul\ adjective

not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped: relentless

Naoshima, Japan

Sao Paulo, Brazil

plenary \PLEE-nuh-ree\ adjective

1: complete in every respect: absolute, unqualified

2: fully attended or constituted by all entitled to be present

Beirut, Lebanon

New York, USA

senescent \si-NES-uhnt\ adjective

growing old; aging

Naoshima, Japan

New York, USA

vicinity \vuh-SIN-uh-tee\ noun

1: the quality or state of being near: proximity

2: a surrounding area or district: neighborhood

3: an approximate amount, extent, or degree

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

purlieu \PERL-yoo\ noun

1a: an outlying or adjacent district b: plural; environs, neighborhood

2a: a frequently visited place: haunt b: plural; confines, bounds

Tokyo, Japan

Bronx, USA

pellucid \puh-LOO-sid\ adjective

1: admitting the maximum passage of light

2: clear; easy to understand

Beijing, China

Brooklyn, USA

decorous \DECK-er-us\ adjective

marked by propriety and good taste: correct

Beijing, China

New York, USA

coeval \ko-EE-vuhl\ adjective

1: having the same age or duration

2: a contemporary

Naoshima, Japan

Brooklyn, USA

ramshackle \RAM-shak-ul\ adjective

1: appearing ready to collapse: rickety

2: carelessly or loosely constructed

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

interminable \in-TUR-muh-nuh-buhl\ adjective

so long as to seem endless; never stopping

Tokyo, Japan

Denver, USA

wanton \WON-tn\ adjective

1: reckless, heartless, or malicious; without reason or excuse

2: not moral; lewd, lascivious

Beijing, China

New York, USA

undulant \UN-juh-lunt\ adjective

1: rising and falling in waves

2: having a wavy form, outline, or surface

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

wanderlust \WON-der-luhst\
noun
a strong desire to wander or travel

Brignogan, France

New York, USA

tenacious \tuh-NAY-shus\ adjective

1: not easily pulled apart: cohesive; tending to adhere or cling
especially to another substance

2: persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued
or desired;

retaining knowledge easily

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

gauche \GOHSH\ adjective

1: lacking social experience or
grace; also: not tactful: crude

2: crudely made or done

Burgundy, France

Boca Raton, USA

interloper \in-ter-LOH-per\
noun
one that intrudes in a place or sphere of activity

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

lacuna \luh-KOO-nuh\ noun

1: a blank space or a missing
part: gap

2: a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

reify \RAY-uh-fye\ verb

to regard (something abstract) as a material or concrete thing:

to give
definite content and form to (something abstract)

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

officious \uh-FISH-uhs\ adjective

marked by excessive eagerness in offering services or advice

where they
are neither requested nor needed; meddlesome.

Tokyo, Japan

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

prodigy \PRAH-duh-jee\ noun

1: something extraordinary: wonder

2: a highly talented child

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

capitulate \kuh-PICH-uh-layt\
intransitive verb
to surrender under agreed conditions

Shirakawa-go, Japan

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

culminate \KUL-muh-nayt\ verb

1 of a celestial body: to reach its highest altitude; also: to be directly
overhead

2: to rise to or form a summit

3: to reach the highest or a climactic or decisive point

Takayama, Japon

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

evanescent \ev-uh-NES-unt\
adjective
liable to vanish or pass away like vapor; fleeting

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

incandescent \in-kun-DESS-unt\ adjective

1a: white, glowing, or luminous with intense heat

b: marked by brilliance especially of expression

 

 

Tokyo, Japan

Kanazawa, Japan

grisly \GRIZ-lee\ adjective

1: inspiring horror or intense fear

2: inspiring disgust or distaste

Tokyo, Japan

Brooklyn, USA

anthropomorphic \an-thruh-puh-MOR-fik\
adjective
1: described or thought of as having a human form or human attributes2: ascribing human characteristics to nonhuman things

Tokyo, Japan

New York, USA

titanic \tye-TAN-ik\
adjective
having great magnitude, force, or power: colossal

Bangkok, Thailand

Brooklyn, USA