Prologue2016 was the year of the US election. Reading the news articles, I realized there are quite a few words that I didn't know or quite understand, and that's when I decided to make lists of these words to improve my vocabulary. I've been using Wunderlist to keep track of them on a yearly basis. Check'em out!
See how many of these words you know by guessing their meaning and then expanding the section to reveal the definition.
Acrimonious(typically of speech or a debate) angry and bitter
AmalgamationThe action, process, or result of combining or uniting.
ArchaicVery old or old-fashioned.
ChurlishRude in a mean-spirited and surly way.
CircumspectWary and unwilling to take risks.
ConflateCombine (two or more texts, ideas, etc.) into one.
CopaceticIn excellent order
EbullientCheerful and full of energy.
EffusiveExpressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner
EsotericIntended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
FestoonAdorn (a place) with ribbons, garlands, or other decorations.
GarlandA wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration.
ImbueInspire or permeate with a feeling or quality
Incorrigible(Of a person or their tendencies) not able to be corrected, improved, or reformed.
IndignantFeeling or showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment.
InimitableSo good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique.
Nonplussed(Of a person) surprised and confused so much that they are unsure how to react. "he would be completely nonplussed and embarrassed at the idea" (of a person) not disconcerted; unperturbed.
OmotenashiThe art of selfless hospitality, is a cornerstone of Japanese culture
OstensiblyApparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually.
OstentatiouslyCharacterized by vulgar or pretentious display; designed to impress or attract notice.
ParochialOf or relating to a church parish.
PhilistineA person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them.
PrecipiceA very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one.
PrescientHaving or showing knowledge of events before they take place
PrivySharing in the knowledge of (something secret or private)
SuffrageThe right to vote in political election
Supine1) (of a person) lying face upward. 2) failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence.
Umbrage1) Offense or annoyance. 2) Shade or shadow, especially as cast by trees.
VigilantKeeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.