agitprop \AJ-it-prop\ (noun) - Propaganda, especially pro-communist political propaganda disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art.
"Fed up with the agitprop over the war, Phineas made up a stencil and went out spray-painting it over any and all pro-war posters he could find."
Agitprop comes from Russian, from agitatsiya, "...Read more
circumambient \sur-kuhm-AM-bee-uhnt\ (adjective) - Surrounding; being on all sides; encompassing.
"Facing reality, then, implies accepting one's essential powerlessness, yielding or adjusting to circumambient forces, taking solace in some local pattern or order that one has created and to which one has become habituated." -- Yi-Fu Tuan, ...Read more
efficacious \ef-ih-KAY-shuhs\ (adjective) - Possessing the quality of being effective; producing, or capable of producing, the effect intended; as, an efficacious law.
"Plagued by rats, the citizens of Hamelin desperately sought an efficacious method of pest control."
Efficacious is from Latin efficax, -acis, from efficere, "to effect, to ...Read more
perorate \PUR-uh-rayt\ (intransitive verb) - 1 : To conclude or sum up a long discourse. 2 : To speak or expound at length; to declaim.
"After years of interminable meetings, Freda had come to the conclusion that management didn't merely talk, they perorated, pontificated, and bombasted endlessly."
Perorate comes from Latin perorare "to speak ...Read more
inimical \ih-NIM-ih-kul\ (adjective) - 1 : Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable. 2 : Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic; adverse.
"The current environment in the office seemed designed to be inimical to anything resembling actual work getting done."
Inimical comes from Late Latin ...Read more
mephitic \muh-FIT-ik\ (adjective) - 1 : Offensive to the smell; as, mephitic odors. 2 : Poisonous; noxious.
"The mephitic stench from the bilge became overpowering." -- Richard Holmes, Coleridge: Darker Reflections, 1804-1834
Mephitic is the adjective form of mephitis, "a foul-smelling or noxious exhalation from the earth; a stench from any ...Read more
woebegone \WOE-bee-gon\ (adjective) - 1 : Beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; woeful. 2 : Being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down.
"When the lunch bell rang the woebegone employees all trudged joylessly to the cafeteria for their tasteless sustenence."
Woebegone is from Middle English wo begon,...Read more
patrician \puh-TRISH-un\ (noun) - 1 : A member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome. 2 : A person of high birth; a nobleman. 3 : A person of refined upbringing, manners, and taste.
(adjective) - 1 : Of or pertaining to the patrician families of ancient Rome. 2 : Of, pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; ...Read more
God's Just Trying to Get the Juice Out!: A Kingdom View of Trials of Many KindsDemetrius Robinson
God's Just Trying to Get the Juice Out! presents the awesome plan of God and reveals his mighty hands in everything that you face in life. Each chapter traces a divine theme that is woven throughout the Scriptures. When looked at together, they offer an extraordinary ...
idyll \EYE-dl\ (noun) - 1 : A simple descriptive work, either in poetry or prose, dealing with simple, rustic life; pastoral scenes; and the like. 2 : A narrative poem treating an epic, romantic, or tragic theme. 3 : A lighthearted carefree episode or experience. 4 : A romantic interlude.
"Rather than moving forward, Mel spent all of his time ...Read more
succor \SUH-kuhr\ (noun) - 1 : Aid; help; assistance; especially, assistance that relieves and delivers from difficulty, want, or distress. 2 : The person or thing that brings relief.
(transitive verb) - To help or relieve when in difficulty, want, or distress; to assist and deliver from suffering; to relieve.
"There was some talk about the ...Read more
digerati \dij-uh-RAH-tee\ (plural noun) - Persons knowledgeable about computers and technology.
"With their seeming ability to bypass any computer security system with a few keystrokes, Jack and Freddie considered themselves amongst the most elite of the digerati."
Digerati was formed by analogy with literati, "persons knowledgeable about ...Read more
invective \in-VEK-tiv\ (noun) - 1 : An abusive expression or speech; a vehement verbal attack. 2 : Insulting or abusive language.
(adjective) - 1 : Of, relating to, or characterized by insult, abuse, or denunciatory language.
"But one can also note that he chose a fitting image for himself, going out in a duel of honor, armed all over with ...Read more
small beer \small beer\ (noun) - 1 : Weak beer. 2 : Insignificant matters; something of little importance.
(adjective) - 1 : Unimportant; trivial.
"While Mary was concerned that they would be considered insignificant posers by the 'old money' in their neighborhood, Hugh considered that small beer as their house was one of the most ...Read more
abulia \uh-BOO-lee-uh; uh-BYOO-\ (noun) - Loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions.
"The frequency and intensity of Franklin's attacks of abulia corresponded directly with the significance and import of the decision he was preparing to make."
Abulia derives from Greek a-, "without" + boule, "will." The adjective form is ...Read more
insuperable \in-SOO-pur-uh-bul\ (adjective) - Incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome; insurmountable; as, "insuperable difficulties."
"While the obstacles to their getting a house may have seemed insuperable in toto, taken individually they were quite easily surmounted -- it was the sheer number of them which was the most ...Read more
nimbus \NIM-buhs\ (noun) - 1 : (Fine Arts) A circle, or disk, or any indication of radiant light around the heads of divinities, saints, and sovereigns, upon medals, pictures, etc.; a halo. 2 : A cloud or atmosphere (as of romance or glamour) that surrounds a person or thing. 3 : (Meteorology) A rain cloud.
"In Sarah's eyes, Jason was ...Read more
overweening \oh-vur-WEE-ning\ (adjective) - 1 : Overbearing; arrogant; presumptuous. 2 : Excessive; immoderate; exaggerated.
"Candace's overweening affections were one of the many traits that Alan found so difficult to bear."
Overweening is from Middle English overwening, present participle of overwenen, "to be arrogant," from over + wenen "to...Read more
agrestic \uh-GRES-tik\ (adjective) - Pertaining to fields or the country; rural; rustic.
"Perry's agrestic visions of a cozy little house in the country with minimal amenities allowing the two of them to partake in the pleasures of 'roughing it' were soon supplanted by the realities of the awesome amount of toil required of such an endeavor."
roue \roo-AY\ (noun) - A man devoted to a life of sensual pleasure; a debauchee; a rake.
"Franklin was an old roue who spent his time recovering from a lifetime of excesses, although he claimed to have no regrets."
Roue comes from French, from the past participle of rouer, "to break upon the wheel" (from the feeling that a roue deserves such a...Read more
"I'm really grateful to all my enablers," a successful businesswoman recently told a TV interviewer.
"I'm an enabler," a blogger writes. "Through listening to others, I give the positive reinforcement that allows them to do things they never thought possible."
"The Holy Spirit is our enabler!" proclaims a TV evangelist.
What's going on here...Read more